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The Kentucky Derby is a the biggest race in America. It is for three-year-old horses only, and held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. The race is one and a quarter-mile long and open to both males and females. Males carry 126 pounds while females carry 121. The race is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or you will also hear it called ”The Run for the Roses.” It is the first leg of the Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The race is considered an American Classic. It out draws all other races held in the United States each year. This years Derby will mark the 138th time the race has been ran. The race stands as one of the longest continuous sporting events in the United States. Simply put: this is the race every jockey, trainer, and owner dreams of winning.
The first thing you must do is nominate your horse for the race. Hundreds of horses nominate to the Kentucky Derby every year, and there are only twenty spots open for the race. To earn one of the coveted twenty spots, you must acquire ”Kentucky Derby Points.” This is the first year Churchill Downs has used a points system, and it’s worked with various degrees of success. There are several chances to acquire Kentucky Derby points throughout the year as almost every track across the United States run at least one Derby “prep race.” Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Santa Anita, Aqueduct, Fair Grounds, Sunland, and Turfway Park all are known for producing several Kentucky Derby starters. Each of these track major focus centers around prepping horses for the Kentucky Derby. For a list of Kentucky Derby point races you can click HERE
5 – Eddie Arcaro (1938, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1952)
5 – Bill Hartack (1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1969)
6 – Ben A. Jones (1938, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952)
8 – Calumet Farm (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958, 1968)
1:59.40 – Secretariat (1973)
8 lengths – Assault (1946)
8 lengths – Whirlaway (1941)
91 to 1 – Donerail (1913)
– Apollo, the 1882 winner, is the only 3 year old horse to win the derby without having raced the year before as a 2 year old.
– D. Wayne Lukas is the only trainer to sweep the Triple Crown with two different horses. He did it in 1995.
– The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuous sporting event in the United States.
– My Old Kentucky Home is played before every Kentucky Derby
– Jockey Clavin Borel won the Derby three times in for years between 2007 – 2010
– Only three fillies have ever won the Kentukcy Derby
– The official drink of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep.
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