all in Legends

After Rosie Napravnik rode Untapable to victory in the 2014 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, she made a stunning announcement on national television. She was seven weeks pregnant. She was retiring.

She had worked so hard to build her career since 2005. She had finally become a go-to jockey for many prominent trainers. She had been the leading rider at Fair Grounds every year from 2011-2014 and topped the standings at Keeneland in 2013 and 2014.

And now she was retiring? At age 26? At the top of her game?

The year 2000 marked a new era in the history of the Breeders' Cup. Aidan O'Brien, the master of Ballydoyle, had sent a handful of horses to America to compete in the World Championships in 1998 and '99 with little fanfare and no success. But this year was different. This year, O'Brien was bringing his best horse, not to conquer the Mile, Sprint, or Juvenile, as in the past, but the big one – the Breeders' Cup Classic.

In advance of the 144thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, ABR’s Dan Tordjman takes a look back at the 10 most recent winners of the run for the roses and checks in on their current endeavors, be they at stud, in training, in the case of Always Dreaming, or, in Mine That Bird’s case, simply living the R ‘n’ R life of a retired Derby winner.

The Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve is not only the most anticipated, most watched Thoroughbred race in the world but an essential part of American sports culture.

Memories are made with each run for the roses that over the passage of time become legend, not only to day-to-day followers of horse racing but to the general public.

Winning the Triple Crown will assuredly bring everlasting fame to a champion Thoroughbred.

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