Inside the Numbers: 2019 Kentucky Derby

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Horses race through the stretch in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, won by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve is just a few days away. As the contenders wrap up their training, make sure you’re ready, too, by learning some key stats and figures with the numbers below.

0 The number of Derby winners who were bred in Japan. Master Fencer will attempt to become the first this year and will also be the first to start in the race.

1 ¼ miles – The distance of the Kentucky Derby.

1:59.40 – Fastest time run in the race, set by the great Secretariat in 1973.

Count Fleet
Count Fleet (BloodHorse photo)

$2.80 – Record low payout on a $2 win ticket, occurring when both Count Fleet (1943) and Citation (1948) won.

3 – The number of gray or roan horses entered in this year’s race — Tacitus, Roadster, and Gray Magician. A gray hasn’t won since 2005 (Giacomo).

4 – The number of contenders sired by Claiborne Farm stallions, including Omaha Beach and War of Will, both sons of War Front; Tax, by Arch; and Cutting Humor, by First Samurai.

5 – Kentucky Derby wins by trainer Bob Baffert, including 2015 with American Pharoah and 2018 with Justify. He has Game Winner, Improbable, and Roadster in this year’s race, and a win would tie him with Ben Jones as the winningest Derby trainer.

6 – The number of horses who were raised at Lane’s End Farm for all or part of their developmental years: Code of Honor, Country House, Game Winner, Improbable, Vekoma, and War of Will.

8 – Wins by owner Calumet Farm, a record.

8 – Number of times the Derby has been decided by a nose, most recently when Grindstone beat Cavonnier in 1996.

9 – The number of undefeated Kentucky Derby winners, out of 29 undefeated horses who have run in the race since 1915.

13 – The number of horses who swept the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby, including last year’s winner, Justify.

20 – Maximum number of horses who can start in the Kentucky Derby each year. This year’s race attracted 21 entrants, but unless someone else scratches, Bodexpress won’t run.

33 – Barn 33 was the Churchill Downs home of the most recent Kentucky Derby winner, Justify.

54 – Age of jockey Bill Shoemaker when he won the Derby in 1986 aboard Ferdinand, the oldest jockey to win. This year Jon Court will attempt to beat his record at the age of 58.

145 – This year is the 145th running of the Derby. It has been held annually since 1875.

1995The last time a horse whose name started with the letter “T” won the race (Thunder Gulch). Tacitus will try this year.

127,000 – Approximate total number of mint juleps served on Kentucky Derby and Oaks days each year.

170,513 – 2015 Derby attendance, the highest ever for the race.

$864,253.50 – Payout on a winning $1 superfecta ticket in 2005 when Giacomo, Closing Argument, Afleet Alex, and Don’t Get Mad finished first through fourth. 

$1,860,000 – Winner’s share of the race’s $3 million purse. The rest is divided among second- through fifth-place finishers.

$4,000,000 – Auction price of the most expensive horse ever to start in the Derby. The horse, Fusaichi Pegasus, won the 2000 edition as the favorite.

$225,671,089 – Total dollars bet on Derby day 2018, a record.

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