It’s known as ‘the most exciting two minutes in sport’ and it’s steeped in tradition! The Kentucky Derby gets underway on May 7 at 6.34 p.m. EST with 20 horses vying for the $2 million cash prize. But what do you know about the run for the roses? Click here for 5 fun facts of the great race!
We can’t wait! The Kentucky Derby, one of America’s most famous horse races, takes place on May 7 as 20 horses fight to be first past the post. With a $2 million purse up for grabs for the winner, it’s a huge event for the trainers and owners involved. But how much do you know about the event? Let HollywoodLife.com enlighten you with some interesting facts!
1. What horses qualify for the Kentucky Derby?
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbreds that run one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs. The colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies, who weigh-in at 121 pounds.
2. So why is it called the run for the roses?
That’s very simple. The Kentucky Derby is known as the run for the roses for a reason. The winner is draped in a blanket of roses. How nice is that?!
3. What does the Kentucky Derby mean?
It is famously known as the first leg of the American Triple Crown, and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky has also been run every year since 1875.
4. Who won last year?
Last year American Pharaoh was the victor, romping home past the posts for victory. That was the start of him famously winning the triple crown and becoming the most cherished horse in America!
5. Which horse has run the race fastest?
That would be Secretariat! In 1973 he set the course record at 1:59.4 minutes, eclipsing Northern Dancer’s 1964 landmark. But Secretariat did something quite exceptional because each quarter was faster than the last!
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