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Kentucky Derby Winners

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most prestigious races in Thoroughbred racing.

The first Saturday in May has been hosted annually at Churchill Downs since 1875 and serves as the first leg of the Triple Crown, in front of the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The Derby is fondly known as “The Fastest Two Minutes In Sports.”

Only two horses have broken the two-minute race time barrier in the Kentucky Derby. The first was legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat in 1973, posting a time of 1:59.40 and the second was Monarchos in 2001, with a time of 1:59.97. Northern Dancer ran the third fastest race time in 1964 clocking 2:00.00 flat.

50 of the 143 Kentucky Derby winners have won the Derby as a favorite. From 2013 to 2016 winners included Nyquist (2016), American Pharoah (2015), California Chrome (2014) and Orb (2013). 1913 Derby winner Donerail holds the longest odds of any winner at 91-1. Mine That Bird is the largest recent longshot at 50/1 in 2009.

Mine That Bird’s jockey Calvin Borel is the winningest active jockey in Kentucky Derby history, with three wins aboard Super Saver (2010), Mine That Bird (2009) and Street Sense (2007). Long retired jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack share the outright record with 5 wins apiece.

Trainer Ben A. Jones holds the distinction of having the most wins in the Kentucky Derby with a total of 6. Jones’ span began in 1938 and ended in 1952. Bob Baffert leads active Kentucky Derby trainers with 4 victories. Baffert’s most recent Derby victory was with American Pharoah in 2015. American Pharoah would also go on to win the first Triple Crown in 37 years.

The 144th renewal of the Kentucky Derby will take place on May 2nd, 2020.

Did you know? – Kentucky Derby Winner Trivia

  • The only horse not crowned Horse of the Year the year he swept the Triple Crown was Omaha in 1935.
    • Discovery, a 4-year-old, won 11 of 19 starts that year, and beat Omaha (third) by 12 lengths in that year’s Brooklyn Handicap on June 22 – the first of eight straight stakes triumphs.
  • Four Kentucky Derby winners are two-time Horse of the Year winners:
    • Whirlaway (1941-42), Secretariat (1972-73), Affirmed (1978-79) and California Chrome (2014, ’16).
  • A Kentucky Derby winner has been crowned Horse of the Year after its 3-year-old season on nine occasions:
    • Old Rosebud (1917), Exterminator (1922), Whirlaway (1942), Swaps (1956), Affirmed (1979), Spectacular Bid (1980), Ferdinand (1987), Alysheba (1988) and California Chrome (2016).

