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Kentucky Derby

Date: May 07, 16
Purse: $2,000,000
Grade: I
Type: Thoroughbred
Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
Age: 3 Year Olds
Sex: Both
Turf: Dirt

Churchill Downs Racetrack
700 Central Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky, 40208


With rain in the forecast, weather may be a factor in the 139 th Kentucky Derby. G1 Florida Derby champ Orb is the tepid 7/2 morning line favorite and is bred to handle on off track. His sire, Malibu Moon clicks at a 17 rate with offspring in the mud. Unbeaten Verrazano puts his 4-for-4 record on the line and is more of a question mark for an off track and the distance. Stabemate Revolutionary is a son of War Pass, whose runners win at a 40 rate in the mud. He comes into the Derby on a 4-race winning streak. Blue Grass S. winner Java s War has the same sire as Revolutionary but hasn t looked as good while training at Churchill Downs. Santa Anita Derby victor Goldencents figures to be forwardly-placed early and could hang on for a piece. Overanalyze earned his way into the gate with a decisive score in the G1 Arkansas Derby and fired a bullet work over this surface on 4/27. Itsmyluckyday regressed a bit when finishing 2 nd in the Florida Derby but has run fast enough in previous wins to wear the roses. Normandy Invasion has only beaten maidens but has two close runner up efforts in graded stakes. Vyjack is just one length shy of a perfect record in five starts but missed training after his 3 rd -place run in the G1 Wood Memorial when a scope discovered an infection. Mylute just missed to Revolutionary in New Orleans and is also well bred for the mud. G3 Spiral S. hero Palace Malice secured his spot in the field with a 2 nd -place run in the G1 Blue Grass S. on Keeneland s Polytrack, an unexpected route after a troubled trip in the Louisiana Derby. UAE Derby winner Lines of Battle has beaten older rivals and adds Lasix for the 1 st time. Falling Sky should be part of the early pace, but it is difficult to imagine that he ll be around late. Giant Finish was a late addition to the field when defections allowed him to get into the gate with only 10 qualifying points. He s only been off the board once in five starts but has never faced this kind of competition. Black Onyx drew the disadvantageous 1 post position and has run his best races on turf and synthetic. Will Take Charge was last seen taking the G2 Rebel S. in mid-March and trainer D. Wayne Lukas only wins at an 11 rate off such a layoff. Frac Daddy returned to form with a nice 2 nd -place effort in the Arkansas Derby and his best races came over this oval. Oxbow retains the services of Hall of Famer pilot Gary Stevens, but his 5 th -place finish in the Arkansas Derby didn t inspire confidence. Golden Soul closed well for a 4 th -place finish in the G2 Louisiana Derby and his connections wisely waited for attrition to give the son of Perfect Soul a shot to run for the roses. Charming Kitten will be making his dirt debut after hitting the board in six of seven races on turf and synthetic. Also-eligible entrant Fear the Kitten needs a scratch to get into the gate.

The Kentucky Derby is an American horse racing event that is run at a distance of ten furlongs on the dirt track of Churchill Downs racetrack. This grade I racing event is open to three year old thoroughbred horses. The race is known in the United States as The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports for the approximate duration of this race. It is also called The Run for the Roses as a blanket of roses is draped over the winner. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown for thoroughbred horses in the United States. In the initial years, the Kentucky Derby was run at a distance of one and half miles but it was changed to one and one fourth miles from 1896. The Kentucky Derby was set in motion on May 17, 1875, in front of ten thousand highly enthusiastic crowds. Though the first race was a grand success, the racing event went through some financial difficulties afterwards. Between 1875 and 1902, an afro-American jockey Alonzo Clayton won the derby at 15 and set a record of winning this event as the youngest rider. The first national television coverage of the Kentucky Derby took place on May 3, 1952. Triple Crown winner Secretariat clocked the record time that has remained unbroken for the last thirty-five years. In 2004, the court passed a writ through which jockeys were allowed to wear advertising logos on their clothing. The system of distributing the purse was changed in 2005 - through which the horses finishing fifth would also receive a share of the purse. The well-known designer, Norman Adams, has been designing logo of the Kentucky Derby since 2002.

