The elusive Kentucky Derby trophy and blanket of roses are the things that Thoroughbred trainers dream of.
Some trainers will spend their entire career chasing that pinnacle milestone and never even get a horse in the starting gate of Churchill Downs.
Some have been fortunate enough to have not just one, but multiple Kentucky Derby winners throughout their legendary careers.
Others are perennial power players in the sport yet, as Todd Pletcher, have struggled on Thoroughbred racing's greatest stage.
The Kentucky Derby is the race that defines careers.
Each January, every trainer in the country with a three-year-old showing any hint of talent is smelling roses. It takes a good trainer to separate the true contenders from the promising pretenders, and a truly great trainer to take them to the winner's circle.
Success in the Kentucky Derby is defined as more than just the number of wins or number of appearances. Some are regarded as Derby elite because of one masterful training job or by knowing how to pick their spot.
Here is a look at the most successful trainers in Kentucky Derby history. Read on to see who represents the best of their sport.