Kentucky Derby 2012: Closest Finishes in Kentucky Derby History

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Kentucky Derby 2012: Closest Finishes in Kentucky Derby History
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The Kentucky Derby is the most anticipated race in thoroughbred racing.

It's the peak of all the care, preparation and dedication that the owners, trainers, handlers and jockeys have done with their horses for the previous two years.

All that time and energy spent for an adrenaline rush that lasts about two minutes. But it's all worth it.

There is no other feeling like watching and cheering for your favorite horse on the biggest race, at the most historic horse-racing stage the first Saturday in May.

In four days, we will all be watching the Run for the Roses and the only thing that can top your favorite horse's win is a photo-finish win.

The idea of a mano-a-mano down the home stretch culminating in a full extension, all-out head-bopping finish in the Kentucky Derby, is a thoroughbred racing fan's dream. 

There have been such close finishes throughout Derby history. In fact, 13 Derby races have been decided by a neck or less.

Let's take a look at those heart-pumping finishes.

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