Winning the Kentucky Derby is all about timing. Mere milliseconds can determine the winner of the coveted blanket of roses. The top 10 fastest Derby winners crossed their finish lines within just two seconds of each other.
Secretariat is the fastest horse to ever cross the Kentucky Derby finish line. He and jockey Ron Turcotte won the 1973 race in just 1:59:40 and went on to win the Triple Crown, for the first time in 25 years.
Monarchos follows closely behind Secretariat. The horse and jockey Jorge Chavez won the 2001 derby in 1:59:97.
Northern Dancer and jockey Willie Hartack come in third in the fastest Kentucky Derby winners, crossing the 1964 finish line in exactly 2 minutes.
Spend A Buck and jockey Angel Cordero came down to the wire at the 1985 Kentucky Derby, but they won the race in 2:00:20.
Jockey Bill Hartack again, this time on Decidedly, won the 1962 derby in 2:00:40.
Proud Clarion, still covered with mud from the rain-soaked Churchill Downs that day, and Bob Ussery won the 1967 Kentucky Derby in 2:00:60.
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Jockey Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone drove to the finish of the 1996 Kentucky Derby in 2:01:00, beating Cavonnier by a nose.
Fusaichi Pegasus, left, and jockey Kent Desormeaux crossed the 2000 finish line in 2:01:00. That year marked the third century the Kentucky Derby was run.
Iron Liege, right, edged out Gallant Man at the finish line to win the 1957 race in 2:01:20.
Lucky Debonair, right, on rail, and jockey William Shoemaker won the 1965 Kentucky Derby in 2:01:20. Dapper Dan, left foreground, challenged in the stretch but finished second.