History of Kentucky Derby Winners

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER TIME
2019Country House+Flavien PratBill Mott2:03.93
2018Justify*Mike SmithBob Baffert2:04:20
2017 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 2:03.59
2016 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill 2:01.31
2015 American Pharoah * Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:03.02
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman 2:03.66
2013 Orb Joel Rosario Claude McGaughey III 2:02.89
2012 I’ll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill 2:01.83
2011 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez H. Graham Motion 2:02.04
2010 Super Saver Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher 2:04.45
2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel Bennie L. Woolley, Jr. 2:02.66
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. 2:01.82
2007 Street Sense Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger 2:02.17
2006 Barbaro Edgar Prado Michael R. Matz 2:01.36
2005 Giacomo Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs 2:02.75
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliott John Servis 2:04.06
2003 Funny Cide Jose Santos Barclay Tagg 2:01.19
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:01.13
2001 Monarchos Jorge F. Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. 1:59.97
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus Kent Desormeaux Neil Drysdale 2:01.00
1999 Charismatic Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas 2:03.20
1998 Real Quiet Kent Desormeaux Bob Baffert 2:02.20
1997 Silver Charm Gary Stevens Bob Baffert 2:02.40
1996 Grindstone Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas 2:01.00
1995 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas 2:01.20
1994 Go for Gin Chris McCarron Nick Zito 2:03.60
1993 Sea Hero Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller 2:02.40
1992 Lil E. Tee Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting 2:03.00
1991 Strike the Gold Chris Antley Nick Zito 2:03.00
1990 Unbridled Craig Perret Carl Nafzger 2:02.00
1989 Sunday Silence Pat Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham 2:05.00
1988 Winning Colors ** Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas 2:02.20
1987 Alysheba Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg 2:03.40
1986 Ferdinand Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham 2:02.80
1985 Spend A Buck Angel Cordero, Jr. Cam Gambolati 2:00.20
1984 Swale Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens 2:02.40
1983 Sunny’s Halo Eddie Delahoussaye David C. Cross, Jr. 2:02.20
1982 Gato Del Sol Eddie Delahoussaye Edwin J. Gregson 2:02.40
1981 Pleasant Colony Jorge Velasquez John P. Campo 2:02.00
1980 Genuine Risk ** Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley 2:02.00
1979 Spectacular Bid Ronnie Franklin Bud Delp 2:02.40
1978 Affirmed * Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera 2:01.20
1977 Seattle Slew * Jean Cruguet William H. Turner, Jr. 2:02.20
1976 Bold Forbes Angel Cordero, Jr. Laz Barrera 2:01.60
1975 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley 2:02.00
1974 Cannonade Angel Cordero, Jr. Woody Stephens 2:04.00
1973 Secretariat * Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin 1:59.40
1972 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin 2:01.80
1971 Canonero II Gustavo Avila Juan Arias 2:03.20
1970 Dust Commander Mike Manganello Don Combs 2:03.40
1969 Majestic Prince Bill Hartack Johnny Longden 2:01.80
1968 Forward Pass Ismael Valenzuela Henry Forrest 2:02.20
1967 Proud Clarion Bobby Ussery Loyd Gentry, Jr. 2:00.60
1966 Kauai King Don Brumfield Henry Forrest 2:02.00
1965 Lucky Debonair Bill Shoemaker Frank Catrone 2:01.20
1964 Northern Dancer Bill Hartack Horatio Luro 2:00.00
1963 Chateaugay Braulio Baeza James P. Conway 2:01.80
1962 Decidedly Bill Hartack Horatio Luro 2:00.40
1961 Carry Back Johnny Sellers Jack A. Price 2:04.00
1960 Venetian Way Bill Hartack Victor J. Sovinski 2:02.40
1959 Tomy Lee Bill Shoemaker Frank E. Childs 2:02.20
1958 Tim Tam Ismael Valenzuela Jimmy Jones 2:05.00
1957 Iron Liege Bill Hartack Jimmy Jones 2:02.20
1956 Needles David Erb Hugh L. Fontaine 2:03.40
1955 Swaps Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney 2:01.80
