By Michael Slezak
May 04, 2009 at 07:30 PM EDT

Perhaps, like me, you spent most of your weekend clutching a Daily Racing Form and screaming so loudly at the television that your neighbors may or may not have considered dialing 911. Some might call it insanity. I call it Kentucky Derby Fever. But while the romping victory by mega-longshot Mine That Bird in the race known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports” was awfully entertaining — thanks in large part to jockey Calvin Borel’s effusive, emotional ride back to the winners’ circle — it was Rachel Alexandra’s jaw-dropping win on Friday in the Derby’s distaff counterpart, the Kentucky Oaks, that makes for can’t-miss video. I could go on and on for 1,000 words why horses are the planet’s most awe-inspiring creatures, but really, the video below says it all. (Side note: Borel also rode Rachel Alexandra to her big win, making him only the seventh jockey in history to record an Oaks-Derby double in the same year.) After the jump, check out Mine That Bird’s unlikely win, as well as four other stretch drives that have taken my breath away in recent decades, then list your own favorite horse-racing moments in the comments section below.

Mine That Bird’s 2009 Kentucky Derby

Personal Ensign’s 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Will she get up in time to retire undefeated? I’m never quite sure, no matter how many times I watch)

Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer in the 1989 Preakness (What a corker!)

Real Quiet’s heartbreaking 1998 Belmont Stakes loss (OMG! This one hurts!)

Secretariat’s 1973 Belmont Stakes romp (“He is moving like a tremendous machine!”)

Bonus video!!! Dehere’s 1993 Saratoga Special (Talk about overcoming a traffic jam!)

Affirmed vs. Alydar in the 1978 Belmont (“We’ll test these two to the wire!”) (One more bonus suggestion from my colleague Jeff Labrecque!)

Okay, and if you haven’t teared up yet, watch trainer Carl Nafzger give the stretch call of the 1990 Kentucky Derby to owner Frances Genter, as her horse Unbridled storms to the finish. (“He’s gonna win, Mrs. Genter! He’s going to win!”)