Come Saturday there will 140 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. That's 140 immortal horses. Every race is different. There's simply no way to tell how it will unfold from year to year. Each new running brings a new crop of horses with their own styles and personalities. The weather in Louisville can be 85 degrees and dry as gin, or it can be 55 degrees and raining so hard you'll want to wrangle up animals two by two.
Over the 139 previous runnings of the Derby, a few stand out. The criteria for the following races may be with the extenuating story as in Brokers Tip in 1933, Forward Pass from 1968 and Affirmed in 1978. Others were chosen based on the pure physicality of the athlete and the performance at hand.
Picking 10 races was tough because this race is so iconic, special and diverse, but the following list aims to illustrate the cream of an amazing crop. Read on and let the debating commence.