1970 Kentucky Derby

The 1970 Kentucky Derby was the 96th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race took place on May 2, 1970.[1][2]

96th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
LocationChurchill Downs
DateMay 2, 1970
Winning horseDust Commander
JockeyMike Manganello
TrainerDon Combs
OwnerRobert E. Lehmann
← 1969
1971 →

The race is most notable in American popular culture as the setting for "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved", an article written for Scanlan's Monthly by Hunter S. Thompson that would later be identified as the first instance of gonzo journalism.

Full resultsEdit

Finished Post Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Time / behind
1st 3 Dust Commander Mike Manganello Don Combs Robert E. Lehmann 2:03.40
2nd 7 My Dad George Ray Broussard Frank J. McManus Raymond M. Curtis
3rd 1 High Echelon Larry Adams John W. Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs
4th 9 Naskra Braulio Baeza Philip G. Johnson Her-Jac Stable
5th 5 Silent Screen John L. Rotz J. Bowes Bond Elberon Farm
6th 10 Admiral's Shield Jimmy Nichols Harvey L. Vanier William C. Robinson, Jr.
7th 11 Corn off the Cob Angel Cordero Jr. Arnold N. Winick Fence Post Farm
8th 1A Personality Eddie Belmonte John W. Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs
9th 15 Native Royalty Ismael Valenzuela John T. Davis Happy Valley Farm
10th 14 Robin's Bug Leroy Moyers Tracey Bougon W. J. Hickey-R. F. Kuhn
11th 8 Terlago Bill Shoemaker Jerry M. Fanning Samuel J. Agnew
12th 12 Dr. Behrman Chuck Baltazar James P. Conway Lin-Drake Farm
13th 16 Action Getter Mike Venezia Bob G. Dunham E. V. Benjamin-J. Jones, Jr.
14th 2 George Lewis Bill Hartack Buster Millerick Mr. & Mrs. Allan Magerman
15th 17 Fathom Diane Crump Don H. Divine W. L. Lyons Brown
16th 4 Holy Land Hector Pilar John Weiport Steve Carson & Irving Apple
17th 13 Rancho Lejos H. Rudy Campas Chay R. Knight Mrs. J. S. Dean, Jr.
  • Winning Breeder: Pullen Bros; (IL)


  1. ^ "Countdown to the Kentucky Derby | Remembering 1970 winner Dust Commander". Courier-journal.com. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  2. ^ "1970". Kentuckyderby.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04.