Kentucky Derby 2011: 5 Longest Shots to Win Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports

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Kentucky Derby 2011: 5 Longest Shots to Win Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports
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Favorites rarely win the Kentucky Derby but you already knew that because as of tomorrow, everyone in the USA is a horse handicapper.

There have been some favorites over the years, the 1970 produced a slew of them, and no pun intended. Here are few that some of us older handicappers remember.

The following horses were all post time favorites that went on to win the greatest two minutes in sports: Riva Ridge, ’72; Secretariat, ’73; Cannonade, ’74; Foolish Pleasure, ’75; Seattle Slew, ’77; and Spectacular Bid, ’79. Surprisingly, Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner in ’78, was not favored at Louisville.

Over the past three decades, only four favorites have triumphed, all since 2000, they include Big Brown, ’08; Street Sense, ’07; Smarty Jones, ’04; and Fusaichi Pegasus, ’00.

Did you know that three of the longest shots to ever win the Derby have done so in the past 12 years? Keep in mind, this race is 137 years old tomorrow.

So sit back, click through history, and learn a little about the five longest shots to conquer Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

 

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