Kentucky Derby: Winning trends since 1946
Find out which color, odds, number and sex are the most successful for horses that run in the Kentucky Derby.
Ahead of the Run for the Roses, research from Betway online sportsbook has tracked the winning trends of Kentucky Derby horses since 1946.
The color of a jockey’s silks is one of the most distinguishing features on a horse during a race and the Kentucky Derby is no different.
In total, there have been 16 different colors to have won the Derby since 1946.
But the most successful colors to be worn by Kentucky Derby jockeys are either blue or red, with both giving us 13 winners each.
The most recent of those was 2018 winner Justify, whose jockey wore red. The most recent winner in blue, meanwhile, came in 2007 as Street Sense won at 5-1.
Coming in closely behind blue and red, there have been 12 Derby winners to have worn white, most recently the jockey of 5/2 shot Nyquist in 2018.
While the Kentucky Derby has a tendency to throw up short-priced winners, it has not always been one-way traffic and there has been plenty of entertainment along the way.
Mandaloun was eventually crowned the Derby winner in 2021 at a price of 12-1, following the disqualification of Medina Spirit.
Out of the 76 winners since 1946, there have been 21 that had starting odds of 10-1 or higher, while the three winners with the longest pre-race odds all came in the last 17 years.
Giacomo and Mine That Bird, who won in 2005 and 2009 respectively, both went off at a price of 50-1.
The biggest shock, meanwhile, came in 2019, when 65-1 shot Country House was named the Derby winner after the disqualification of Maximum Security.
Most commonly, though, the Derby winner has started at a price between 1-1 and 5-1, with 37 winners coming from within that bracket.
Whether you go for your birthday, the date of your anniversary or the date your child was born, a horse’s number can hold great sentimental value for the person backing it.
But if it’s historical success you’re after, the horse wearing the number three has been a winner more than most since 1946, with eight victories.
Although that said, you have to go back to 1998 to find a winning number three in Real Quiet.
More recently, number five and 15 have seen success with two winners apiece since 2013.
Of all the categories of former Kentucky Derby winners, this is by far the most one-sided. There have been 76 winners since 1946 and of those, 74 have been colts.
The two victorious fillies were Winning Colors in 1988 and Genuine Risk in 1980.
Ahead of the 2022 Derby, it's worth noting that Epicenter falls in on all of these categories.