Saturday, May 5, 2012

Notable Stats from the 138th Kentucky Derby

Notable Stats from the 138th Kentucky Derby

I'll Have Another
  • The first winner from Post Position 19 
  • Sixth straight year a horse has won the Derby after running just twice as a 3-year-old (before 2007, only six horses had ever accomplished that.)
  • 16th horse to win the Kentucky Derby after running in the Santa Anita Derby
  • 9th horse to win both the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby
  • First horse to win both Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby since Sunday Silence in 1989
  • First winner for trainer Doug O'Neill in his third attempt (his other two came in 2007)
  • First winner for jockey Mario Gutierrez in his first Derby appearance
  • First winner for owner J. Paul Reddam in three starts as a solo owner
  • 45th Chestnut Colt to win
  • 105th Kentucky bred to win
Bodemeister
Kentucky Derby runner-up set one of the fastest early paces in the history.

Here's a look at his near record times
  • Quarter Mile - :22.32 (8th fastest)
  • Half Mile - :45.39 (5th fastest)
  • Three-Quarters of a Mile - 1:09.80 (4th fastest)
  • One Mile - 1:35.19 (5th fastest)

Bodemeister nearly became the 23rd horse to win the Derby in wire-to-wire fashion

Trainer Bob Baffert now has 23 Kentucky Derby starters which is the fifth most all-time.

He ties Herbert "Dick" Thompson, Woody Stephens and Pete Coyne for the most second place finishes in the Kentucky Derby (3).

Others

Gemologist was the 23rd undefeated horse to start in the Kentucky Derby

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas now has 45 Kentucky Derby starters, most all-time.

Trainer Todd Pletcher now has 31 Kentucky Derby starter, second most all-time.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith moved into fifth place all-time with 19 Kentucky Derby mounts

Jockey Kent Desormeaux is now tied for sixth all-time with 18 Derby mounts. He is tied with Chris McCarron and Gary Stevens.




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