*This story first appeared in High Plains Journal on April 23, 2017.
Patience and racehorses do not necessarily coincide. But for a western Kansas family, patience has paid off.
Janis Whitham of Leoti, Kansas, has a horse headed for the Kentucky Derby—if he stays well and continues to train soundly, according to Whitham’s son Clay. Their 3-year-old colt, McCraken, is currently at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, with trainer Ian Wilkes training for a Derby start.