2018 will mark the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Specifically, this world-renowned event will take place on Saturday, May 5th of 2018.

Throughout its 144 years, the Kentucky Derby has seen its fair share of amazing jockeys, but in this event, it's truly the horses that deserve the most recognition and attention. So, who have been some of the most incredible horses in the history of the Kentucky Derby?


This is the horse that is perhaps most commonly associated with the Derby; this horse was the winner of the 1973 race, which also happened to the 99th running. People will always remember Secretariat for achieving and maintaining all off the stakes records, as well as the overall Derby record for completing the race in less than two hours.

Seattle Slew

Who could forget Seattle Slew, the horse who not only won the Derby in 1977, but went on to win the Triple Crown and became the first undefeated Triple Crown winner?


Often overlooked in favor of more recent horses, Donerail overcame the worst odds of any Derby horse in history, winning with just 91-1 odds. It wasn't until the very last minute that Donerail surprised everybody by taking the lead and bringing his jockey to victory.

Will the Kentucky Derby 144 be the year that a new horse becomes a household name? Only time will tell. In the meantime, those looking to attend one of the most exclusive Derby parties in town should check out the Fillies and Stallions Derby Party, the eighth annual event that will take place on Friday, May 4th—with plenty of celebrities, athletes, and other big names in attendance. Check out the Fillies and Stallions Derby Party website today to find out more about the biggest Derby party in town!