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Violette is the president of the National Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. He has won more than 750 career races, including 30 graded stakes.

Violette trained multiple graded stakes winner Read the Footnotes, who finished seventh in the 2004 Kentucky Derby. Read the Footnotes is Violette’s only previous Kentucky Derby starter but he has a 2014 contender in Samraat, winner of the Withers Stakes.

Violette has had two starters in the Belmont Stakes, with Citadeed’s third-place finish in 1995 giving the trainer a top-three finish in a U.S. classic. 

In 2014 Violette will saddle Samraat, a winner of 6 of his 7 races, in the Kentucky Derby.

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