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1875 Kentucky Derby

The 1875 Kentucky Derby was the 1st running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 17, 1875.[1] The first Kentucky Derby was a 1.5 mile race, while all subsequent Derbies have been run at 1.25 miles.[2] Thirteen of the fifteen jockeys in the race, including winner Oliver Lewis, were African-American.[3] Attendance was estimated at 10,000.[4]

Full results

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Aristides Oliver Lewis Ansel Williamson H.P. McGrath 2:37.75
2nd Volcano H. Williams George H. Rice
3rd Verdigris W. Chambers C.A. Lewis
4th Bob Woolley William Walker Robinson, Morgan & Co.
5th Ten Broeck M. Kelso F.B. Harper
6th Grenoble J. Carter Allen Bashford
7th Bill Bruce M. Jones S.J. Salyer
8th Chesapeake W. Henry H.P. McGrath
9th Searcher R. Colston J.B. Rodes
10th Ascension W. Lakeland William Cottrill
11th Enlister Halloway Stringfield and Clay
12th McCreery D. Jones Gen. Abe Buford
13th Warsaw Masterson Stringfield and Clay
14th Vagabond J. Houston A.B. Lewis & Co.
15th Gold Mine Stradford J.A. Grinstead


The winner received a purse of $2,850. The second place finisher received $200.[5]



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