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Alysheba and McCarron

Page 128

Alysheba and Chris McCarron. 1987. A courageous horse and a brave rider overcome near disaster to take the 113th Kentucky Derby.


American Pharoah

Page 148

American Pharoah. 2015. Starting from an outside post position, jockey Victor Espinoza stalked the leaders through the first mile, then gamely wore down Dortmund and Firing Line through the long Churchill Downs stretch.



Page 146

Barbaro. 2006. In one of the grandest sweeps in Derby history, Barbaro leaves an enduring impression of greatness.


Blanket of Roses

Pages 100-101

Roses have long been associated with the Kentucky Derby. Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark formalized the tradition in 1896, with the first blanket of roses — then more of a garland — draped over over the shoulders of winner Ben Brush.


California Chrome

Page 61

California Chrome. 2014. With his blazing chestnut coat, and four white feet, flashy California Chrome danced to victory in the 140th Kentucky Derby.


Calvin Borel

Page 122

Calvin Borel. Humble and happy, jockey Calvin Borel celebrates one of his three Derby triumphs.




Fighting Finish

Page 27

The Fighting Finish. 1933. Jockeys Don Meade and Herb Fisher battling to the wire in the Kentucky Derby – going all-out in hand-to-hand combat aboard Broker’s Tip and Head Play, the action captured in one of the most famous sports photos of all time … and seen here again in archival newsreel footage.