May 09, 2011

Kentucky Derby stories in the SI Vault

Derby Preview: Year Of The Long ShotBy Whitney Tower, May 01, 1961 A few lukewarm favorites and a barnful of ambitious nobodies will run in the 87th Kentucky Derby. Only the slightest edge can be given to an oddly matched pair of eccentric Californians.

It Was A Bitter PillBy Whitney Tower, May 20, 1968The pill was a drug called Butazolidin, and tests revealed it had been given to the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Disqualification followed, but that was only the beginning of racing's wildest controversy.

The Grand Gamble Paid Off By William Nack, May 16, 1983Trainer David Cross bet the stable that Sunny's Halo would win the Kentucky Derby. And he did.

Bound For Glory By William Nack, May 14, 1990There was joy across the land as Unbridled won the Kentucky Derby for a lovely lady.

Coming Through By William Nack, May 13, 1996Grindstone made the right moves at the right times to Win the Kentucky Derby by a nose.

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