LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The horse who has come the closest to breaking the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby has died at the age of 18.
According to Bloodhorse.com, Monarchos died October 22. His death came one day after undergoing emergency surgery a ruptured intestine.
On May 5, 2001, under the control of jockey Jorge Chavez and trained by John T. Ward, Jr., Monarchos crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs ahead of 16 other hopefuls to win the 127th Run for the Roses. His time that day was recorded at 1:59 4/5. It was just 2/5 of a second slower than the 1973 win by Secretariat.
The 2001 Kentucky Derby was the first televised by NBC and WAVE 3 News.
Editor's note: Since 2001, advances in digital timing show the actual 1 1/4 mile trip by Monarchos was 1:59.97. Secretariat's time has been revised to 1:59.40.