Kentucky Derby Stats

Birthplace
Kentucky - 100
Florida - 6
(Needles, Carry Back, Foolish Pleasure, Affirmed, Unbridled, Silver Charm)
Virginia - 4
(Reigh Count, Secretariat, Pleasant Colony, Sea Hero)
California - 3
(Morvich, Swaps, Decidedly)
Tennessee - 3
(Lord Murphy, Kingman, Typhoon II)
Pennsylvania - 2
(Lil E. Tee; Smarty Jones)
New Jersey - 2
(Regret, Cavalcade)
Texas - 2
(Assault, Middleground)
Illinois - 1
(Dust Commander)
Kansas - 1
(Lawrin)
Maryland - 1
(Kauai King)
Missouri - 1
(Elwood)
Montana - 1
(Spokane)
Ohio - 1
(Wintergreen)
New York - 1
(Funny Cide)
Canada - 2
(Northern Dancer, Sunny's Halo)
England - 1
(*Omar Khayyam, *Tomy Lee)
*Tomy Lee (1959), *Omar Khayyam (1917), Northern Dancer (1964) and Sunny's Halo (1983) are the only winners not foaled in the United States. *Tomy Lee was brought to this country as a weanling; *Omar Khayyam as a yearling. Cavalcade (1934) and Pensive (1944) are sons of mares bred to stallions in England and brought to America while the mares were carrying the Derby winners.
Color
Bay - 47
Chestnut - 43
Dark Bay/Brown - 9
Gray - 5
Black - 4
Roan - 2
Gray/Roan - 2
Favorites
ODDS-ON: In 32 runnings of the Derby, there has been an odds-on favorite (a horse, which if he won, would pay less than even money). Seventeen have won and 11 have been second. Others finished worse than third.
 
PAY-OFFS: Citation (1948) (coupled with Coaltown) and Count Fleet (1943) each paid $2.80. These were the smallest winning prices recorded since pari-mutuel betting on the Derby was introduced in 1908. Hindoo (1881), Halma (1895), and Agile (1905) each paid 1-to-3 to win the Derby. Donerail (1913) paid $184.90 for each $2 win ticket, a record Derby return.
Post Position

Position
Wins
1
12
2
9
3
8
4
10
5
12
6
6
7
8
8
9
9
4
10
10
11
3
12
3
13
4
14
2
15
3
16
3
17
0
18
1
19
0
20
2

Sires

TRIPLE: Reigh Count (1928) sired Count Fleet (1943) who sired Count Turf (1951). Pensive (1944) sired Ponder (1949) who sired Needles (1956).

THREE WINNERS: Falsetto - Chant (1894), His Eminence (1901), Sir Huon (1906). Virgil - Vagrant (1876), Hindoo (1881), Ben Ali (1886). *Sir Gallahad III - Gallant Fox (1930), Gallahadion (1940), Hoop Jr. (1945). Bull Lea - Citation (1948), Hill Gail (1952), Iron Liege (1957).

TWO WINNERS: King Alfonso - Fonso (1880), Joe Cotton (1885). Longfellow - Leonatus (1883), Riley (1890). Broomstick - Meridian (1911), Regret (1915). *McGee - Donerail (1913), Exterminator (1918). The Finn - Zev (1923), Flying Ebony (1925). Black Toney - Black Gold (1924), Brokers Tip (1933). *St. Germans - Twenty Grand (1931), Bold Venture (1936). Man o' War - Clyde Van Dusen (1929), War Admiral (1937). *Blenheim II - Whirlaway (1941), Jet Pilot (1947). Bold Venture - Assault (1946), Middleground (1950). Bold Bidder - Cannonade (1974), Spectacular Bid (1979). Exclusive Native - Affirmed (1978), Genuine Risk (1980). Halo - Sunny's Halo (1983), Sunday Silence (1989). Alydar - Alysheba (1987), Strike the Gold (1991).

