At least seven times David Scanlon has watched a horse he's worked with enter the starting gate at the Kentucky Derby.
Each time, Scanlon had broken and trained the horses at his family's Williston farm and then sent them off to new trainers and careers at dozens of racetracks.
Each time, they ran well enough to be contenders at the most prestigious horse race in the United States.
And each time, they lost.
As close as the 40-year-old horseman has come to breaking and training a Derby winner, the race has left the Scanlon family empty-handed. Each Run for the Roses has left them with only the thorns.