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My Walk to Remember: Three Friends, Two Dogs and My Broken Heart

By Margaret Ransom

Faith the dog. Photo: Margaret Ransom

Faith the dog. Photo: Margaret Ransom

The Kentucky Derby (GI) is loaded with history and tradition, from the red roses symbolic of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, the Twin Spires, My Old Kentucky Home, fancy hats, Mint Juleps, Derby parties, wise guy horses, and throngs of media… the list of traditions goes on and on. But one of the most special traditions that isn’t talked about much could be the biggest tradition of all — The Walk.

The connections of only 20 horses each year will make the Kentucky Derby starting gate and, by doing so, they also participate in one of the greatest and most goosebump-inducing traditions. As the field makes its way from the Churchill Downs barn area to the paddock in front of more than 140,000 cheering fans, the enormity of the accomplishment in what it took to get there kicks in.

The Walk is nearly as important as the race itself.

Trainer Kristin Mulhall and 2004 Kentucky Derby runner-up Imperialism. Photo: Tina Hines

Trainer Kristin Mulhall and 2004 Kentucky Derby runner-up Imperialism. Photo: Tina Hines

I made The Walk once. And though someday I hope to do it again, it’s also something I won’t ever forget. That day changed my life forever in more ways than one and… (more)

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