DERBY WINNERS: A total of 12 Kentucky Derby champions have sired winners of the race: Halma (1895) sired Alan-a-Dale (1902). Bubbling Over (1926) sired Burgoo King (1932). Reigh Count (1928) sired Count Fleet (1943). Gallant Fox (1930) sired Omaha (1935). Bold Venture (1936) sired Assault (1946) and Middleground (1950). Pensive (1944) sired Ponder (1949). Count Fleet (1943) sired Count Turf (1951). Ponder (1949) sired Needles (1956). Determine (1954) sired Decidedly (1962). Swaps (1955) sired Chateaugay (1963). Seattle Slew (1977) sired Swale (1984). Unbridled (1990) sired Grindstone (1996).

SECOND IN DERBY: Falsetto (1879) sired three winners, Chant (1894), His Eminence (1901), Sir Huon (1906). Himyar (1878) sired Plaudit (1898). Native Dancer (1953) sired Kauai King (1966). Alydar (1978) sired Alysheba (1987) and Strike the Gold (1991), Summer Squall (1990) sired Charismatic (1999).

THIRD IN DERBY: Free Knight (1886) sired Elwood (1904). First Landing (1959) sired Riva Ridge (1972). At The Threshold (1984) sired Lil E. Tee (1992).

UNPLACED IN DERBY: Bob Miles (4th, 1884) sired Manuel (1899). Insco (6th, 1931) sired Lawrin (1938). Bull Lea (8th, 1938) sired Citation (1948), Hill Gail (1952), and Iron Liege (1957). Bold Ruler (4th, 1957) sired Secretariat (1973). Gulch (6th, 1987) sired Thunder Gulch (1995). Holy Bull (12th, 1994) sired Giacomo (2005).

OLDEST: Falsetto, 30 years old when Sir Huon won in 1906.

YOUNGEST: Pensive, 8 years old when Ponder won in 1949. Gallant Fox, 8 years old when Omaha won in 1935. Royal Coinage, 8 years old when Venetian Way won in 1960. Raise a Native, 8 years old when Majestic Prince won in 1969. Maria's Mon, 8 years old when Monarchos won in 2001.

Jockeys

Jockey Stats, 1875-2008

FIVE WINNERS: Eddie Arcaro - Lawrin (1938), Whirlaway (1941), Hoop Jr. (1945), Citation (1948), Hill Gail (1952). Bill Hartack - Iron Liege (1957), Venetian Way (1960), Decidedly (1962), Northern Dancer (1964), Majestic Prince (1969).

FOUR WINNERS: Bill Shoemaker - Swaps (1955), *Tomy Lee (1959), Lucky Debonair (1965), Ferdinand (1986).

THREE WINNERS: Isaac Murphy - Buchanan (1884), Riley (1890), Kingman (1891). Earl Sande - Zev (1923), Flying Ebony (1925), Gallant Fox (1930). Angel Cordero, Jr. - Cannonade (1974), Bold Forbes (1976), Spend a Buck (1985). Gary Stevens - Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (1995), Silver Charm (1997), Kent Desormeaux - Real Quiet (1998), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Big Brown (2008).

TWO WINNERS: Willie Sims - Ben Brush (1896), Plaudit (1898). Jimmy Winkfield - His Eminence (1901), Alan-a-Dale (1902). Johnny Loftus - George Smith (1916), Sir Barton (1919). Albert Johnson - Morvich (1922), Bubbling Over (1926). Linus McAtee - Whiskery (1927), Clyde Van Dusen (1929). Charles Kurtsinger - Twenty Grand (1931), War Admiral (1937). Conn McCreary - Pensive (1944), Count Turf (1951). Ismael Valenzuela - Tim Tam (1958), Forward Pass (1968). Ron Turcotte - Riva Ridge (1972), Secretariat (1973). Jacinto Vasquez - Foolish Pleasure (1975), Genuine Risk (1980). Eddie Delahoussaye - Gate Del Sol (1982), Sunny's Halo (1983). Chris McCarron - Alysheba (1987), Go for Gin (1994). Jerry Bailey - Sea Hero (1993), Grindstone (1996). Chris Antley - Strike The Gold (1991), Charismatic (1999).

