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Last updated August 17, 2020

Kentucky Derby Winners

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most prestigious races in Thoroughbred racing and any Kentucky Derby winner is instantly cemented into the lore and history of America.

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.”

What is the fastest Kentucky Derby time?

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.
      Omaha in the winners circle at Churchill Downs following his 1935 Kentucky Derby win
  • 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).
      Affirmed wins the 1978 Kentucky Derby
  • 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).
      Whirlaway wins the 1941 Kentucky Derby

Who are the past winners of the Kentucky Derby?

Official Kentucky Derby Winners List & Winning Times

Below is a complete listing of Kentucky Derby winners through the century. Including the year of victory, horse name, winning jockey, winning trainer and winning times.

YEAR WINNER TIME
2019Country House+2:03.93
2018Justify*2:04:20
2017 Always Dreaming 2:03.59
2016 Nyquist 2:01.31
2015 American Pharoah* 2:03.02
2014 California Chrome 2:03.66
2013 Orb 2:02.89
2012 I’ll Have Another 2:01.83
2011 Animal Kingdom 2:02.04
2010 Super Saver 2:04.45
2009 Mine That Bird 2:02.66
2008 Big Brown 2:01.82
2007 Street Sense 2:02.17
2006 Barbaro 2:01.36
2005 Giacomo 2:02.75
2004 Smarty Jones 2:04.06
2003 Funny Cide 2:01.19
2002 War Emblem 2:01.13
2001 Monarchos 1:59.97
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 2:01.00
1999 Charismatic 2:03.20
1998 Real Quiet 2:02.20
1997 Silver Charm 2:02.40
1996 Grindstone 2:01.00
1995 Thunder Gulch 2:01.20
1994 Go for Gin 2:03.60
1993 Sea Hero 2:02.40
1992 Lil E. Tee 2:03.00
1991 Strike the Gold 2:03.00
1990 Unbridled 2:02.00
1989 Sunday Silence 2:05.00
1988 Winning Colors ** 2:02.20
1987 Alysheba 2:03.40
1986 Ferdinand 2:02.80
1985 Spend A Buck 2:00.20
1984 Swale 2:02.40
1983 Sunny’s Halo 2:02.20
1982 Gato Del Sol 2:02.40
1981 Pleasant Colony 2:02.00
1980 Genuine Risk ** 2:02.00
1979 Spectacular Bid 2:02.40
1978 Affirmed* 2:01.20
1977 Seattle Slew* 2:02.20
1976 Bold Forbes 2:01.60
1975 Foolish Pleasure 2:02.00
1974 Cannonade 2:04.00
1973 Secretariat* 1:59.40
1972 Riva Ridge 2:01.80
1971 Canonero II 2:03.20
1970 Dust Commander 2:03.40
1969 Majestic Prince 2:01.80
1968 Forward Pass 2:02.20
1967 Proud Clarion 2:00.60
1966 Kauai King 2:02.00
1965 Lucky Debonair 2:01.20
1964 Northern Dancer 2:00.00
1963 Chateaugay 2:01.80
1962 Decidedly 2:00.40
1961 Carry Back 2:04.00
1960 Venetian Way 2:02.40
1959 Tomy Lee 2:02.20
1958 Tim Tam 2:05.00
1957 Iron Liege 2:02.20
1956 Needles 2:03.40
1955 Swaps 2:01.80
1954 Determine 2:03.00
1953 Dark Star 2:02.00
1952 Hill Gail 2:01.60
1951 Count Turf 2:02.60
1950 Middleground 2:01.60
1949 Ponder 2:04.20
1948 Citation* 2:05.40
1947 Jet Pilot 2:06.80
1946 Assault* 2:06.60
1945 Hoop Jr. 2:07.00
1944 Pensive 2:04.20
1943 Count Fleet* 2:04.00
1942 Shut Out 2:04.40
1941 Whirlaway* 2:01.40
1940 Gallahadion 2:05.00
1939 Johnstown 2:03.40
1938 Lawrin 2:04.80
1937 War Admiral* 2:03.20
1936 Bold Venture 2:03.60
1935 Omaha* 2:05.00
1934 Cavalcade 2:04.00
1933 Brokers Tip 2:06.80
1932 Burgoo King 2:05.20
1931 Twenty Grand 2:01.80
1930 Gallant Fox* 2:07.60
1929 Clyde Van Dusen 2:10.80
1928 Reigh Count 2:10.40
1927 Whiskery 2:06.00
1926 Bubbling Over 2:03.80
1925 Flying Ebony 2:07.60
1924 Black Gold 2:05.20
1923 Zev 2:05.40
1922 Morvich 2:04.60
1921 Behave Yourself 2:04.20
1920 Paul Jones 2:09.00
1919 Sir Barton* 2:09.80
1918 Exterminator 2:10.80
1917 Omar Khayyam 2:04.60
1916 George Smith 2:04.00
1915 Regret ** 2:05.40
1914 Old Rosebud 2:03.40
1913 Donerail 2:04.80
1912 Worth 2:09.40
1911 Meridian 2:05.00
1910 Donau 2:06.40
1909 Wintergreen 2:08.20
1908 Stone Street 2:15.20
1907 Pink Star 2:12.60
1906 Sir Huon 2:08.80
1905 Agile 2:10.75
1904 Elwood 2:08.50
1903 Judge Himes 2:09.00
1902 Alan-a-Dale 2:08.75
1901 His Eminence 2:07.75
1900 Lieut. Gibson 2:06.25
1899 Manuel 2:12.00
1898 Plaudit 2:09.00
1897 Typhoon II 2:12.50
1896 Ben Brush 2:07.75
1895 Halma 2:37.50
1894 Chant 2:41.00
1893 Lookout 2:39.25
1892 Azra 2:41.50
1891 Kingman 2:52.25
1890 Riley 2:45.00
1889 Spokane 2:34.50
1888 Macbeth II 2:38.00
1887 Montrose 2:39.25
1886 Ben Ali 2:36.50
1885 Joe Cotton 2:37.25
1884 Buchanan 2:40.25
1883 Leonatus 2:43.00
1882 Apollo 2:40.00
1881 Hindoo 2:40.00
1880 Fonso 2:37.50
1879 Lord Murphy 2:37.00
1878 Day Star 2:37.25
1877 Baden-Baden 2:38.00
1876 Vagrant 2:38.25
1875 Aristides 2:37.75

