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Kentucky Derby Prep Races Stats and History

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Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle

Monarchos in the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner's crcle. He won the Florida Derby and was 2nd in the Wood Memorial for his prep races.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated January 19, 2012

Every spring the 3-year-old thoroughbreds start their campaign hoping to make it to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Every race fan wonders which prep race will yield the Derby winner each year and watches at the horses compete on the Triple Crown trail. To get an idea of the historical significance of each race, here is a list of the major preps that have produced a Kentucky Derby winner since 1950 along with where that horse finished in the prep. Each race name links to a list of all past winners for further research.

For more info, also check out this aricle on the significance of each prep by number of Derby starters produced since 1980 and which was the final prep before the Derby for winners since 1970.

Arkansas Derby
2010 - Super Saver, 2nd
2004 - Smarty Jones, 1st
1996 - Grindstone, 2nd
1992 - Lil E. Tee, 2nd
1983 - Sunny's Halo, 1st

Blue Grass
2007 - Street Sense, 2nd
1995 - Thunder Gulch, 4th
1993 - Sea Hero, 4th
1991 - Strike the Gold, 1st
1990 - Unbridled, 3rd
1987 - Alysheba, 3rd (won but was disqualified to 3rd)
1979 - Spectacular Bid, 1st
1972 - Riva Ridge, 1st
1970 - Dust Commander, 1st
1968 - Forward Pass, 1st
1967 - Proud Clarion, 2nd
1965 - Lucky Debonair, 1st
1964 - Northern Dancer, 1st
1963 - Chateaugay, 1st
1962 - Decidedly, 2nd
1959 - Tomy Lee, 1st

Florida Derby
2008 - Big Brown, 1st
2006 - Barbaro, 1st
2001 - Monarchos, 1st
1995 - Thunder Gulch, 1st
1994 - Go for Gin, 4th
1991 - Strike the Gold, 2nd
1990 - Unbridled, 1st
1984 - Swale, 1st
1981 - Pleasant Colony, 5th
1979 - Spectacular Bid, 1st
1975 - Foolish Pleasure, 3rd
1974 - Cannonade, 2nd
1968 - Forward Pass, 1st
1966 - Kauai King, 5th
1964 - Northern Dancer, 1st
1961 - Carry Back, 1st
1960 - Venetian Way, 2nd
1958 - Tim Tam, 1st
1957 - Iron Liege, 3rd
1956 - Needles, 1st
1953 - Dark Star, 13th

Fountain of Youth
1995 - Thunder Gulch, 1st
1994 - Go for Gin, 2nd
1990 - Unbridled, 3rd
1984 - Swale, 3rd
1981 - Pleasant Colony, 2nd
1979 - Spectacular Bid, 1st
1968 - Forward Pass, UNP (finished 2nd but was disqualified to last)
1966 - Kauai King, 1st
1961 - Carry Back, 3rd
1958 - Tim Tam, 1st

Gotham
1973 - Secretariat, 1st

Holy Bull
2006 - Barbaro, 1st
2003 - Funny Cide, 5th

Hutcheson
1984 - Swale, 1st
1979 - Spectacular Bid, 1st
1966 - Kauai King, 2nd

Illinois Derby
2002 - War Emblem, 1st

Lane's End (formerly named the Jim Beam and Spiral)
2011 - Animal Kingdom, 1st
1992 - Lil E. Tee, 1st

Lexington
1999 - Charismatic, 1st
1984 - Swale, 2nd

Louisiana Derby
2003 - Funny Cide, 3rd
1996 - Grindstone, 1st

Rebel
2004 - Smarty Jones, 1st
1983 - Sunny's Halo, 1st

San Felipe
2005 - Giacomo, 2nd
2000 - Fusaichi Pegasus, 1st
1998 - Real Quiet, 2nd
1997 - Silver Charm, 2nd
1989 - Sunday Silence, 1st
1987 - Alysheba, 2nd
1978 - Affirmed, 1st
1965 - Lucky Debonair, 2nd
1959 - Tomy Lee, 2nd
1954 - Determine, 1st

Santa Anita Derby
2005 - Giacomo, 4th
1998 - Real Quiet, 2nd
1997 - Silver Charm, 2nd
1989 - Sunday Silence, 1st
1988 - Winning Colors, 1st
1986 - Ferdinand, 3rd
1982 - Gato Del Sol, UNP
1978 - Affirmed, 1st
1969 - Majestic Prince, 1st
1965 - Lucky Debonair, 1st
1955 - Swaps, 1st
1954 - Determine, 1st
1952 - Hill Gail, 1st

San Vicente
1997 - Silver Charm, 1st
1976 - Bold Forbes, 3rd
1969 - Majestic Prince, 1st
1965 - Lucky Debonair, 1st
1959 - Tomy Lee, 2nd
1955 - Swaps, 1st
1954 - Determine, 2nd
1952 - Hill Gail, 1st

Sham
2005 - Giacomo, 3rd

Southwest
2004 - Smarty Jones, 1st
1992 - Lil E. Tee, 3rd

Tampa Bay Derby
2010 - Super Saver, 3rd 2007 - Street Sense, 1st

Wood Memorial
2003 - Funny Cide, 2nd
2001 - Monarchos, 2nd
2000 - Fusaichi Pegasus, 1st
1994 - Go for Gin, 2nd
1981 - Pleasant Colony, 1st
1980 - Genuine Risk, 3rd
1977 - Seattle Slew, 1st
1976 - Bold Forbes, 1st
1975 - Foolish Pleasure, 1st
1973 - Secretariat, 3rd
1961 - Carry Back, 2nd
1951 - Count Turf, UNP
1950 - Middleground, 2nd

Hopefully all these statistics will help you to weed through the long list of Kentucky Derby contenders each year to find that one special horse who will win the roses.

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