1897 Kentucky Derby
The 1897 Kentucky Derby was the 23rd running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 12,1897, the winner received a purse of $4,850
D. Wayne Lukas
Darrell Wayne Lukas is an American horse trainer and a U. S. He holds the record for the most Triple Crown, has won twenty Breeders Cup races, received five Eclipse Awards for his accomplishments and raised on a small farm, D. Wayne Lukas grew up with an interest in horses. Lukas graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in education taught high school where for nine years he was a head basketball coach. He began training Quarter Horses in California in 1968 and after ten years of achievement that saw him train 24 world champions. The first trainer to earn more than $100 million in purse money, Lukas got his big break in 1980 when he won the Preakness Stakes on Codex. In 2013, he surpassed Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories with 14 and he has won Breeders Cup races a record 20 times. Fillies Lukas has trained have won the Kentucky Oaks four times, three of his horses—Ladys Secret in 1986, Criminal Type in 1990 and Charismatic in 1999—won the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.
He has a total of 25 horses that have won various Eclipse Awards and he has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer four times. In 1999, the year his horse Charismatic came within 2 lengths of the Triple Crown, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2007, in 2013 he was awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit for his accomplishments. In 2014, at age 78, in his speech for the 2013 Eclipse Award of Merit, he stated. Well, you young trainers get ready because Im not retiring, were coming after you, so youd better get up a little more early in the morning from now on. Were coming after you with a vengeance, Lukas has been married four times. He had one son and two grandchildren, with his first wife, in December 1993, Lukas derby contender, Tabasco Cat seriously injured Jeff Lukas, who worked for his father as an assistant trainer and was the elder Lukas hard-driving right-hand man. He suffered permanent brain damage, he had changes in personality, vision loss and he tried living and working near horse farms, but his disabilities were too severe for him to be safe around horses at all.
He ultimately moved to Atoka, Oklahoma in 2007 to work for David Burrage, by that time, Burrage was a banker and owned the First Bank in Atoka, which employed Lukas. His father bought him a home there and Jeff lived a life until his death at age 58 in March 2016
1883 Kentucky Derby
The 1883 Kentucky Derby was the 9th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 23,1883, an article in the Louisville Commercial about the 1883 Derby contained the first reference to the track as Churchill Downs. The winner received a purse of $3,760
1903 Kentucky Derby
The 1903 Kentucky Derby was the 29th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 2,1903, the winner received a purse of $4,850
1894 Kentucky Derby
The 1894 Kentucky Derby was the 20th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 15,1894, the winner received a purse of $4,020
1914 Kentucky Derby
The 1914 Kentucky Derby was the 40th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 9,1914, horses Ivan Gardner, Brickley and Constant scratched before the race. Betting favorite Old Rosebud led the race, winning by eight lengths. The winning time of 2.03.40 set a new Derby record, churchill Downs president Matt Winn channeled Old Rosebuds record setting run, which smashed the previous years record set by longshot Donerail, into considerable publicity for the Derby. The winner received a purse of $9,125
1913 Kentucky Derby
The 1913 Kentucky Derby was the 39th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 10,1913, horses Prince Hermis, Sam Hirsch, Flying Tom, and Floral Park scratched before the race. The winning time of 2.04.80 set a new Derby record, with odds of 91-1, winning horse Donerail is the longest odds winner in Kentucky Derby history. The winner received a purse of $5.475
1911 Kentucky Derby
The 1911 Kentucky Derby was the 37th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 13,1911, horses Jabot and Captain Carmody scratched before the race. The winning time of 2,05.00 set a new Derby record, the winner received a purse of $4,850
1902 Kentucky Derby
The 1902 Kentucky Derby was the 28th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 3,1902, the winner received a purse of $4,850
Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, United States, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs has hosted the renowned Breeders Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011. It is next scheduled to host the Breeders Cup in 2018, Churchill Downs Incorporated owns and operates the racetrack. With the infield open for the Kentucky Derby, the capacity of Churchill Downs is roughly 170,000, in 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Churchill Downs was ranked number 5 on this list, in 2014, prior to the start of their spring meet, Churchill Downs announced an increase in parimutuel takeout rates. As a result of the increase, Churchill Downs was ranked number 22 in the 2014 Horseplayers Association of North America Track Ratings. His father-in-law, Richard Ten Broeck, was a horse breeder and trainer.
