What's in a name? How the Derby could have been the Bunbury

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    • Epsom Derby 2017 takes place on June 3
    • This is 238th edition of race

    (CNN)It is the richest horse race in Britain and spawned a host of equivalents around the world, but the original Derby only received its name on the toss of a coin.

    One more flip could have given rise to the Epsom Bunbury, the Kentucky Bunbury, the Irish Bunbury and so on.
      The tale goes that during the celebrations following the inaugural running of the Oaks Stakes at Epsom in 1779, a new race was proposed.