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    Mine that Bird--a 50-1 shot--and jockey Calvin Borel bested a competitive field to win the 135th Kentucky Derby, taking the $1,417,200 purse. The horse is owned by Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thorouighbreds. Last year Big Brown won the Run for the Roses, although the race is perhaps best remembered for the injury to Eight Belles shortly after she finished second that led to her being euthanized on the track at Churchill Downs. Heading into the race, the favorite was Friesan Fire at 7-2 odds. He became the top pick after I Want Revenge was scratched after a morning examination detected soreness in his left front ankle. The track conditions were sloppy at Churchill Downs. (Photo: Zach Everson)

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    I'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Previously I was a senior editor at Aol Travel and MapQuest. And, before that, director of content and editorial strategy for I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville. Washington, DC based. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.

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