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KENTUCKY DERBY

The Kentucky Derby, a race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds, is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs. Known to many as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" due to its duration, the derby is full of traditions stemming back to the late 1800's. As the most anticipated horse racing event of the year, the Kentucky Derby is the first event in Horse Racing's Triple Crown in the US, and draws a an annual crowd of more than 150,000 fans.

The first Kentucky Derby was on May 17, 1875 in front of an estimated 10,000 onlookers. Under jockey Oliver Lewis, a colt name Aristides won the inaugural Derby. The race was first run at 1.5 miles (2.4 km), and was later changed in 1896 to the current 1.25 miles (2 km). The track became known as Churchill Downs, named after John and Henry Churchill, who provided land for the racetrack. The track was officially became Churchill Downs in 1937.

In May of 1952 the first nationally televised Kentucky Derby took place, with a purse exceeding $100,000. The fastest time in the Derby was set in 1973 at 1:59.25 when Secretariat broke the record set by Northern Dancer back in 1964. That record has stood in place for 35 years. The 2004 Derby was the first time that jockeys, due to a court order, were allowed to advertise corporate sponsors on their clothing. In 2005 the purse distribution was changed, so that horses finishing fifth would receive a share of the total purse. Previously, only the top four finishers shared the purse.

Aside from the race itself, many lasting traditions play a part in the exciting and fun atmosphere at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby. The Mint Julep drink (a sweetened Burbon drink), and Burgoo (a thick stew), a popular Derby dish, keep the fans happy on race day. The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers general admission tickets to fans that may be there more for the party than to see the actual race. "Millionaire's Row", the expensive box seats, attract rich and famous spectators appearing in fancy attire.

The Derby is often referred to as "The Run for the Roses," due to a blanket of red roses awarded to the winner of the race. This tradition stems from New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a Derby after-party in 1883. The gesture is believed to have led Col. M. Lewis Clark, Churchill Downs founder and president, to make the rose the Kentucky Derby's official flower. It was not until 1896 that the roses were draped on the Derby winner after the race.


