R. Reese Fuller

Desormeaux wins third Kentucky Derby

by R. Reese Fuller

Maurice native Kent Desormeaux rode Big Brown into his third Kentucky Derby win on Saturday, beating out Eight Belles by 4 3/4 lengths.  Big Brown was favored to win at 5:2. The only other horse to win the derby from the 20th position was Clyde Van Dusen in 1929, and the 1915 winner Regret was the only other horse to take the derby with only three career starts.

Big Brown and Desormeaux's victory was marred though by the tragedy of Eight Belles, who was euthanized after breaking both of her front ankles after the race. Last year's winning jockey and Catahoula native, Calvin Borel came in third on Saturday's race third riding Denis of Cork, after starting off in last place. Lafayette native Robby Albarado finished tenth on Z Fortune.

The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, takes place in Baltimore on May 17. Watch the 134rd Kentucky Derby below as it was broadcast on NBC or watch this overhead view.