1876 Kentucky Derby

The 1876 Kentucky Derby was the 2nd running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 15, 1876.[1] Winning horse Vagrant ran carrying only 97 pounds, one of the lightest loads carried by a winner in Derby history.[2]

2nd Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
Vagrant (horse).jpeg
1876 Kentucky Derby winner Vagrant in an 1877 drawing by T.J. Scott
LocationChurchill Downs
DateMay 15, 1876
Winning horseVagrant
JockeyBobby Swim
TrainerJames Williams
OwnerWilliam Backhouse Astor Jr.
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Full resultsEdit

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st 4 Vagrant Robert Swim James Williams William Backhouse Astor Jr. 2:38.25
2nd Creedmore D. Williams Williams & Owings
3rd Harry Hill J. Miller John Funk
4th Parole P. Sparling Pierre Lorillard IV
5th Germantown W. Graham Frank B. Harper
6th Lizzie Stone W. James Frank B. Harper
7th Marie Michon Stradford J. A. Grinstead
8th Bombay William Walker Daniel Swigert
9th Red Coat Lloyd Hughes Green Clay
10th Leamingtonian Raleigh Colston Sr. H. F. Vissman
11th Bullion M. Kelso A. Keene Richards


The winner received a purse of $2,950. The second-place finisher received $200.[3]


  1. ^ Kentucky Derby History, 1876
  2. ^ Tom Gilcoyne. Ask the Historian, Spring 1997 Vol. 3 No. 2. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
  3. ^ "1876 Kentucky Derby Results Tables" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-08.