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KENTUCKY DERBY FLASHBACK: 2007 - Street Sense and Calvin Borel Make Their Mark


The "Juvenile Jinx" is broken in 2007 when Street Sense and Calvin Borel rally from 19th position to win the Kentucky Derby over Hard Spun.

I always thought that Hard Spun ran a hell of a race that day. He sets the lead through very strong fractions - 22+ for the quarter, 1:11+ for six - and only gives up the lead to Street Sense inside the final furlong. Phenomenal race and, in any other year, it's probably a winning race.

Splits:
1/4: 22.96
1/2: 46.26
3/4: 1:11.13
Mile: 1:37.04
Finish: 2:02.17

Internal Splits:
1/4: 22.96
1/2: 23.30
3/4: 24.87
Mile: 25.91
Finish: 24.34 25.13

A side note on that final 1/4 mile internal split of 24.34: that is the fastest final 1/4 mile in the Derby in the last twenty years. The next closest was 24.40 and 24.43 when Unbridled (1990) and War Emblem (2002) won. I flipped the finish internal split; it ranked 5th fastest until yesterday.