1954 Determine Raymond York William Molter 2:03.00
1953 Dark Star Henry E. Moreno Eddie Hayward 2:02.00
1952 Hill Gail Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:01.60
1951 Count Turf Conn McCreary Sol Rutchick 2:02.60
1950 Middleground William Boland Max Hirsch 2:01.60
1949 Ponder Steve Brooks Ben A. Jones 2:04.20
1948 Citation * Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:05.40
1947 Jet Pilot Eric Guerin Tom Smith 2:06.80
1946 Assault * Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch 2:06.60
1945 Hoop Jr. Eddie Arcaro Ivan H. Parke 2:07.00
1944 Pensive Conn McCreary Ben A. Jones 2:04.20
1943 Count Fleet * Johnny Longden Don Cameron 2:04.00
1942 Shut Out Wayne D. Wright John M. Gaver, Sr. 2:04.40
1941 Whirlaway * Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:01.40
1940 Gallahadion Carroll Bierman Roy Waldron 2:05.00
1939 Johnstown James Stout Jim Fitzsimmons 2:03.40
1938 Lawrin Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:04.80
1937 War Admiral * Charley Kurtsinger George Conway 2:03.20
1936 Bold Venture Ira Hanford Max Hirsch 2:03.60
1935 Omaha * Willie Saunders Jim Fitzsimmons 2:05.00
1934 Cavalcade Mack Garner Bob Smith 2:04.00
1933 Brokers Tip Don Meade Herbert J. Thompson 2:06.80
1932 Burgoo King Eugene James Herbert J. Thompson 2:05.20
1931 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger James G. Rowe, Jr. 2:01.80
1930 Gallant Fox * Earl Sande Jim Fitzsimmons 2:07.60
1929 Clyde Van Dusen Linus McAtee Clyde Van Dusen 2:10.80
1928 Reigh Count Chick Lang Bert S. Michell 2:10.40
1927 Whiskery Linus McAtee Fred Hopkins 2:06.00
1926 Bubbling Over Albert Johnson Herbert J. Thompson 2:03.80
1925 Flying Ebony Earl Sande William B. Duke 2:07.60
1924 Black Gold J. D. Mooney Hanley Webb 2:05.20
1923 Zev Earl Sande David J. Leary 2:05.40
1922 Morvich Albert Johnson Fred Burlew 2:04.60
1921 Behave Yourself Charles Thompson Herbert J. Thompson 2:04.20
1920 Paul Jones Ted Rice Billy Garth 2:09.00
1919 Sir Barton * Johnny Loftus H. Guy Bedwell 2:09.80
1918 Exterminator Willie Knapp Henry McDaniel 2:10.80
1917 Omar Khayyam Charles Borel Charles T. Patterson 2:04.60
1916 George Smith Johnny Loftus Hollie Hughes 2:04.00
1915 Regret ** Joe Notter James G. Rowe, Sr. 2:05.40
1914 Old Rosebud John McCabe Frank D. Weir 2:03.40
1913 Donerail Roscoe Goose Thomas P. Hayes 2:04.80
1912 Worth Carroll H. Shilling Frank M. Taylor 2:09.40
1911 Meridian George Archibald Albert Ewing 2:05.00
1910 Donau Frederick Herbert George Ham 2:06.40
1909 Wintergreen Vincent Powers Charles Mack 2:08.20
1908 Stone Street Arthur Pickens J. W. Hall 2:15.20
1907 Pink Star Andy Minder W. H. Fizer 2:12.60
1906 Sir Huon Roscoe Troxler Pete Coyne 2:08.80
1905 Agile Jack Martin Robert Tucker 2:10.75
1904 Elwood Shorty Prior Charles E. Durnell 2:08.50
1903 Judge Himes Hal Booker John P. Mayberry 2:09.00
1902 Alan-a-Dale Jimmy Winkfield Thomas C. McDowell 2:08.75
1901 His Eminence Jimmy Winkfield Frank B. Van Meter 2:07.75
1900 Lieut. Gibson Jimmy Boland Charles Hughes 2:06.25
1899 Manuel Fred Taral Robert J. Walden 2:12.00
1898 Plaudit Willie Simms John E. Madden 2:09.00
1897 Typhoon II Buttons Garner J. C. Cahn 2:12.50
1896 Ben Brush Willie Simms Hardy Campbell, Jr. 2:07.75
1895 Halma Soup Perkins Byron McClelland 2:37.50
1894 Chant Frank Goodale H. Eugene Leigh 2:41.00
1893 Lookout Eddie Kunze William McDaniel 2:39.25
1892 Azra Alonzo Clayton John H. Morris 2:41.50
1891 Kingman Isaac Murphy Dud Allen 2:52.25
1890 Riley Isaac Murphy Edward Corrigan 2:45.00
1889 Spokane Thomas Kiley John Rodegap 2:34.50
1888 Macbeth II George Covington John Campbell 2:38.00
1887 Montrose Isaac Lewis John McGinty 2:39.25
1886 Ben Ali Paul Duffy Jim Murphy 2:36.50
1885 Joe Cotton Erskine Henderson Abe Perry 2:37.25
1884 Buchanan Isaac Murphy William Bird 2:40.25
1883 Leonatus Billy Donohue Raleigh Colston 2:43.00
1882 Apollo Babe Hurd Green B. Morris 2:40.00
1881 Hindoo Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. 2:40.00
1880 Fonso George Lewis Tice Hutsell 2:37.50
1879 Lord Murphy Charlie Shauer George Rice 2:37.00
1878 Day Star Jimmy Carter Lee Paul 2:37.25
1877 Baden-Baden Billy Walker Edward D. Brown 2:38.00
1876 Vagrant Bobby Swim James Williams 2:38.25
1875 Aristides Oliver Lewis Ansel Williamson 2:37.75

