The Bottom Line
- By far one of the best Derby history DVDs we have seen
- Includes rare footage from the Churchill Downs archives, both still and video
- Well written script by Bill Doolittle that lets the pictures tell the story
- With only 27 of 135 runnings covered, some fans may question the editor's choices
- The Golden Era of Triple Crown Winners: Citation, Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet,Assault
- Fabulous Finishes: Brokers Tip vs. Head Play, Iron Liege vs. Gallant Man, Tomy Lee vs. Sword Dancer, Alysheba vs. Bet Twice
- Ladies' Day: Regret, Genuine Risk, Winning Colors
- Longshots: Thunder Gulch, Donerail, Dark Star, Lil E Tee, Giacomo
- Crowd Favorites: Seattle Slew, Smarty Jones, Barbaro
- Great Rivalries: Swaps vs. Nashua, Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer, Affirmed vs. Alydar
- Big Red: a tribute to the Derby winner that stands out among all the others
Guide Review - Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments DVD
The script, written by Bill Doolittle and narrated by 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. The 7 sections, listed above, conveniently group the selected runnings into categories, the titles of which describe what made that group of winners special.
"Big Red" Secretariat deservedly was given a section to himself. He swept the 1973 Triple Crown and still holds the track record for 1 1/4 miles, running each quarter mile in the race faster than the previous quarter. Interviews with owner Penny Chenery, jockey Ron Turcotte, and exercise rider Charlie Davis are included.
The first 8 Triple Crown winners are covered in "The Golden Era of Triple Crown winners", including a special "sidebar" discussing Calumet Farm's longtime dominance of American racing. "Fabulous Finishes" included four of the most exciting Derby stretch runs ever, starting with the 1933 "Fighting Finish" between Broker's Tip and Head Play. "Ladies' Day" commemorates the three fillies to wear the Roses. "Longshots" covers five memorable upset winners, including Donerail's record win payoff. "Crowd Favorites" covers three horses who captured the hearts of people outside the sport, highlighted by Barbaro. "Rivalries" covering some of the bitter rivalries that were settled under the Spires.