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2017 Kentucky Derby Winner

Always Dreaming wins the 2017 Kentucky Derby, winning a muddy 1-1/4-mile race at Churchill Downs by 2-3/4 lengths. Just like he did in the Florida Derby, Always Dreaming stayed near the front of the pack for much of the race before shifting into an extra gear down the front stretch earn the win. Always Dreaming paid $11.40 on a $2 bet to win. For his victory he earned the $1.425 million share of a guaranteed $2 million purse. Lookin at Lee finished second, Battle of Midway third, Classic Empire fourth, and Practical Joke fifth.


Kentucky Derby Winner 2016

Nyquist is an American Thoroughbred racehorse, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby. He also won the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, becoming only the second horse to complete the Juvenile-Derby double.


Kentucky Derby Winner 2015

On May 2, American Pharoah started as the 2.9-1 favorite in an eighteen-runner field for the 142st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. His opponents included Dortmund (Santa Anita Derby), Carpe Diem (Breeders' Futurity Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes), Firing Line (Sunland Derby), Frosted (Wood Memorial), Materiality (Florida Derby), Mubtaahij (UAE Derby), and Upstart (Holy Bull Stakes). Espinoza positioned the colt in third place early in the race as Dortmund took the lead, followed closely by Firing Line. The three remained ahead of the pack throughout the race, and broke clear of their rivals entering the straight with American Pharoah making a forward move on the outside. The favorite took the lead entering the final furlong and won by a length from Firing Line and Dortmund, with Frosted finishing strongly in fourth.


Kentucky Derby Winner 2014

California Chrome became the first California-bred horse to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962. For jockey Victor Espinoza, it was his second Kentucky Derby win, his first coming in 2002 when he rode War Emblem to victory.

The race was broadcast in the United States on the NBC television network. The attendance for the race was 164,906, the second-largest after the 2012 race with 165,307 spectators.


Kentucky Derby Winner 2013

The favorite, Orb, won a purse of $1.4 million with a final time of 2:02.89, with Golden Soul finishing second and Revolutionary placing third. The win gave Hall of Fame trainer and native Kentuckian Shug McGaughey his first career Kentucky Derby victory.

For the first time, the colts making the field in the Kentucky Derby qualified under a new points system. In years past, colts qualified based on graded stakes earnings.