* = Triple Crown Winner
* * = Filly Winner
+ = Disqualification Involved


Kentucky Derby Winners vs Kentucky Derby Winners

Winners of the Kentucky Derby have faced each other 43 times. The races have occurred 17 times in New York, nine in California, nine in Maryland, six in Kentucky, one in Illinois and one in Canada. Derby winners have run 1-2 on 12 occasions. The older Derby winner has prevailed 24 times. Three Kentucky Derby winners have been pitted against one another twice, including a 1-2-3 finish in the 1918 Bowie Handicap at Pimlico by George Smith, Omar Khayyam and Exterminator. Exterminator raced against Derby winners 15 times and finished ahead of his rose-bearing rivals nine times. His chief competitor was Paul Jones, who he beat in seven of 10 races while carrying more weight in each affair.

DateTrackRaceDistanceDerby Winner (Age, Weight)FinishDerby Winner (Age, Weight)Finish
Nov. 2, 1991Churchill DownsBreeders’ Cup Classic1 ¼ MUnbridled (4, 126)3rdStrike the Gold (3, 122)5th
26-Jun-88Hollywood ParkHollywood Gold Cup H.1 ¼ MAlysheba (4,126)2ndFerdinand (5, 125)3rd
17-Apr-88Santa AnitaSan Bernardino H.1 1/8 MAlysheba (4, 127)1stFerdinand (5, 127)2nd
6-Mar-88Santa AnitaSanta Anita H.1 ¼ MAlysheba (4, 126)1stFerdinand (5, 127)2nd
Nov. 21, 1987Hollywood ParkBreeders’ Cup Classic1 ¼ MFerdinand (4, 126)1stAlysheba (3, 122)2nd
Oct. 6, 1979Belmont ParkJockey Club Gold Cup1 ½ MAffirmed (4, 126)1stSpectacular Bid (3, 121)2nd
Oct. 14, 1978Belmont ParkJockey Club Gold Cup1 ½ MSeattle Slew (4, 126)2ndAffirmed (3, 121)5th
Sept. 16, 1978Belmont ParkMarlboro Cup1 1/8 MSeattle Slew (4, 128)2ndAffirmed (3, 124)2nd
Sept. 15, 1973Belmont ParkMarlboro Cup1 1/8 MSecretariat (3, 124)2ndRiva Ridge (4, 127)2nd
Sept. 20, 1972Belmont ParkStymie H.1 1/8 MCanonero II (4, 110)1stRiva Ridge (3, 123)2nd
Aug. 6, 1964SaratogaSchenectady Purse7 FChateaugay (4, 124)1stDecidedly (5, 124)2nd
11-Jun-55Hollywood ParkCalifornian1 1/16 MSwaps (3, 115)1stDetermine (4, 126)2nd
Dec. 9, 1950Hollywood ParkHollywood Gold Cup1 ¼ MPonder (4, 125)5thAssault (7, 121)7th
Feb. 25, 1950Santa AnitaSanta Anita H.1 ¼ MCitation (5, 132)2ndPonder (4, 124)4th
Feb. 11, 1950Santa AnitaSan Antonio H.1 1/8 MPonder (4, 128)1stCitation (5, 130)2nd
16-May-30Churchill DownsShady Brook Farm H.1 1/16 MWhiskery (6, 108)2ndClyde Van Dusen (4, 112)10th
28-Apr-23Havre de GraceOld Dominion H.1 M 70 YExterminator (8, 132)2ndPaul Jones (6, 108)3rd
