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2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders — Upstart

This year's Kentucky Derby has a couple of leaders at the front of the pack and then several other horses that seem to be in a large group. Upstart is one of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders. The Kentucky Derby will begin at 6:24pm EST Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Trainer: Rick Violette Jr.

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Morning Line Odds: 15-1

Upstart was considered to be one of the contenders for the Kentucky Derby this year. While drawing 15-1 odds on the morning line, the price has dropped significantly for Upstart, which is now listed at 36-1 for the race.

The winner of The Grade 2 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream, Upstart has finished inside the top three spots three times this season, taking second place in the Beilu Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby.

Kentucky Derby Facts

— The biggest "longshot" was in 1913 when  Donerail paid out at 91.45-1 odds.
— The highest attendance ever was in 1974 with 163,628 people (2009 was 153,563).
— An "official" Mint Julip at the Kentucky Derby is made with "Early Times" whiskey.
— New York sports columnist Bill Corum coined the phrase "Run for the Roses."

Kentucky Derby Records

Winning Jockey: Both Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack have recorded five wins each. For Arcaro you need to travel back to 1938 (final win was in 1952) for his first of five wins and for Hartack back to 1957 (final win was in 1969).

Winning Trainer: Ben A Jones worked together with jockey Eddie Arcaro spanning from 1938 to 1952 and collected a total of six wins at the Kentucky Derby.

Winning Owner: Over a course of 27 years, Calumet Farm had a total of eight Derby wins (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958).

Winning Length: There is a tie between two horses from the 1940s, Whirlaway and Assault. Both captured the Kentucky Derby with a margin of eight lengths (1941 for Whirlaway and 1946 for Assault).

Winning Time: Probably one of the most famous horses in history, Secretariat, is the holder of this record. In 1973 he ran the Derby in 1:59:40 and is the only horse to ever run the 11/4 mile race in under two minutes.

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