|Rachel Alexandra won last year’s Kentucky Oaks before going on to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA|
Last year’s Kentucky Derby stands out thanks to an unlikely win by a longshot named Mine That Bird. The unknown horse became only the 9th gelding to win in the Derby’s 135 year history.
This year, race fans will be hoping for another good story. One filly is entered to race against a field of colts in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Devil May Care’s trainer Todd Pletcher is hoping she will become only the fourth filly in history to win the Derby.
The lead-in to this year’s Derby has not been without drama. The former favorite to win, Eskendereya, was pulled from the race due to swelling in a front leg. Another contender, Endorsement was pulled due to injury as well. Endorsement was a notable entry as his trainer, Shannon Ritter, was hoping to become the first woman trainer ever to win the Derby.
The current favorite is Lookin at Lucky, trained by three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert.
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