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The Latonia Derby was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually from 1883 through 1937 at Latonia Race Track in Latonia, Kentucky. Open to three-year-old horses, for its first fifty-two years, the Latonia Derby was contested at a mile and a half but in 1935 was modified to a mile and a quarter.

Inaugurated as the "Hindoo Stakes" in honor of the great Kentucky-bred U.S. Racing Hall of Fame horse, Hindoo. The race usually attracted the Kentucky Derby winner and became so popular that in 1912 a motion picture was made by Independent Motion Picture Co. titled Winning the Latonia Derby that featured silent film star King Baggot.

The inaugural 1883 Latonia Derby was won by Kentucky Derby winner Leonatus. Future Derby winners Kingman (1891), Halma (1895), Ben Brush (1896), Lieut. Gibson (1900), Elwood (1904), and Sir Huon (1906) also won the race and the 1918 edition was won by Harry Payne Whitney's Belmont Stakes winning colt, Johren.

In 1936, Rushaway won the Illinois Derby one afternoon then was shipped three hundred miles over night and won the Latonia Derby the next afternoon.

Winners from 1930-1937

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1937 Reaping Reward Alfred Robertson Robert McGarvey Milky Way Farm 2:03.80
1936 Rushaway Johnny Longden Al G. Tarn Al G. Tarn 2:02.60
1935 Tearout William Hanka Howard Wells Daniel B. Midkiff 2:04.00
1934 Fiji Gilbert Elston T. B. Young Young Brothers 2:31.80
1933 Gold Basis Gilbert Elston Max Hirsch Morton L. Schwartz 2:31.20
1932 Stepenfetchit Robert Finnerty James W. Healy Liz Whitney Tippett 2:31.20
1931 Spanish Play Charlie Landolt George Land Knebelkamp & Morris 2:30.00
1930 Gallant Knight Herman Schutte Kay Spence Audley Farm Stable 2:35.00

Earlier winners

  • 1929 - Buddy Basil
  • 1928 - Toro
  • 1927 - Handy Mandy
  • 1926 - Bagenbaggage
  • 1925 - Broadway Jones
  • 1924 - Chilhowee
  • 1923 - The Clown
  • 1922 - Thibodaux
  • 1921 - Brother Batch
  • 1920 - Upset
  • 1919 - Be Frank
  • 1918 - Johren
  • 1917 - Liberty Loan
  • 1916 - Dodge
  • 1915 - Royal
  • 1914 - John Gund
  • 1913 - Gowell
  • 1912 - Free Lance
  • 1911 - Governor Gray
  • 1910 - Joe Morris
  • 1909 - Olambala
  • 1908 - Pinkola
  • 1907 - The Abbot
  • 1906 - Sir Huon
  • 1905 - The Foreman
  • 1904 - Elwood
  • 1903 - Woodlake
  • 1902 - Harry New
  • 1901 - Hernando
  • 1900 - Lieut. Gibson
  • 1899 - Prince McClurg
  • 1898 - Han Dor
  • 1897 - Ornament
  • 1896 - Ben Brush
  • 1895 - Halma
  • 1894 - Lazzarone
  • 1893 - Buck McCann
  • 1892 - Newton
  • 1891 - Kingman
  • 1890 - Bill Letcher
  • 1889 - Hindoocraft
  • 1888 - Los Angeles
  • 1887 - Libretto
  • 1886 - Silver Cloud
  • 1885 - Bersan
  • 1884 - Audrain
  • 1883 - Leonatus


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