Kentucky Derby Winners
Year Winner PP Jockey Trainer Time Margin Odds
2016 Nyquist 13 M. Gutierrez D. O'Neill 2:01.31 1 1/4 *2.30
2015 American Pharoah 18 V. Espinoza B. Baffert 2:03.02 1 *2.90
2014 California Chrome 5 V. Espinoza A. Sherman 2:03.66 1 3/4 *2.50
2013 Orb 16 J. Rosario S. McGaughey 2:02.89 2 1/2 5.40
2012 I'll Have Another 19 M. Gutierrez D. O'Neill 2:01.83 1 1/2 15.30
2011 Animal Kingdom 16 J. Velazquez H.G. Motion 2:02.04 2 3/4 20.90
2010 Super Saver 4 C. Borel T. Pletcher 2:04.45 2 1/2 8.00
2009 Mine That Bird (g) 8 C. Borel B. Woolley Jr. 2:02.66 6 3/4 50.60
2008 Big Brown 20 K. Desormeaux R. Dutrow Jr. 2:01.82 4 3/4 *2.40
2007 Street Sense 7 C. Borel C. Nafzger 2:02.17 2 1/4 *4.90
2006 Barbaro 8 E. Prado M. Matz 2:01.36 6 1/2 6.10
2005 Giacomo 10 M. Smith J. Shirreffs 2:02.75 1 1/2 50.30
2004 Smarty Jones 13 S. Elliott J. Servis 2:04.06 2 3/4 *4.10
2003 Funny Cide (g) 5 J. Santos B. Tagg 2:01.19 1 3/4 12.80
2002 War Emblem 5 V. Espinoza B. Baffert 2:01.13 4 20.50
2001 Monarchos 16 J. Chavez J. T. Ward 1:59.97 4 3/4 10.50
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 15 K. Desormeaux N. Drysdale 2:01.12 1 1/2 *2.30
1999 Charismatic 16 C. Antley D.W. Lukas 2:03.29 nk 31.30
1998 Real Quiet 3 K. Desormeaux B. Baffert 2:02.38 1/2 8.40
1997 Silver Charm 5 G. Stevens B. Baffert 2:02.44 hd 4.00
1996 Grindstone 15 J. Bailey D.W. Lukas 2:01.06 no 5.90
1995 Thunder Gulch 16 G. Stevens D.W. Lukas 2:01.27 2 1/4 24.50
1994 Go for Gin 8 C. McCarron N. Zito 2:03.72 2 9.10
1993 Sea Hero 6 J. Bailey M. Miller 2:02.42 2 1/2 12.90
1992 Lil E. Tee 10 P. Day L. Whiting 2:03.04 1 16.80
1991 Strike the Gold 5 C. Antley N. Zito 2:03.08 1 3/4 4.80
1990 Unbridled 8 C. Perret C. Nafzgar 2:02 3 1/2 10.80
1989 Sunday Silence 10 P. Valenzuela C. Whittingham 2:05 2 1/2 3.10
1988 Winning Colors (f) 1 G. Stevens D.W. Lukas 2:02 1/5 nk 3.40
1987 Alysheba 3 C. McCarron J. Van Berg 2:03 2/5 3/4 8.40
1986 Ferdinand 1 W. Shoemaker C. Whittingham 2:02 4/5 2 1/4 17.70
1985 Spend a Buck 10 A. Cordero Jr. C. Gambolati 2:00 1/5 5 1/4 4.10
1984 Swale 15 L. Pincay Jr. W. Stephens 2:02 2/5 3 1/4 3.40
1983 Sunny's Halo 10 E. Delahoussaye D. Cross Jr. 2:02 1/5 2 2.50
1982 Gato Del Sol 18 E. Delahoussaye E. Gregson 2:02 3/5 2 1/2 21.20
1981 Pleasant Colony 7 J. Velasquez J. Campo 2:02 3/4 3.50
1980 Genuine Risk (f) 10 J. Vasquez L. Jolley 2:02 1 13.30
1979 Spectacular Bid 3 R. Franklin G. Delp 2:02 2/5 2 3/4 *0.60
1978 Affirmed 2 S. Cauthen L. Barrera 2:01 1/5 1 1/2 1.80
1977 Seattle Slew 4 J. Cruguet W. Turner 2:02 1/5 1 3/4 *0.50
1976 Bold Forbes 2 A. Cordero Jr. L. Barrera 2:01 3/5 1 3.00
1975 Foolish Pleasure 3 J. Vasquez L. Jolley 2:02 1 3/4 *1.90
1974 Cannonade 2 A. Cordero Jr. W. Stephens 2:04 2 1/4 *1.50
1973 Secretariat 10 R. Turcotte L. Laurin 1:59 2/5 2 1/2 *1.50
