While scintillating, Orb's victory (page 44) last Saturday in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is unlikely to go down in history as one for the ages. Here are eight Triple Crown races that were far more memorable:
It was an even more brilliant performance than his record-setting Derby victory. Secretariat broke dead last, but instead of waiting more than a mile to pass his rivals, as he had in Louisville, he charged to the lead around the first turn, galloping home under a hand ride from jockey Ron Turcotte in the still-record time of 1:53.
After finishing 30 lengths back in one of his prep races, the big bay went off at 91--1. Jockey Roscoe Goose held Donerail back through the first mile before turning him loose in the stretch, where he ran down tiring favorite Ten Point to win by half a length, paying $184.90, the most ever.
6 Silver Charm
Trainer Bob Baffert's first Derby winner prevailed by a head in a classic stretch duel, gamely fending off furious challenges from Free House, Captain Bodgit and eventual Belmont winner Touch Gold.