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

The Triple Crown winners have unique profiles with rare photos and more details on how they won the Kentucky Derby as well as the other legs of the Triple Crown.

Kentucky Derby Winning Jockeys and Trainers by year

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

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Kentucky Derby Payouts

What were the payouts for the Kentucky Derby?

YEARWINNERWINPLACESHOW
2019Country House+$132.40$56.60$24.60
2018Justify*$7.80$6.00$4.40
2017Always Dreaming$11.40$7.20$5.80
2016Nyquist$6.60$4.80$3.60
2015American Pharoah*$7.80$5.80$4.20
2014California Chrome$7.00$5.60$4.20
2013Orb$12.80$7.40$5.40
2012I’ll Have Another$32.60$13.80$9.00
2011Animal Kingdom$43.80$19.60$13.00
2010Super Saver$18.00$8.80$6.00
2009Mine That Bird$103.20$54.00$25.80
2008Big Brown$6.30$5.00$4.80
2007Street Sense$11.80$6.40$4.60
2006Barbaro$14.20$8.00$6.00
2005Giacomo$102.60$45.80$19.80
2004Smarty Jones$10.20$6.20$4.80
2003Funny Cide$27.60$12.40$8.20
2002War Emblem$43.00$22.80$13.60
2001Monarchos$23.00$11.80$8.80
2000Fusaichi Pegasus$6.60$5.60$4.00

