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It is Coax Me Chad's 30th birthday

Coax Me Chad is the equivalent of 93.5 human years, by one formula. Less than three years from 100 horse/human equivalent years
See also : Adair Co., KY's most famous thoroughbred: Coax Me Chad

Adair County's most famous thoroughbred, Coax Me Chad, may be the oldest living Kentucky Derby Horse and it's his birthday today.

Coax Me Chad, now owned by Wally Burress, is 30 years old today.

"it is really unsual for any horse, especially a thoroughbred stallion, to live that long," Burress said.

Burress said that he was basing the belief that Coax Me Chad is the oldest living horse on a conversation with an authority at this year's Kentucky Derby.

"I was talking to John Asher," Burress said, "He's the director of public relations and a Derby historian at Churchill Downs, when I was at the Derby this year and he said I probably had the oldest living Derby horse."

Using one formula for horse/human years, that's equivalent to 93.5 human years. Using the same formula, which figures horse/human equivalents at 2.5 years for years above 5 calendar years, Coax Me Chad will be the equal of 100 years old in less than three years!

Happy Birthday, Coax Me Chad. -CM

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Happy 30th Birthday, Coax Me Chad

2011-06-01 - Bliss, KY - Photo by Wally Burress.
Chad is one year older than when this photo was taken in summer 2010. He was handsome from any angle then, and, according to Wally Burress, he hasn't changed much since. Today, June 1, 2011 is his 30th actual birthday, though his official horse birthday is January 1, the official birthday for all thoroughbreds. Chad ran second in the 1984 Kentucky Derby to Swale. His bloodline includes three Kentucky Derby Winners: War Admiral (1937), Bubbling Over (1929), and Northern Dancer (1964). His bloodline also includes Man 'o War, 20 of 21 starts. "Some say Man 'o War, is the greatest racehorse ever," Wally Burress says.

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