The Louisville Derby, otherwise known as The Run for Red Roses, is a famous horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The long-awaited day at Gotham Downs is just around the corner. Not known for camaraderie within the box seats of Millionaire’s Row, many of the thoroughbred owners have jaded histories together. Bad business deals, betrayal, and retaliations have recently plagued the members of the elite circle so this year at the Gotham Downs Gala, look out for mayhem.
Nevertheless, the paddocks are ready, the silks are pressed, and the horses are dying to get to the starting gate. It’s time to shop for stunning apparel for the big night before the race, as you would never allow your foes to outshine you. This is where your story begins.
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List of Suspects
Owner, Moon Ranger
Moon Ranger is the undefeated horse and number one pick of the Louisville Derby this year. Clark Crump is the horse’s arrogant owner and founder of Cerebral Consultants—a management consulting firm. Clark is often stressed out and can be difficult to be around for extended periods.
Where there is caviar, diamonds and glitz, you’ll find Sunny Barbaro. Sunny is a jet-setting socialite who travels to the biggest parties around the globe. The Gotham Downs Gala is next on her busy schedule.
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Jules Meriwether is a tenacious gossip columnist and famous blogger. If there is a scoop to be uncovered, she will be there with bells on and an audio recording device in her hand. If you have skeletons in your closet, make sure to steer clear of this daunting diva.
Fern Belmont is the overly friendly trendsetter from Beverly Hills. With a famous cosmetic surgeon husband, Fern is used to hobnobbing with the stars and always finds a way to gain access to the place-to-be—even if she has to sneak in like she did at a White House dinner party.
Diane Vich is the new Director of Programming and Senior Racing Analyst at Gotham Downs. Diane was a writer and editor for The Thoroughbred Monthly for many years until she was forced to resign for unknown reasons. Diane has a feisty personality and holds an Ivy League degree.
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If you are a fan of cheesy slasher films, you have seen Rose Withers’ face before. This scream queen is also an entrepreneur who is currently working on a ground-breaking social media app called Capture.
Owner, Itsy Bitsy Mitzy
Gail Gallant is the plucky owner of the long shot horse Itsy Bitsy Mitzy. Gail is a founder of the fashion line Spicy – a contemporary casual wear and dress clothing brand. Gail is used to getting whatever she wants in life. Nobody knows how she would react to being told no—because it’s never happened.
Owner, Thunder Thighs
Ben Buck is one of the most high-profile billionaires in the inner circle of the horse racing industry. His stallion Take the Bank won the Louisville Derby in 2008, and he’s been chasing the adrenaline ever since.
Like a financial Santa Claus, Stew Pegasus finds joy in bestowing financial gifts to worthy entrepreneurs. Stew is a hardworking businessman who works from sun up to sun down. Stew hasn’t taken a break in months and the tabloids are shocked he is attending the Gotham Downs Gala.
Owner, Horrible Twilight
GiGi Grindstone, the heiress of Grindstone Tires, is the gregarious owner of one of the highly ranked horses for the big race, Horrible Twilight. Rumor has it that GiGi’s handlers have been dosing her horse with anabolic steroids, but to date, Horrible Twilight has not tested positive.
Barbara Barton is the sole heiress of the Chamblee Soup fortune. She recently gained interest in horse breeding and has been importing stallions from Europe to the U.S. for breeding purposes. She is opening a private stud farm in San Diego, California called Barton Stallions and is attending the Gotham Downs Gala to make connections and gain clients.
Guinevere Gotham is a famous standup comedienne and former star of CBC Network’s comedy show Saturday Night Lively. Guinevere is fun to be around as she is always practicing her newest routine on her friends. Guinevere is an heiress of the legendary Gotham family from Louisville.
Cathy Churchill is the founder of Red Dragon Pharmaceuticals, an online pharmacy of weight loss medication and anabolic steroids. Cathy has earned a tremendous stash of cash, but is widely disliked for how she acquired her fortune.
Owner, Midnight Jailbird
Stone Epsom is the owner of a front runner of the Louisville Derby this year, Midnight Jailbird. Stone got into a skirmish at the Gotham Downs Gala three years ago and ended up in jail – hence, he named his stallion in honor of his bad fortune.
Fox Pharaoh is the anxious event planner of the Gotham Downs Gala. Fox is a control freak and has to have hands in every aspect of the event from lighting to umbrella stands. Stress is Fox’s middle name.