Downey: Who'll Get to the Eighth Pole First?

By Dick Downey

The Downey Profile

 

In 52 of the last 55 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader at that point. In all, 41 of the last 55 winners, or 75%, were on the lead at the eighth pole. More

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