Kentucky Derby & Museum
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There are few American sporting events with the history and popularity of the Kentucky Derby. Since 1875, the race has continuously produced “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” uninterrupted – even when coinciding with profound historical events like the Great Depression and two World Wars. Its rich traditions – sipping a mint julep from a silver cup, donning a beautiful hat and belting out “My Old Kentucky Home” with fellow race fans – have become just as iconic as the race itself.
The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May every year. More than 150,000 fans gather under the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs, with millions more watching at home, but any Kentuckian will tell you: there’s nothing like the real thing.
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Grade: Grade I stakes race
Horses: Three-year-old thoroughbreds
Distance: 1¼ miles
Purse: $3 Million
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The race itself lasts just two minutes, but the Derby is more like a marathon. In fact, Derby Day is just one aspect of the month-long Kentucky Derby Festival, which kicks off with Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest annual fireworks displays in the country.
In the leadup to the Kentucky Derby, there are several other horse races that deserve your attention. Locals love Thurby, a race held the Thursday before the Derby. The next night, Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier race for three-year-old fillies (female horses). Whichever race you attend, be sure to visit the paddock to see the horses up close.
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