1896 Kentucky Derby

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22nd Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
Location Churchill Downs
Date May 6, 1896
Winning horse Ben Brush
Jockey Willie Simms
Trainer Hardy Campbell Jr.
Owner Mike F. Dwyer
Surface Dirt
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The 1896 Kentucky Derby was the 22nd running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 6, 1896.[1] This was the first Derby held at the current distance of ​1 14 miles.[2] Accordingly, the winning horse Ben Brush set the Derby record at that distance with a time of 2:07.75.

Full results[edit]

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Ben Brush Willie Simms Hardy Campbell Jr. Mike F. Dwyer 2:07.75
2nd Ben Eder J. Tabor Hot Springs Stable Nose
3rd Semper Ego A. Perkins L.B. Ringgold 8
4th First Mate C. Thorpe Eastin & Larabie 8
5th The Dragon A. Overton James E. Pepper
6th Parson T. Britton Himyar Stable
7th The Winner W. Walker William Wallace
8th Ulysses R. Williams Ed Brown


  • The winner received a purse of $4,850.
  • Second place received $700.
  • Third place received $300.[3]