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Kentucky Derby 2011: Five fantastic finishes of the past

It will take the winning horse just two minutes to run the 1-1/4 mile track during the Kentucky Derby 2011. Here are five of the most exciting Kentucky Derby finishes from the past 137 years. With 19 horses raring to go, some photo finishes are inevitable.

Jockey Chris Antley (r.) rides Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic across the finish line with his finger pointing number one to second place finisher Menifee and jockey Pat Day (l.) on May 1, 1999 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

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1. The underdog wins by a neck (1999)

Charismatic was a 30-to-1 shot, but he brought home $886,200 when he defeated Menifee by a neck. After winning at the Preakness Stakes, he had to win just one more race to win the Triple Crown, a feat no horse had accomplished in 21 years. No longer an underdog, Charismatic went into Belmont Stakes a 2-to-1 favorite, only to come in third.


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