1896 Kentucky Derby

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22nd Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
LocationChurchill Downs
DateMay 6, 1896
Winning horseBen Brush
JockeyWillie Simms
TrainerHardy Campbell Jr.
OwnerMike F. Dwyer
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The 1896 Kentucky Derby was the 22nd running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 6, 1896.[1] This was the first Derby held at the current distance of ​1 14 miles.[2] Accordingly, the winning horse Ben Brush set the Derby record at that distance with a time of 2:07.75.

Full results[edit]

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st Ben Brush Willie Simms Hardy Campbell Jr. Michael F. Dwyer 2:07.75
2nd Ben Eder J. Tabor Hot Springs Stable Nose
3rd Semper Ego A. Perkins L. B. Ringgold 8
4th First Mate Charles A. Thorpe Augustus Eastin & Samuel E. Larabie 8
5th The Dragon Monk Overton James E. Pepper
6th Parson Tommy Britton Himyar Stable
7th The Winner W. Walker William Wallace
8th Ulysses Robert "Tiny" Williams Edward D. Brown


  • The winner received a purse of $4,850.
  • Second place received $700.
  • Third place received $300.[3]


  1. ^ Kentucky Derby History, 1896
  2. ^ "1874–1899: Kentucky and Louisville's Early Racing History". Archived from the original on 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  3. ^ "1896 Kentucky Derby Results Tables" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2010-11-19.