Kentucky Derby: Trivia from the Winners' Circle

Photo by: AP Images
1875: Aristides
Winner of the first Derby, Aristides was actually entered as a "rabbit" -- a pace-setter designed to force the pace, thereby allowing a stablemate to come from ... more 
Photo by: AP Images
1875: Aristides
Winner of the first Derby, Aristides was actually entered as a "rabbit" -- a pace-setter designed to force the pace, thereby allowing a stablemate to come from behind when the front-runners tired. Aristides didn't tire, though, and won the race.

In a photo from 1956, Richard A. McGrath Jr. -- a great-nephew of Aristides's owner, Price McGrath -- admires the only authentic painting of the equine champ.
less 
1 / 16
Tue, May 1, 2012 2:48 PM EDT
A series of fun facts and photos about past Kentucky Derby winners. Who hated to eat dinner late? Which horse needed a counselor to perform at stud? Which jockeys got in fights -- during the race? Behind the scenes with the champions.

For more info on the country's longest-running sporting event, visit the Kentucky Derby website.




Horses Help Children HealWe visit a clinic that's using horses to provide therapy to children with developmental disorders.