Tennessee Derby

The Tennessee Derby is a discontinued American Thoroughbred horse race that was run annually from 1884 to 1886 and then 1890–1906 at the Montgomery Park Race Track located on the Memphis Fairgrounds in Tennessee.[2] The Tennessee Derby rivaled the Kentucky Derby at the time for prestige and purse money, but was not reinstated after a gambling ban took effect in 1907.[3] Kentucky Derby winners Joe Cotton and Agile also won the Tennessee Derby.

Tennessee Derby
Discontinued stakes race
LocationMemphis Fairgrounds
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Inaugurated1884
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1+12 miles (1884–1886),
1+18 miles (1890–1906)
SurfaceDirt
QualificationThree-year-olds
WeightColts, 122 lbs.; Geldings, 119; Fillies, 117 (1905 conditions)[1]
PurseVariable ($625–9,440)

The final edition of the Tennessee Derby was run on April 24, 1906 and was won by Lady Navarre. [4]

RecordsEdit

Speed record: (at 1-1/8 miles)

  • 1:55.75 - Berclair (1896)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Hiram J. Scoggan (1891, 1900)
  • 2 - Dr. Edwin F. McLean (1894, 1896)
  • 2 - Samuel S. Brown (1904, 1905)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
1906 Lady Navarre Tommy Burns George P. Brazier Charles R. Ellison 118 M 1:56.25 $9,440
1905 Agile Jack Martin Robert Tucker Samuel S. Brown 118 M 1:58.00 $8,885
1904 Proceeds Arthur Helgesen Robert Tucker Samuel S. Brown 118 M 2:02.50 $4,730
1903 Claude J. Daly Michael J. Daly Michael J. Daly 118 M 1:58.50 $5,625
1902 Abe Frank Willie Coburn Henry McDaniel George C. Bennett 118 M 1:57.50 $4,550
1901 Royal Victor James Winkfield Thomas P. Hayes Thomas P. Hayes 118 M 1:57.00 $5,360
1900 Florizar Clyde Van Dusen Hiram J. Scoggan Hiram J. Scoggan 118 M 2:00.00 $4,895
1899 May Hempstead Nash Turner H. Eugene Leigh Hal Pettit Headley & W. P. Norton 118 M 1:57.75 $6,260
1898 Lieber Karl Tommy Burns George Walker John W. Schorr 118 M 1:57.75 $4,120
1897 Buckvidere Robert "Tiny" Williams Julius C. Cahn Abe Cahn 118 M 1:56.25 $4,125
1896 Berclair Charles A. Thorpe Tom Blackburn Dr. Edwin F. McLean 118 M 1:55.75 $4,125
1895 Fandango Willie Martin William McDaniel John W. Orth 118 M 1:59.25 $3,950
1894 Jamboree J. Davis Dr. Edwin F. McLean 118 M 2:09.25 $4,125
1893 Calhoun Eddie Kunze William McDaniel John E. Cushing & John W. Orth 118 M 2:04.50 $2,490
1892 Tom Elliott Tommy Britton J. M. Brown 118 M 2:03.75 $1,940
1891 Vallera Tommy Britton Enoch Wishard Scoggin Bros. (Hiram J., George W., John) 118 M 2:00.00 $2,090
1890 Robespierre S. Francis H. Eugene Leigh George V. Hankins 118 M 2:00.00 $1,790
1887 - 1889 Race not held
1886 Jim Gray Nash Turner John S. Campbell Gray & Co. 112 M 2:44.00 $755
1885 Joe Cotton Erskine Henderson Abraham Perry James T. Williams 112 M 2:42.75 $800
1884 Ten Strike Yetman Walter B. Jennings Walter B. Jennings 112 M 2:48.25 $625

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goodwin's Annual Official Turf Guide for 1905, Volume 1, p. 395
  2. ^ "Tennessee Derby Winners". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1903-04-08. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  3. ^ Daily Racing Form. April 4, 1921.
  4. ^ "Lady Navarre's Tennessee Derby". New York Times. 1906-04-25. Retrieved 2018-10-05.