Back to top

At Epsom in southern England, the French horse "Gladiateur" wins the eighty-sixth running of the Derby

English Derby Winning Racehorse "Macaroni", artist's impression
The 1865 Epsom Derby, first run in 1780, took place on a fine day before an exceptional crowd, which including the Prince of Wales.  The pre-race favorite, Gladiateur, bred in France and owned by the Count de LaGrange, made a late run and easily overhauled the horses Christmas Carol and Eltham to win by two lengths. The one and a half mile race had thirty horses in the field and, as favorite, Gladiateur paid five to two odds. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1865 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1866), 62-64.