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The Kentucky Derby is an eagerly awaited annual stakes race featuring three-year-old thoroughbred horses.This horse race, of national and international fame, is held at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.The race currently covers a mile and a quarter; colts and geldings carry 126 pounds, fillies 121.Popularly referred as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate time length, the race is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States. The race draws a live crowd of about 150,000 racing fans and millions of TV viewers from around the globe.Organized horse racing in the State of Kentucky dates back to the late 1700s when several race courses were started in and around the city of Louisville.In 1787, The Commons, a park-like block near Lexington's Race Street was used by horsemen for racing. The complaints of “safety-minded” people led to the establishment of a race meet at The Commons by 1789.The history of horse racing in Louisville can be traced back to 1783 when local sources reported that races were held on Market Street in the downtown area.To solve the problem of racing on the busy city thoroughfare, a race course was formed at the now-abandoned Shippingport Island, in 1805. Racing was staged on the island in the Ohio River at what was called Elm Tree Gardens.In 1872, Colonel M. Lewis Clark traveled to England, visiting the Epsom Derby, a famous race which had been running annually since 1780.From there, he went to Paris and visited the French Jockey Club. Returning home to Kentucky, Clark founded the Louisville Jockey Club for raising the funds to establish quality racing facilities just outside of the city.In 1875, Churchill Downs was officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby." The track was named Churchill Downs, after John and Henry Churchill, who leased 80 acres of land for their nephew, Colonel Clark. The track was incorporated as Churchill Downs in 1937.The Kentucky Derby was first run at a mile and a half, but in 1896, the distance was changed to the current mile and a quarter.On May 17, 1875, the first Derby was attended by a field of 15 three-year horses, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people.Though the first race meet was a great success, the track ran into financial crisis, and in 1894, the New Louisville Jockey Club was incorporated with new capitalization and enhanced facilities.The business staggered, however, until 1902, when Colonel Matt Winn of Louisville put together a syndicate of businessmen to acquire the facility.Under Winn’s guidance, Churchill Downs prospered and the Kentucky Derby became the most famous thoroughbred horse race in the nation.


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Interesting Facts & Trivia About the Kentucky Derby

I thought it would be fun to look at some interesting facts about the Kentucky Derby that we have collected over the years.

This year marks the 147th running of the race. It will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is set up for the top three-year-old horses in the world to do battle and take part in what is referred to as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”

The Kentucky Derby is believed by many to be the most prestigious horse racing event of the year. Let’s take a look at how the race got started, and some fun facts you might not of known about the race itself. Even if you don’t use our predictions to win money on the race, your friends will still consider you an expert.


The Kentucky Derby's rich history of diversity

The annual race is about more than large hats and mint juleps.

Fast facts about the Kentucky Derby

— -- Many know the Kentucky Derby as an over-the-top horse race held in the spring, where -- in between sips of mint juleps -- people dressed in huge hats and pressed outfits cheer as racehorses run around a dirt track.

But the derby, which is the oldest continuous sporting event in America, is steeped in a diverse history and tradition that runs deeper than fancy headwear, expensive beasts and boozy drinks.

The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, at Churchill Downs, a thoroughbred racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. Typically, horses that are about 3 years old compete in the event, where they are required to run the 1.25-mile-long track as quickly as they can.

And even though the horses and the owners get a lot of the glory, a sometimes-overlooked part of the winning equation is the jockey. Jockeys often work with the horses, sometimes from birth, to get them ready for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” as the race is sometimes referred to colloquially.

What you may not know is that jockeys, historically, have been a diverse group of competitors, possibly one of the most diverse groups in all of sports.

Black jockeys dominated the Kentucky Derby at its start

Horse racing grew in popularity in the South before the Emancipation Proclamation. Slaves often maintained the horse’s stables and worked with the thoroughbreds, which made them the best people to keep the horses calm before, during and after races. Subsequently, most of the first jockeys were black.

In 1863, 3 million slaves were freed, thanks to President Abraham Lincoln's executive order, which meant these men and women had to start finding a way to support themselves. Due to their familiarity with horses, many newly freed slaves took to racing horses and raising them as careers.

