Street Sense roared from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby, putting trainer Carl Nafzger back in the winner's circle 17 years after his first visit.
The colt broke two Derby jinxes to score the win under jockey Calvin Borel, who was 0-for-4 in the race.
In beating Hard Spun by 2 1-2 lengths, Street Sense became the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to return in the spring and win on the first Saturday in May, snapping an 0-for-23 skid. He was also the first 2-year-old champion to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979.
Nafzger wrapped his arm around 83-year-old owner James Tafel, then shook hands before pumping his left fist.
He wasn't nearly as emotional as in 1990, when Unbridled won for 92-year-old Frances Genter, who needed Nafzger's call of the race to follow her colt to the finish line.
Nafzger said (quote): "I can't believe it, I can't believe it. This is the toughest race in the world to win." (unquote)
Curlin finished third, losing for the first time in his four-race career.
Imawildandcrazyguy was another half-length back in fourth and Sedgefield was fifth. Circular Quay, coming off an eight-week layoff, was sixth for the trainer's best finish.
Queen Elizabeth showed up two hours before the race was scheduled to begin.
The avid horse enthusiast says she has always wanted to attend the famous race.
The track's president says she is the most prestigious guest in the modern-day history of the Kentucky Derby.
Governor Ernie Fletcher presented the Queen with a music box at the Derby that plays "My Old Kentucky Home".
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