What horses raced in the first Kentucky Derby?

What horses raced in the first Kentucky Derby?

The First Kentucky Derby. On May 17, 1875, the horse, Aristides, and his rider, Oliver Lewis, crossed the finish line ahead of the rest of the field at the first ever Kentucky Derby. The horse’s owner, H.P. McGrath, and a roaring crowd in the stands looked on. What would you have seen in Louisville that first race day?

Who won the 1st Kentucky Derby?

colt Aristides
​Oliver Lewis (1856-1924), the African American jockey who rode the colt Aristides, won the first Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875. His time of two minutes37.

How many horses ran in the 1st Kentucky Derby?

fifteen horses
1875 – The first Kentucky Derby race takes place on May 17th. Aristides races 1.5 miles to win, in a field of fifteen horses, in front of a crowd of 10,000 spectators.

What jockey won the most Kentucky Derbys?

Long retired jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack share the outright record with 5 wins apiece. Trainer Ben A. Jones holds the distinction of having the most wins in the Kentucky Derby with a total of 6.

Who was the fastest horse in Kentucky Derby history?

The fastest time ever run in the Derby was in 1973 at 1:59.4 minutes, when Secretariat broke the record set by Northern Dancer in 1964 – a record time yet to be topped.

Who was second in the first Kentucky Derby?

Full results

Finished Horse Jockey
1st Aristides Oliver Lewis
2nd Volcano H. Williams
3rd Verdigris W. Chambers
4th Bob Woolley William Walker

What race is the Kentucky Derby?

I stakes
The Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, is a top rank, Grade I stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses. The race distance is one and one-quarter miles long, and it is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Has a gray horse ever won the Kentucky Derby?

In the previous 106 Kentucky Derbys, only eight horses classified as gray or roan have won the race. Meanwhile, 55 bay-colored horses and 48 chestnut-colored horses have won the race. The last gray winner was Giacomo in 2005. Since then, 31 gray or roan horses have run in the Derby.

Who is the best horse in the Kentucky Derby?

Secretariat is still a household name because this horse went on to win the Triple Crown and still holds the Derby record, completing the course in 1:59:40. Secretariat still holds the stakes records for all three of the Triple Crown races.

Who was the first black jockey?

Isaac Burns Murphy
Occupation Jockey
Born January 6, 1861 Clark County, Kentucky, U.S.
Died February 16, 1896 (aged 35) Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Resting place The Kentucky Horse Park

How old are the horses in the Kentucky Derby?

3 year old

Why are there 554 roses for the Kentucky Derby?

Why is the Derby called “The Run for the Roses?” Because the winner gets a blanket of 554 red roses after the race. Each lady would receive a red rose at the parties, and when Churchill Downs’ president Colonel Lewis Clark saw their popularity, he made the rose the race’s official flower.