TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: KY DERBY QUIZ

How much do you know about Kentucky Derby history?  Here are 10 questions plus a bonus question.  (Answers are shown after the last question.)

1) In what year was the inaugural Kentucky Derby run?

1850
1875
1880
1885
1892

2) Who has the distinction of being the oldest person to have trained a Kentucky Derby winner?

Ben Jones
James Fitzsimmons
Max Hirsch
Charles Whittingham
Art Sherman

3) What father/son pair each won the Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Triple Crown?

Count Fleet/Count Turf
Man o’ War/War Admiral
Gallant Fox/Omaha
Native Dancer/Kauai King
Bull Lea/Citation

4) What jockey rode five Kentucky winners and is the only jockey to have won two Triple Crowns?

Charles Kurtsinger
Eddie Aracro
Mike Smith
Earle Sande
Bill Shoemaker

5) In what year was the Kentucky Derby for the first time contested at 1 ¼ miles?

1896
1902
1910
1921
The Kentucky Derby has always been contested at 1 ¼ miles

6) Who was the first woman trainer of record in the Kentucky Derby?

Mary Hirsch
Janet Elliott
Kathy Ritvo
Jenine Sahadi
Shelly Riley

7) Three horses have crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby but have been disqualified.  Medina Spirit was disqualified in 2021, Maximum Security in 2019, and ___________ in 1968.

Nashua
Native Dancer
Forward Pass
Sword Dancer
Dancer’s Image

8) What individual rode a Kentucky Derby winner and later in life trained a Kentucky Derby winner?

James Fitzsimmons
Isaac Murphy
Roscoe Goose
John Longden
Edward Brown

9) Who was the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby?

Regret
Cicada
Lady’s Secret
Winning Colors
Genuine Risk

10) Secretariat holds the Kentucky Derby record for 1 ¼ miles.  What colt ran the second-fastest time?

Monarchos
Authentic
Northern Dancer
Decidedly
Swaps

11) Bonus Question:  Only one U. S. president has attended the Kentucky Derby while he was the current president.  Which president?

Harry Truman
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush

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Answers:

  1. 1875; 2. Art Sherman; 3. Gallant Fox/Omaha; 4. Eddie Arcaro; 5. 1896; 6. Mary Hirsch; 7. Dancer’s Image; 8. John Longden; 9. Genuine Risk; 10. Monarchos; 11. Richard Nixon

Comments

  1. Bill Hirsch says

    Bill,
    I really enjoyed this trivia. And surprisingly I only got about half of them.

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