Churchill Downs filled a void in Louisville left by the closing of Oakland and Woodlawn, the then-rural location was along Louisville and Nashville Railroad tracks, allowing for easy transport of horses. Clark, who preferred longer races to the short ones that had become popular by the 1890s, was running short of funds. Among the new people Applegate brought on board to help him run the rack was Col. Matt Winn of Louisville, Churchill Downs prospered and the Kentucky Derby became the preeminent stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses in North America. During that early period, a new clubhouse was built in order to promote interaction, and new events such as steeplechases, automobile races. The State Fair was held on the grounds, featuring the odd spectacle of two locomotives being intentionally crashed head-on in the infield. On June 5,1907, African American jockey James Lee set a record that has never beaten when he won the entire six-race card at Churchill Downs. In 1908, parimutuel betting machines were introduced as gambling began to be less controversial again, Churchill Downs was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
On Friday, June 19,2009, Churchill Downs hosted its first-ever night race with an attendance of over 27,000, Churchill Downs ventured into the music business, organizing the inaugural HullabaLOU Music Festival, held on the weekend of July 23–25,2010. The track had planned to make this an event to compete with other summer music festivals. HullabaLOU attracted 78,000 people but that short of the more than 100,000 expected by the company. The company attributed this to the heat, but others cited high ticket prices in a poor economy
William Lee Bill Shoemaker was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the record for total professional jockey victories. Referred to as Bill and The Shoe, William Lee Shoemaker was born in the town of Fabens, at 2.5 pounds, Shoemaker was so small at birth that he was not expected to survive the night. Put in a shoebox in the oven to warm, he survived. His diminutive size proved an asset as he went on to become a giant in thoroughbred racing, despite dropping out of El Monte High School in El Monte. His career as a jockey began in his years, with his first professional ride on March 19,1949. The first of his eventual 8,833 career victories came a month later, on April 20, aboard Shafter V, at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, in 1951, he won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. At the age of 19, he was making so much money that the Los Angeles Superior Court appointed attorney Horace Hahn as his guardian, thirty years later, he won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in the United States.
Shoemaker won eleven Triple Crown races during his career, spanning four different decades and he lost the 1957 Kentucky Derby aboard Gallant Man, when he stood up in the stirrups too soon, having misjudged the finish line. Gallant Man finished second to Iron Liege, ridden by Bill Hartack, at the 1986 Kentucky Derby, Shoemaker became the oldest jockey ever to win the race aboard the 18-1 outsider Ferdinand. The following year, he rode Ferdinand to a victory over Alysheba in the Breeders Cup Classic, Shoemaker rode the popular California horse Silky Sullivan, about which he is quoted as saying, You just had to let him run his race. And if he decided to win it, youd better hold on because youd be moving faster than a train, when Shoemaker earned his 6, 033rd victory in September 1970, he broke jockey Johnny Longdens record. In 1999, Shoemakers own record of 8,833 career victories was broken by Panamanian-born Laffit Pincay Jr. the record is held by Russell Baze. Win number 8,833, Shoemakers last, came at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, two weeks later, on February 3, Shoemaker rode his last race on Patchy Groundfog, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
He finished fourth, in front of a crowd, to Eddie Delahoussaye. All told, Bill Shoemaker rode in a record 40,350 races, in 1990, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. The Marlboro Cup of 1976 at Belmont Park proved to be maybe his greatest racing achievement, foregos drive started from eighth position out of eleven horses on the backstretch. It culminated with a charge through the muddy middle-of-the-track stretch run