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News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - November 3, 2006--In the 87th run of the Kentucky Derby in 1961, a scrawny looking horse named Carry Back shot out of the starting gate and took his usual position breaking next-to-last in the 11th.
His jockey, John Sellers, found himself and the brown colt in a scramble of horses early on sending Carry Back to the outside. In this position, he had room to move.
Sellers didnít actually make a move until well after the turn. Nearly 15 lengths behind, with an unbelievable burst of speed in the homestretch, Carry Back took off and won by a heart-stopping three-quarters-of-a-length.
Itís the classic American story of the under-horse coming out of nowhere and winning. A gesture of confidence in the possibility of possibilities.
Carry Back stopped the hearts of the crowd one more time with his seemingly impossible come from behind win at the Preakness.
He arrived at Belmont as the 2-5 favorite in a field of nine. Going in to the stretch turn, he moved up to sixth place and was getting ready to overtake the front-runners. The crowd waited.
Sellers called on Carry to start his spurt. In an unimaginable turn of events, the horse ďspit out the bit.Ē A common racing expression meaning he didnít feel like running. He finished seventh and cooled out sore.
Carry Back almost went all the way.
On Aug. 22-24, the 1961 silver Kentucky Derby Trophy won by Carry Back and John Sellers went on the block at James D. Julia in their Samoset Resort auction in Rockport, Maine. It sold for $28,750.
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