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cover Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments (Commemorative DVD)
By Churchill Downs Inc, script by Bill Doolittle, narrated by John Asher
Moonlight Press Video, November 2008, 55 minutes

The Kentucky Derby is the biggest prize in American racing, and its reputation comes from 135 years of history being run every year without interruption since 1875 at the same site, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. In this officially licensed DVD, footage and photos from the Churchill archives are presented in seven conveniently grouped categories, showing the racing fan the many equine and human stars that together have built the Derby into the spectacle it has become today. Celebrities, infield revelers, and Kentucky Colonels all gather every year on the first Saturday in May to not only witness history in the making, but also to take part in the pageantry and tradition under the shadow of the Twin Spires.

The DVD is organized into an introduction plus seven topical sections, each covering three or more races except the last which is devoted to Secretariat.

The script, written by author Bill Doolittle and narrated by Churchill Downs vice-president of communications John Asher, was well written and gave just enough information to keep the viewer's attention, letting the images and the voice of the race caller tell the story. These are the magical memories of the world's most legendary horse race, the stories we most remember and cherish.

This DVD is highly recommended for any racing history fan, especially avid followers of the Kentucky Derby, as 27 of the best runnings of the Kentucky Derby are covered, with a comprehensive collection of archival video footage and photography brought together for the first time, and it would be very difficult for anybody to dispute any of the editors' choices. New fans will quickly understand why the Derby really is the "greatest two minutes in sports", where immortality can go to just one horse of his or her crop, who proves to be the swiftest and strongest on this single most important day.

Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments can be purchased for $24.95 from Secretariat.com and Amazon.com.

Rating:     5/5

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