In the end, it was a triumph for Kentucky Derby old school.

Two colts that loved the Churchill Downs track, one earning a championship on it, the other flashing a Derby-week trial that forced the historically inclined to invoke the name of the mighty Forego.

And it had a trainer, Carl Nafzger, who 17 years got a colt named Unbridled to peak seemingly the minute he entered the starting gate. Then, last week, put the finishing touches on his second Derby champion, even if he prepped him in a traditional fixture that played out more Green Grass than Blue Grass.

But after an old school racehorse named Street Sense gave Nafzger his second Derby victory and punched his ticket to the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga, there was no kissing of sweet 92-year-old patrons of the turf.

The 65-year-old semi-retired Louisville favorite this time was a vision of studied concentration as he watched his horse gallop out. He would allow only a lower case arm-pump in celebration as he accepted congratulations from the winners connections.

And wouldnt you know it? Calvin got through on all but one of the 20, and it seemed like none were trained by Todd Pletcher. And Larry Jones is now household name and his Hard Spun is hardscrabble speed. And so is Curlin, who showed more class in defeat than he ever did when undefeated and never again will I poke fun of Imawildandcrazyguy who finished like one wildandcrazyracehorse.

And didnt the Queen look resplendent and enjoying her new image courtesy of Helen Mirren and the third largest crowd in history turned a storm in May into a sunshine bright day for an American horse race.

In the age of the fifteen-minute diva, wasnt it a sight for old school eyes to behold? Somewhere, Tevye is dancing.