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*UPDATE (5/3) – 145th Kentucky Derby Silks Colors and Patterns (2019) – FINAL (Including Late Scratch Of Haikal)


What The Jockeys Aboard This Year’s Kentucky Derby Runners Will Be Wearing

By Margaret Ransom


The Kentucky Derby is nothing if not colorful. From the fashion to the saddle towels and even the red roses draped over the winner of the most prestigious event in horse racing, nothing is more colorful than the silks carried to post by each of the Kentucky Derby contenders representing each owner. The history of silks goes even farther back than the 145-year history of the Run for the Roses itself.

When organized horse racing first began in the early 18th century, there were no such things as program numbers, public address systems or closed circuit television. When England’s King Charles II first assembled race meets on the plains of Hempstead, the dukes and the barons had trouble figuring out which horse was which so they adopted racing silks – or colors – to distinguish their jockeys for easier viewing. And because they were made out of silk, they were referred to as “silks” and have kept the moniker since.

During the time of King Charles II, silks designs were simple. Red for one duke, black for another duke, orange for one earl, white for another earl, and so on. Today, since there are so many owners, silks have become even more colorful. The jockeys’ room at Churchill Downs houses thousands of silks, which are hung on pegs in the order of each jockey’s races for that day.

Following are the official silks for the runners for this year’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, in post position order with updated morning line odds and connections. Please note that due to the scratch of #12 Omaha Beach, all runners to the outside of him in the gate will move in one spot. All runners to the inside #11 Haikal will now move out one spot in the gate, leaving the innermost post position open.

All betting numbers will remain the same (click each image to enlarge):