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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Bimelech Goes Wide in the Derby

Bimelech was a freight train heading straight for the Kentucky Derby, and it seemed like nothing could stop him; undefeated in eight starts, he had won six straight en route to the 1939 Two-Year-Old Champion Male Horse of the Year. However, some bad decisions -both on and off the track – kept him from becoming […]

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Triple Crown Near-Misses: Johnstown Fails in the Slop

Sometimes, horses fail to win the Triple Crown because of injury, bad luck or even lost paperwork. With Johnstown, it was Mother Nature.

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March 24, 1979 – Ron Franklin Bounces Back in Flamingo

Six other horses dared to challenge Spectacular Bid in the Flamingo Stakes, and some trainers admitted they were running for the $29,800 check for second place. The morning of the race was hot and humid, with a little rain in the forecast. Bid’s jockey, Ron Franklin, was nervous, his first ride since the disastrous Florida […]

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About the Author

Peter Lee, a former journalist, maintains the blog The Way to Churchill Downs, which reports on Derby hopefuls for the coming year. He is the author of The Death and Life of Mal Evans and is a regular contributor to