We would like to provide more interesting facts and notes that occurred in Derby history:
(See first article: The Sports Archives – Kentucky Derby Memories and Fun Facts ).
- Swale won the 1984 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes; unfortunately the horse succumbed to a heart attack in June of that year.
- The first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby was Diane Crump in 1970.
- Willie Shoemaker is the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby when he rode Ferdinand to first place in 1986. Willie was 54 years young!
- Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby in 1978 and was ridden by jockey Steve Cauthen who had never raced in the Kentucky Derby before.
- One of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history was Dark Star’s victory over Native Dancer in the 1953 Derby which was the only defeat suffered by Native Dancer.
- One of the most successful studs of all time was the horse known as Lexington. Lexington sired 236 winners who won 1,176 races and was directly and indirectly responsible for 51 of 62 Derby winners! (This a good name for your next son!)
- Exterminator won the 1918 Kentucky Derby against 30-1 odds after replacing Sun Briar. Iron Liege won the 1957 Kentucky Derby after replacing the favorite General Duke who had become lame.
- Iron Liege won the 1957 Kentucky Derby after passing Gallant Man ridden by jockey Willie Shoemaker who pulled up about 100 yards short of the finish line.