Longtime Idaho horseman earns spot in Kentucky Derby 138 with Rousing Sermon
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"You wake up in the morning and pinch yourself saying you can't believe you're going to the Derby, but we are," longtime Parma horseman Dan Kiser said with a smile.
Kiser cannot remember a time when he was not around horses.
This 56-year-old journeyman was so fascinated with the ponies, he became a security guard at les bois as a teenager.
10 years ago, Kiser became the racing manager out at the Parma-based Treetop Ranches for Treasure Valley thoroughbred owners Larry and Marianne Williams
The trio purchased a colt and named him Rousing Sermon. And, now, Rousing Sermon is galloping at Churchill Downs, prepping for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
"Everybody wants to treat this like it's a once-in-a-lifetime deal and make the best of it. and if you go by odds, probably it is," Kiser said.
It's only the second time in the last decade an Idaho-raised horse will be competing in the Run For The Roses.