Kentucky Derby Past Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2015 American Pharoah Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza Zayat Stables, LLC 2:03.02
2014 California Chrome Art Sherman Victor Espinoza Coburn, Steven and Martin, Perry 2.03:66
2013 Orb Claude R. McGaughey III Joel Rosario Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable (Ogden Mills) 2:02.89
2012 I'll Have Another Doug O'Neill Mario Gutierrez 2:01.83
2011 Animal Kingdom H. Graham Motion John R. Velazquez Team Valor International 2:02.04
2010 Super Saver Todd Pletcher Calvin Borel WinStar Farm LLC. 2:04.45
2009 Mine That Bird Bennie Woolley Jr. Calvin Borel Double Eagle Ranch & Bueno Suerte Equine 2:02.66
2008 Big Brown Rick Dutrow Kent Desormeaux IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr. 2:01.82
2007 Street Sense Carl Nafzger Calvin Borel James B. Tafel 2:02.17
2006 Barbaro Michael R. Matz Edgar Prado Lael Stables 2:01.36
2005 Giacomo John Shirreffs Mike E. Smith Jerry & Ann Moss 2:02.75
2004 Smarty Jones John Servis Stewart Elliott Someday Farm 2:04.06
2003 Funny Cide Barclay Tagg Jose Santos Sackatoga Stable 2:01.19
2002 War Emblem Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza Thoroughbred Corp. 2:01.13
2001 Monarchos John T. Ward, Jr. Jorge Chavez John C. Oxley 1:59.97
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus Neil Drysdale Kent Desormeaux Fusao Sekiguchi 2:01.00
1999 Charismatic D. Wayne Lukas Chris Antley Bob & Beverly Lewis 2:03.20
1998 Real Quiet Bob Baffert Kent Desormeaux Michael E. Pegram 2:02.20
1997 Silver Charm Bob Baffert Gary Stevens Bob & Beverly Lewis 2:02.40
1996 Grindstone D. Wayne Lukas Jerry Bailey Overbrook Farm 2:01.00
1995 Thunder Gulch D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens Michael Tabor 2:01.20
1994 Go for Gin Nick Zito Chris McCarron Condren & Cornacchia 2:03.60
1993 Sea Hero Mack Miller Jerry Bailey Rokeby Stables 2:02.40
1992 Lil E. Tee Lynn S. Whiting Pat Day W. Cal Partee 2:03.00
1991 Strike the Gold Nick Zito Chris Antley BCC Stable 2:03.00
1990 Unbridled Carl Nafzger Craig Perret Frances A. Genter 2:02.00
1989 Sunday Silence Charlie Whittingham Pat Valenzuela H-G-W Partners 2:05.00
1988 Winning Colors D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens Eugene V. Klein 2:02.20
1987 Alysheba Jack Van Berg Chris McCarron D. & P. Scharbauer 2:03.40
1986 Ferdinand Charlie Whittingham Bill Shoemaker Elizabeth Keck 2:02.80
1985 Spend A Buck Cam Gambolati Angel Cordero, Jr. Hunter Farm 2:00.20
1984 Swale Woody Stephens Laffit Pincay, Jr. Claiborne Farm 2:02.40
1983 Sunny's Halo David C. Cross, Jr. Ed Delahoussaye D. J. Foster Stable 2:02.20
1982 Gato Del Sol Edwin J. Gregson Ed Delahoussaye Hancock & Peters 2:02.40
1981 Pleasant Colony John P. Campo Jorge Velasquez Buckland Farm 2:02.00
1980 Genuine Risk LeRoy Jolley Jacinto Vasquez Diana Firestone 2:02.00
1979 Spectacular Bid Bud Delp Ronnie Franklin Hawksworth Farm 2:02.40
1978 Affirmed Laz Barrera Steve Cauthen Harbor View Farm 2:01.20
1977 Seattle Slew Billy Turner Jean Cruguet Karen L. Taylor 2:02.20
1976 Bold Forbes Laz Barrera Angel Cordero, Jr. E. Rodriguez Tizol 2:01.60
1975 Foolish Pleasure LeRoy Jolley Jacinto Vasquez John L. Greer 2:02.00
1974 Cannonade Woody Stephens Angel Cordero, Jr. John M. Olin 2:04.00
1973 Secretariat Lucien Laurin Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable 1:59.40