In that first "Run for the Roses" -- a nickname coined by a journalist trying to describe the elaborate rose garland draped over horses after they win -- Oliver Lewis rode the horse Aristides to victory. Lewis, who was 19 years old at the time of the race, was one of 13 black jockeys in that inaugural Kentucky Derby. The other two jockeys in that race were white.

Black jockeys won half of the first 16 Kentucky Derbys, and one of those men, Isaac Murphy, who was the first to win the Kentucky Derby in successive years in 1890 and 1891, also became "the first black millionaire athlete," according to his biographer, Joe Drape.

Murphy, at the peak of his career, received a yearly salary of about $10,000 to 20,000 not including bonuses, which equates to about $260,000 to $515,000 in 2017. At the time, this made Murphy the highest paid jockey in America.

Black jockeys' success at the sport did not go unnoticed by their white counterparts, and as horse racing gained popularity, they were slowly pushed out.

Chris Goodlett, the senior curator of collections for the Kentucky Derby Museum, said racism was to blame for the decrease of black jockeys in the derby.

"Racing becomes more of a profession, so white jockeys become more interested," Goodlett told ABC News. "And when Jim Crow laws came in after the Civil War, racism was the main reason [for the decline of black jockeys.]"

According to Goodlett, Jimmy Winkfield -- who was the last African-American to win the Kentucky Derby in 1902 -- was racing outside of Chicago when he was pushed against the rail "as an intimidation tactic." Goodlett told ABC News the combination of potential injury to the jockey or the horse made fewer black men pursue becoming a jockey.

Not one black jockey raced between 1921 and 2000, until Marlon St. Julien saddled up for the derby.

The late Arthur Ashe, former professional tennis player and author of "A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete," said the decrease in the number of black jockeys is "the saddest case" of discrimination in American sports.

"Black domination of horse racing then was analogous to the domination of the National Basketball Association today," Ashe wrote in the book, originally published in 1988. "Subsequently, the Jockey Club was formed in the early 1890s to regulate and license all jockeys. Then one by one the blacks were denied their license renewals. By 1911 they had all but disappeared."

For context, the MLB, the NFL and the NBA were not integrated until the 1940s. The NHL wasn’t integrated until the late 1950s.

"Hopefully, we will have more African-American jockeys returning to the race," Goodlett said. "Diversity will continue in the jockey profession for the foreseeable future."

Latino jockeys rise to prominence

As black jockeys waned, Latino jockeys began to take their place.

In 1963, Braulio Baeza of Panama City, Panama, won the Kentucky Derby as well as the Belmont Stakes. He set the stage for various Latinos to consider a career in horse racing.

When President Dwight Eisenhower presented Baeza with the trophy at Belmont, he spoke Spanish to him, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Eisenhower spent part of his military career in the Panama Canal Zone in the early 1920s.

"He said, 'Yeah, I speak Spanish,'" Baeza told the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2013. "When he talked [in] Spanish to me … that made [the win] even better."

Since Baeza's win, more Latino jockeys were inspired to become professional jockeys in America.

In fact, every winning jockey from 2011 until 2018 has been Latino: John Velazquez (Puerto Rico), Mario Gutierrez (Mexico), Joel Rosario (Dominican Republic) and Victor Espinoza (Mexico). (Gutierrez and Espinoza have both won twice since 2011.) In 2018, Mike E. Smith, an American, won riding Justify.

"If horses could talk, they would surely speak Spanish," Bob Baffert, the trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, told ESPN, alluding to the large number of Latinos involved in the sport.

In the 2017 Kentucky Derby lineup, nearly half of the jockeys were Latino, four were from Europe, one was from Jamaica, and the remaining seven jockeys were born in the U.S. In 2018, half of the Kentucky Derby jockeys were Latino, six were American, two were French, one was British and one was Irish.

Goodlett said the infrastructure in Latin American countries lends itself to yielding a great deal of elite jockeys.

"There is racing in Central and South America," Goodlett told ABC News. "There were also jockey schools in that area that go back decades."

For comparison, there is only one professional jockey school in the U.S., the North American Racing Academy.

Female jockeys have raced alongside men in the Kentucky Derby for decades

The first female to ride a horse in the derby was Diane Crump in 1970. Many women had raced alongside men before then, but it took a lawsuit in the late 1960s to allow women to become licensed jockeys to raise the number of females in the sport.

