And away they go! The Kentucky Derby is the greatest annual horse race in the world. Where and when will the 142nd Derby happen? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to properly enjoy the Run for the Roses.
The Kentucky Derby happens every first Friday in May capping off a two-week-long Derby festival party. The best 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the world get together for the one and a quarter mile long race. The jockey and horse who get across the finish line first are named the new Kentucky Derby winners. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this epic horserace!
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When is The Kentucky Derby?
The big race is held at the same time every year. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 6:34pm EST. This will cap off three days of races, including the Kentucky Oaks on May 6th.
Where is the big race?
If you get in your car now, you might make it to Louisville, Kentucky in time to enjoy a mint julep before the big race. The Kentucky Derby is held at the Churchill Downs on their left hand track.
Who is in the race?
The 142nd race will feature 22 horses and their riders. Nyquist is the #13 horse and an early 3-1 favorite ridden by Mario Gutierrez, 28. Ridden by Aaron T. Gryder, 45, Trojan Nation is the #1 horse and one of three 50-1 long shots. There are 20 other horses and jockeys with various odds in the race. Bet on ALL of them!
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How do you watch the race?
The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast on television on NBC beginning at 4pm EST. The best way to watch the race is on TV from your couch with an icy beverage. Or better, boogie on down to Churchill Downs, put on a silly hat, grab a mint julep, bet on a long shot and watch the race in person!
What do you think HollywoodLifers? Will you be wagering on the greatest two minutes in sports? Who would you like to see win the great race?