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The ABCs of the Kentucky Derby: Which letters win it most?

How good do you know the alphabet -- that is, when it comes to Kentucky Derby winners?

There's been
143 editions of America's famous race totaling 1,884 starters, with names beginning with every letter of the alphabet except the letter "X."

Do you know which letter has won the most times? There haven't been many Derby horses beginning with letters "Q" or "Y" -- just 10 combined -- so it's not surprising that horse's names starting with those two letters have yet to emerge as winners.

The answer to the above question is: Horses with names beginning with the letter "S" have been victorious on 19 occasions

Below is a list of the Derby winners, followed by number of starters for each alphabet letter and the most recent horse to win with that letter.

Letter      Wins      Starters      Last Winner              Year

 A              11             96           Always Dreaming     2017

 B              13           188           Big Brown                 2008 

 C              12           145           California Chrome    2014

 D               7            109           Dust Commander     1970

 E               2              49           Exterminator            1918

 F               7              89           Funny Cide               2003

 G              8              84           Giacomo                    2005

 H              5              83           Hill Gail                     1952

 I                2              39           I'll Have Another      2012

 J               4              46           Jet Pilot                    1947

 K              2              34           Kauai King                1966

 L              7              79            Lil E. Tee                  1992

 M             9            112           Mine That Bird          2009

 N             3              39            Nyquist                     2016

 O             4              45            Orb                           2013

 P             7            112            Pleasant Colony      1981

 Q             0               7             

 R             5              93            Real Quiet                1998

 S           19            201            Super Saver             2010

 T             5            107            Thunder Gulch        1995

 U             1              16            Unbridled                1990

 V             2              34            Venetian Way          1960

 W            7              67            War Emblem            2002

 X             -                -              

 Y             0               3             

 Z             1               7             Zev                          1923

Folks, the Kentucky Derby is four months away. But if you had to wager today on which letter of the alphabet will win, what would it be?

 

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Hi, my name is Nick Costa a.k.a. Trackman. As for my "nickname" of Trackman, it came about the following way: When people, either friends or family would inquire as to where I was going, my reply was always the same, "I'm going to the track man." I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, about a 30 minute drive from the racetrack, in Fort Erie, Canada.  I was five years old the first time I attended the races. My father, who was a regular at the track, took me to Fort Erie. My first recollections were of just running up and down the stairs to and from our grandstand seats and the walking ring. Of course, after viewing the horses, I would run back up the stairs, and tell my father who to bet. He would look at me quizzically, and then proceed to place a $2 dollar wager on my selection for me. Through the years, with continuous trips to Fort Erie, and also to Woodbine and the now defunct Greenwood, my father would take the time to explain all the information in the Daily Racing Form. After I learned the basics of handicapping, I never met a racing Form I didn't like. If I had spent as much time on my studies as I did reading the Form, I probably could be sitting on the Supreme Court. Those early horse playing days have  lasted into my adulthood, as I still play the races today on a regular basis. But now I have added a couple of new dimensions. First, I officially became a licensed thoroughbred race horse owner back in 2000, fulfilling a dream come true. Fort Erie, where I mostly play the races and race my horses, is still my favorite track. It's my home track, where I fell in love with everything about the sport. In addition to the tracks mentioned that I visited with my father, I have graced the grounds of Churchill
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