Since then, there have been a total of six women who rode in the Kentucky Derby: Diane Crump, Patti Cooksey, Andrea Seefeldt, Julie Krone, Rosemary Homeister Jr. and Rosie Napravnik.

As of 2018, no female jockey has ever won the Kentucky Derby, but in 2013, Napravnik placed fifth -- the highest place of any female jockey in Kentucky Derby history.

However, women are at a distinct disadvantage because of their body fat composition, which is typically higher than a man's, according to the North American Racing Academy. A successful jockey will weigh so little that the horse will barely feel him or her on its back.

"A horse is not going to be able to perform at its optimum peak if it's carrying 100-something pounds," Hall of Fame rider Chris McCarron told ABC News.

The North American Racing Academy prefers riders weigh less than 112 pounds. Body fat expectations are far more rigid than other athletes, on par with the lowest percentage of body fat necessary to even survive.

"Your typical male jockey has a body fat percentage that ranges between 3 and 7 [percent]," McCarron said. "The girls are between 8 and 12 [percent]." The average American's body fat percentage is around 18 percent for men and 25 percent for women.

The Kentucky Derby requires that a jockey not weigh more than 126 pounds, including his or her equipment.

Vanessa Reill, who attended the North American Racing Academy back in 2013, said she struggled meeting the weight requirements during her schooling.

"I've stopped eating as much chocolate as I used to," she told ABC News. "And just trying not to go over 1,500 calories a day."

But the pressure to stay thin means eating disorders are common among jockeys.

"Unfortunately, bulimia is a pretty prevalent problem among jockeys and taking diuretics [is as well,]" McCarron said.


In 1968, This Kentucky Derby Winner Lost its Crown for a Drug Most Horses Take Now

The Kentucky Derby’s winning horse has only lost its title once before in history𠅊nd it wasn’t a case of officials immediately disqualifying a horse that finished first, as with Maximum Security in the 2019 race. In this case, a horse named Dancer’s Image held the proverbial crown for nearly three days before the Churchill Downs disqualified him for drugs in 1968.

Ironically, the specific drug in the stallion’s system is something most horses use today in the famous race.

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Dancer’s Image was a gray thoroughbred who swept to a first-place finish at the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 1968, a full 1½ lengths ahead of any other horse. His owner Peter D. Fuller attended the victory party that Saturday night assured that he had just won $122,000 in prize money (that’s roughly $890,000 in 2019 dollars). While the festivities were going on, however, a chemist was performing a standard procedure: testing the urine of the winner and one other randomly selected horse from the big race.

The chemist was mostly looking for performance-enhancing drugs like heroin and cocaine. Because these both act as stimulants in horses (though heroin acts as a depressant in humans), the drugs had become a problem in horse racing during the 1930s, says Milton C. Toby, author of Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby.

𠇊t the time, Kentucky had what’s called a zero-tolerance policy for prohibited medications,” Toby says. “Which meant that even the smallest trace of this drug and the other prohibited medications in a horse’s system was grounds for disqualification. It didn’t matter how much it was, there just had to be at least a trace.”

One of the drugs on the prohibited medications list was phenylbutazone, often referred to as 𠇋ute,” which acts as an antihistamine and pain-reliever in horses, similarly to how aspirin works in humans. It isn’t a steroid or stimulant that affects a horse’s performance as drastically as heroin or cocaine, and many horses used it during training for the 1968 Kentucky Derby. Still, they weren’t supposed to have any of it in their systems by the time they raced in Louisville, and the chemist found that Dancer’s Image did.

Peter Fuller with racehorse Dancer&aposs Image in 1968. 

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It later came out that a veterinarian had given Dancer’s Image some phenylbutazone about a week before the race. Most horses would have gotten the drug out of their system by then, but it seems Dancer’s Image’s body didn’t process it as quickly. Because of the zero-tolerance policy, racetrack chemists only tested for the presence of certain drugs, not the amount that was in a horse’s body. So it didn’t matter whether Dancer’s Image had a lot of phenylbutazone in his system or just trace amounts from a previous dose—he was going to be disqualified.

