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This is where to find the complete Kentucky Derby winners list going all the way back to 1875. The Run for the Roses celebrates 150 years of history in 2024, so check out every single successful horse.

We have broken it down into sections, so it’s easier on the eye. These going from the most recent to the earliest winners of the biggest horse race in America. All the action goes down at Churchill Downs racetrack, traditionally on the first Saturday in May.

Full Kentucky Derby Winners List by Year

From the inaugural running of the Kentucky Derby in 1875 right up to the present day, we have all the winners in the tables below. We decided to split these into blocks of roughly 20-25 years, so you can view different eras as the race evolved into the must-see event it is today. All of the Triple Crown winners are in bold.

Last 20 Kentucky Derby Winners

American Pharoah is one of the famous Kentucky Derby winners

In amongst the latest successful horses in the Kentucky Derby, there are two Triple Crown winners in American Pharoah and Justify. Controversy both on and off the track has had a hand in recent editions. That has led to amended results.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
2024 Mystik Dan Brian Hernandez Lance Gasaway, 4 G Racing (Brent Gasaway), Daniel Hamby III, Valley View Farm Kenneth McPeek
2023 Mage Javier Castellano OGMA Investments, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing, CMNWLTH Gustavo Delgado
2022 Rich Strike Sonny Leon Red TR-Racing Eric Reed
2021 Mandaloun * Florent Geroux Juddmonte Brad Cox
2020 Authentic John Velazquez Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables, Starlight Racing Bob Baffert
2019 Country House * Flavien Prat Mrs. J.V. Shields Jr., E. J. M. McFadden Jr., LNJ Foxwoods Bill Mott
2018 Justify Mike Smith China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm Bob Baffert
2017 Always Dreaming John Velazquez MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias, Siena Farm, West Point Thoroughbreds Todd Pletcher
2016 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Reddam Racing Doug O’Neill
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Zayat Stables Bob Baffert
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Steve Coburn & Perry Martin Art Sherman
2013 Orb Joel Rosario Stuart S. Janney III, Phipps Stable Claude McGaughey
2012 I’ll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Reddam Racing Doug O’Neill
2011 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez Team Valor International H. Graham Motion
2010 Super Saver Calvin Borel WinStar Farm Todd Pletcher
2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel Double Eagle Ranch, Buena Suerte Equine Bennie Woolley
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux IEAH Stables, Paul Pompa Jr. Rick Dutrow
2007 Street Sense Calvin Borel Jim Tafel Carl Nafzger
2006 Barbaro Edgar Prado Lael Stables Michael Matz
2005 Giacomo Mike Smith Jerry & Ann Moss John Shirreffs
*Promoted to winners after first past post disqualified.

Past Kentucky Derby Winners – 1984-2004

During this period, no horse managed to achieve the Triple Crown. Back in 1988, however, Winning Colors became the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby. Her trainer D. Wayne Lukas would saddle three more horses to victory in The Run for the Roses in the 1990s.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliott Someday Farm John Servis
2003 Funny Cide Jose Santos Sackatoga Stable Barclay Tagg
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza The Thoroughbred Corp. Bob Baffert
2001 Monarchos Jorge Chavez John Oxley John Ward
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus Kent Desormeaux Fusao Sekiguchi Neil Drysdale
1999 Charismatic Chris Antley Bob & Beverly Lewis D. Wayne Lukas
1998 Real Quiet Kent Desormeaux Michael E. Pegram Bob Baffert
1997 Silver Charm Gary Stevens Bob & Beverly Lewis Bob Baffert
1996 Grindstone Jerry Bailey Overbook Farm D. Wayne Lukas
1995 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens Michael Tabor D. Wayne Lukas
1994 Go For Gin Chris McCarron Bill Condren, Joe Cornacchia Nick Zito
1993 Sea Hero Jerry Bailey Rokeby Stables MacKenzie Miller
1992 Lil E. Tea Pat Day Cal Partee Lynn Whiting
1991 Strike The Gold Chris Antley Bill Condren, Joe Cornacchia, B. Giles Brophy Nick Zito
1990 Unbridled Craig Perret Frances A. Genter Stable Carl Nafzger
1989 Sunday Silence Pat Valenzuela H-G-W Partners Charlie Whittingham
1988 Winning Colors † Gary Stevens Eugene Klein D. Wayne Lukas
1987 Alysheba Chris McCarron Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer Jack Van Berg
1986 Ferdinand Bill Shoemaker Elizabeth Keck Charlie Whittingham
1985 Spend A Buck Angel Cordero Hunter Farm Cam Gambolati
1984 Swale Laffit Pincay Claiborne Farm Woody Stephens
† denotes a filly.