21-Apr-23Havre de GracePhiladelphia H.1 1/16 MExterminator (8, 129)1stPaul Jones (6, 108)2nd
Nov. 11, 1922PimlicoPimlico Cup H.2 ¼ MPaul Jones (5, 99)2ndExterminator (7, 126)3rd
Oct. 28, 1922Laurel ParkWashington H.1 ¼ MExterminator (7, 132)4thPaul Jones (5, 106)7th
Aug. 27, 1921SaratogaMerchants and Citizens’ H.1 3/16 MExterminator (6, 130)1stPaul Jones (4, 109)5th
17-Jun-21AqueductBrooklyn H.1 1/8 MExterminator (6, 129)3rdPaul Jones (4, 116)10th
4-Jun-21Belmont ParkSuburban H.1 ¼ MExterminator (6, 133)5thPaul Jones (4, 118)8th
Nov. 12, 1920PimlicoPimlico Cup H.2 ¼Exterminator (5, 126)1stPaul Jones (3, 110 ½)3rd
Nov. 8, 1920PimlicoBowie H.1 ½ MPaul Jones (3, 120)4thExterminator (5, 135)5th
Aug. 2, 1920SaratogaSaratoga H.1 ¼ MSir Barton (4, 129)1stExterminator (5, 126)2nd
5-Jun-20Belmont ParkSuburban H.1 ¼ MPaul Jones (3, 106)1stExterminator (5, 123)3rd
Sept. 27, 1919Havre de GraceHavre de Grace H.1 1/8 MExterminator (4, 126)2ndSir Barton (3, 124)3rd
Nov. 12, 1918PimlicoBowie H.1 ½ MGeorge Smith (5, 130)1stOmar Khayyam (4, 115)2nd
Exterminator (3, 120)3rd
Oct. 12, 1918Laurel ParkWashington H.1 1/8 MExterminator (3, 113 ½)3rdOmar Khayyam (4, 127)4th
Aug. 1, 1917SaratogaSaratoga H.1 ¼ MGeorge Smith (4, 117)4thOld Rosebud (6, 132)5th
25-Jun-17AqueductBrooklyn H.1 1/8 MRegret (5, 122)2ndOld Rosebud (6, 120)3rd
Omar Khayyam (3, 110)10th
Sept. 16, 1912Douglas ParkDouglas Park Inaugural H.1 1/16 MWintergreen (6, 107)8thDonau (5, 106)Left
Aug. 12, 1912Hamilton, OntarioHandicap for 3 & up6 FWorth (3, 119)3rdWintergreen (6, 113)5th
25-Jun-10LatoniaBrewers’ Exchange H.6 FWintergreen (4, 117)3rdDonau (3, 112)8th
5-Jun-05GravesendHandicap for 3 & up1 1/16 MAlan-a-Dale (6, 122)4thElwood (4, 104)8th
Feb. 24, 1904Los Angeles JCSelling race $400 purse1 1/16 MHis Eminence (6, 104)4thElwood (3, 101 or 102)5th
Sept. 29, 1897GravesendAll-age race1 1/16 MPlaudit (2, 90)1stBen Brush (4, 126)2nd
Aug. 18, 1888SaratogaHandicap Sweepstakes1 ½ MMontrose (4, 118)1stMacbeth II (3, 102)4th
July 3, 1888Washington ParkBoulevard1 ¼ MMontrose (4, 113 or 118)2ndMacbeth II (3, 109)6th
June 2, 1888LatoniaDistillers’ & Brewers’1 M 500 YMontrose (4, 115)1stMacbeth II (3, 103)3rd
May 7, 1888Kentucky AssociationDistillers’1 ¼Macbeth II (3, 94)2ndMontrose (4, 118)4th
Oct. 7, 1887Jerome ParkFree Handicap Sweepstakes1 1/16 MBen Ali (4, 118)1stJoe Cotton (5, 112)3rd

