Kentucky Derby Results, Winners and Payouts
The Kentucky Derby, also known as 'the fastest two minutes in sports'. The Kentucky Derby is far more than just a race of thoroughbreds. It is celebration and ceremony there at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Like clockwork, every year on the first Saturday in May, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky proudly opens its gates to thousands of horse-racing fans and a select field of the nation’s top 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. The Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses," because a garland of red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year.
Kentucky Derby Winners
2018 Kentucky Derby Winner: Justify
Justify splashed through the slop to win 2018 the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.
2017 Kentucky Derby Winner: Always Dreaming
Always Dreaming wins first race of 2017 Triple Crown at a previously tight race on the final stretch and finished in 2:03.59. Lookin at Lee finished second, while Battle of Midway, Classic Empire and Practical Joke rounded out the top five.
2016 Kentucky Derby Winner: Nyquist
Nyquist is the winner of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, holding off a late push from Exaggerator. Gun Runner placed third. Nyquist is ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O'Neill.
2015 Kentucky Derby Winner: American Pharoah
American Pharoah is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the "Grand Slam" of American horse racing. His winning time was the second-fastest for a Triple Crown winner, and his closing quarter-mile time of 24.32 was faster than Secretariat's. He next shipped to Monmouth Park and easily won the Haskell Invitational on August 2nd.
American Pharoah began his 2015 campaign with wins in the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby and went on to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby and 2015 Preakness Stakes. He won the Triple Crown in a wire-to-wire victory at the 2015 Belmont Stakes, becoming the first American Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and the 12th in history.
California Chrome won the 140th Kentucky Derby at historic Horse Track Churchill Downs at the 2014 Triple Crown season. The favorite at post time with 5-2 odds, with jockey Victor Espinoza, started from the fifth post position and pulled away late from the rest of the 19-horse field for a dominant victory. The winning pair covered the 1 1/4-mile distance under the twin spires at Churchill Downs in 2:03.66. Commanding Curve and Danza finished second and third, respectively.2013 Kentucky Derby Winner: Orb
Orb and jockey Joel Rosario won the 2013 Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:02.89 at rainy Churchill Downs.2012 Kentucky Derby Winner: I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another came from the middle of the pack and ran down pace setter Bodemeister in the final furlong to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.2011 Kentucky Derby Winner: Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom, who had never raced on dirt before, reacted to his new rider the way a champion should, charging down the middle of the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths. He ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.04.2010 Kentucky Derby Winner: Super Saver
The order of the finish of the Kentucky Derby was as follows: Super Saver, Ice Box, Paddy O’Prado, Make Music for me, Noble’s Promise, Lookin at Lucky, Dublin, Stately Victor, Mission Impazible, Devil May Care, American Lion, Jackson Bend, Discreetly Mine, Dean’s Kitten, Conveyance, Homeboykris, Sidney’s Candy, Line of David, Awesome Act, and Back Talk.2009 Kentucky Derby Winner: Mine that Bird
Calvin Borel hugged the rail again and made his move inside to take the 50-1 shot to the winners circle. Mine that Bird pulled away to a huge 6 3/4 length victory for the 2nd largest upset since 1913.2008 Kentucky Derby Winner: Big Brown
Big Brown, the 2-1 favorite in the 20 horse field, becomes the first winner of the Run for the Roses to start from the 20-post since the starting gate has been used. It also is the third Kentucky Derby win for jockey Kent Desormeaux who previously captured the race in 1998 with Real Quiet and with Fusaichi Pegasus two years later. Big Brown returned $6.80, $5.00 and $4.80. Eight Belles paid $10.60 and 6.40, and Denis of Cork paid $11.60 to show.2007 Kentucky Derby Winner: Street Sense
Street Sense, the 9-2 favorite, rallied from 19th under jockey Calvin Borel to pass the pacesetting Hard Spun in the stretch and draw away to a 2 ¼-length victory at Churchill Downs.