1875 Kentucky Derby
The 1875 Kentucky Derby was the first running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 17, 1875. The first Kentucky Derby was a 1.5-mile race, and the traditional distance of 1.25 miles was not established until the 1896 Derby. Thirteen of the fifteen jockeys in the race, including winner Oliver Lewis, were African-American. Attendance was estimated at 10,000.
The winner was Aristides, by two lengths. His jockey was Oliver Lewis, his trainer was Ansel Williamson, and his owner was H.P. McGrath. Aristides' half-brother and stablemate Chesapeake also ran in the race. Both Aristides' jockey and trainer were black. Aristides's time of 2 minutes and 37.75 seconds was at the time a world record for the distance.
|Finished||Post||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Owner||Time / behind|
|1st||1||Aristides||Oliver Lewis||Ansel Williamson||H.P. McGrath||2:37.75|
|2nd||Volcano||H. Williams||George H. Rice|
|3rd||Verdigris||W. Chambers||C.A. Lewis|
|4th||Bob Woolley||William Walker||Robinson, Morgan & Co.|
|5th||Ten Broeck||M. Kelso||Harry Colston||F.B. Harper|
|6th||Grenoble||J. Carter||Allen Bashford|
|7th||Bill Bruce||M. Jones||S.J. Salyer|
|8th||Chesapeake||W. Henry||H.P. McGrath|
|9th||Searcher||R. Colston||J.B. Rodes|
|10th||Ascension||W. Lakeland||William Cottrill|
|11th||Enlister||Halloway||Stringfield and Clay|
|12th||McCreery||D. Jones||Gen. Abe Buford|
|13th||Warsaw||Masterson||Stringfield and Clay|
|14th||Vagabond||J. Houston||A.B. Lewis & Co.|
|15th||Gold Mine||Stradford||J.A. Grinstead|
The winner received a purse of $2,850. The second place finisher received $200.