The Kentucky Derby results are highly anticipated throughout the world each and every year. Typically, the Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May. And, the Derby usually kicks off the first leg of the Triple Crown. However, this year, the derby was postponed.
This means that this year, for the first time, the Belmont Stakes was the first leg of the Triple Crown. Also this year for the first time, the Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, September 5th, 2020. As is tradition, it will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. It will be held at 3 p.m. ET.
Latest Kentucky Derby Results
Now, come Derby time, it is always a fun journey to look into the Kentucky Derby results history. A year ago in May of 2019, the Derby ended in a bit of a controversy. Even though Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the finish line, he did not go down in history along with the Kentucky Derby winners.
The horse was found to have cost two other horses better finishing places in the race after he swerved into their path during the race. This led to Maximum Security being disqualified from the race. The horse to go down in the Kentucky Derby results history as the champion in 2019 was Country House. The rest of the 2019 Kentucky Derby winners were Code of Honor in second and Tacitus in third.
Kentucky Derby Order of Finish
Anyone can see, it is impressive to compete in the Derby whether you are a winner or end up in the Kentucky Derby last-place position. So, it is worth looking into all of the horses who competed in the Derby last year. The Kentucky Derby winners will be familiar, but you may see some names you have not seen before.
- Country Home
- Code of Honor
- Game Winner
- Master Fencer
- War of Will
- Plus Que Parfait
- Win Win Win
- Cutting Humor
- By My Standards
- Long Range Toddy
- (D.Q.) Maximum Security
- Gray Magician
As you can see, Gray Magician ended up in the Kentucky Derby last-place position last year. Now, if you are going to engage in Kentucky Derby online betting, this kind of research is important. But, you will also want to look into the results of other races to inform your choices.
Kentucky Oaks Results
If you are interested in the Kentucky Derby results, you may be wondering about the Kentucky Oaks as well. The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race that, similar to the Kentucky Derby, is for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. It takes place each year in Louisville, KY. The Kentucky Oaks winner from 2019 was Serengeti Empress.
As of this writing, the race covers 1 ¹⁄₈ miles at the legendary Churchill Downs. Every year, the Kentucky Oaks is held on the Friday that comes before the Kentucky Derby is to take place. To keep with that tradition, the Kentucky Oaks in 2020 will take place on Friday, September 4th, 2020. This Friday will be the day before the Kentucky Derby is set to be held.
Kentucky Derby Payouts
One of the biggest rewards for winning the Kentucky Derby is the large purse the winner receives. In 2019, the winner of the Kentucky Derby took home an estimated $1.86 million. The second-place winner took home $600,000. This is followed by the third taking home $300,000 and the fourth receiving $150,000. The fifth place received $90,000. The winning jockeys, fortunately, received 10% of the Kentucky Derby payouts.
Legendary Kentucky Derby Horses
Part of what makes the Kentucky Derby so famous has been the legendary Kentucky Derby horses. Donerail won the Derby all the way back in the year 1913, over one hundred years ago! Donerail overcame huge odds to win. The longest shot of any winner in history actually, with odds of 91-1.
One of the most famous horses to ever win the Derby is Secretariat. During the 99th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1973, Secretariat took home the title. And this famous champion even set the Derby record, completing the race in 1:59:40. In fact, Secretariat still holds the stakes records for each one of the races that make up the Triple Crown.
Famed winner Genuine Risk took home the championship title in the year 1980. Genuine Risk is one of only three fillies in history to ever win the Kentucky Derby. The other fillies were Regret in the year 1915 as well as Winning Colors in the year 1988.
Almost twenty years ago, back in 2001, a horse named Monarchos won the Kentucky Derby. Monarchos was only the second horse, after Secretariat who we wrote about previously, to run the Derby in less than 2:00.
Triple Crown Winners
The Kentucky Derby results help inform whether a horse is on its way to becoming a Triple Crown winner. The Triple Crown is a title given to a three-year-old Thoroughbred horse who manages to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, as well as the Belmont Stakes. It is quite possibly the greatest honor in the horse racing world.
In all, thirteen horses have managed to win the coveted Triple Crown title. The most recent winner was Justify in 2018.
Here is a list of all thirteen Triple Crown winners:
- 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)
- Justify (2018)
American Pharoah and Justify are, as of this writing, the only two Triple Crown-winning horses that are still living. However, in a year that has had many surprises, we could see a Triple Crown winner once again. So, make sure to keep an eye out for this year’s Kentucky Derby results!