Kentucky Derby Facts

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The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds. (Photo Credit: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
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The Derby is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May. (Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)
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The race is one and a quarter miles or 2 km and takes place at Churchill Downs. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The derby is often referred to as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The derby is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. (Photo Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Only 20 of the most competent thoroughbreds race before the eyes of the world in the Kentucky Derby. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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2013 marks the debut of a new way to determine which horses will join this select and storied field. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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“The Road to the Kentucky Derby”, a points-based system replaces the previous selection method which involved graded stakes earnings. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The first Kentucky Derby race occurred in 1875 with close to10,000 people watching. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Kentucky Derby draws an average of 150,000 visitors each year! (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The premium seating area that houses all of the rich and famous Kentucky Derby guests during the races is called “Millionaires Row”. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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"My Old Kentucky Home", is the song that is played when the horses are led onto the field. It has been played by University of Louisville Marching Band since 1936. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Celebrities such as Steven Speilberg, George Steinbrenner and Burt Bacharach have owned horses that have taken part in the Kentucky Derby. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Derby was nationally telecast for the first time on May 3, 1952 on a station that was an CBS affiliate. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The fastest Derby run was by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:59.40 while the slowest run was by Stone Street in 1908, at 2:15.20. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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For the horses, the Road to the Kentucky Derby is a long one, beginning with the Prep Season races the previous September and ending with the Championship Series in the weeks before the Kentucky Derby. (Photo Credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Churchill Downs opened on May 17, 1875 and the very first race was won by a horse named Bonaventure. (Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The mint julep is the official beverage of the Kentucky Derby. It is composed of a sweet mix of bourbon, mint and sugar and has been served at the race since 1938. (Photo Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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