Kentucky Derby Facts

Kentucky Derby Winning Jockey Records

  • Most Wins, Jockey: 5, Eddie Arcaro (1938, ’41, ’45, ’48 & ’52) & Bill Hartack (1957, ’60, ’62, ’64, ’69)
  • Most Mounts, Jockey: 26, Bill Shoemaker (1952-88)
  • Most Mounts, Jockey w/o a win: 18, Corey Nakatani (1991-2015)
  • Oldest Winning Jockey: 54, Bill Shoemaker (1986-Ferdinand)
  • Youngest Winning Jockey: 15, Alonzo Clayton (1892-Azra) & James “Soup” Perkins (1895-Halma)

Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer Records

  • Most Wins, Trainer: 6, Ben Jones (1938, ’41, ’44, ’48, ’49, ’52)
  • Most Starts, Trainer: 48, D. Wayne Lukas (1981-2013; won four times)
  • Most Starts, Trainer w/o a win: 15, Steve Asmussen (2001-2016)
  • Oldest Winning Trainer: 77, Art Sherman (2014-California Chrome)
  • Youngest Winning Trainer: 24, James “Jimmy” Rowe Sr. (1881)
  • 5 Kentucky Derby Starters, Single Year:
    • Todd Pletcher (2013): Revolutionary (3rd), Charming Kitten (9th), Overanalyze (11th), Palace Malice (12th) & Verrazano (14th)
    • Todd Pletcher (2007): Circular Quay (6th), Any Given Saturday (8th), Sam P. (9th), Scat Daddy (18th) & Cowtown Cat (20th)
    • Nick Zito (2005): Bellamy Road (7th), Andromeda’s Hero (8th), High Fly (10th), Noble Causeway (14th) & Sun King (15th)
    • D. Wayne Lukas (1996): Grindstone (1st), Prince of Thieves (3rd), Editor’s Note (6th), Victory Speech (10th) & Honour and Glory (18th)
  • 4 Kentucky Derby Starters, Single Year:
    • Todd Pletcher (2014): Danza (3rd), We Miss Artie (10th), Intense Holiday (12th) & Vinceremos (17th)
    • Todd Pletcher (2010): Super Saver (1st), Mission Impazible (9th), f-Devil May Care (10th) & Discreetly Mine (13th)
    • Todd Pletcher (2000): Impeachment (3rd), More Than Ready (4th), Trippi (11th) & Graeme Hall (19th)
    • James “Jimmy” Rowe Sr. (1923): Enchantment (6th), Rialto (7th), Picketer (15th) & Cherry Pie (20th)
  • 3 Kentucky Derby Starters, Single Year:
    • Todd Pletcher (2015): Materiality (6th), Itsaknockout (9th) & Carpe Diem (10th)
    • Mike Maker (2014): General a Rod (11th), Harry’s Holiday (16th) & Vicar’s in Trouble (19th)
    • Bob Baffert (2006): Point Determined (9th), Sinister Minister (16th) & Bob and John (17th)
    • Todd Pletcher (2005): Flower Alley (9th), Coin Silver (12th) & Bandini (19th)
    • D. Wayne Lukas (2000): Exchange Rate (12th), High Yield (15th) & Commendable (17th)
    • Bob Baffert (1999): Prime Timber (4th), f-Excellent Meeting (5th) & General Challenge (11th)
    • D. Wayne Lukas (1995): Thunder Gulch (1st), Timber Country (3rd) & f-Serena’s Song (16th)
    • D. Wayne Lukas (1990): Land Rush (7th), Power Launch (10th) & Real Cash (11th)
    • D. Wayne Lukas (1987): On the Line (10th), War (13th) & Capote (DNF)
    • D. Wayne Lukas (1983): Marfa (5th), Balboa Native (9th) & Total Departure (20th)
    • James W. Smith (1946): Lord Boswell (4th), Knockdown (5th) & Perfect Bahram (9th)
    • “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons (1936): Teufel (8th), Merry Pete (10th) & Granville (DNF)
    • Charles Durnell (1929): Panchio (3rd), Calf Roper (11th) & Prince Pat (20th)
    • Herbert John “Dick” Thompson (1924): Beau Butler (3rd), Baffling (17th) & Bob Tail (19th)
    • W.B. Jennings (1917): War Star (5th), Star Master (9th) & Stargazer (10th)