An Era of Famous Kentucky Derby Winners – 1964-1983

The 1970s proved a modern era golden age for the Kentucky Derby, producing three winners of the Triple Crown in just five years. Secretariat is probably the most famous of those, but Seattle Slew and Affirmed both matched Big Red’s achievements to the track, even if they couldn’t clock such fast times.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1983 Sunny’s Halo Eddie Delahoussaye D.J. Foster Racing Stable David Cross
1982 Gato Del Sol Eddie Delahoussaye Arthur B. Hancock III, Leone J. Peters Edwin Gregson
1981 Pleasant Colony Jorge Velasquez Buckland Farm John Campo
1980 Genuine Risk † Jacinto Vasquez Diana M. Firestone LeRoy Jolley
1979 Spectacular Bid Ronnie Franklin Hawksworth Farm Bud Delp
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Harbor View Farm Laz Barrera
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruget Karen Taylor Billy Turner
1976 Bold Forbes Angel Cordero E. Rodriguez Tizol Laz Barrera
1975 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vasquez John Greer LeRoy Jolley
1974 Cannonade Angel Cordero John Olin Woody Stephens
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable Lucien Laurin
1972 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable Lucien Laurin
1971 Canonero II Gustavo Avila Edgar Caibett Juan Arias
1970 Dust Commander Mike Manganello Robert Lehmann Don Combs
1969 Majestic Prince Bill Hartack Frank McMahon Johnny Longden
1968 Forward Pass * Ismael Valenzuela Calumet Farm Henry Forrest
1967 Proud Clarion Bobby Ussery Darby Dan Farm Loyd Gentry
1966 Kauai King Don Brumfield Ford Stable Henry Forrest
1965 Lucky Debonair Bill Shoemaker Ada Rice Frank Catrone
1964 Northern Dancer Bill Hartack Windfields Farm Horatio Luro
† denotes a filly, * promoted to winner after first past post disqualified.

Previous Kentucky Derby Winners – 1939-1963

No decade produced more successful Triple Crown bids than the 1940s. Each of Whirlaway, County Fleet, Assault and Citation got their shot at immortality off to the perfect start by winning the Kentucky Derby during and in the aftermath of World War 2.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1963 Chateaugay Braulio Baeza Darby Dan Farm James P. Conway
1962 Decidedly Bill Hartack El Peco Ranch Horatio Luro
1961 Carry Back Johnny Sellers Katherine Price Jack Price
1960 Venetian Way Bill Hartack Sunny Blue Farm Victor Sovinski
1959 Tomy Lee Bill Shoemaker Fred & Juliette Turner Jr. Frank Childs
1958 Tim Tam Ismael Valenzuela Calumet Farm Jimmy Jones
1957 Iron Liege Bill Hartack Calumet Farm Jimmy Jones
1956 Needles David Erb D & H Stable Hugh Fontaine
1955 Swaps Bill Shoemaker Rex Ellsworth Mesh Tenney
1954 Determine Raymond York Andy Crevolin William Molter
1953 Dark Star Henry Moreno Cain Hoy Stable Eddie Hayward
1952 Hill Gail Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Ben Jones
1951 Count Turf Conn McCreary Jack Amiel Sol Rutchick
1950 Middleground William Boland King Ranch Max Hirsch
1949 Ponder Steve Brooks Calumet Farm Ben Jones
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Ben Jones
1947 Jet Pilot Eric Guerin Maine Chance Farm Tom Smith
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens King Ranch Max Hirsch
1945 Hoop Jr. Eddie Arcaro Fred Hooper Ivan Parke
1944 Pensive Conn McCreary Calumet Farm Ben Jones
1943 Count Fleet Johnny Longden Fannie Hertz Don Cameron
1942 Shut Out Wayne Wright Greentree Stable John Gaver
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Ben Jones
1940 Gallahadion Carroll Bierman Milky Way Farm Roy Waldron
1939 Johnstown James Stout Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons

