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1879 Kentucky Derby

The 1879 Kentucky Derby was the 5th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 20, 1879.[1] The winning horse Lord Murphy set a new Derby record with a winning time of 2:37.00.[2]

Full results

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Lord Murphy Charlie Shauer George Rice Geo. W. Darden & Co. 2:37.00
2nd Falsetto Isaac Murphy J.W.H. Reynolds
3rd Strathmore Hightower George Cadwallader
4th Trinidad A. Allen Dan Swigert
5th One Dime L. Jones G.W. Bowen & Co.
6th General Pike J. Stovall Gen. Abe Buford
7th Ada Glenn Ramey G.D. Wilson
8th Buckner D. Edwards H.W. Farris
9th Wissahickon L. Hawkins H.P. McGrath


  • The winner received a purse of $3,550.
  • Second place received $200.[3]



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