Officials at Churchill Downs didn’t discover the drug test results until Monday when they received the chemist’s report. They spent the day tracking down the horse’s trainer, Lou Cavalaris, to tell him that Dancer’s Image had tested positive for phenylbutazone. This meant the horse would lose its first place title and be moved to last place. The next day, Churchill Downs made the news public. The new winner was Forward Pass, who𠆝 come in second behind Dancer’s Image.

Fuller sued over this decision, and the court cases dragged on for nearly five years while the first-place prize money sat in an escrow account. “He had a lot of money, and he was the first person to actually make a serious claim that the tests were inappropriate and that the racing chemist was incompetent,” Toby says.

A state judge actually ruled in Fuller’s favor, but the victory was short-lived because the Kentucky State Racing Commission appealed and won. Fuller gave up the legal battle in 1973, and Churchill Downs was finally able to award the prize money—plus the interest it gained in escrow—to Calumet Farm, which owned Forward Pass.

“It’s one of the most important administrative law decisions in racing, because it really established the authority of a racing commission,” Toby says.

Then the Kentucky State Racing Commission did something surprising. Less that a year after winning the lawsuit about its ability to disqualify a horse for taking phenylbutazone, the commission approved that same drug for use during the Kentucky Derby. Toby isn’t sure why the commission made this decision, but it may have had something to do with the debate around Fuller’s lawsuit, and whether phenylbutazone really needed to be on the list of prohibited medications along with harder drugs.

“There’s a question about whether it is performance enhancing,” Toby says. “If a horse is sore, it gets a dose of Bute a few hours before the race. Then he’s not going to be feeling bad and he probably will run better. So in that context it is performance enhancing.” At the same time, many feel “it isn’t fair to equate Bute with some of the real performance-enhancing illegal drugs. Using Bute isn’t an attempt to dope the horse at all.”

Because the disqualification of Dancer’s Image appeared so technical—not to mention the fact that phenylbutazone became acceptable at Derby races just six years later𠅏uller suspected there was something else going on. After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination a month before the 1968 Kentucky Derby, Fuller had donated the prize money from a previous race to Coretta Scott King, King’s widow. After Dancer’s Image was disqualified, Fuller wondered if someone unhappy with his support of the Civil Rights Movement had sabotaged his victory.

Fuller, a white man from New England, had been viciously criticized before the race for his full-throated support of civil rights. Fuller had known King when he was alive, and had protested against housing discrimination in Louisville during the 1967 Kentucky Derby. In the weeks before the � Derby, people sent him angry letters and death threats, and someone set one of his stables in New Hampshire on fire. In addition, there were reports of white people openly referring to Dancer’s Image by a racist slur.


The first Kentucky Derby race occurred in 1875. Close to 10,000 people watched as 15 thoroughbred horses ran what was then a 1.5-mile course. In 1876, the length of the race was changed to 1.25 miles. By the early 1900s, owners of winning Kentucky Derby horses started sending their winners to run in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in New York. In 1930, sportswriter Charles Hatton coined the term “Triple Crown” in reference to the same horses running the three races consecutively.

Mint Julep – The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. It is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint, and a sweet syrup and is traditionally served in a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass. During Derby season, they are available throughout Louisville. And, of course, at the track.

Burgoo – A thick, meaty stew that is the traditional meal of the Kentucky Derby. There are as many recipes as cooks, but burgoo is typically three types of meat along with corn, okra, and lima beans. It is one of the traditional foods of Louisville, including Derby Pie, Henry Bain Sauce, Hot Brown Sandwiches, and more.

Millionaire’s Row – The premium seating area that houses all of the rich and famous Kentucky Derby guests during the races. Think rock stars and royalty. Of course, the service for this clientele is superior and not accessible to the public.

Triple Crown – A series of three races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, that is run annually by a group of thoroughbred horses. Horse racing fans watch all three closely.

Derby Hat Parade – The derby hat parade takes place inside of Churchill Downs and refers to the sea of stylish and elegant hats worn by women and men alike during the Kentucky Derby. Hats range from glamorous and pricey to humorous and timely. Fancy hats are believed to bring lucky bets.

