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1878 Kentucky Derby

The 1878 Kentucky Derby was the 4th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 21, 1878.[1] Winning horse Day Star set a new Kentucky Derby record with a winning time of 2:37.25.[2]

Full results

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Day Star Jimmy Carter Lee Paul T.J. Nichols 2:37.25
2nd Himyar P. Robinson B.G. Thomas
3rd Leveler Bobby Swim R.H. Owens
4th Solicitor B. Edwards L.P. Tarlton
5th McHenry W. James Gen. Abe Buford
6th Respond Ramey Rodes & Carr
7th Burgundy L. Jones J.M. Wooding
8th Earl of Beaconsfield Mahoney A. Strauss & Co.
9th Charley Bush J. Miller Jennings & Hunt


Post Horse Win Place Show
Day Star

$ 30.60[3]

  • The winner received a purse of $4,050.
  • Second place received $200.



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