Bred: Mike Pegram (Ky.)
Sire: Midnight Lute
Dam: Silverbulletway, by Storm Cat
Govenor Charlie is another product of the Mike Pegram/Bob Baffert pairing that has been so successful through the years. A Pegram homebred, Govenor Charlie is by Pegram's two-time Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute and out of a daughter of Pegram's champion Silverbulletday.
Govenor Charlie broke his maiden by a neck in his second start before punching his ticket to the Kentucky Derby (G1) with an easy five length win in the Sunland Derby (G3), a 50-point prep race in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. However, he skipped the Kentucky Derby and ran in the Preakness Stakes (G1), where he finished eighth.