Gail Rice had a goal.

“I always said I wanted to sell a million-dollar horse,” she said. “And I did, for a $1,000.”

And with that, the 59-year-old self-described “backyard breeder” from Ocala, Fla., let out one of the most glorious and joyful laughs you have ever heard in your entire life. With good reason. After all, not every person has bred a Kentucky Derby winner, much less be the subject of one of the more unlikely stories in the history of the world’s most famous horse race.
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