Run for the Roses (song)

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This article is about the song by Dan Fogelberg. For the song by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, see Run for the Roses (album).
"Run for the Roses"
Single by Dan Fogelberg
from the album The Innocent Age
B-side "The Sand And The Foam"
Released 1982
Genre Adult contemporary, Pop
Length 4:20
Label Full Moon Records
Writer(s) Dan Fogelberg
Producer(s) Dan Fogelberg, Marty Lewis
Dan Fogelberg singles chronology
"Leader of the Band"
"Run for the Roses"
"Missing You"

"Run for the Roses" is a song on the album The Innocent Age, written and recorded by singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg in 1981. Released as a single the following year, it peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It has since been used as an unofficial theme for the Kentucky Derby. The chorus mentions "the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance" at once describing the experience of horse racing and life itself.

The song was commissioned by the ABC television network for the 106th running of the Derby in 1980. It premiered on the network's Derby night special the night before. Fogelberg stated that it was written in two days.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981–1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Top Singles 33
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 16

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ "Dan Fogelberg Prodigy Chat transcript". Retrieved 5/4/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)