Kentucky Derby Winners By Year – 1919-1938

When we think of the 1930s, the time of the Great Depression, the Triple Crown concept became cemented thanks to the exploits of Gallant Fox, Omaha and War Admiral. They followed on from Sir Barton, the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1938 Lawrin Eddie Arcaro Woolford Farm Ben Jones
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger Glen Riddle Farms George Conway
1936 Bold Venture Ira Hanford Morton Schwartz Max Hirsch
1935 Omaha Willie Saunders Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1934 Cavalcade Mack Garner Brookmeade Stable Bob Smith
1933 Brokers Tip Don Meade Edward R. Bradley Herbert Thompson
1932 Burgoo King Eugene James Edward R. Bradley Herbert Thompson
1931 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger Greentree Stable James Rowe Jr.
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1929 Clyde Van Dusen Linus McAtee Herbert Gardner Clyde Van Dusen
1928 Reigh Count Chick Lang Fannie Hertz Bert Michell
1927 Whiskery Linus McAtee Harry Payne Witney Fred Hopkins
1926 Bubbling Over Albert Johnson Edward R. Bradley (Idle Hour Stock Farm) Herbert Thompson
1925 Flying Ebony Earl Sande Gifford Cochran William Duke
1924 Black Gold John Mooney Rosa Hoots Hanley Webb
1923 Zev Earl Sande Rancocas Stable David Leary
1922 Mrovich Albert Johnson Ben Block Fred Burlew
1921 Behave Yourself Charles Thompson Edward R. Bradley Herbert Thompson
1920 Paul Jones Ted Rice Ral Parr William Garth
1919 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus J. K. L. Ross H. Guy Bedwell

List of Kentucky Derby Winners from the Early 20th Century – 1900-1918

Back in 1915, Regret became the first of three fillies in Kentucky Derby history to win the big race. Although a successful Triple Crown bid wasn’t pulled off until after World War I, many Hall Of Fame talents and American Horses of the Year won at Churchill Downs.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1918 Exterminator Willie Knapp Willis Sharpe Kilmer Henry McDaniel
1917 Omar Khayyam Charles Borel C. K. G. Billings, Frederick Johnson Charles Patterson
1916 George Smith Johnny Loftus John Sanford Hollie Hughes
1915 Regret † Joe Notter Harry Payne Witney James Rowe Sr.
1914 Old Rosebud John McCabe Hamilton Applegate Frank Weir
1913 Donerail Roscoe Goose Thomas P. Hayes Thomas P. Hayes
1912 Worth Carroll Shilling Harry Hallenbeck Frank Taylor
1911 Meridian George Archibald Richard F. Carman Albert Ewing
1910 Donau Frederick Herbert William Gerst George Ham
1909 Wintergreen Vincent Powers Jerome B. Respess Charles Mack
1908 Stone Street Arthur Pickens C. E. & J. W. Hamilton John Hall
1907 Pink Star Andy Minder J. Hal Woodford William Fizer
1906 Sir Huon Rocoe Troxler Bashford Manor Stable Peter Coyne
1905 Agile Jack Martin Samuel S. Brown Robert Tucker
1904 Elwood Shorty Prior Laska Durnell Charles Durnell
1903 Judge Himes Harold Brooker Charles R. Ellison John Mayberry
1902 Alan-a-Dale Jimmy Winkfield Thomas Clay McDowell Thomas Clay McDowell
1901 His Eminence Jimmy Winkfield Frank Van Meter Frank Van Meter
1900 Lieut. Gibson Jimmy Boland Charles H. Smith Charles Hughes
† denotes a filly.

All Kentucky Derby Winners from the 19th Century – 1875-1899

The earliest editions of the Kentucky Derby helped put the race on the map. But for its trailblazers, it would never have developed into America’s most famous horse race today.

