Countdown to Derby with fifteen fun facts: #14 The Old Timers [Horse Racing]

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Who holds the record for the oldest Kentucky Derby winner? Well, it’s not going to be the horse that won the Derby, as all Kentucky Derby competitors must be three years old, but what about the people involved with the horses?

The oldest owner of the winning Kentucky Derby horse was ninety-two-year-old Frances A. Genter, whose Unbridled won the roses in 1990.

The oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby was seventy-six-year-old Charlie Wittingham, who won the 1986 Kentucky Derby with Ferdinand. Whittingham was a member of the National Racing Hall of Fame and had over 2,500 career wins. He died in 1999 at the age of 86.

At the time of Ferdinand’s 1986 victory, the record for the oldest winning jockey was also set. At 54, Bill Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby when he crossed the wire aboard Ferdinand. It was the fourth and final Kentucky Derby Shoemaker would win. The Hall of Fame rider had over 8,800 career wins and died in 2003 at age 72.

Photo: Facebook/Charlie Whittingham

About Jessie Oswald
I'm a lifetime Louisville resident with a passion for horse racing. When I'm not working as an immigration paralegal or taking care of my family, I follow Thoroughbred racing and love to share the excitement and beauty of the sport with anyone willing to learn!
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