The only Oklahoma bred horse to ever run in the Kentucky Derby is still living the good life at 30

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PIEDMONT, OKLAHOMA -- Like a long tunnel, the passage of time slips from memory because it's covered by the routines of every day.

Robin Von Hemel knows this particular routine very well.

These two horses get special feed twice a day, same time, same place.

"They're used to that, these guys," she says walking through a gate to a small pasture.

She likes to keep things predictable for Oklahoma's most famous race horse.

"Hi Trevor. Hi baby boy," she coos as she approaches a dark gelding thoroughbred and another bay quarter horse.

Robin says, "To be honest, I'm grateful for every day that we have him."

This has been Clever Trevor's life since his retirement from racing in 1993.

He's 30 years old now.

His best friend, another 30-year-old horse named Nick, remains by his side in a lovely, green pasture north of Piedmont, Oklahoma.

Von Hemel says, "They spend all day, every day out eating grass and just getting to be horses."

Life is as good as it gets and the Von Hemel family wouldn't have it any other way.

"He's an important part of the place," says Robin. "He probably is the place."

After all, this was the fast gelding that won the very first Oklahoma Derby in front of sellout crowds at the brand new Remington Park in 1989.

He was the only Oklahoma bred horse to ever run the Kentucky Derby, losing to the likes of Easy Goer and Sunday Silence.

Trevor won almost a million and a half dollars in his career.

Far away from racing crowds and excitement now, winning horse races comes in a few lengths behind molasses cookies and a good scratch on the belly.

"It's something he thinks is a great deal," says Robin as she reaches just the right spot.

When you're this old you learn to appreciate the little things.

"He is a little quieter now," admits Robin.

Never ridden after his last race, his fans used to call and ask Robin or her husband Donnie Van Hemel, Trevor's longtime trainer, to come and see him.

Donnie is at Churchill Downs this spring training another Derby hopeful, Suddenbreakingnews.

The horse that did the most to build their reputation will stay here, sticking to a routine that seems to work perfectly for him.

Robin watches from a distance and says, "I feel like he belongs, a little bit, to all of us."

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