Dust Commander after winning the 1970 Kentucky Derby
|Damsire||Windy City II|
|Owner||Robert E. Lehmann. Silks: Gold, Red REL, Red Chevron on Sleeves, Gold Cap|
|Dust Commander is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Dust Storm by Bold Commander. He was born around 1967 in the United States, and was bred by Pullen Brothers.|
Blue Grass Stakes (1970)|
Kentucky Derby (1970)
|Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on October 2, 2006|
Dust Commander (1967 - October 7, 1991) was an American Thoroughbred Racehorse. The name "Dust Commander" is derived from his dam, Dust Storm, and his sire, Bold Commander. A descendant of the great sire Nearco, Dust Commander was bred by the Pullen brothers. He was owned by Robert E. Lehmann and trained by Don Combs. On May 2, 1970 with Mike Manganello aboard, Dust Commander won the 96th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2:03.4 ahead of My Dad George and High Echelon.
In a 3 year racing career, Dust Commander had 8 wins, 5 places and 4 shows in 42 starts. He finished his career with $215,012 in winnings. Some of the highlights of his career include winning as a 2 year old the City of Miami Beach Handicap and as a 3 year old the Blue Grass Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race.
Hunter S. Thompson's seminal 1970 essay "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" detailed the running of the Derby won by Dust Commander.