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Kentucky Derby

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History

COUNTRY HOUSE winning the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
COUNTRY HOUSE winning the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Picture: (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year olds at Churchill Downs conducted by Louisville Jockey Club.
The Kentucky Derby is run over a mile and a quarter (2012m). It was first run in 1875 and won by Aristides.
From 1872, a Colonel Meriwether Clark visited Epsom in England, and the Derby, as well as Paris for the Grand Prix de Paris. Garnered with information, he arranged for the facilities in Louisville for racing which would become Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby was originally run at a mile and a half but reduced in 1896.
It is run at Churchill Downs or the 'Twin Spires' course in early May each year on the dirt surface in Louisville Kentucky. There is a maximum field size of 20.
Colloquially it has been known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports".
The race record still stands with the legendary Secretariat who ran 1:59.40 in 1973.
In front of crowds of in excess of 150,000 most years, there are several traditional acts on the day. The favoured drink is the mint julep made up of bourbon, mint and sugar.
The race is also commonly known as "The Run For The Roses" as a garland of roses is draped on the winner. They also sing My Old Kentucky Home prior to the race.
Most wins as a trainer is with Ben A Jones with six while Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack have five wins each as a jockey. Interestingly one of the legends of US racing Bobby Frankel, after whom the champion English horse was named, never won the Derby.
Perhaps the most famous Kentucky Derby victor of them all is Secretariat. He won in 1973 in the record time and would take the Triple Crown. He went on to a career at stud which was successful in its own right including a Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule, who also co-incidentally broke the track record.
One of the great controversies was the 145th running of the 2019 Kentucky Derby as Country House was awarded the race after Maximum Security was disqualified. That horse led and drifted out before the corner and then back in. The interference certainly occurred but doubtful under the rules in different countries that the result would have been altered.
The Kentucky Derby was worth US$3m in 2020. It was moved to September for 2020 due to the coronavirus delays.
The only filly winners are Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980) and Winning Colours (1988).
The US 3yo Triple Crown is made up of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Those that began their Triple Crown wins with the Kentucky Derby number 13. They are Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), American Pharaoh (2015) and Justify (2018).
Some famous Kentucky Derby winners include Donerail (1913), Citation (1948), Northern Dancer (1964), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), Spectacular Bid (1979), Genuine Risk (1980), Sunday Silence (1989), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Monarchos (2001), Smarty Jones (2004), Barbaro (2006), Animal Kingdom (2011), California Chrome (2014), American Pharoah (2015), Nyquist (2016), Justify (2018) and Country House (2019).
The 2019 Kentucky Derby was won by Country House from Code Of Honor and Tacitus. (Maximum Security disqualified)


Racing and Sports

Previous Kentucky Derby Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
COUNTRY HOUSE (USA) 3C
LOOKIN AT LUCKY (USA) - QUAKE LAKE WAR CHANT (USA)
FLAVIEN PRAT 57.0 WILLIAM I MOTT 18
LIMOUSINE LIBERAL (USA) 6G
SUCCESSFUL APPEAL (USA) - GIFT OF GAB (USA) IN EXCESS (IRE)
JOSE ORTIZ 53.5 BEN COLEBROOK 6
ALWAYS DREAMING (USA) 3C
BODEMEISTER (USA) - ABOVE PERFECTION (USA) IN EXCESS (IRE)
JOHN R VELAZQUEZ 57.0 TODD PLETCHER 5
NYQUIST (USA) 3C
UNCLE MO (USA) - SEEKING GABRIELLE (USA) FORESTRY
MARIO GUTIERREZ 57.0 DOUG F O'NEILL 13
AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) 3C
PIONEEROF THE NILE (USA) - LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA (USA) YANKEE GENTLEMAN (USA)
VICTOR ESPINOZA 57.0 BOB BAFFERT 15
CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 3C
LUCKY PULPIT (USA) - LOVE THE CHASE (USA) NOT FOR LOVE
VICTOR ESPINOZA 57.0 ART SHERMAN 6
ORB (USA) 3C
MALIBU MOON (USA) - LADY LIBERTY (USA) UNBRIDLED (USA)
JOEL ROSARIO 57.0 CLAUDE MCGAUGHEY III 16
I'LL HAVE ANOTHER (USA) 3C
FLOWER ALLEY (USA) - ARCH'S GAL EDITH (USA) ARCH OF VICTORY (AUS)
MARIO GUTIERREZ 57.0 DOUG F O'NEILL 19
ANIMAL KINGDOM (USA) 3C
LEROIDESANIMAUX (BRZ) - DALICIA (GER) ACATENANGO (GER)
JOHN R VELAZQUEZ 57.5 H GRAHAM MOTION 16
SUPER SAVER (USA) 3C
MARIA'S MON (USA) - SUPERCHARGER (USA) A.P. INDY (USA)
CALVIN H BOREL 57.5 TODD PLETCHER 4
MINE THAT BIRD (USA) 3G
BIRDSTONE (USA) - MINING MY OWN (USA) SMART STRIKE (CAN)
CALVIN H BOREL 57.5 B L WOOLLEY (JNR)
BIG BROWN (USA) 3C
BOUNDARY (USA) - MIEN (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
K DESORMEAUX 57.5 RICHARD E DUTROW, JNR 20
STREET SENSE (USA) 3C
STREET CRY (IRE) - BEDAZZLE (USA) DIXIELAND BAND (USA)
CALVIN H BOREL 57.5 CARL NAFZGER
BARBARO (USA) 3C
DYNAFORMER (USA) - LA VILLE ROUGE (USA) CARSON CITY (USA)
EDGAR S PRADO 57.5 MICHAEL R MATZ 8
GIACOMO (USA) 3C
HOLY BULL (USA) - SET THEM FREE (USA) STOP THE MUSIC (USA)
MIKE E SMITH 57.5 JOHN A SHIRREFFS
SMARTY JONES (USA) 3C
ELUSIVE QUALITY (USA) - I'LL GET ALONG (USA) SMILE (USA)
SIMON ELLIOTT 57.5 J C SERVIS
FUNNY CIDE (USA) 3G
DISTORTED HUMOR (USA) - BELLE'S GOOD CIDE (USA) SLEWACIDE (USA)
J A SANTOS 57.5 B TAGG
WAR EMBLEM (USA) 3C
OUR EMBLEM (USA) - SWEETEST LADY (USA) LORD AT WAR (ARG)
VICTOR ESPINOZA 57.5 BOB BAFFERT
MONARCHOS (USA) 3C
MARIA'S MON (USA) - REGAL BAND (USA) DIXIELAND BAND (USA)
JORGE CHAVEZ 57.5 JOHN T WARD JNR
FUSAICHI PEGASUS (USA) 3C
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA) - ANGEL FEVER (USA) DANZIG (USA)
K DESORMEAUX 57.5 NEIL DRYSDALE

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