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Kentucky Derby Facts

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.
DateRaceDerby Winner (Age, Weight)FinishDerby Winner (Age, Weight)Finish
Nov. 2, 1991Breeders’ Cup ClassicUnbridled (4, 126)3rdStrike the Gold (3, 122)5th
26-Jun-88Hollywood Gold Cup H.Alysheba (4,126)2ndFerdinand (5, 125)3rd
17-Apr-88San Bernardino H.Alysheba (4, 127)1stFerdinand (5, 127)2nd
6-Mar-88Santa Anita H.Alysheba (4, 126)1stFerdinand (5, 127)2nd
Nov. 21, 1987Breeders’ Cup ClassicFerdinand (4, 126)1stAlysheba (3, 122)2nd
Oct. 6, 1979Jockey Club Gold CupAffirmed (4, 126)1stSpectacular Bid (3, 121)2nd
Oct. 14, 1978Jockey Club Gold CupSeattle Slew (4, 126)2ndAffirmed (3, 121)5th
Sept. 16, 1978Marlboro CupSeattle Slew (4, 128)2ndAffirmed (3, 124)2nd
Sept. 15, 1973Marlboro CupSecretariat (3, 124)2ndRiva Ridge (4, 127)2nd
Sept. 20, 1972Stymie H.Canonero II (4, 110)1stRiva Ridge (3, 123)2nd
Aug. 6, 1964Schenectady PurseChateaugay (4, 124)1stDecidedly (5, 124)2nd
11-Jun-55CalifornianSwaps (3, 115)1stDetermine (4, 126)2nd
Dec. 9, 1950Hollywood Gold CupPonder (4, 125)5thAssault (7, 121)7th
Feb. 25, 1950Santa Anita H.Citation (5, 132)2ndPonder (4, 124)4th
Feb. 11, 1950San Antonio H.Ponder (4, 128)1stCitation (5, 130)2nd
16-May-30Shady Brook Farm H.Whiskery (6, 108)2ndClyde Van Dusen (4, 112)10th
28-Apr-23Old Dominion H.Exterminator (8, 132)2ndPaul Jones (6, 108)3rd
21-Apr-23Philadelphia H.Exterminator (8, 129)1stPaul Jones (6, 108)2nd
Nov. 11, 1922Pimlico Cup H.Paul Jones (5, 99)2ndExterminator (7, 126)3rd
Oct. 28, 1922Washington H.Exterminator (7, 132)4thPaul Jones (5, 106)7th
Aug. 27, 1921Merchants and Citizens’ H.Exterminator (6, 130)1stPaul Jones (4, 109)5th
17-Jun-21Brooklyn H.Exterminator (6, 129)3rdPaul Jones (4, 116)10th
4-Jun-21Suburban H.Exterminator (6, 133)5thPaul Jones (4, 118)8th
Nov. 12, 1920Pimlico Cup H.Exterminator (5, 126)1stPaul Jones (3, 110 ½)3rd
Nov. 8, 1920Bowie H.Paul Jones (3, 120)4thExterminator (5, 135)5th
Aug. 2, 1920Saratoga H.Sir Barton (4, 129)1stExterminator (5, 126)2nd
5-Jun-20Suburban H.Paul Jones (3, 106)1stExterminator (5, 123)3rd
Sept. 27, 1919Havre de Grace H.Exterminator (4, 126)2ndSir Barton (3, 124)3rd
Nov. 12, 1918Bowie H.George Smith (5, 130)1stOmar Khayyam (4, 115)2nd
Exterminator (3, 120)3rd
Oct. 12, 1918Washington H.Exterminator (3, 113 ½)3rdOmar Khayyam (4, 127)4th
Aug. 1, 1917Saratoga H.George Smith (4, 117)4thOld Rosebud (6, 132)5th
25-Jun-17Brooklyn H.Regret (5, 122)2ndOld Rosebud (6, 120)3rd
Omar Khayyam (3, 110)10th
Sept. 16, 1912Douglas Park Inaugural H.Wintergreen (6, 107)8thDonau (5, 106)Left
Aug. 12, 1912Handicap for 3 & upWorth (3, 119)3rdWintergreen (6, 113)5th
25-Jun-10Brewers’ Exchange H.Wintergreen (4, 117)3rdDonau (3, 112)8th
5-Jun-05Handicap for 3 & upAlan-a-Dale (6, 122)4thElwood (4, 104)8th
Feb. 24, 1904Selling race $400 purseHis Eminence (6, 104)4thElwood (3, 101 or 102)5th
Sept. 29, 1897All-age racePlaudit (2, 90)1stBen Brush (4, 126)2nd
Aug. 18, 1888Handicap SweepstakesMontrose (4, 118)1stMacbeth II (3, 102)4th
July 3, 1888BoulevardMontrose (4, 113 or 118)2ndMacbeth II (3, 109)6th
June 2, 1888Distillers’ & Brewers’Montrose (4, 115)1stMacbeth II (3, 103)3rd
May 7, 1888Distillers’Macbeth II (3, 94)2ndMontrose (4, 118)4th
Oct. 7, 1887Free Handicap SweepstakesBen Ali (4, 118)1stJoe Cotton (5, 112)3rd

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)