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1. The Longest Odds
2. Churchill Downs
3. The Mint Julep
3. Zenyatta
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Jefferson County

Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographer: John Bacon
Audio: Roger Tremaine

The Longest Odds

Roscoe Goose lived the dream of every Kentucky-born jockey—and he did it riding the most unlikely of horses. With odds of 91 to 1, Goose rode Donerail to victory in the 1913 Kentucky Derby. Donerail remains the longest shot ever to win the Derby—a $2 bet on him returned $184.90. Roscoe was the Golden Goose.

After his 1913 Derby win, he and his brother Carl Ganz (who won the 1913 Kentucky Oaks) bought a house for their mother on South Third Street in Louisville. Life took a tragic turn when his mother suffered fatal burns in a small fire there. A couple of years later, Carl Ganz died in a racing accident at Latonia.

Goose persevered in the horse industry, spending his jockey career at nearby Churchill Downs and Douglas Park. When his riding days were over, he built a successful career as a trainer. In 1963 he was among the inaugural inductees in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. He served a three-year term as president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The Golden Goose was a millionaire. He and his wife were known for their generosity, opening the South Third Street home to those in need. He died in 1971 and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

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Churchill Downs

Producer: John Schroering
Videographer: Jaxon Combs
Audio: Noel Depp

Churchill Downs

With the opening of Churchill Downs began Kentucky's signature sporting event. Churchill Downs officially opened on May 17, 1875, and the featured race, the Kentucky Derby, was won by Aristides.

The track was modeled after Epsom Downs in England and built by horse breeder Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, grandson of the famous explorer. The Twin Spires were built 20 years later, in 1895, as part of a new grandstand.

The Main Track is a one-mile oval with a one-mile chute. Churchill Downs has 47 barns with a stabling capacity of 1,424. The largest crowd for Derby Day to date was in 2012 when 165,307 watched I'll Have Another win the Kentucky Derby.

The Derby remains the longest continuously held sporting event in the nation. The gold Derby Trophy is the only gold trophy presented in a major American sport, according to the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Jefferson County

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Wakefield-Scearce Galleries

Producer: Amy Hess
Videographers: Mike Benton, Matt Webb
Editor: Matt Webb

The Mint Julep

Mint juleps are as much a part of the Derby tradition as beautiful horses, big hats, and celebrities. Each year almost 120,000 mint juleps are served during the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs.

The history of this Southern cocktail of bourbon, mint, sugar, and water goes back to the 1700s. Louisville bourbon historian Michael Veach says the mint julep was used back then as a medicinal drink.

Joy Perrine, a bartending legend in the Derby City and co-author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, shows us the proper way to make a mint julep—use spearmint, not peppermint—and she offers advice on which type of bourbon to use.

Derby tradition requires the governor to toast the winner with a silver mint julep cup. Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in Shelbyville handcrafts the sterling and pewter mint julep cups. These elegant creations, with their decorative hand-beading, take their inspiration from the originals made in Kentucky around 1795.

Woodford County

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Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: David Dampier, Valerie Trimble, Jim Piston
Audio: David Dampier, Sean Anderson
Editor: Jim Piston
Associate Producer: Levana Capria


Zenyatta rewrote Thoroughbred racing history in 2009 by beating an all-male field to become the first filly ever to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. Honored as 2010 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards, Zenyatta won 19 consecutive races in her 20-race career. Along the way, she became an inspiration to people near and far, many of whom had no previous interest in horse racing.

Zenyatta is an impressive physical presence. She stands 17.2 hands high (70 inches from the ground to her withers). The length of her stride was measured at 26 feet, equal or greater than Secretariat's. At Del Mar in 2009, she was clocked at 40 miles per hour.

Zenyatta is now in the fourth year of her career as a brood mare at Lane's End Farm in Woodford County. She recently delivered her third foal—and her first filly—on April 20, 2014.

Zenyatta is a horse for the media-savvy era: She has her own website and Facebook page. Her owners, trainers, and handlers encourage her fans to consider themselves a vital and valued part of "Team Zenyatta."

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