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12-Year-Old Kentucky Girl Recites Derby Winners from Memory in Youtube Video


April 13, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

The forsythias are in bloom in Kentucky and the Derby trail is heating up. May 3 brings the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Kentuckians and horse-racing fans world-wide are following their favorites on the Road to the Derby. But 12-year-old Hailey, a Lexington, Kentucky, seventh-grader, has put her love for horses and the Run for the Roses into a YouTube video in her quest for those elusive Derby tickets.

Hailey attended the 2007 Derby with her family, and was inspired by Street Sense as he brought home the blanket of roses. Her parents and grandmother stood in the early morning rain for a rare chance to buy Derby tickets when Churchill Downs decided to make Derby tickets more accessible for Kentuckians by hosting a ticket lottery.

She had so much fun choosing a Derby hat and dress with her mom and attending the races that she became a Derby fan for life. When she realized the challenge of trying to score tickets for ďthe most exciting two minutes in sportsĒ the young lady decided to act. So, with her sights set on those famous twin spires, she memorized the names of all the winners of the Run for the Roses, and asked her dad to make a video for YouTube. She is hoping that her video will open some Derby doors, and is studying her Derby lore. “Iím growing up in Kentucky,” she says, “and I love horses and love the Derby. My goal is to learn all I can about the history of the race. I hope to be a part of every Derby all my life. Itís just such a Kentucky thing!”

In the five-minute YouTube video, Hailey names all of the Derby winners, beginning with Aristides in 1875, from memory. To watch the video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqRRPDIZ-J0.