Kentucky Derby in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • 1972-04-28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race
  • 1972-05-06 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8

Sports History

1973-05-05 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

Sports History

1974-05-04 100th Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins aboard Cannonade for first of 3 Derby victories

  • 1975-05-03 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • 1976-05-01 102nd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes

Sports History

1977-05-07 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2

  • 1978-05-06 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed - first and only Derby victory and 1st-leg of Triple Crown
  • 1979-05-05 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • 1980-05-03 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
  • 1981-05-02 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velásquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02
  • 1982-05-01 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • 1983-05-07 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Sunny's Halo for consecutive Derby victories (1982 Gato Del Sol)

Sports History

1984-05-05 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4

  • 1985-05-04 111th Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Spend A Buck for his third Derby triumph
  • 1985-06-05 Steve Cauthen wins aboard Slip Anchor at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and The Derby

Sports History

1986-05-03 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8

  • 1987-05-02 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • 1988-05-07 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • 1989-05-06 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • 1990-05-05 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • 1991-05-04 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Strike the Gold, the first of 2 Derby victories
  • 1991-07-11 Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, files bankruptcy

Sports History

1992-05-02 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03

  • 1993-05-01 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Sea Hero, the first of 2 Derby victories (1996 on Grindstone)
  • 1994-05-07 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • 1995-05-06 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
  • 1996-05-04 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Grindstone, his second Derby victory (1993 Sea Hero)
  • 1997-05-03 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3

Sports History

1998-05-02 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

  • 1999-05-01 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for his second Derby victory (1991 on Strike The Gold)
  • 2000-05-06 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
  • 2001-05-05 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97
  • 2002-05-04 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
  • 2003-05-03 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
  • 2004-05-01 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott wins aboard Smarty Jones. North American wagering records smashed ($142m on 12-race card)
  • 2005-05-07 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard 50-1 longshot Giacomo wins ahead of another outsider Closing Argument; exacta payout $9,814.80
  • 2006-05-06 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in front of 157,532 fans

Sports History

2007-05-05 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard 9-2 favourite Street Sense wins on his home track in front of special guest, Queen Elizabeth II

  • 2008-05-03 134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins by nearly 5 lengths; runner-up Eight Belles euthanised after fracturing both front ankles; first fatality in Derby history
  • 2009-05-02 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird after running dead last until the final turn
  • 2010-05-01 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard Super Saver, his third Derby success in 4 years
  • 2011-05-07 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • 2012-05-05 138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83
  • 2013-05-04 139th Kentucky Derby: Joel Rosario aboard Orb wins in 2:02.89
  • 2014-05-03 140th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboad California Chrome wins in 2:03.66
  • 2015-05-02 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • 2016-05-07 142nd Kentucky Derby: 3-1 chance Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in front of second largest attendance of 167,227
  • 2017-05-06 143rd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey John Velasquez wins his second Derby aboard 5-1 shot Always Dreaming
  • 2018-05-05 144th Kentucky Derby: 52 year old Mike Smith wins his second Derby aboard Justify in a time of 2:04.20 over a sloppy track
  • 2019-05-04 145th Kentucky Derby: stewards disqualify first-across-the-line Maximum Security for interference; longshot Country House declared winner; first DQ in race history for race infraction
  • 2020-09-05 146th Kentucky Derby: 8-1 underdog Authentic with John R. Velazquez aboard holds off heavy favourite Tiz the Law to give trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying 6th Derby win
  • 2021-05-01 147th Kentucky Derby: Medina Spirit gives jockey John Velazquez his fourth Derby win and trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race
  • 2022-05-08 148th Kentucky Derby: Venezuelan jockey Sonny Leon rides 80-1 outsider Rich Strike to victory to become second biggest longshot to win in the history of the event

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