TWO IN SUCCESSION: Isaac Murphy (1890-91), Jimmy Winkfield (1901-02), Ron Turcotte (1972-73) and Eddie Delahoussaye (1982-83).

MOST MOUNTS: Bill Shoemaker rode in 26, his last in 1988; Eddie Arcaro in 21, his last in 1961.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN JOCKEYS: Isaac Murphy, Willie Simms, Jimmy Winkfield (see records listing). Oliver Lewis - Aristides (1875). William Walker - Baden Baden (1877). George Lewis - Fonso (1880). Babe Hurd - Apollo (1882). Erskine Henderson - Joe Cotton (1885). Isaac Lewis - Montrose (1887). Alonzo Clayton - Azra (1892). James (Soup) Perkins - Halma (1895).

APPRENTICE JOCKEYS: Ira Hanford - Bold Venture (1936) and William Boland - Middleground (1950).

WOMEN JOCKEYS: Diane Crump - Fathom (1970), 15th. Patricia Cooksey - So Vague (1984), 11th. Andrea Seefeldt - Forty Something (1991), 16th. Julie Krone - Ecstatic Ride (1992), 14th, Suave Prospect (1995), 11th.

OLDEST: Bill Shoemaker, 54 - Ferdinand, (1986).

YOUNGEST: Alonzo Clayton, 15 - Azra (1892). James (Soup) Perkins, 15 - Halma (1895).

DERBY/OAKS DOUBLE: Isaac Murphy (1884), Don Meade (1933), William Boland (1950), Eddie Arcaro (1952), Don Brumfield (1966), Jerry Bailey (1993).

KENTUCKY/EPSOM DERBY DOUBLE: Steve Cauthen is the only jockey to have won both the Kentucky and Epsom Derbys. Kentucky Derby, 1978, Affirmed - Epsom Derby, 1985, Slip Anchor and 1987, Reference Point.

Owners

EIGHT WINNERS: Calumet Farm - Whirlaway (1941), Pensive (1944), Citation (1948), Ponder (1949), Hill Gail (1952), Iron Liege (1957), Tim Tam (1958), Forward Pass (1968). The late Warren Wright owned Calumet the first four times the stable won; Mrs. Wright was owner in 1952, and she later won as Mrs. Gene Markey in 1957, 1958, and 1968, the year Forward Pass won by disqualification.

FOUR WINNERS: E. R. Bradley - Behave Yourself (1921), Bubbling Over (1926), Burgoo King (1932), Brokers Tip (1933).

THREE WINNERS: Belair Stud - Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), Johnstown (1939).

TWO WINNERS: Harry Payne Whitney - Regret (1915), Whiskery (1927). Mrs. John D. Hertz - Reigh Count (1928), Count Fleet (1943). Greentree Stable (Whitney Family) - Twenty Grand (1931), Shut Out (1942). King Ranch (Robert J. Klegberg) - Assault (1946), Middleground (1950). Darby Dan Farm (John W. Galbreath) - Chateaugay (1963), Proud Clarion (1967). Meadow Stable (C. T. Chenery) - Riva Ridge (1972), Secretariat (1973). Wm. Condren & Jos. Cornacchia - Strike the Gold (1991), Go for Gin (1994). Robert & Beverly Lewis - Silver Charm (1997), Charismatic (1999).

FIRST BROTHERS TO OWN AND BREED SEPARATE DERBY WINNERS: Seth Hancock and brother Arthur became the first brothers to have owned or been part-owners of separate Derby winners. Arthur was part-owner of Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunday Silence in 1989, while Seth shared ownership of Swale in 1984. The Hancocks also were the first brothers to breed Derby winners.

BROTHER PARTNERSHIPS: Dwyer Bros. - Hindoo (1881). Hamilton Bros. - Stone Street (1908).

OLDEST WINNING OWNER: Mrs. Frances Genter, 92 - Unbridled (1990).

