1919 Kentucky Derby

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45th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Location Churchill Downs,
Louisville, Kentucky
Date May 10, 1919
Winning horse Sir Barton
Jockey Johnny Loftus
Trainer H.G. Bedwell
Owner J.K.L. Ross
Conditions Heavy
Surface Dirt
1918
1920

The 1919 Kentucky Derby was the 45th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 10, 1919.[1][2] Horses Corson and Clermont scratched before the race.[3] Winner Sir Barton went on to win in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, becoming the first winner of the American Triple Crown.[4]

Pre-race coverage[edit]

A New York Times writer believed that the Preakness Stakes was competing for attention with the Derby, as it was held four days following the Derby and offered a purse of $30,000, larger than the Derby's $20,000.[5] The author felt that the three-year old racing horses during the 1919 season were a "good crop" and that the course record of 2:03 25 set by Old Rosebud in 1914 could be broken.[5] Geldings were eligible to race in the event.[5]

Result[edit]

Final placings (1–12)[6]
Finish Post Position Horse Jockey Final Odds[N 1] Stake[N 2]
1 1 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus $20,825
2 11 Billy Kelly E. Sande $2,500
3 7 Underfire M. Garner $1,000
4 6 Vulcanite C. Howard $275
5 8 Sennings Park H. Lunsford
6 2 Be Frank J. Butwell
7 10 Sailor J. McIntyre
8 4 St. Bernard E. Pool
9 9 Regalo F. Murphy
10 5 Eternal A. Schuttinger
11 12 Frogtown J. Morys
12 3 Vindex W. Knapp

Payout schedule[edit]

Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule[8]
Post Position Horse Win Place Show
1 Sir Barton $7.20 $6.70 $6.00
11 Billy Kelly $6.70 $6.00
7 Under Fire $10.80

References[edit]

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The odds are all to $1; for example, Sir Barton's odds of winning were $ on a $1.00 wager.
  2. ^ The total purse for the race was $24,600.[7][6]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Record May Fall In Kentucky Derby". Chicago Daily Tribune  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 4, 1919. p. 18. 
  2. ^ Kentucky Derby History, 1919
  3. ^ 1919 Kentucky Derby Results Tables
  4. ^ Stephanie Diaz (June 27, 1994). "A Nearly Forgotten First". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Archived from the original on May 29, 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Record May Fall In Kentucky Derby". The New York Times  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 4, 1919. p. 30. 
  6. ^ a b O'Connor 1921, p. 137.
  7. ^ "Sir Barton Crosses Wire First in Rich Kentucky Derby". Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville American  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 11, 1919. p. 18. 
  8. ^ "Kentucky Derby is Won By Sir Barton". The New York Times  – via ProQuest (subscription required). May 11, 1919. p. 21. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • O'Connor, John L. (1921). "Forty-Fifth Derby 1919". History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921. New York: Rider Press. pp. 134–137.