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1899 Manuel Fred Taral A. H. & D. H. Morris Robert Walden
1898 Plaudit Willie Simms John Madden John Madden
1897 Typhoon II Buttons Garner Julius Cahn Julius Cahn
1896 Ben Brush Willie Simms Mike F. Dwyer Hardy Campbell
1895 Halma James Perkins Byron McClelland Byron McClelland
1894 Chant Frank Goodale Eugene Leigh, Robert Rose Eugene Leigh
1893 Lookout Eddie Kunze J. E. Cushin, J. Orth William McDaniel
1892 Arza Alonzo Clayton Bashford Manor Stable John Morris
1891 Kingman Isaac Murphy Jacobin Stable Dudley Allen
1890 Riley Isaac Murphy Edward Corrigan Edward Corrigan
1889 Spokane Thomas Kiley Noah Armstrong John Rodegap
1888 Macbeth II George Covington Chicago Stable John Campbell
1887 Montrose Isaac Lewis Labold Brothers John McGinty
1886 Ben Ali Paul Duffy James B. Haggin Jim Murphy
1885 Joe Cotton Erskine Henderson James T. Williams Abraham Perry
1884 Buchanan Isaac Murphy William Cottrill, Sam S. Brown William Bird
1883 Leonatus William Donohue Jack P. Chinn, George Morgan Raleigh Colston
1882 Apollo Babe Hurd Green Morris, J. D. Patton Green Morris
1881 Hindoo Jim McLaughlin Dwyer Brothers James Rowe Sr.
1880 Fonso George Lewis J. S. Shawhan Tice Hutsell
1879 Lord Murphy Charlie Shauer George W. Darden & Co. George Rice
1878 Day Star Jimmy Carter Thomas J. Nichols Lee Paul
1877 Baden-Baden Billy Walker Daniel Swigert Ed Brown
1876 Vagrant Robert Swim William Astor Jr. James Williams
1875 Aristides Oliver Lewis Hal Price McGrath Ansel Williamson

What Past Editions Mean for Kentucky Derby Winners Today

If there’s one thing Kentucky Derby results create beyond themselves, then that is trends. These are stats which, taken with other data, can help you find wagers on the big race. Trends come with zero guarantees, though.

They can help you if you want to know how to bet on the Kentucky Derby in an effective way. Info such as the final odds, performance of favorites, qualifying points and speed figures fit here too.

Oddsmakers from all the leading Kentucky Derby betting sites use data like this, along with results from prep races, to create prices. Trends can apply to horses making the show, but also just the winners.

Kentucky Derby Winners by Post Position

Late scratchings after the final field is revealed can effect Kentucky Derby post positions and the draw. This is so there aren’t gaps between the horses jumping out the gates come race time.

Stats show a low draw doesn’t produce winners. No horse has successfully jumped out of gates 1-3 in the last 15 years, while gates 4-6 have only produced three successes.

Three of the last six winners came out of gates 7 or 8, though. Five of the nine most recent successful horses came from a double figure draw. That is also the case for eight of the last 13 editions of the Kentucky Derby. A middle-to-high draw seems to give horses an advantage.

Trainers & Jockeys

There are four active jockeys with multiple Kentucky Derby wins. These are Mike Smith, Victor Espinoza, Mario Gutierrez and John Velazquez. Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack share the all-time record for winningest jockeys in the race with five victories apiece.

California trainer Bob Baffert ties Ben Jones by saddling six successful horses in the big one. Baffert is banned from having runners at Churchill Downs right now, though. Other active racehorse trainers with multiple Kentucky Derby wins are Doug O’Neill and Todd Pletcher.

Kentucky Derby Winners And Odds

Favorties enjoyed a hot streak between 2013 and 2018 with the most fancied runner winning in all those years. Since then, however, horses with bigger Kentucky Derby odds have triumphed at Churchill Downs.

Longshots have pulled off a couple shocks in recent years. Country House got promoted to winner in 2019 after Maximum Security was disqualified by stewards for causing interference. An even bigger outsider, Rich Strike, pulled off a massive shock in 2022.

The lesson here is that looking back over final odds can’t really help you bet on the Kentucky Derby. Favorites have won it before and will so again in future. Every now and then, a longshot turns up and causes an upset.


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Jamie Clark

Jamie Clark is an expert handicapper with more than a decade of experience in the gambling industry. He has found winners of races all over the world, including the biggest in America like the Kentucky Derby.