Michael E. Pegram
|Michael E. Pegram|
Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States
Fast food retailer|
Michael E. Pegram (born February 16, 1952 in Fort Knox, Kentucky) is the co-owner of the 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin at Lucky and owner of the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Real Quiet. He grew up going to the races at Ellis Park Racecourse and Churchill Downs and dreamed of someday owing a Kentucky Derby winner. He also won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Silverbulletday and after she was voted that year's Eclipse Award for Outstanding 2-Year-Old Filly, came back in 1999 to win the Kentucky Oaks.
Among his other horses, Pegram owned Captain Steve, High Stakes Player, Queen of Money, Miss Gibson County, Wheeler Oil, Argolid, Favored One, Arches of Gold, Pussycat Doll, and The Texas Tunnel.
Pegram became successful as an owner of a number of McDonald's restaurant franchises in the state of Washington, a business that his father, Jim, had been involved with. Pegram has since moved his restaurant empire to Phoenix, where he lives part-time. Pegram also lives in Del Mar, California. He has two children: Amy and Tim; and three brothers: Jim (a jockey agent), Demont, and Gil. Pegram also enjoyed success by winning the 2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park in 2007 with Midnight Lute, whom trainer Bob Baffert stated was the best horse he'd ever brought to the Breeder's Cup. His champion returned the following year in Santa Anita park to capture the same race, the first sprinter to ever do so.