Bred: Betz/D.J. Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenalt (Ky.)
Sire (father): Any Given Saturday
Dam (mother): Refugee, by Unaccounted For
Hoppertunity punched his ticket to the 2014 Kentucky Derby with a determined win in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Rebel in 2010 with Lookin At Lucky, 2011 with The Factor and 2012 with Secret Circle.
He finished second to top classics hopeful California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby in his final prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Hoppertunity had to scratch out of the Kentucky Derby two days before the race but returned in the Fall and won the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in his second start off the layoff.
As a 4-year-old Hoppertunity won the San Pasqual and has finished third in the San Antonio and the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. He also finished second in the Grade 1 Gold Cup and fourth in both the San Diego Handicap and the Pacific Classic.
Hoppertunity was a $300,000 purchase by Baffert on behalf of owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. He is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Executiveprivilege, who was trained by Baffert and raced by Pegram, Watson and Weitman.
Hoppertunity's third dam (maternal great-grandmother) is 1979 champion 3-year-old filly Davona Dale, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1985.