1978 Kentucky Derby

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1978 Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
Location Churchill Downs,
Louisville, Kentucky
Date May 6, 1978
Winning horse Affirmed
Jockey Steve Cauthen
Surface Dirt
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The 1978 Kentucky Derby was the 104th running of the Kentucky Derby.[1] Affirmed, under jockey Steve Cauthen, won the race by 1 1/2 lengths over Alydar.[2][3] Believe It finished 3rd, 1 1/4 lengths behind Alydar, and 30-1 longshot Darby Creek Road finished 4th.[4][5] Affirmed won the Triple Crown by defeating Alydar by decreasing margins in the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.[2]

11 horses competed in the race.[2] Alydar went into the race as a 6-5 favorite, despite Affirmed having won 4 of the 6 previous races between the two.[2] Affirmed went off at 9-5.[2] Sensitive Prince and Believe It were the only other horses to go off at less than 30-1, at 9-2 and 7-1 respectively.[4] Sensitive Prince and Affirmed, both frontrunners, were near the lead early in the race behind long shot Raymond Earl.[4] Sensitive Prince took the lead at the first turn, but Affirmed gained the lead at the second turn.[1] After attaining the lead, Affirmed held it for the remained of the race except for a brief moment when Believe It led by a head.[1][5] Alydar charged from the outside down the stretch, and overtook Believe It, despite the two horses bumping, but Alydar could not overtake Affirmed.[1][3][5]


The 104th Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule
Horse Name
2 Affirmed $5.60 $2.80 $2.60
10 Alydar - $2.60 $2.40
9 Believe It - - $2.80


The results were as follows:

Finish Post Position Horse Jockey Odds
1 2 Affirmed Steve Cauthen 9-5 *
2 10 Alydar Jorge Velasquez 6-5
3 9 Believe It Eddie Maple 7-1
4 7 Darby Creek Road Don Brumfield 30-1
5 3 Esops Foibles Chris McCarron 45-1
6 11 Sensitive Prince Mickey Solomone 9-2
7 8 Dr. Valeri Rene Riera Jr. 90-1
8 5 Hoist the Silver Richard Depass 99-1
9 6 Chief of Dixieland Anthony Rini 99-1
10 1 Raymond Earl Robert L. Baird 99-1 **
11 4 Special Honor Paul Nicolo 99-1
  • * Steve Cauthen youngest to ever ride in the Kenucky Derby.
  • ** Robert Baird oldest to ever ride in the Kenucky Derby.


  1. ^ a b c d "Affirmed Wins!". Churchill Downs. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mitchell, R. (January 12, 2001). "Triple Crown Winner Affirmed Euthanized". Blood Horse. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  3. ^ a b Rees, J. (January 18, 2015). "Kentucky Derby countdown: Affirmed, 1978". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  4. ^ a b c 1978 Kentucky Derby telecast. ABC. May 1978. 
  5. ^ a b c Sowers, R. (2014). The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes: A Comprehensive History. McFarland. p. 232. ISBN 9780786476985.