A Leg Up: My unclaimed Derby dream

by | 05.01.2011 | 8:33am

At the A Leg Up blog, Tony Bada Bing tells the touching story of his experience with the 1996 Kentucky Derby, when he was going through some very tough times:

“Just as I'll be doing this week, I narrowed the large field down to just a handful of contenders. I placed $2 to win on my three top choices. One of the three, Grindstone, nailed Cavonnier at the finish line to win by the slimmest of margins – the length of his nostril. The win paid about $14, but I never cashed the ticket.

Instead I brought the winning ticket to my father's wake the following day and tucked into his jacket pocket. He went out a winner. And my dream ended in a much different way.”

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