Unusual events and spectacles have been part of the Kentucky Derby experience for years, but one year's Derby Day came up wilder than usual when a stray cigarette caused a fire in the clubhouse near the first turn. Flames shot 10 feet into the air before the fire was extinguished, and post time for the Derby had to be put back by half an hour to allow the soaked section of the track to be gotten back into racing condition. In what year did the unscheduled fireworks take place, and who was that year's Derby winner?
6/11/2021 08:25:26 pm
Lucky Debonair in 1965
6/11/2021 08:51:06 pm
I believe Frosted has the answer, but the question reminds me of the 1976 Derby when someone threw a smoke bomb onto the track at the far turn. Fortunately the horses had just left the gate and security was able to get the bomb off the track before the horses reached that part of it. Jim McKay was quite livid about it on air, but still absolutely professional of course.
6/18/2021 09:02:37 pm
Frosted is right.
6/18/2021 09:11:09 pm
6/21/2021 07:33:12 am
I don't mind being called the 2015 Belmont runner up's name. And I miss McKay's annoucing also.
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