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Horse Racing Realities Stifle Derby Dream

Endorsement, winner of the 2010 Sunland Derby
Endorsement, winner of the 2010 Sunland Derby

By Brenna Angel


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – Getting to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May is an effort three years in the making. It's the perfect combination of breeding, training, performance, and luck.

The winners of the Kentucky Derby -- the horse, the trainer, and the farm -- are forever cemented in history. But as Brenna Angel reports, for the vast majority of other contenders, the road to the Kentucky Derby ends in heartbreak.