Sports Kentucky Derby: Will mighty white steed ride to rescue of struggling sport?

A white horse has never won the Kentucky Derby, so the entry of nearly pure white Hansen makes for a good story. But it likely won't be enough to bring horse racing back into the mainstream.

By , Staff writer

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Mint juleps and outrageous flowered hats aside, horse racing only pops up on the mainstream radar a few times a year. Fans and TV network executives behind Saturday’s Kentucky Derby are always on the lookout for an angle to draw the general viewer back into what has become a niche sport of wealthy owners and weekend handicappers.