Full List of Kentucky Derby Winners

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TIME
2017 Always Dreaming John Velazquez 2:03.59
2016 Nyquist Doug O'Neill 1:59.02
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza 2:03.02
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza 2:03.66
2013 Orb Joel Rosario 2:02.89
2012 I'll Have Another Mario Gutierrez 2:01.83
2011 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez 2:02.04
2010 Super Saver Calvin Borel 2:04.45
2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel 2:02.66
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux 2:01.82
2007 Street Sense Calvin Borel 2:02.17
2006 Barbaro E. Prado 2:01.36
2005 Giacomo M. Smith 2:02.75
2004 Smarty Jones S. Elliott 2:04.06
2003 Funny Cide J. Santos 2:01.19
2002 War Emblem V. Espinoza 2:01.13
2001 Monarchos J. Chavez 1:59.97
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus K. Desormeaux 2:01.12
1999 Charismatic C. Antley 2:03 1/5
1998 Real Quiet K. Desormeaux 2:02 1/5
1997 Silver Charm G. Stevens 2:02.44
1996 Grindstone J. Bailey 2:01
1995 Thunder Gulch G. Stevens 2:01 1/5
1994 Go For Gin C. McCarron 2:03 3/5
1993 Sea Hero J. Bailey 2:02 2/5
1992 Lil E. Tee P. Day 2:03
1991 Strike The Gold C. Antley 2:03
1990 Unbridled C. Perret 2:02
1989 Sunday Silence P. Valenzuela 2:05
1988 Winning Colors (f) G. Stevens 2:02 1/5
1987 Alysheba C. McCarron 2:03 2/5
1986 Ferdinand W. Shoemaker 2:02 4/5
1985 Spend A Buck A. Cordero, Jr. 2:00 1/5
1984 Swale L. Pincay, Jr. 2:02 2/5
1983 Sunny's Halo E. Delahoussaye 2:02 1/5
1982 Gato Del Sol E. Delahoussaye 2:02 2/5
1981 Pleasant Colony J. Velasquez 2:02
1980 Genuine Risk (f) J. Vasquez 2:02
1979 Spectacular Bid R. Franklin 2:02 2/5
1978 Affirmed (T) S. Cauthen 2:01 1/5
1977 Seattle Slew (T) J. Cruguet 2:02 1/5
1976 Bold Forbes A. Cordero, Jr. 2:01 3/5
1975 Foolish Pleasure J. Vasquez 2:02
1974 Cannonade A. Cordero, Jr. 2:04
1973 Secretariat (T) R. Turcotte 1:59 2/5
1972 Riva Ridge R. Turcotte 2:01 4/5
1971 Canonero II G. Avila 2:03 1/5
1970 Dust Commander M. Manganello 2:03 2/5
1969 Majestic Prince B. Hartack 2:01 4/5
1968 Forward Pass I. Valenzuela 2:01 4/5
1967 Proud Clarion B. Ussery 2:00 3/5
1966 Kauai King D. Brumfield 2:02
1965 Lucky Debonair W. Shoemaker 2:01 1/5
1964 Northern Dancer B. Hartack 2:00
1963 Chateaugay B. Baeza 2:01 4/5
1962 Decidedly B. Hartack 2:00 2/5
1961 Carry Back J. Sellers 2:04
1960 Venetian Way B. Hartack 2:02 2/5
1959 Tomy Lee W. Shoemaker 2:02 1/5
1958 Tim Tam I. Valenzuela 2:05
1957 Iron Leige B. Hartack 2:02 1/5
1956 Needles D. Erb 2:03 2/5
1955 Swaps W. Shoemaker 2:01 4/5
1954 Determine R. York 2:03
1953 Dark Star H. Moreno 2:02
1952 Hill Gail E. Arcaro 2:01 3/5
1951 Count Turf C. McCreary 2:02 3/5
1950 Middleground W. Boland 2:01 3/5
1949 Ponder S. Brooks 2:04 1/5
1948 Citation (T) E. Arcaro 2:05 2/5
1947 Jet Pilot E. Guerin 2:06 4/5
1946 Assault (T) W. Mehrtens 2:06 3/5
1945 Hoop Jr. E. Arcaro 2:07
1944 Pensive C. McCreary 2:04 1/5
1943 Count Fleet (T) J. Longden 2:04
1942 Shut Out W. Wright 2:04 2/5
1941 Whirlaway (T) E. Arcaro 2:01 2/5
1940 Gallahadion C. Bierman 2:05
1939 Johnstown J. Stout 2:03 2/5
1938 Lawrin E. Arcaro 2:04 4/5
1937 War Admiral (T) C. Kurtsinger 2:03 1/5
1936 Bold Venture I. Hanford 2:03 3/5
1935 Omaha (T) W. Saunders 2:05
1934 Cavalcade M. Garner 2:04
1933 Brokers Tip D. Meade 2:06 4/5
1932 Burgoo King E. James 2:05 1/5
1931 Twenty Grand C. Kurtsinger 2:01 4/5
1930 Gallant Fox (T) E. Sande 2:07 3/5
1929 Clyde Van Dusen I. McAtee 2:10 4/5
1928 Reigh Count C. Lang 2:10 2/5
1927 Whiskery I. McAtee 2:06
1926 Bubbling Over A. Johnson 2:03 4/5
1925 Flying Ebony E. Sande 2:07 3/5
1924 Black Gold J.D. Mooney 2:05 1/5
1923 Zev E. Sande 2:05 2/5
1922 Morvich A. Johnson 2:04 3/5
1921 Behave Yourself C. Thompson 2:04 1/5
1920 Paul Jones T. Rice 2:09
1919 Sir Barton (T) J. Loftus 2:09 4/5
1918 Exterminator W. Knapp 2:10 4/5
1917 Omar Khayham C. Borel 2:04 3/5
1916 George Smith J. Loftus 2:04
1915 Regret (f) J. Notter 2:05 2/5
1914 Old Rosebud J. McCabe 2:03 2/5
1913 Donerail R. Goose 2:04 4/5
1912 WorTD C.H. Shilling 2:09 2/5
1911 Meridian G. Archibald 2:05
1910 Donau F. Herbert 2:06 2/5
1909 Wintergreen V. Powers 2:08 1/5
1908 Stone Street A. Pickens 2:15 1/5
1907 Pink Star A. Minder 2:12 3/5
1906 Sir Huon R. Troxler 2:08 4/5
1905 Agile J. Martin 2:10 3/4
1904 Elwood F. Prior 2:08 1/2
1903 Judge Himes H. Booker 2:09
1902 Alan-a-Dale J. Winkfield 2:08 3/4
1901 His Eminence J. Winkfield 2:07 3/4
1900 Lieut. Gibson J. Boland 2:06 1/4
1899 Manuel F. Taral 2:12
1898 Plaudit W. Simms 2:09
1897 Typhoon II F. Garner 2:12 1/2
1896 Ben Brush W. Simms 2:07 3/4
1895 Halma J. Perkins 2:37 1/2
1894 Chant F. Goodale 2:41
1893 Lookout E. Kunze 2:39 1/4
1892 Azra A. Clayton 2:41 1/2
1891 Kingman I. Murphy 2:52 1/4
1890 Riley I. Murphy 2:45
1889 Spokane T. Kiley 2:34 1/2
1888 Macbeth II G. Covington 2:38 1/4
1887 Montrose I. Lewis 2:39 1/4
1886 Ben Ali P. Duffy 2:36 1/2
1885 Joe Cotton E. Henderson 2:37 1/4
1884 Buchanan I. Murphy 2:40 1/4
1883 Leonatus W. Donohue 2:43
1882 Apollo B. Hurd 2:40 1/4
1881 Hindoo J. McLaughlin 2:40
1880 Fonso G. Lewis 2:37 1/2
1879 Lord Murphy C. Shauer 2:37
1878 Day Star J. Carter 2:37 1/4
1877 Baden-Baden W. Walker 2:38
1876 Vagrant B. Swim 2:38 1/4
1875 Aristides O. Lewis 2:37 3/4
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