Kentucky Derby Festival – The annual two-week series of events held in Louisville beginning with Thunder Over Louisville and leading up to the Kentucky Derby. There is no shortage of things to do hot air balloon festivals, marathons, art fairs, and parades.

The Infield – The flat, grassy area inside of the track. The infield is best-known for hosting the largest Kentucky Derby party. While it is at the track, the track is only visible to a few at this huge event.


A Brief History of the Kentucky Derby Hat

“They’r-r-re OFF!” wrote TIME in a 1926 recap of the Kentucky Derby.

“The long roar thundered like a wave, grumbled like a rising sea-surge through the crowd down the long stretch,” the piece continued. “The stands seemed to sway, to swell with it hats and parasols and a foam of faces rose, hesitated for an instant on the top of the wave, settled slowly down into a whisperless silence. The horses moved down the stretch. It was a perfect start.”

The piece, “In Louisville,” contained TIME’s first-ever reference to Kentucky Derby hats&mdashbut at the time, the hats were hardly remarkable. Their presence was mentioned as a given. And one look at the vintage Kentucky Derby photos above will reveal that such a situation continued well into the race’s history: many women and men wore hats, but they weren’t the outrageous (and often ridiculous) hats for which the race is known today.

Now, however, the grandstand at Churchill Downs is one of the rare places in America where elaborate headwear is the norm, and at the race this Saturday the hats are sure to be a focal point. How did that happen?

Fashion has always been an important part of the Kentucky Derby. It was after traveling to the famed Derby races in England and the Grand Prix de Paris in France in 1872, that Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. decided to establish a similar high-profile horse race in America. He raised money for a racetrack outside of Louisville, Ky., and held the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.

Though races were a mainstay for British and French society, American women at the time might have hesitated to stay away from horse racing, and the gambling and drinking that went along with it. But if wouldn’t do for the new race to seem seedy. So, in pursuit of his vision, Clark and his wife enlisted the ladies of Louisville to attend the races to picnic with friends. They knew that part of creating allure for the event would be positioning it as a fashion event &mdash so the dress code required “full morning dress” for men and women from the start.

The picnicking women therefore wore hats and gloves with their dresses. And though the attire has evolved somewhat throughout the decades, the hats have remained a constant. By the 1920s, though the daytime Kentucky event didn’t attract much of the flapper style for which the era is remembered, the ladies could choose between formal suits or dresses to go with a range of fashionable hat styles.

In the 1960s, attendance and fashion rules relaxed a bit across the nation, and at the racetracks. As hats receded from the category of everyday clothing, the crucial change occurred: people who didn’t wear hats all the time were more likely to use the excuse to wear something extreme, with bigger brims and bolder hues. Going all out became a way to gain attention and admiration.

Since then, the hats have become fodder for chatter and style watches alike. The Kentucky Derby website claims that the fashion at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton renewed enthusiasm about hats, fascinators and headpieces that defy categorization. This year marks the 142nd time people will arrive at Churchill Downs under the weight and shade of their derby hats&mdashbut even Col. Clark himself could not have guessed how important the headwear itself would become to spectators of a horse race.


1962: Decidedly

Decidedly won the Kentucky Derby in 2:00.40 in 1962, the fifth fastest winner in the history of the race. The gray colt was sired by Determine, who also won the Derby in 1954. Decidedly raced through age 5 and retired with a record of 11 wins, 9 seconds, and 4 thirds in 43 starts, with earnings of $318,989.


The Derby By Numbers:

