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My name is John M. Gaver, III, and I am a third-generation horseman and former professional handicapper for Daily Racing Form and Churchill Downs, Inc. Check out this installment where I picked longshot Funny Cide to win in the 2003 Official Kentucky Derby Program.

To say that Thoroughbred racing is in my blood would be an understatement. My father and grandfather were both horse trainers, and my maternal great-grandfather was one of the founders of Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.

John M. Gaver and John M. Gaver, Jr. Illustration by Peb

My father, John M. Gaver, Jr., trained back-to-back champions for the famed Greentree Stable of John Hay Whitney and Joan Whitney Payson, and my grandfather, John M. Gaver, is a member of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York and is best known as the conditioner of the 1953 Horse of the Year Tom Fool.

To learn more about me, follow these links:

Who’s That Guy, by Sean Clancy

John M. Gaver III, by Teresa Genaro

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