Dust Commander

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Dust Commander
Dust Commander after winning the 1970 Kentucky Derby
Sire Bold Commander
Grandsire Bold Ruler
Dam Dust Storm
Damsire Windy City
Sex Stallion
Foaled February 8, 1967[1]
Died October 7, 1991(1991-10-07) (aged 24)
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Pullen Brothers
Owner Robert E. Lehmann. Silks: Gold, Red REL, Red Chevron on Sleeves, Gold Cap
Trainer Don Combs
Record 42: 8-5-4
Earnings $215,012
Major wins

Blue Grass Stakes (1970)

Triple Crown classic race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1970)
Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park

Dust Commander (February 8, 1967 – October 7, 1991) was an American Thoroughbred race horse.


The name "Dust Commander" is derived from his dam, Dust Storm, and his sire, Bold Commander. A descendant of Nearco, Dust Commander was bred by the Pullen brothers. He was owned by Robert E. Lehmann and trained by Don Combs. His dam Dust Storm was descended from the American broodmare Laughing Queen (foaled 1929) who was also the female-line ancestor of Tom Fool.[2]

Racing career[edit]

Dust Commander's Owners Trophy

In a 3-year racing career, Dust Commander had 8 wins, 5 places and 4 shows in 42 starts. He finished his career with $215,012 in winnings. Some of the highlights of his career include winning as a 2-year-old the City of Miami Beach Handicap and as a 3-year-old the Blue Grass Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race.

On May 2, 1970, with Mike Manganello aboard, Dust Commander won the 96th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2:03.4 ahead of My Dad George and High Echelon.[3]

Hunter S. Thompson's seminal 1970 essay "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" detailed the running of the Derby won by Dust Commander.

Stud record[edit]

Standing at stud, Dust Commander sired the 1975 Preakness Stakes winner, Master Derby.

In 2006, the family of the late Robert E. Lehmann donated Dust Commander's Kentucky Derby Trophy to the Kentucky Derby Museum.


Pedigree of Dust Commander (USA), chestnut stallion, 1967[1]
Bold Commander (USA)
Bold Ruler (USA)
Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Miss Disco Discovery
High Voltage (USA)
Ambiorix Tourbillon
Dynamo Menow
Dust Storm (USA)
Windy City (GB)
Wyndham Blenheim
Staunton The Satrap
Challure (USA)
Challedon Challenger
Laura Gal
Captivation Stimulus
Laughing Queen (Family: 3-j)[2]