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1996 Kentucky Derby (G1)

Date/Track:
5/4/1996, Churchill Downs
Distance:
1 1/4 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
2:01.00
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.
FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next Start
1st Grindstone
Unbridled
7.80
D. Lukas
J. Bailey
1st, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
2nd Cavonnier
Batonnier
7.59
B. Baffert
C. McCarron
4th, 2000 San Francisco Mile (LS)
3rd Prince Of Thieves
Hansel
4.77
D. Lukas
P. Day
5th, 1996 Jim Dandy (G2)
4th Halo Sunshine
Halo
5.06
R. Cross
C. Perret
4th, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
5th Unbridled's Song
Unbridled
8.43
J. Ryerson
M. Smith
1st, GP Stakes (1/19/1997-R4)
6th Editor's Note
Forty Niner
7.83
D. Lukas
G. Stevens
5th, 1997 Woodward (G1) View Video
7th Blow Out
Forty Niner
3.39
J. Keefer
P. Johnson
7th, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
8th Alyrob
Alysheba
3.39
W. Dollase
C. Nakatani
8th, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
9th Diligence
Miswaki
4.19
N. Zito
K. Desormeaux
6th, 1997 Vosburgh (G1)
10th Victory Speech
Deputy Minister
4.56
D. Lukas
J. Santos
1st, 1997 Strub Stakes (G1)
11th Corker
Festin
4.39
C. Whittingham
C. Black
11th, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
12th Skip Away
Skip Trial
8.31
H. Hine
S. Sellers
6th, 1998 Breeders Cup Classic (G1) View Video
13th Zarb's Magic
Zarbyev
4.05
B. Thomas
R. Ardoin
10th, 1996 Super Derby (G1) View Video
14th Semoran
Phone Trick
6.86
B. Baffert
R. Baze
3rd, 1998 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2)
15th In Contention
Devil's Bag
3.39
C. Reese
A. Black
9th, 1996 Belmont Stakes (G1) View Video
16th Louis Quatorze
Sovereign Dancer
7.90
N. Zito
C. Antley
2nd, 1996 Breeders Cup Classic (G1) View Video
17th Matty G
Capote
4.06
R. McAnally
A. Solis
17th, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
18th Honour and Glory
Relaunch
6.80
D. Lukas
A. Gryder
8th, 1996 NYRA Mile (G1)
19th Built For Pleasure
Homebuilder
5.77
T. Heard
J. Velazquez
19th, 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1) View Video
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Older Comments about the 1996 Kentucky Derby (G1)...

Unbridled's Song beats them all to the wire with a better bill of health!
OK... watch this race... and tell me if you don't see this. McCarron is in a perfect spot with Cavonnier turning for home. But there's one problem. At the quarter pole, Unbridled's Song, the big favorite looks like he's cruising. So McCarron does what he should... he gives everything to go after the favorite - but U.S. wilts - and Cavonnier is already by him by the 1/8th pole. But now he's still got an 1/8th of a mile to go and the race isn't over.... and unfortunately, he gets nipped on the wire. I'm not suggesting it was a bad ride. What I am saying is that if it was anyone but the huge favorite out in front, McCarron probably waits another 1/16th of a mile and then he doesn't get caught. But that's the Derby fate... it was to smile on Baffert later on... And yes, it was unfortunate. Because Cavonnier was a cool horse... and Grindstone... well, he was a cripple that never raced again.

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