1877 Kentucky Derby

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3rd Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Location Churchill Downs
Date May 22, 1877
Winning horse Baden-Baden
Jockey William Walker
Surface Dirt
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The 1877 Kentucky Derby was the 3rd running of the Kentucky Derby, the race took place on May 22, 1877.[1] The 1877 Derby was the first to attract a major celebrity spectator, Polish actress Helena Modjeska.[2]

Full results[edit]

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Baden-Baden William Walker Ed Brown Daniel Swigert 2:38
2nd Leonard Bobby Swim H.P. McGrath
3rd King William Bailey Smallwood & Co.
4th Vera Cruz I. Murphy J.T. Williams
5th McWhirter H. Moore Gen. Abe Buford
6th Odd Fellow D. Williams J.J. Merrill
7th Malvern S. Jones George H. Rice
8th Early Light W. James F.B. Harper
9th Dan K. McGrath Johnson & Mills
10th Lisbon Douglass Daniel Swigert
11th Headlight Shelton L.B. Field


The winner received a purse of $3,300, the second-place finisher received $200.[3]