1972 Riva Ridge Lucien Laurin Ron Turcotte Meadow Stud 2:01.80
1971 Canonero II Juan Arias Gustavo Avila Edgar Caibett 2:03.20
1970 Dust Commander Don Combs Mike Manganello Robert E. Lehmann 2:03.40
1969 Majestic Prince Johnny Longden Bill Hartack Frank McMahon 2:01.80
1968 * Dancer's Image Forward Pass Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Henry Forrest Bobby Ussery Ismael Valenzuela Peter Fuller Calumet Farm 2:02.20
1967 Proud Clarion Loyd Gentry, Jr. Bobby Ussery Darby Dan Farm 2:00.60
1966 Kauai King Henry Forrest Don Brumfield Ford Stable 2:02.00
1965 Lucky Debonair Frank Catrone Bill Shoemaker Ada L. Rice 2:01.20
1964 Northern Dancer Horatio Luro Bill Hartack Windfields Farm 2:00.00
1963 Chateaugay James P. Conway Braulio Baeza Darby Dan Farm 2:01.80
1962 Decidedly Horatio Luro Bill Hartack El Peco Ranch 2:00.40
1961 Carry Back Jack A. Price Johnny Sellers Katherine Price 2:04.00
1960 Venetian Way Victor Sovinski Bill Hartack Sunny Blue Farm 2:02.40
1959 Tomy Lee Frank Childs Bill Shoemaker Fred & Juliette Turner 2:02.20
1958 Tim Tam Jimmy Jones Ismael Valenzuela Calumet Farm 2:05.00
1957 Iron Liege Jimmy Jones Bill Hartack Calumet Farm 2:02.20
1956 Needles Hugh L. Fontaine David Erb D & H Stable 2:03.40
1955 Swaps Mesh Tenney Bill Shoemaker Rex C. Ellsworth 2:01.80
1954 Determine Willie Molter Raymond York Andy. J. Crevolin 2:03.00
1953 Dark Star Eddie Hayward Hank Moreno Cain Hoy Stable 2:02.00
1952 Hill Gail Ben A. Jones Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm 2:01.60
1951 Count Turf Sol Rutchick Conn McCreary Jack J. Amiel 2:02.60
1950 Middleground Max Hirsch William Boland King Ranch 2:01.60
1949 Ponder Ben A. Jones Steve Brooks Calumet Farm 2:04.20
1948 Citation Ben A. Jones Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm 2:05.40
1947 Jet Pilot Tom Smith Eric Guerin Maine Chance Farm 2:06.80
1946 Assault Max Hirsch Warren Mehrtens King Ranch 2:06.60
1945 Hoop Jr Ivan Parke Eddie Arcaro Fred W. Hooper 2:07.00
1944 Pensive Ben A. Jones Conn McCreary Calumet Farm 2:04.20
1943 Count Fleet G. Donald Cameron Johnny Longden Fannie Hertz 2:04.00
1942 Shut Out John M. Gaver, Sr. Wayne Wright Greentree Stable 2:04.40
1941 Whirlaway Ben A. Jones Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm 2:01.40
1940 Gallahadion Roy Waldron Carroll Bierman Milky Way Farm 2:05.00
1939 Johnstown Jim Fitzsimmons James Stout Belair Stud 2:03.40
1938 Lawrin Ben A. Jones Eddie Arcaro Herbert M. Woolf 2:04.80
1937 War Admiral George Conway Charley Kurtsinger Glen Riddle Farm 2:03.20
1936 Bold Venture Max Hirsch Ira Hanford Morton L. Schwartz 2:03.60
1935 Omaha Jim Fitzsimmons Willie Saunders Belair Stud 2:05.00
1934 Cavalcade Bob Smith Mack Garner Brookmeade Stable 2:04.00
1933 Brokers Tip Herbert J. Thompson Don Meade Edward R. Bradley 2:06.80
1932 Burgoo King Herbert J. Thompson Eugene James Edward R. Bradley 2:05.20
1931 Twenty Grand James G. Rowe, Jr. Charley Kurtsinger Greentree Stable 2:01.80
1930 Gallant Fox Jim Fitzsimmons Earl Sande Belair Stud 2:07.60
1929 Clyde Van Dusen Clyde Van Dusen Linus McAtee H. P. Gardner 2:10.80
1928 Reigh Count Bert S. Michell Chick Lang Fannie Hertz 2:10.40
1927 Whiskery Fred Hopkins Linus McAtee Harry P. Whitney 2:06.00
1926 Bubbling Over Herbert J. Thompson Albert Johnson Edward R. Bradley 2:03.80
1925 Flying Ebony William Duke Earl Sande Clifford A. Cochran 2:07.60
