1919 Kentucky Derby

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45th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
Location Churchill Downs,
Louisville, Kentucky
Date May 10, 1919
Winning horse Sir Barton
Jockey Johnny Loftus
Trainer H.G. Bedwell
Owner J.K.L. Ross
Conditions Heavy
Surface Dirt
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The 1919 Kentucky Derby was the 45th running of the Kentucky Derby, the race took place on May 10, 1919.[1][2] Horses Corson and Clermont scratched before the race.[3] Winner Sir Barton went on to win in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, becoming the first winner of the American Triple Crown.[4]

Pre-race coverage[edit]

A New York Times writer believed that the Preakness Stakes was competing for attention with the Derby, as it was held four days following the Derby and offered a purse of $30,000, larger than the Derby's $20,000,[5] the author felt that the three-year old racing horses during the 1919 season were a "good crop" and that the course record of 2:​03 25 set by Old Rosebud in 1914 could be broken.[5]

Result[edit]

Final placings (1–12)[6]
Finish Post Position Horse Jockey Final Odds[N 1] Stake[N 2]
1 1 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus $20,825
2 13 Billy Kelly E. Sande $2,500
3 8 Underfire M. Garner $1,000
4 7 Vulcanite C. Howard $275
5 9 Sennings Park H. Lunsford
6 2 Be Frank J. Butwell
7 11 Sailor J. McIntyre
8 5 St. Bernard E. Pool
9 10 Regalo F. Murphy
10 6 Eternal A. Schuttinger
11 14 Frogtown J. Morys
12 3 Vindex W. Knapp

Payout schedule[edit]

Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule[8]
Post Position Horse Win Place Show
1 Sir Barton $7.20 $6.70 $6.00
13 Billy Kelly $6.70 $6.00
8 Under Fire $10.80

References[edit]

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The odds are all to $1; for example, Sir Barton's odds of winning were $ on a $1.00 wager.
  2. ^ The total purse for the race was $24,600.[7][6]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Record May Fall In Kentucky Derby". Chicago Daily Tribune  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 4, 1919. p. 18. 
  2. ^ Kentucky Derby History, 1919
  3. ^ 1919 Kentucky Derby Results Tables Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Stephanie Diaz (June 27, 1994). "A Nearly Forgotten First". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Archived from the original on May 29, 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Record May Fall In Kentucky Derby". The New York Times  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 4, 1919. p. 30. 
  6. ^ a b O'Connor 1921, p. 137.
  7. ^ "Sir Barton Crosses Wire First in Rich Kentucky Derby". Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville American  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 11, 1919. p. 18. 
  8. ^ "Kentucky Derby is Won By Sir Barton". The New York Times  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 11, 1919. p. 21. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • O'Connor, John L. (1921). "Forty-Fifth Derby 1919". History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921. New York: Rider Press. pp. 134–137.