1918 Exterminator Tac Pin
This pin honors Exterminator, dark-horse winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby with jockey Willie Knapp up. Exterminator had been bred by F.D. “Dixie” Knight at Almahurst Farm in Lexington, Kentucky by McGee, who also sired 1913 Derby winner Donerail. Horse owner Willis Sharpe Kilmer purchased Exterminator to be used as a training companion for his star colt Sun Briar. Much to Kilmer’s panic, Sun Briar, whom he had entered into the Derby that year, fell ill, forcing him to enter Exterminator into the race. On a muddy track and with almost no serious racing training, Exterminator won the Debry by a length after a spectacular rush from the back of the racing field, thrilling both Kilmer and trainer Henry McDaniel. Exterminator was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1957 and is ranked #29 on Blood-Horse Magazine’s Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century.
A Kentucky Derby Museum Exclusive.
Pin measures 0.75 X 1”.

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