10 greatest Kentucky Derby winners of all time, including Affirmed and Secretariat

150th Kentucky Derby Top 10 horses to win Kentucky Derby
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The 150th running of the Kentucky Derby is this year and the race is building up to be a great one. With Fierceness, the favored colt in the sesquicentennial run for the roses at Churchill Downs, another pool of thoroughbreds chases immortality.

With the first leg of racing’s Triple Crown about to post, let’s look back at the 10 best horses of all time who won the Kentucky Derby. It reads like a whos-who of horse racing royalty.

10. Gallant Fox (1930)

Kentucky Derby Gallant Fox 1930
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9. Mine That Bird (2009)

Mine That Bird kentucky derby 2009
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8. War Admiral (1937)

War Admiral Kentucky Derby 1937
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7. Whirlaway (1941)

Whirlaway Kentucky Derby
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6. Seattle Slew (1977)

Seattle Slew Kentucky Derby
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5. Citation (1948)

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4. Count Fleet (1943)

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3. Assault (1946)

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2. Affirmed (1978)

Affirmed Kentucky Derby
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1. Secretariat (1973)

Secretariat Kentucky Derby
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