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Dust Commander

Dust Commander
Dust Commander after winning the 1970 Kentucky Derby
Sire Bold Commander
Dam Dust Storm
Grandsire Bold Ruler
Damsire Windy City II
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1967
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Pullen Brothers
Owner Robert E. Lehmann. Silks: Gold, Red REL, Red Chevron on Sleeves, Gold Cap
Trainer Don Combs
Record 42: 8-5-4
Earnings $215,012
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.
Major wins
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.

Dust Commander's Owners Trophy

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.

Standing at stud, Dust Commander sired the 1975 Preakness Stakes winner, Master Derby.

In 2006, the family of the late Robert E. Lehmann donated Dust Commander's Kentucky Derby Trophy to the Kentucky Derby Museum. [1]



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