Close Derby Finishes

Some of the most thrilling Derby finishes in the last 60 years

1953: Dark Star (inside) wins by a head, handing Native Dancer his only career defeat.

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1957: Iron Liege (inside) beats Gallant Man by a nose when his rider, Willie Shoemaker, misjudges the finish line.

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1964: Northern Dancer by a neck in a record 2:00 minutes flat over favored in Hill Rise

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1969: Majestic Prince (no. 8) wins a three-way photo over Arts and Letters and Dike

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1976: Bold Forbes upsets heavily favored Honest Pleasure

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1987: Alysheba recovers from near-disaster to run down Bet Twice

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1988: Gary Stevens, aboard Winning Colors, celebrates as Pat Day on Forty Niner looks on.

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

1996: Grindstone comes wide in the Churchill Downs stretch to nip Cavonnier in the final stride

Photo: Skip Dickstein

1997: A determined Silver Charm beats Captain Bodgit by a head

Photo: Anne Eberhardt

1999: Charismatic's (right) half length win over Menifee gives Wayne Lukas his fourth Derby

Photo: Bloodhorse Library

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