Sermons on 1 Samuel

The Long Shot

Preached FCCW June 17, 2018

1 Samuel 17: 32-47


At the 1913 Kentucky Derby, the smart money rested on one of three horses. Their names were Yankee Notions, Ten Point, and Foundation.  True to the odds-makers predictions, those three swapped the lead back and forth between them as they rounded the track at Churchill Downs.  As the horses churned into the stretch, Ten Point was leading. Then something happened that almost nobody saw coming: a 91-1 long shot named Donerail drove from the rear of the field and captured the lead. When he crossed the finish line, he was half a body length ahead of Ten Point. To this day, Donerail’s incredible upset stands as the highest paying, long shot victory in Kentucky Derby history.