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West Virginia Derby

Grade II race
West Virginia Derby
Location Mountaineer Park
Chester, West Virginia Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1981
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Mountaineer Race Track
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs and allowances
Purse $750,000

The West Virginia Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, West Virginia. The race is open to three-year-old horses and is run over a distance of 1⅛ miles. A Grade II stakes race since 2009[1], it currently offers a purse of $750,000.

Inaugurated in 1923, the race has been run at three different West Virginia racetracks:

  • Tri State Park Racetrack in Huntington, West Virginia (1923, 1924, 1926)
  • Wheeling Downs in Wheeling, West Virginia (1958, 1959, 1961)

There was no race in 1925, 1927, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1982-1987, and 1991-1997. In 1926 it was raced at a distance of 11/16 miles.

Contents

Records

Time record: (at current 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:46:29 - Soto (2003) (Stakes and track record)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - Floyd Green (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)

Winners of the West Virginia Derby since 2000

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Soul Warrior Dale Beckner Steve Asmussen Zayat Stables 1:51.46
2008 Ready Set Julien Leparoux Michael Matz Lael Stables 1:52.03
2007 Zanjero Shaun Bridgmohan Steven M. Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 1:53.04
2006 Bright One Mark Guidry Dale L. Romans C. S. Bruder & Delmar Daubs 1:50.08
2005 Real Dandy Mark Guidry Steven M. Asmussen Cathy & Bob Zollars 1:50.29
2004 Sir Shackleton Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Tracy Farmer 1:49.16
2003 Soto Ramon Dominguez Michael W. Dickinson Baron George Von Ullman 1:46.29
2002 Wisemans Ferry Jorge Chavez Niall O'Callaghan Morton Fink et al. 1:49.63
2001 Western Pride Dana G. Whitney Richard Estvanko Theresa McArthur 1:47.20
2000 Mass Market Rick Wilson Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr. Lane's End Racing et al. 1:49.94

Earlier winners

  • 1999 - Stellar Brush
  • 1998 - Da Devil
  • 1990 - Challenge My Duty
  • 1989 - Doc's Leader
  • 1988 - Old Stories
  • 1981 - Park's Policy
  • 1981 - Johnny Dance
  • 1980 - Summer Advocate
  • 1979 - Architect
  • 1978 - Beau Sham
  • 1977 - Best Person
  • 1976 - Wardlaw
  • 1975 - At the Front
  • 1974 - Park Guard
  • 1973 - Blue Chip Dan
  • 1972 - Family Table
  • 1972 - Bold Nobleman
  • 1971 - Trico O'Erin
  • 1970 - Two Joys
  • 1969 - Roman Partner
  • 1968 - Chargertown
  • 1967 - Miracle Hill
  • 1966 - Kerensa
  • 1965 - Pantuity
  • 1964 - Peter Le Grand
  • 1963 - Etimota
  • 1962 - No race
  • 1961 - Dip and Whirl
  • 1959 - Redbird Wish
  • 1958 - Sea Hymn
  • 1926 - Nine Sixty
  • 1924 - Norah
  • 1923 - Tender Seth


  • Captain Nash won the 1970 race but was disqualified and set back to second.
  • Run in two divisions in 1972 and 1981.

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