It's called the Derby Trial, but it's been a long time since the traditional opening-day feature at Churchill Downs lived up to its name. Not since Tim Tam in 1958 has its winner repeated in the Run for the Roses. Tim Tam was only the fifth horse to pull off that rare double, and probably the last. The Derby Trial was downgraded last year and lost its Grade III status, and trainers of serious Derby contenders no longer even consider this one-turn mile when mapping out a Triple Crown schedule.
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