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The Winning Tradition

When it comes to the bloodline of horses running for the roses at Churchill Downs few turn out champions like Kentucky. Click a green state to see how many champions call the state home.

 

Birthplace by the Numbers

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* Horse(s)
* Most Recent Winner

 

* 15 States
* 136 Horses
* 106 Most Horses

Kentucky has birthed more winning derby horses than any other state.

 

Sizing up the Competition

8 inches and 8 pounds. That's the window of variance between the last 20 years of champion jockey's at the Kentucky Derby.

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Tallest
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Height 5' 7" Weight 114 lbs.
Height 5' 4" Weight 112 lbs.
Height 4' 11" Weight 109 lbs.

Stars in the Running

The Kentucky Derby draws crowds from all over the world, including some of the worlds most recognizable faces.

George Steinbrenner
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  • Former New York Yankees Owner
  • Year1977 & 2005
  • Horse(s)Steve's Friend & Bellamy Road
  • Finished5th & 7th

 

Joe Torre
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  • Los Angeles Dodgers Manager
  • Year2010
  • Horse(s)Homeboykris
  • Finished16th

 

Rick Pitino
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  • Louisville Cardinals Basketball Coach
  • Year2013
  • Horse(s)Goldencents
  • Finished17th

 

MC Hammer
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  • Musician
  • Year1992
  • Horse(s)Dance Floor
  • Finished3rd

 

Jenny Craig
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  • Weight Loss Guru
  • Year2010
  • Horse(s)Sidney's Candy
  • Finished17th

 

Steven Speilberg
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  • Director/Writer
  • Year2003
  • Horse(s)Atswhatimtalknbout
  • Finished4th

 

 

Out of the Gates

Since the introduction of the starting gates at Churchill Downs in 1930, winning odds have been measured by more than just the horse in the race. Scroll down to see witch post position has the best odds of cashing in at the Kentucky Derby.

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Position 1 Winning Percentage 9.4% Winning Horses 8 Ferdinand (1986), Chateaugay (1963), Needles (1956), Hill Gail (1952), Citation (1948), Gallahadion (1940), Lawrin (1938), War Admiral (1937)
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Position 2 Winning Percentage 8.2% Winning Horses 7 Affirmed (1978), Bold Forbes (1976), Cannonade (1974), Dust Commander (1970), Tim Tam (1958), Ponder (1949) Assault (1946)
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Position 3 Winning Percentage 5.9% Winning Horses 5 Real Quiet (1998), Alysheba (1987), Spectacular Bid (1979), Foolish Pleasure (1975), Shut Out (1942)
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Position 4 Winning Percentage 5.9% Winning Horses 5 Super Saver (2010), Seattle Slew (1977), Decidedly (1962), Pensive (1944), Whirlaway (1941)
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Position 5 Winning Percentage 10.6% Winning Horses 9 California Chrome (2014), Funny Cide (2003), War Emblem (2002), Silver Charm (1997), Strike the Gold (1991), Count Fleet (1943), Johnstown (1939), Bold Venture (1936), Twenty Grand (1931)
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Position 6 Winning Percentage 2.4% Winning Horses 2 Sea Hero (1993), Iron Liege (1957)
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Position 7 Winning Percentage 7.1% Winning Horses 6 Street Sense (2007), Pleasant Colony (1981), Proud Clarion (1967), Northern Dancer (1964), Determine (1954), Gallant Fox (1930)
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Position 8 Winning Percentage 9.5% Winning Horses 8 Mine That Bird (2009), Barbaro (2006), Go for Gin (1994), Unbridled (1990), Majestic Prince (1969), Lucky Debonair (1965), Swaps (1955), Cavalcade (1934)
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Position 9 Winning Percentage 4.9% Winning Horses 4 Riva Ridge (1972), Venetian Way (1960), Tomy Lee (1959), Count Turf (1951)
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Position 10 Winning Percentage 11.5% Winning Horses 9 Giacomo (2005), Lil E. Tee (1992), Sunday Silence (1989), Spend a Buck (1985), Sunny’s Halo (1983), Genuine Risk (1980), Secretariat (1973), Dark Star (1953), Omaha (1935)
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Position 11 Winning Percentage 2.7% Winning Horses 2 Winning Colors (1988), Brokers Tip (1933)
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Position 12 Winning Percentage 4.3% Winning Horses 3 Canonero II (1971), Kauai King (1966), Hoop Jr. (1945)
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Position 13 Winning Percentage 5.9% Winning Horses 4 Smarty Jones (2004), Forward Pass (1968), Jet Pilot (1947), Burgoo King (1932)
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Position 14 Winning Percentage 3.3% Winning Horses 2 Carry Back (1961), Middleground (1950)
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Position 15 Winning Percentage 7.5% Winning Horses 4 Orb (2013), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Grindstone (1996), Swale (1984)
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Position 16 Winning Percentage 9.3% Winning Horses 4 Animal Kingdom (2011), Monarchos (2001), Charismatic (1999), Thunder Gulch (1995)
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Position 17 Winning Percentage 0% Winning Horses 0
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Position 18 Winning Percentage 3.6% Winning Horses 1 Gato Del Sol (1982)
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Position 19 Winning Percentage 4.2% Winning Horses 1 I'll Have Another (2012)
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Position 20 Winning Percentage 7.1% Winning Horses 1 Big Brown (2008)
 
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