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Diane Crump reflects on her Derby day

Originally Published: May 7, 2011
By Brian Landman

It's been 41 years, but for Diane Crump, it doesn't seem that long ago. The sights and sounds remain fresh in her mind. Even now, she can hear the roar from the jam-packed grandstand and feel her pulse quicken as if she were still aboard Fathom, a 3-year-old chestnut colt in the post parade for the 96th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Crump, 61, and the owner of an equine sales business in Virginia, first broke through the gates of what had been a men's-only club on Feb. 7, 1969, when ...

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