1924 Black Gold Hanley Webb John D. Mooney Rosa M. Hoots 2:05.20
1923 Zev David J. Leary Earl Sande Rancocas Stable 2:05.40
1922 Morvich Fred Burlew Albert Johnson Benjamin Block 2:04.60
1921 Behave Yourself Herbert J. Thompson Charles Thompson Edward R. Bradley 2:04.20
1920 Paul Jones Billy Garth Ted Rice Ral Parr 2:09.00
1919 Sir Barton H. Guy Bedwell Johnny Loftus J. K. L. Ross 2:09.80
1918 Exterminator Henry McDaniel William Knapp Willis Sharpe Kilmer 2:10.80
1917 Omar Khayyam Charles T. Patterson Charles Borel Billings & Johnson 2:04.60
1916 George Smith Hollie Hughes Johnny Loftus John Sanford 2:04.00
1915 Regret James G. Rowe, Sr. Joe Notter Harry P. Whitney 2:05.40
1914 Old Rosebud Frank D. Weir John McCabe H. C. Applegate 2:03.40
1913 Donerail Thomas Hayes Roscoe Goose Thomas Hayes 2:04.80
1912 Worth Frank Taylor Carroll H. Shilling H. C. Hallenbeck 2:09.40
1911 Meridian Albert Ewing George Archibald R. F. Carmen 2:05.00
1910 Donau George Ham Fred Herbert William Gerst 2:06.40
1909 Wintergreen Charles Mack Vincent Powers Jerome B. Respess 2:08.20
1908 Stone Street J. W. Hall Arthur Pickens C. E. & J. W. Hamilton 2:15.20
1907 Pink Star W. H. Fizer Andy Minder J. Hal Woodford 2:12.60
1906 Sir Huon Pete Coyne Roscoe Troxler Bashford Manor Stable 2:08.80
1905 Agile Robert Tucker Jack Martin Sam S. Brown 2:10.75
1904 Elwood Charles E. Durnell Shorty Prior Mrs. C. E. Durnell 2:08.50
1903 Judge Himes John P. Mayberry Hal Booker Charles R. Ellison 2:09.00
1902 Alan-a-Dale Tom C. McDowell Jimmy Winkfield Tom C. McDowell 2:08.75
1901 His Eminence Frank B. Van Meter Jimmy Winkfield Frank B. Van Meter 2:07.75
1900 Lieut. Gibson Charles Hughes Jimmy Boland Charles H. Smith 2:06.25
1899 Manuel Robert J. Walden Fred Taral A. H. & D. H. Morris 2:12.00
1898 Plaudit John E. Madden Willie Simms John E. Madden 2:09.00
1897 Typhoon II J. C. Cahn Buttons Garner J. C. Cahn 2:12.50
1896 Ben Brush Hardy Campbell Willie Simms Mike F. Dwyer 2:07.75
1895 Halma Byron McClelland Soup Perkins Byron McClelland 2:37.50
1894 Chant H. Eugene Leigh Frank Goodale Leigh & Rose 2:41.00
1893 Lookout William McDaniel Eddie Kunze Cushing & Orth 2:39.25
1892 Azra John Morris Lonnie Clayton Bashford Manor Stable 2:41.50
1891 Kingman Dud Allen Isaac Murphy Jacobin Stable 2:52.25
1890 Riley Edward Corrigan Isaac Murphy Edward Corrigan 2:45.00
1889 Spokane John Rodegap Thomas Kiley Noah Armstrong 2:34.50
1888 Macbeth II John Campbell George Covington Chicago Stable 2:38.00
1887 Montrose John McGinty Isaac Lewis Labold Brothers 2:39.25
1886 Ben Ali Jim Murphy Paul Duffy J. B. A. Haggin 2:36.50
1885 Joe Cotton Alex Perry Babe Henderson J. T. Williams 2:37.25
1884 Buchanan William Bird Isaac Murphy William Cottrill 2:40.25
1883 Leonatus Raleigh Colston Billy Donohue Chinn & Morgan 2:43.00
1882 Apollo Green B. Morris Babe Hurd Morris & Patton 2:40.00
1881 Hindoo James G. Rowe, Sr. Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Bros. Stable 2:40.00
1880 Fonso Tice Hutsell George Lewis J. Snell Shawhan 2:37.50
1879 Lord Murphy George Rice Charlie Shauer Darden & Co 2:37.00
1878 Day Star Lee Paul Jimmy Carter T. J. Nichols 2:37.25
1877 Baden-Baden Edward D. Brown Billy Walker Daniel Swigert 2:38.00
1876 Vagrant James Williams Bobby Swim William Astor, Jr. 2:38.25
1875 Aristides Ansel Williamson Oliver Lewis Hal P. McGrath 2:37.75

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