There have only been three horses ever in the history of the Kentucky Derby to finish the track in under two minutes. The fastest time ever was set back in 1973 by the infamous Secretariat, a blazing time of 1 minute, 59 2/5 seconds, breaking the previous record set by Northern Dancer in 1964.
Though finishing times for non-winners were not recorded in the early 1970's, Sham finished second in 1973 only two and a half lengths behind Secretariat. One 'length' is equivalent to one-fifth of a second in horse racing, meaning Sham finished under two minutes in the same race as Secretariat, only to take second place.
Secretariat's record has stood the test of time, though he completed another amazing feat in the same race. He ran each successive quarter faster than the one before, literally gaining speed around every corner.
The only other sub-two minute finish was set in 2001 by Monarchos with a time of 1:59.97.
Now that you've increased your knowledge, how about a cocktail?
SB Nation's Matt Ufford has been searching for the perfect recipies for some classic southern cocktails like the Mint Julep, Old Fashioned and Whiskey Smash, all staples of the Kentucky Derby. Check out the video below to see how to make them all right.
1. Muddle 3-5 sprigs of mint with simple syrup or sugar (to taste)
2. Add 3 oz. bourbon and crushed ice in layers
3. Garnish with mint
1. Muddle 2-4 pieces lemon, 3-5 sprigs of mint, and simple syrup or sugar to taste
2. Add 2-3 oz. bourbon, stir, and strain (optional)
3. Garnish with mint and/or lemon
1. Mix 1/2 oz. simple syrup with 2 dashes bitters OR Muddle 1 sugar cube in a splash of water and 2 dashes bitters
2. Add 2 oz. bourbon (or rye) with ice, stir
3. Garnish with twist of lemon or orange
For more on the 2012 Kentucky Derby, please check out And Down The Stretch They Come.