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Fast Derby winners a thing of the past?

From 1987 to 2011, the average winning Kentucky Derby Beyer was 109. Until 2009, it was really a given that the winner had to get into that range. No more.

 

Once is an aberration. Four times is a pattern.

 

Mine That Bird got a 105 when he won in 2009 by 6 3/4 lengths. Which means the rest of them ran way below expectations.

 

Super Saver got a 104 in 2010 when Calvin Borel carved out a third perfect trip in four years.

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Quite a thought, goblin.
To clarify--anabolic steroids were banned in the fall of 2008, so the next Derby was the first run without their usage.
I can count one one hand the number of 100+ Beyers given to Cali horses.
Yes, others are saying that the Beyers are suspect. The other difference, beginning in 2009, is that anabolic steroids were banned. It's probably not a complete coincidence that the numbers are lower since then.
Maybe the problem is with the Beyers and not the horses

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