1883 Kentucky Derby

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9th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
Leonatus (horse).jpg
1883 Kentucky Derby winner Leonatus in an 1886 engraving by Henry H. Cross
Location Churchill Downs
Date May 23, 1883
Winning horse Leonatus
Jockey William Donohue
Trainer Raleigh Colston
Owner Chinn & Morgan
Surface Dirt
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The 1883 Kentucky Derby was the 9th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 23, 1883.[1] An article in the Louisville Commercial about the 1883 Derby contained the first reference to the track as Churchill Downs.[2]

Full results[edit]

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Leonatus William Donohue Raleigh Colston John P. Chinn & George Morgan 2:43.00
2nd Drake Carter John Spellman Green B. Morris Green B. Morris & James D. Patton
3rd Lord Raglan George Quantrell Noah Armstrong
4th Ascender John Stoval R. C. Pate
5th Standiford Kellar Harry Blaylock J. R. Watts
6th Pike's Pride G. Evans Clipsiana Stable
7th Chatter H. Henderson W. C. McCurdy


Post Horse Win Place Show
Leonatus $ 14.80
  • The winner received a purse of $3,760.
  • Second place received $200.[3]


  1. ^ Kentucky Derby History, 1883
  2. ^ "Kentucky Derby History, 1874-1899". Archived from the original on 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  3. ^ 1883 Kentucky Derby Results Tables