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Place your bets. The Kentucky Derby is happening this weekend and OLBG has the results of each of the past 10 winners.

This weekend is the 148th Kentucky Derby gets underway this weekend and it sees the return of the greatest two minutes in sport. 20 thoroughbreds will battle it out at Churchill Downs with a whopping $3 million up for grabs once again.

It takes a lot of work to breed a winning thoroughbred at one of the biggest events in horse racing. The past 10 winners have all earned their owners a substantial amount of prize money. The results of the research show which horses have earned the most per race, their prize money overall, and the profit they’ve made for their owners.

Here were the results:

  • 10. Mandaloun

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    10) Mandaloun $204,125 $2,041,252 $2,041,252
  • 9. Orb

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    9) Orb $217,709 $2,612,516 $2,612,516
  • 8. Always Dreaming

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    8) Always Dreaming $219,624 $2,065,860 $2,415,860
  • 7. Country House

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    7) Country House $302,882 $2,120,175 $2,120,175
  • 6. I'll Have Another

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    6)  I’ll Have Another $384,800 $2,658,600 $2,693,600
  • 5. Nyquist

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    5) Nyquist $471,745 $4,789,200 $5,189,200
  • 4. California Chrome

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    4) California Chrome $546,394 $14,752,650 $14,752,650

    California Chrome had the highest total career earnings, but due to racing 27 times, he only finds himself fourth on the list with average earnings per race of $546,394. Making up the top five is Nyquist who earned $471,745 per race in just 11 starts.

  • 3. Justify

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    3) Justify $633,000 $3,298,000 $3,798,000
  • 2. American Pharoah

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    2) American Pharoah $786,391 $8,350,300 $8,650,300

    American Pharoah follows Authentic after earning a total of $786,391 per race from his 11 starts. Justify comes in third despite having low career earnings compared to the others in the top five, however, he did retire unbeaten, winning six out of six for trainer Bob Baffert with an average earning per race of $633,000.

  • 1. Authentic

    Ranking

    Horse

    Average Earnings Per Race ($)

    Profit Earnings ($)

    Career Earnings ($)

    1)

    Authentic

    $900,150

    $6,851,200

    $7,201,200

    Authentic tops the charts in terms of earnings per race with $900,150 from his 10 races, despite his total career earnings being the third highest on the list. He won the Kentucky Derby in 2020 and had a total of six wins from his eight races, finding just one too good on his other two outings.