1972 Riva Ridge 9 R. Turcotte L. Laurin 2:01 4/5 3 3/4 *1.50
1971 Canonero II 12 G. Avila J. Arius 2:03 1/5 3 3/4 8.70
1970 Dust Commander 2 M. Manganello D. Combs 2:03 2/5 5 15.30
1969 Majestic Prince 8 W. Hartack J. Longden 2:01 4/5 nk *1.40
1968 Forward Pass (via DQ) 13 I. Valenzuela H. Forrest 2:02 1/5 n/a *2.20
1967 Proud Clarion 7 R. Ussery L. Gentry 2:00 3/5 1 30.10
1966 Kauai King 12 D. Brumfield H. Forrest 2:02 1/2 *2.40
1965 Lucky Debonair 8 W. Shoemaker F. Catrone 2:01 1/5 nk 4.30
1964 Northern Dancer 7 W. Hartak H. Luro 2:00 nk 3.40
1963 Chateaugay 1 B. Baeza J.P. Conway 2:01 4/5 1 1/4 9.40
1962 Decidedly 4 W. Hartak H. Luro 2:00 2/5 2 1/4 8.70
1961 Carry Back 14 J. Sellers J.A. Price 2:04 3/4 *2.50
1960 Venetian Way 9 W. Hartack V. Sovinski 2:02 2/5 3 1/2 6.30
1959 Tomy Lee (ENG) 9 W. Shoemaker F. Turner Jr. 2:02 1/5 no 3.70
1958 Tim Tam 2 I. Valenzuela H.A. Jones 2:05 1/2 2.10
1957 Iron Liege 6 W. Hartak H.A. Jones 2:02 1/5 no 8.40
1956 Needles 1 D. Erb H.L. Fontaine 2:03 2/5 3/4 *1.60
1955 Swaps 8 W. Shoemaker M.A. Tenney 2:01 4/5 1 1/2 2.80
1954 Determine 7 R. York W. Molter 2:03 1 1/2 4.30
1953 Dark Star 10 H. Moreno E. Hayward 2:02 hd 24.90
1952 Hill Gail 1 E. Arcaro B.A. Jones 2:01 3/5 2 *1.10
1951 Count Turf 9 C. McCreary S. Rutchick 2:02 3/5 4 14.60
1950 Middleground 14 W. Boland M. Hirsch 2:01 3/5 1 1/4 7.90
1949 Ponder 2 S. Brooks B.A. Jones 2:04 1/5 3 16.00
1948 Citation 1 E. Arcaro B.A. Jones 2:05 2/5 3 1/2 *0.40
1947 Jet Pilot 13 E. Guerin T. Smith 2:06 4/5 hd 5.40
1946 Assault 2 W. Mehrtens M. Hirsch 2:06 3/5 8 8.20
1945 Hoop Jr. 12 E. Arcaro I. Parke 2:07 6 3.70
1944 Pensive 4 C. McCreary B.A. Jones 2:04 1/5 4 1/2 7.10
1943 Count Fleet 5 J. Longden G.D. Cameron 2:04 3 *0.40
1942 Shut Out 3 W.D. Wright J.M. Gaver 2:04 2/5 2 1/4 *1.90
1941 Whirlaway 4 E. Arcaro B.A. Jones 2:01 2/5 8 *2.90
1940 Gallahadion 1 C. Bierman R. Waldron 2:05 1 1/2 35.20
1939 Johnstown 5 J. Stout J. Fitzsimmons 2:03 2/5 8 *0.60
1938 Lawrin 1 E. Arcaro B.A. Jones 2:04 4/5 1 8.60
1937 War Admiral 1 C. Kurtsinger G. Conway 2:03 1/5 1 3/4 *1.60
1936 Bold Venture 5 I. Hanford M. Hirsch 2:03 3/5 hd 20.50
1935 Omaha 10 W. Saunders J. Fitzsimmons 2:05 1 1/2 4.00
1934 Cavalcade 8 M. Garner R.A. Smith 2:04 2 1/2 1.50
1933 Brokers Tip 11 D. Meade H.J. Thompson 2:06 4/5 no 8.93
1932 Burgoo King 13 E. James H.J. Thompson 2:05 1/5 5 5.62
1931 Twenty Grand 5 C. Kurtsinger J. Rowe Jr. 2:01 4/5 4 *0.88
1930 Gallant Fox 7 E. Sande J. Fitzsimmons 2:07 3/5 2 *1.19
1929 Clyde Van Dusen (g) 20 L. McAtee C.V. Dusen 2:10 4/5 2 3.00
1928 Reigh Count 4 C. Lang B.S. Mitchell 2:10 2/5 3 *2.06
1927 Whiskery 7 L. McAtee F. Hopkins 2:06 hd 2.40
1926 Bubbling Over 11 A. Johnson H.J. Thompson 2:03 4/5 5 *1.90
1925 Flying Ebony 6 E. Sande W.B. Duke 2:07 3/5 1 1/2 3.15
