Real Life Breyer Horses: And They’re Off! Kentucky Derby 2012

The excitement of Thoroughbred racing is racing into Churchill Downs this weekend as the 138th Kentucky Derby brings the three year old stars of the Thoroughbred world together. This first Saturday in May has long been the highlight of the Thoroughbred racing season and also the first race in the infamous Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby has long been the first jewel in the Triple Crown, three races that are thought to truly test the ability of a three year old Thoroughbred race horse. The Belmont and the Preakness make up the other two jewels and happen in the weeks following the Derby. It’s been over 30 years since we’ve seen our last Triple Crown winner, and while many have come close, no one has yet to follow up Affirmed with his victory of the Triple Crown in 1978.

Breyer has a long history of immortalizing the stars of the Thoroughbred racing world. Dozens of the most famous horses have found their way into the world of collectors with a model of their very own! Currently in the Breyer lineup at Golden Oak Stables are two of the sport’s most famous stars, Secretariat and Zenyatta!

This year twenty horses will run for the roses, from the favorite Bodemeister who will be ridden by Zenyatta’s jockey, Mike Smith, to Take Charge Indy who will have three time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel atop the field is just as difficult to pick as ever. Favorites, longshots and everything in between make up the 20 horses that will race down the stretch looking for their place in equine history.

There’s no telling who will gallop across the finish line on Saturday, the field is set and all that is left to do is pick your favorite horse and watch! Will we finally have a Triple Crown winner to break the streak? We’ll just have to wait and see. Who knows? Maybe they’ll be a new horse that will make his way into the Breyer history books as well!

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