  • Johnny Longden is the only person who won as a jockey AND a trainer. He won as a jockey in 1943 and as a trainer in 1969.
  • 2016 was the first year of the sire wager (betting that a horse’s offspring will one day win the Derby).
  • Three female horses have won the Kentucky Derby.
  • Six jockeys have scored back to back wins. Most recently, Victor Espinoza with California Chrome in 2014 and American Pharoah in 2015.
  • Nine horses bred by Calumet Farm have won the Kentucky Derby (most of any breeder).
  • Eleven Kentucky Derby winners had a parent that won the Derby. Most recently, Grindstone in 1996 and Unbridled in 1990.
  • Twelve horses have won the Triple Crown.
  • Thirteen of fifteen riders in the first Kentucky Derby were African-American.
  • 109 Kentucky Derby winners were born in Kentucky.
  • For New England Sterling artisans to create the Kentucky Derby trophy in 1975, it took 2000 hours.
  • $2,500 is the most expensive Mint Julep and 15 are made per year.
  • 55,000 jobs generated by Kentucky’s equine industry.
  • The estimated value of the Kentucky Derby trophy is $200,000.
  • More than 2 million dollars has been raised for charity by the Kentucky Derby Festival since 2005 (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc,. Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association, and Whas Crusade For Children).
  • 16.5 million was the average number of viewers for the 2017 Kentucky Derby (most since 1989).
  • $83 million dollars is Churchill Downs’ annual Kentucky Derby profits.
  • $151.8 million dollars were paid on winning tickets in 2016.
  • $400 million is the Kentucky Derby’s economic impact on the region.
  • $4 billion is horse racing’s economic impact on Kentucky.

2020 Derby Betting Results & How Much You Would Have Made on $2 Bet

Win, Place, Show Payoff

Exacta, Trifecta & Superfecta Payouts

2020 Final Race Results

FinishPostHorseJockeyTrainerOdds
118AuthenticJohn VelazquezBob Baffert8-1
217Tiz the LawManuel FrancoBarclay Tagg3-5
39Mr. Big NewsGabriel SaezW. Bret Calhoun50-1
416Honor A. P.Mike E. SmithJohn Shirreffs5-1
52Max PlayerRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen30-1
64Storm the CourtJulien LeparouxPeter Eurton50-1
73EnforceableAdam BeschizzaMark Casse30-1
815Ny TrafficPaco LopezSaffie Joseph Jr.20-1
911Necker IslandMiguel MenaChris Hartman50-1
105Major FedJames GrahamGreg Foley50-1
1112Sole VolanteLuca PaniciPatrick Biancone30-1
1214Winning ImpressionJoe Rocco Jr.Dallas Stewart50-1
137Money MovesJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher30-1
1413Attachment RateJoe TalamoDale Romans50-1
158South BendTyler GaffalioneBill Mott50-1

Historical Kentucky Derby Weather

Coldest temperature: 36° May 4, 1940 and May 4, 1957
Coldest high temperature: 47° May 4, 1935 and May 4, 1957
Coldest average daily temperature: 42° May 4, 1957
(The cold temperatures on May 4, 1957 were accompanied by 20 to 25 mph north winds!)

Warmest temperature: 94° May 2, 1959
Warmest low temperature: 72° May 14, 1886
Warmest average daily temperature: 79° May 14, 1886

Wettest: 3.15" of rain May 5, 2018
Frozen precipitation: On May 6, 1989 sleet was observed from 1:01pm to 1:05pm.
Out of the 144 Derby Days, 68 (47%) experienced rain at some point during the day.
Longest stretch of consecutive wet Derby Days (24-hr): 7 (2007-2013)
Longest stretch of consecutive wet Derby Days (1pm-7pm): 6 (1989-1994)
Longest stretch of consecutive dry Derby Days (24-hr): 8 (1937-1944)
Longest stretch of consecutive dry Derby Days (1pm-7pm): 12 (1875-1886)

(The above records, unless otherwise noted, are for the entire calendar day -- not necessarily race time. Also, the data were taken at the official observation site for the city of Louisville, not at Churchill Downs itself.)


Kentucky Derby winners: A complete list of all-time race champions, records, Triple Crown horses

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Winning the Kentucky Derby and eventually the Triple Crown are some of the most prestigious titles in all of sports.

While the 2019 race is the 145th "Run for the Roses," only 13 horses have gone on to pull off the trifecta. The Kentucky Derby is actually the youngest of the three races (started in 1875) with the Belmont having its inaugural race in 1867 and the Preakness in 1873.

At 1 1/4 miles, the Kentucky Derby is the intermediate length race of the Triple Crown. The Preakness follows two weeks later and is the shortest race at 1 and 3/16 miles while the Belmont Stakes is the third Saturday following the Preakness and is the longest track at 1 and 1/2 miles.

Below is a list of the the most recent Kentucky Derby champions, all of the Triple Crown winners and other longshot and record-winning horses at Churchill Downs.


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