1924 Black Gold 1 J.D. Mooney H. Webb 2:05 1/5 1/2 *1.75
1923 Zev 10 E. Sande D.J. Leary 2:05 2/5 1 1/2 19.20
1922 Morvich 4 A. Johnson F. Burlew 2:04 3/5 1 1/2 *1.20
1921 Behave Yourself 9 C. Thompson H.J. Thompson 2:04 1/5 hd 8.65
1920 Paul Jones (g) 2 T. Rice W. Garth 2:09 hd 16.20
1919 Sir Barton 1 J. Loftus H.G. Bedwell 2:09 4/5 5 *2.60
1918 Exterminator (g) 5 W. Knapp H. McDaniel 2:10 4/5 1 29.60
1917 Omar Khayyam 8 C. Borel C.T. Paterson 2:04 3/5 2 12.80
1916 George Smith 8 J. Loftus H. Hughes 2:04 nk 4.15
1915 Regret (f) 2 J. Notter J. Rowe Sr. 2:05 2/5 2 *2.65
1914 Old Rosebud (g) 6 J. McCabe F.D. Weir 2:03 2/5 8 *0.85
1913 Donerail 5 R. Goose T.P. Hayes 2:04 4/5 1/2 91.45
1912 Worth 5 C.H. Shilling F.M. Taylor 2:09 2/5 nk *0.80
1911 Meridian 5 G. Archibald A. Ewing 2:05 3/4 2.90
1910 Donau 7 F. Herbert G. Ham 2:06 2/5 1/2 *2.65
1909 Wintergreen 6 W. Powers C. Mack 2:08 1/5 4 *1.96
1908 Stone Street 4 A. Pickens J.W. Hall 2:15 1/5 3 23.72
1907 Pink Star 6 A. Minder W.H. Fizer 2:12 3/5 2 15.00
1906 Sir Huon 4 R. Troxler P. Coyne 2:08 4/5 2 *1.10
1905 Agile 1 J. Martin R. Tucker 2:10 4/5 3 *0.33
1904 Elwood 3 F. Prior C.E. Durnell 2:08 1/2 1/2 15.00
1903 Judge Himes 4 H. Booker J.P. Mayberry 2:09 3/4 10.00
1902 Alan-a-Dale 3 J. Winkfield T.C. McDowell 2:08 3/4 no *1.50
1901 His Eminence 1 J. Winkfield F.B. Van Meter 2:07 3/4 1 1/2 *3.00
1900 Lieut. Gibson 3 J. Boland C.H. Hughes 2:06 1/4 3 *0.70
1899 Manuel 1 F. Taral R. Walden 2:12 2 *0.55
1898 Plaudit 3 W. Simms J.E. Madden 2:09 no 3.00
1897 Typhoon II 1 F. Garner J.C. Cahn 2:12 1/2 nk 3.00
1896 Ben Brush 4 W. Simms H. Campbell 2:07 3/4 no *0.50
1895 Halma 1 J. Perkins B. McClelland 2:37 1/2 5 *0.33
1894 Chant 2 F. Goodale E. Leigh 2:41 6 *0.50
1893 Lookout 2 E. Kunze W. McDaniel 2:39 1/4 4 *0.70
1892 Azra 2 A. Clayton J.H. Morris 2:41 1/2 no 1.50
1891 Kingman 4 I. Murphy D. Allen 2:52 1/4 1/2 *0.50
1890 Riley 5 I. Murphy E. Corrigan 2:45 1 3/4 4.00
1889 Spokane 3 T. Kiley J. Rodegap 2:34 1/2 no 6.00
1888 Macbeth II (g) 6 G. Covington J. Campbell 2:38 1/4 1 6.00
1887 Montrose 3 I. Lewis J. McGinty 2:39 1/4 2 10.00
1886 Ben Ali 4 P. Duffy J. Murphy 2:36 1/2 1/2  
1885 Joe Cotton 8 E. Henderson A. Perry 2:37 1/4 nk *1.00
1884 Buchanan 8 I. Murphy W. Bird 2:40 1/4 1 *3.00
1883 Leonatus 2 W. Donahue R. Colston 2:43 3  
1882 Apollo (g) 8 B. Hurd G.B. Morris 2:40 1/4 1/2 10.00
1881 Hindoo 2 J. McLaughlin J. Rowe Sr. 2:40 4  
1880 Fonso 1 G. Lewis T. Hutsell 2:37 1/2 1  
1879 Lord Murphy 4 C. Shauer G. Rice 2:37 1  
1878 Day Star 1 J. Carter L. Paul 2:37 1/4 1  
1877 Baden Baden 5 W. Walker E. Brown 2:38 2  
1876 Vagrant (g) 4 R. Swim J. Williams 2:38 1/4 2  
1875 Aristides 1 O. Lewis A. Williams 2:37 3/4 2  

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