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Exterminator Exhibit Opens At BC Library Celebrating Kentucky Derby Winner

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner and everyone's got their favorites to win it, but 100 years ago it was a Binghamton horse that came out of no where to win it all.

An exhibit honoring the 1918 Kentucky Derby winning horse, Exterminator, is now open at the Broome County Library. 

Owned by Willis Sharpe Kilmer, of Swamp Root fame, Exterminator was entered into the race at the last minute. Kilmer's prize race horse Sun Briar was determined unable to run the morning of the big race. Exterminator was entered and the rest is history.

"30-1 odds. Nobody knew this horse. He'd only run in a couple of races, not very well. And the day of the race he was kind of held back and midway through the race, he takes off, passing everybody."

The Binghamton horse went on to run in 100 races, winning 50 of those and placing in 34. The exhibit at the library will be open through October. 

Over the next month, a series of events celebrating Exterminator's big win are planned throughout the community.