The Kentucky Derby winner since 2013 has been undefeated during the year of the Derby. In 2013, Orb entered the Kentucky Derby with four consecutive wins, including the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Florida Derby.
In 2014, California Chrome entered the Kentucky Derby with four consecutive wins, including the San Felipe Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby.
In 2015, American Pharoah entered the Kentucky Derby with four consecutive wins, including Arkansas Derby, Rebel Stakes, Front Runner Stakes, and Del Mar Futurity.
In 2016, Nyquist entered the Kentucky Derby with seven consecutive wins, including Xpressbet Florida Derby, San Vicente Stakes, Sentient Jet Breeder’s Cup Juvenile, Front Runner Stakes and Del Mar Futurity.
In 2017, Always Dreaming entered the Kentucky Derby with three consecutive wins, including the Xpressbet Florida Derby. Always Dreaming is still competing. In 2018, he ran second to Conquest Big E in the Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile Stake on March 31.
In 2018, as of April 7, only five horses in the top 10 points leaders scheduled to run in the 144th Kentucky Derby on May 5th at Churchill Downs can match those undefeated records. Those horses are Justify, Mendelssohn, Audible, Magnum Moon and Quip. Justify and Magnum Moon have the longest winning streak in the field with three consecutive wins.
Justify 2018 consecutive wins; Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita Park on February 18, followed by winning an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Santa Anita on March 11, and winning the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7 at Santa Anita Park. 2018 earnings: $666,000.
Mendelssohn 2018 win was the Grade 2 UAE Derby on March 31,2018. 2018 earnings: $1,200,000.
Justify and Mendelssohn are part of the last crop of foals by Scat Daddy. Scat Daddy, who was one of the top young sires in North America, died December 14, 2015 at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. He ranks fourth on 2018 Leading Sire List with more than $4 million in progeny earnings for the year. His top money earner for 2018 is Mendelssohn with lifetime earnings of $1,961,137.
Audible 2018 consecutive wins; Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on February 3 and Grade 1Xpreesbet Florida Derby on March 31. 2018 earnings: $803,520.
Magnum Moon 2018 consecutive wins; Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream Park on January 2, followed by winning an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Tampa Bay on February 15, and winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 17. 2018 earnings: $577,800.
Quip 2018 lone win was the Grade 2 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay on March 10. 2018 earnings:$210,000.
Will history repeat itself in the 2018 Derby?