1891 Kentucky Derby

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17th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Location Churchill Downs
Date May 13, 1891
Winning horse Kingman
Jockey Isaac Burns Murphy
Surface Dirt
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The 1891 Kentucky Derby was the 17th running of the Kentucky Derby, the race took place on May 13, 1891.[1] The winning time of 2:52.25 was the slowest winning time in Derby history.[2]

With each rider under orders to stay off the lead until the stretch, all four horses ran abreast the whole way waiting for someone to make a move, this resulted in the field to canter their way around the track going a mile in 2:01, a mile and a quarter in 2:26 ¾ and finish the mile and half race in 2:52 ¼. [3]

Full results[edit]

Finished Odds Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st 1-2 Kingman Isaac Murphy Dud Allen Jacobin Stable 2:52.25
2nd 3-1 Balgowan A. Overton T.J. Clay 12
3rd 15-1 High Tariff R. Williams Eastin & Larabie 1
4th 7-2 Hart Wallace T. Kiley Bashford Manor 12


  • The winner received a purse of $4,550.
  • Second place received $300.
  • Third place received $150.[2]