TDN Weekend

March 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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T urn off State Route 96 and keep going until you are sure you have come to nowhere, and you will find the down-on-its-luck town of McCracken, Kansas. There's noth- ing to see here, nothing to do here. The bank, the hotel, the school, the bar, they're all closed now. What's left is a post office, a gas station, a working grain elevator and, at last count, 190 people. But Janis Whitham will tell you there's something special about a place like this. She's not from McCracken, but she might as well be. The owner of one of the favorites for the GI Kentucky Der- by, Whitham, 85, grew up and still lives in a place much like this. She knows all about small-town values, a deep pride in your community and the joys of living life at a peaceful pace. "That's me," Whitham said. "I'm a little old lady from Kansas." She is all that, but she's also an owner and breeder who has accomplished much in the sport and might do even more as the road to the Kentucky Derby unwinds, as the owner of the 3-year-old colt McCraken (Ghostzapper), a two-time stakes winner at 2 who was an easy winner of his 3-year-old debut in the GIII Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. That she named a horse McCraken reveals two things about Whitham: she's proud of her heritage, and she's not the best speller. Her GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned (E Dubai) was named for 07 By BILL FINLEY

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