Roscoe Goose’s Longshot and Legendary Career in Louisville KY

Do you know the significance of the name Roscoe Goose?

Cyndy Tandy
Cyndy Tandy

He was a legendary Louisville native who rode Donerail to victory in the 1913 Kentucky Derby. That win set a record that still stands — the longest shot ever to win the Derby. Donerail paid an astonishing $184.90 on a $2 bet.

Goose went on to become a legendary trainer and owner, and was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Goose parlayed his success as a jockey and Horseman to become a millionaire. He was born and raised in Jeffersontown, where a prominent marker near the town square recognizes him.

On this edition of Louisville Uncovered, Cyndy Tandy discovers the story of Roscoe Goose and finds the front porch of his old home near Churchill Downs.