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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 1 1993 119th Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 1 N/A


MacKenzie "Mack" Miller


A native of Versailles, Kentucky, Miller grew up near Keeneland Racecouse. After serving in the Army Air Corp in World War II, he became a stable hand for Calumet Fams and took out his training license in 1949. During his career Miller trained four Eclipse Award Champions: Leallah, Assagai, Hawaii and Snow Knight. Miller trained Sea Hero to victory in the 1993 Kentucky Derby for Paul Mellon and Rokeby Stable. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Jerry Bailey


Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey won the 1993 and 1996 Kentucky Derby and the 1993, 2001 and 2005 Kentucky Oaks. He won a record 15 Breeders' Cup races, including five Breeders' Cup Classics, three consecutive from 1993-95. He was the US Champion Jockey six times and was awarded the Ecplise Award for Outstanding Jockey seven times (95-97 and 2000-03); the first person to win it three years in a row. He was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1993.  Other notable mounts include: Cigar, Skip Away, Saint Liam, Black TIe Affair, Fit to Fight, Hansel, Congaree, Victory Gallop and Medaglia d'Oro.

Rokeby Stable


Rokeby Stable was founded by Paul Mellon in the 1940s and produced 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero. Mellon is one of only four men to have raced both a Kentucky Derby winner and an Epsom Derby winner, however, Mellon is the only one to win the Kentucky Derby, Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Mellon is one of five people designated an "Exemplar of Racing" by the Hall of Fame. Notable horses include: Arts and Letters, Mill Reef, Quadrangle, Fort Marcy, Run the Gantlet, and Key to the Mint.

Paul Mellon



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