Chris McCarron: the thrill of that first Kentucky Derby win just grows over the years | Topics: Alysheba

Chris McCarron and Alysheba: “I won races with considerably larger purses, but they all pale in comparison to the thrill of winning that first Kentucky Derby”

It has been 25 years since Chris McCarron won his second, and his last, Kentucky Derby (aboard Go For Gin). But the one he remembers most vividly all these years later is the 1987 Run for the Roses, which he won aboard Alysheba.

Here McCarron, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky and now serves an executive on the Team Valor International, reminisces about the thrill of winning his first Derby, the profound impact it had on his journey from the outskirts of his native Boston to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.


When I retired as a rider in June 2002, I had ridden in over 34,000…