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Battle of the Ballads

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This Saturday, at the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the Churchill Downs crowd will sing "My Old Kentucky Home" as it has for 95 years. Twenty-two days later, about 120 miles to the north, another crowd will sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the 100th Indianapolis 500. Here's how the two songs stack up.

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"My Old Kentucky Home"

"Back Home Again in Indiana"

1853

Published

1917

Stephen Foster

Writer

Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley

Abolitionism: Foster, a Pittsburgh native, was inspired by Uncle Tom's Cabin

What's it about?

Nostalgia: Hanley was from Indiana, MacDonald was not.

1921, when Kentucky-bred horse Behave Yourself won and the song was played in celebration

Tradition origin

1946, when then Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony Hulman first asked James Melton to sing it

Louisville Cardinals Marching Band

Backup

Indianapolis Children's Choir

None, just the band

Lead singer

Jim Nabors, 36 times between 1972 and 2014; The Voice winner Josh Kaufman this year

A big bold hat

Headphones

Headphones

THEY SAID IT

"I'LL NEVER GROW UP."

John Daly

The golfer, who turned 50 on April 28, answering a question about how he's changed as he prepares for his Champions tour debut, at the Insperity Invitational on May 6.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A die-hard Green Bay fan is marrying a woman named Packer and taking her last name.

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EBAY (PACKERS DECORATION)

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HORSEPHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (HORSE)

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COURTESY OF HONDA PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT (CAR)

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MARIANNA MASSEY/GETTY IMAGES (DALY)