The Kentucky Derby prep races that have produced the most Kentucky Derby winners are:
- 24: Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park
- 23: Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
- 23 Champagne Stakes at Belmont
- 20: Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga
20: Wood Memorial at Aqueduct
Recent Derby Winners and Final Prep race
- 2018 Justify Santa Anita Derby (1)
- 2017 Always Dreaming Florida Derby (1)
- 2016 Nyquist Florida Derby (1)
- 2015 American Pharoah Arkansas Derby (1)
- 2014 California Chrome Santa Anita Derby (1)
- 2013 Orb Florida Derby (1)
- 2012 I'll Have Another Santa Anita Derby (1)
- 2011 Animal Kingdom Spiral Stakes (1)
- 2010 Super Saver Arkansas Derby (2)
- 2009 Mine That Bird Sunland Derby (4)
2008 Big Brown Florida Derby (1)
A total of 13 horses have won the Triple Crown:
- Sir Barton (1919)
- Gallant Fox (1930)
- Omaha (1935)
- War Admiral (1937)
- Whirlaway (1941)
- Count Fleet (1943)
- Assault (1946)
- Citation (1948)
- Secretariat (1973)
- Seattle Slew (1977)
- Affirmed (1978)
- American Pharoah (2015)
Three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby:
- Regret in 1915
- Genuine Risk in 1980
Winning Colors in 1988
The very first Kentucky Derby was held in 1875.
Both the Preakness and the Belmont were established before the Kentucky Derby—in 1873 and 1867, respectively.
The Derby is the only one of the Triple Crown races to have been run every single year since it’s inception.
The Preakness took a hiatus from 1891-93, while the Belmont took a hiatus from 1911-12.
The Kentucky Derby is the longest-running continual sporting event in the United States.
The Kentucky Derby is knowing as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, and also known as the Run for the Roses. The blanket consists of 554 red roses and is presented, along with the trophy, by the Governor of Kentucky.
The only post to never host a Derby winner is #17.
Willie Shoemaker was the oldest jockey to ever win the Derby. He was 54 when he rode Ferdinand to win in 1986.
- The youngest Kentucky Derby winning jockeys are Alonzo Clayton (1892 on Azra) and James “Soup” Perkins (1895 on Halma). They were both 15 years old.
On May 2, 1970 Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby. However, no female jockey has ever won the Kentucky Derby.
Most Winners of the Kentucky Derby were born in:
- Kentucky: 106
- Florida: 6
- Virginia: 4
- California: 4
- Johnny Longden won the Kentucky Derby as a jockey on Count Fleet in 1943 and as a trainer of Majestic Prince in 1969.
In 1922, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes were run on the same day.
Nineteen horses have brought perfect records into the race. Only six left undefeated.
The only foreign-based horse to win the Derby was Canonero II from Venezuela in 1971.
Donerail (1913) becomes the longest shot to win the Derby, paying $184.90, $41.20 and $13.20.
The winningest jockeys of the Kentucky Derby are Eddie Arcaro who won five times from 1938 to 1952, and Bill Hartack who won five times from 1957 to 1969.
Thirteen of the 15 riders in the first Kentucky Derby were African-American.
- African-American jockeys won 15 of the Derby's first 28 runnings.
The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race.
The official food of the Kentucky Derby is burgoo, a traditional southern stew containing beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables.
- The University of Louisville Marching Band performs "My Old Kentucky Home" by Stephen Foster at the Kentucky Derby post parade.