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Can New Jersey’s horse in the Kentucky Derby actually win? Bet on it

Kentucky Derby

By Jerry Izenberg | For The Star-Ledger
on May 03, 2017 at 6:19 AM, updated May 03, 2017 at 2:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Regret and Cavalcade, the names are faint echoes, hallmarks of a time in American thoroughbred racing when New Jersey was a lot more than a casual pit stop in the breeding business. They were the only Jersey-breds ever to win the Kentucky Derby — Regret in 1915, Cavalcade in 1934.

They were to New Jersey breeders what the voice of Francis Albert Sinatra was to summer romantics from Asbury Park to Atlantic City.

And now on Saturday, 102 years after Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, a colt named Irish War Cry will try to breathe new life into the phrase “New Jersey Tough.”