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Deutsches Derby

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Inaugurated  1869
Sponsor  IDEE
Race type  Flat / Thoroughbred
Website  Hamburg
Deutsches Derby

Location  Horner Rennbahn Hamburg, Germany
Distance  2,400 metres (1½ miles)

The Deutsches Derby is a Group 1 flat horse race in Germany open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Hamburg-Horn over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.


It is Germany's equivalent of the Epsom Derby, a famous race in England.


The event was established in 1869, and it was originally called the Norddeutsches Derby. It became known as the Deutsches Derby in 1889.

For most of its history the race has been held at Hamburg. It has also been staged at Grunewald (1919), Hoppegarten (1943–44), Munich (1946) and Cologne (1947). It was titled the Grosser Deutschlandpreis der Dreijährigen during World War II.

The present system of race grading was introduced in Germany in 1972, and the Deutsches Derby was given Group 1 status.

The race was sponsored by BMW from 1991 to 2008. It was backed by IDEE Kaffee from 2009 to 2011 and Sparda Bank from 2012 to 2014 before IDEE returned as sponsors from 2015.


Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Gerhard Streit – Orgelton (1938), Wehr Dich (1939), Schwarzgold (1940), Magnat (1941), Allgäu (1943), Solo (1946), Mangon (1952), Baalim (1961)
  • Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • George Arnull – Mah Jong (1927), Alba (1930), Sturmvogel (1935), Orgelton (1938), Wehr Dich (1939), Schwarzgold (1940), Magnat (1941), Allgäu (1943), Asterblüte (1949)
  • Leading owner (18 wins):

  • Gestüt Schlenderhan – Sieger (1908), Ariel (1914), Marmor (1918), Mah Jong (1927), Alba (1930), Sturmvogel (1935), Orgelton (1938), Wehr Dich (1939), Schwarzgold (1940), Magnat (1941), Allgäu (1943), Asterblüte (1949), Allasch (1953), Don Giovanni (1969), Alpenkönig (1970), Stuyvesant (1976), Adlerflug (2007), Wiener Walzer (2009)
  • Winners since 1965

    a Taishan finished first in 1989, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.

    Earlier winners

    1 Primas finished first in 1872, but he was disqualified. Hymenaeus tied with Seemann, but he was awarded victory by the drawing of lots.
    2 The 1875, 1882 and 1893 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.


    Deutsches Derby Wikipedia