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THE GREATEST DERBY PERFORMANCES
LEGENDARY RUNS FOR THE ROSES
The Kentucky Derby is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The race itself may not last long, but a great Derby performance goes down in history forever. Many legends have been created at Churchill Downs, including these unforgettable moments.
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MINE THAT BIRD’S MIRACULOUS COMEBACK
As a 50-1 longshot, nobody expected much of Mine That Bird at the 2009 Derby. And for most of the race, the odds looked generous. After a bad start, he was a whopping eight lengths behind every other horse in the field. NBC announcer Tom Durkin didn’t even notice Mine That Bird on the backstretch because the horse was so far behind. All of that changed near the finish line as Mine That Bird exploded past the field, winning by 6 3/4 lengths and completing the second-biggest upset in Derby history. The last filly to win the Derby, Winning Colors, is also one of the very few horses to hold the lead for the entire 10 furlongs. From the moment she left the gate, Winning Colors surged past the field to set the pace and never looked back. It seemed like she would breeze to a victory, but Forty Niner was tough competition on the homestretch. As they reached the line, Winning Colors held off her nearest competitor, winning by a head. Jockey Gary Stevens summed up the performance best. “It’s like a dream,” he said. “She’s incredible. She did it; I didn’t. I was just the passenger.” You can’t talk about Derby legends without mentioning Secretariat, widely regarded as the greatest racehorse of all time. The 1973 Kentucky Derby was his coming-out party. In a stacked field, Secretariat was the co-favorite alongside Angle Light. The race itself was dramatic, with Sham and Shecky Greene battling for the lead. It was not until the final furlong that Secretariat overtook Sham to win the Derby, setting a time record of 1:59.40 that still stands today. He would go on to win the Triple Crown and the hearts of race fans the world over. WINNING COLORS GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN 1988 BIG RED’S RECORD RUN
• Salt • White pepper • Green food coloring • 18 slices bread
• 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened • 1/2 medium onion, finely grated
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