Bred: Sun Valley Farm (Ky.)
Sire: Lion Heart
Dam: Costume Girl, by Maria's Mon
Kochees won his maiden by 1 1/2 lengths in his debut before finishing in fourth behind Derby hopefuls Super Ninety Nine and Code West in an allowance. He joined the Kentucky Derby trail in the San Felipe (G2) in March.
Kochees out of a granddaughter to Play It Safe (IRE), Champion 2-year-old filly in France and from the family of Washington D.C. International (G1) winner Providential (IRE).