When Giacomo charged across the finish line in the 2005 Kentucky Derby
at odds of 50-1, the select few who had bet him to win received a whopping
payout for having the luck or audacity to pick him. Giacomo's shocking win
earned him a spot in this new book, which explores the tales of some of the
Derby's most improbable victors.
In 1904 Elwood became the first starter owned
by a woman, who somehow neglected to tell her trainer-husband she had even
nominated the colt. In between Elwood's winning and Giacomo's, Donerail returned
a record price that still stands, Sir Barton made the Derby his first victory,
Dark Star defeated the seemingly invincible Native Dancer, Iron Liege
capitalized on a rival jockey's miscue, Canonero II went from laughing stock to
hero, and Genuine Risk won for the girls.
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