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On Saturday, two of the Canadian's horses will be racing in the Kentucky derby

Kentucky Derby entry Java's War, owned by Charles Fipke and trained by Ken McPeek, is taken to the track for a walk the day before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on May 3, 2013. Fipke pursued his passion for horses after making millions in the mining sector.

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Java's War leaves the track after a brief exercise the day before the Derby. Fipke has invested in top-quality broodmares to breed and develop his own stallions.

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Kentucky Derby entry Golden Soul, also owned by Fipke and trained by Dallas Stewart, snacks on some hay in his stall. Golden Soul gained entry to the Derby after trainer Bob Baffert pulled his two horses from the race.

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Java's War gets a bath after a morning exercise. Racing experts say a Canadian owner hasn’t had two horses in the Derby in recent memory.

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Kentucky Derby entries Java's War, right, and Frac Daddy, left, cool down in their barn. For Fipke, buying into horses has never been about the shot at lucrative purses. The tough adventurer is said to be child-like and affectionate with horses of all kinds.

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