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The Kentucky Derby Moment



For your pleasure, here is Secretariat’s great moment in history, plus the recipe for the fabulous Kentucky Derby Pie to enjoy on the 144th running on Saturday, May 5.

Before I launch with the recipe, however, I would like to share a quote from the jockey who rode Secretariat–perhaps the greatest racehorse in history–to victory in 1973. His track record of 1:59 still stands, and as he beat Sham to the finish line, he was still accelerating.

Here is a scalp-prickling quote by jockey Ron Turcotte:

“I heard Sham’s hooves disappear behind me . . . . And then, there was nothing. All I could hear was Secretariat’s breathing and his hooves hitting the ground. It was very quiet.”

You can watch history repeat itself by clicking on the link. Warning: Be ready for a heart-pounding moment.





  • 1 recipe for single-crust pie
  • 3 slightly beaten eggs
  • ¾ cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 1 6-oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 ½ cups pecan halves


Prepare pastry for single-crust pie. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 12-inch circle. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Trim to ½ inch beyond edge; fold under extra pastry and flute edge.


In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Stir in chopped pecans and bourbon. (Kentucky bourbon is best.)

Pat chocolate pieces lightly onto bottom of pastry shell. Pour filling atop chocolate pieces. Arrange pecan halves atop filling.

Bake in a 350⁰ oven about one hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (Cover the edges of with foil the last 30 minutes to prevent over-browning.)

Of course, a topping of whipped cream or ice cream might be the perfect final touch.





4 Responses to “The Kentucky Derby Moment”

  1. Jessica

    Tomorrow I’m driving to Loganville to watch the Derby with a friend. We have watched to three races together for over 30 years. The pie sounds delicious, but I won’t get it made in time for the race. It sounds pretty much like pecan pie with the addition of chocolate chips and bourbon. Maybe I’ll get it made in time for the Bellmont.

  2. Judyth Scott

    How thrilling it was to relive this event! Thanks for directing our attention to such a positive memory. For fred, I will try the recipe.

    Hoping to see you in the fall..

  3. Lynn Peyer

    Ellen, this made my day! I watched all three of Secretariat’s Triple Crown races as they occurred. When he won the Belmont by 34 lengths we were jumping up and down and shrieking with delight. Thanks for the link; I loved watching all three races again.