KENTUCKY DERBY/EPSOM DERBY/ARC DE TRIOMPHE TRIPLE: Paul Mellon is the only owner to have bred and campaigned the winners of all three classics: Kentucky Derby, 1993, Sea Hero; Epsom Derby and Arc De Triomphe, 1971, Mill Reef.

Trainers

Trainer Stats, 1898-2008

SIX WINNERS: Ben A. Jones - Lawrin (1938), Whirlaway (1941), Pensive (1944), Citation (1948), Ponder (1949), Hill Gail (1952).

FOUR WINNERS: H. J. Thompson - Behave Yourself (1921), Bubbling Over (1926), Burgoo King (1932), Brokers Tip (1933). D. Wayne Lukas - Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (1995), Grindstone (1996), Charismatic (1999).

THREE WINNERS: Bob Baffert - Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002). James Fitzsimmons - Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), Johnstown (1939). Max Hirsch - Bold Venture (1936), Assault (1946), Middleground (1950).

TWO WINNERS: Lazaro Barrera - Bold Forbes (1976), Affirmed (1978). Henry Forrest - Kauai King (1966), Forward Pass (1968). LeRoy Jolley - Foolish Pleasure (1975), Genuine Risk (1980). H. A. "Jimmy" Jones - Iron Leige (1957), Tim Tam (1958). Lucien Laurin - Riva Ridge (1972), Secretariat (1973). Horatio Luro - Decidedly (1962), Northern Dancer (1964). Woodford C. "Woody" Stephens - Cannonade (1974), Swale (1984). Charles Edward "Charlie" Whittingham - Ferdinand (1986), Sunday Silence (1989). Nicholas "Nick" Zito - Strike the Gold (1991), Go for Gin (1994), Carl Nafzger - Unbridled (1990), Street Sense (2007).

CONSECUTIVE WINNNERS: Bob Baffert - Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998). Ben A. Jones - Citation (1948), Ponder (1949). H.A. 'Jimmy Jones' - Iron Liege (1957), Tim Tam (1958). Lucien Lauren - Riva Ridge (1972), Secretariat (1973). D. Wayne Lukas - Thunder Gulch (1995), Grindstone (1996). Herbert John Thompson - Burgoo King (1932), Brokers Tip (1933).

OLDEST WINNING TRAINER: Charlie Whittingham, 76 - Sunday Silence (1989).

YOUNGEST WINNING TRAINER: James Rowe, Sr., 24 - Hindoo (1881).

FATHER-SON WINNING TRAINERS: James Rowe, Sr. (1881/1915) and James Rowe, Jr. (1931). Ben A. Jones (1938/1941/1944/1948/1949/1952) and H. A. (Jimmy) Jones (1957/1958).

WINNER AS JOCKEY AND TRAINER: John Longden - Count Fleet (1943); Majestic Prince (1969).

WOMEN TRAINERS: Mary Hirsch - No Sir (1937, 13th). Mrs. Albert Roth - Senecas Coin (1949, pulled up). Mary Keim - Mr. Pak (1965, 6th). Dianne Carpenter - Biloxi Indian (1984, 12th); Kingpost (1988, 14th). Patti Johnson - Fast Account (1985, 4th). Shelley Riley - Casual Lies (1992, 2nd). Kathy Walsh - Hanuman Highway (1998, 7th). Akiko Gothard - K One King (1999, 8th). Jenine Sahadi - The Deputy (2000, 14th).

Fastest Runners

1
Secretariat
1:59 2/5
(1973)
2
Monarchos
1:59.97
(2001)
3
Northern Dancer
2:00
(1964)
4
Spend a Buck
2:00 1/5
(1985)
5
Decidedly
2:00 2/5
(1962)
6
Proud Clarion
2:00 3/5
(1967)
7
Grindstone
2:01
(1996)
8
Fusaichi Pegasus
2:01.12
(2000)
9
War Emblem
2:01.13
(2002)
10
Funny Cide
2:01.19
(2003)

DRF WinningTechniques

Winning Techniques
The paper to read when you're playing to win
 

Racebooks

Racing

More