Kentucky Derby Winning Owner Records

  • Most Wins, Owner: 8, Calumet Farm (1941, ’44, ’48, ’49, ’52, ’57, ’58, ’68)
  • Most Starts, Owner: 28, Col. E.R. Bradley (1920-45; won four times)
  • Most Starts, Owner w/o a win: 5, C.V. Whitney (1935-68)
  • Oldest Winning Owner: 92, Mrs. Frances Genter (1990-Unbridled)

Kentucky Derby Winning Breeder Records

  • Most Wins, Breeder: 9, Calumet Farm (1941, ’44, ’48, ’49, ’52, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’91)
  • Most Wins, Sire: 3, Falsetto, Virgil, Sir Gallahad III & Bull Lea
  • Most Wins, State-Bred: 108, Kentucky
  • Most Wins, Color of Horse: 54, Bay

Kentucky Derby Winning Horse Records

  • Largest Win Margin: 8 lengths, Old Rosebud (1914), Johnstown (1939), Whirlaway (1941) & Assault (1946)
  • Smallest Win Margin: nose, Spokane over Proctor Knott (1889), Azra over Huron (1892), Ben Brush over Ben Eder (1896),
  • Plaudit over Lieber Karl (1898), Alan-A-Dale over Inventor (1902), Iron Leige over Gallant Man-GB (1957), Tomy Lee-GB over Sword Dancer (1959) & Grindstone over Cavonnier (1996)
  • Most Wins by Post Position (since 1930): 9, Posts 5, 10
  • Least Wins by Post Position (since 1930): 0, Posts 17, 21, 22, 23
  • Auxiliary Starting Gate (15+) Wins (since 1930): 12
  • Winning Fillies: Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980) & Winning Colors (1988)
  • Winning Geldings: Vagrant (1876), Apollo (1882), Macbeth II (1888), Old Rosebud (1914), Exterminator (1918), Paul Jones (1920), Clyde Van Dusen (1929), Funny Cide (2003) & Mine That Bird (2009)
  • Oldest Living Kentucky Derby winner: 28 (born 1991), Go For Gin (1994)
  • Fastest Splits – ¼-mile: :21 4/5, Top Avenger (1981 – finished 19th of 21)
  • Fastest Splits – ½-mile: :44.86, Songandaprayer (2001 – finished 13th of 17)
  • Fastest Splits – ¾-mile: 1:09.25, Songandaprayer (2001 – finished 13th of 17)
  • Fastest Splits – 1 mile: 1:34 4/5, Spend a Buck (1985 – won)
  • Disqualifications: Dancer’s Image (1968, 1st to 14th), Gate Dancer (1984, 4th to 5th),
  • Largest Pre-Derby Earnings: $3,322,600, Nyquist (2016 – won)
  • Highest Starter Purchase Price at Auction: $4,000,000, Fusaichi Pegasus (2000 – won; sold at 1998 Keeneland July Yearling sale)
  • Record Purse: $2,399,600 (2005)”
  • Record Attendance: 170,513 (2015)
  • Record On-Track Derby Day Handle: $24,463,927 (2006)
  • Record Off-Track Derby Day Handle: $171,305,208 (2015)
  • Record All Sources Derby Day Handle: $194,271,295 (2015)
  • Record On-Track Derby Handle: $12,340,694 (2012)
  • Record All Sources Derby Handle: $137,892,801 (2015)
  • Record Purses Offered on Derby Day: $5,005,134 (2016)

(Records data last updated December 2018)