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The Kentucky Derby, is the premier event in horse racing, held annually on the first Saturday in May in Louisville, Kentucky. This storied race, a highlight for three-year-old thoroughbreds, is much more than an equestrian event; it's a rich tapestry of history and culture, deeply embedded in American sports tradition.

The race, known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate time length, is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States. It typically draws around 155,000 fans.The Kentucky Derby is one of the crown jewels of the elusive Triple Crown which includes the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes.

The roots of horse racing in Kentucky stretch back to 1789 with the first race course in Lexington. Churchill Downs, opened in 1875, became the home of the Kentucky Derby, establishing it as a landmark event in American sports. The state's affinity for horse racing was further solidified with the formation of the Commonwealth’s first Jockey Club in 1809, an evolution of an organization initiated by notable figures like statesman Henry Clay.

Louisville's connection to horse racing dates back even further. Spontaneous races on Market Street in 1783 eventually gave way to more organized events on Shippingport Island by 1805. This early racing tradition predates the establishment of Churchill Downs and underscores the city's deep-rooted love for the sport.

The Kentucky Derby is more than just a race; it's a celebration of history, a gathering of horse racing enthusiasts, and a showcase of equine excellence. Continually captivating fans worldwide, the Kentucky Derby stands as a testament to its enduring allure and pivotal role in the world of sports.

At the center of it all is the coveted Kentucky Derby Trophy, an enduring symbol of victory and excellence in horse racing. This trophy isn't just an award; it's a testament to the skill, dedication, and spirit of the winning horse and team. Every year, the winner of the Kentucky Derby receives this iconic trophy, marking their place in racing history. With its intricate design and rich history, the Kentucky Derby Trophy is more than a prize – it's a cherished piece of equestrian lore.

But the glory isn't just in the gold. The Kentucky Derby is also famously known as 'The Run for the Roses.' Why roses? This fragrant flower has been a part of the Derby's tradition since 1883, symbolizing both beauty and battle in the race for the finish line. The blanket of 554 red roses awarded to the winner is not just a stunning sight; it's a symbol of triumph, a fragrant reminder of the struggle and success inherent in this great race.

Embrace the spirit of the Kentucky Derby – where champions are made, and legends come to life. Be part of the tradition. Feel the excitement. Experience it all with us!

Saturday, May 4th, 2024 KENTUCKY DERBY DAY Race Schedule
Grade II Churchill Downs $250,000 - added, seven furlongs, 4-year-olds and up
Grade III La Troienne $150,000 - added, seven furlongs, 3-year-old fillies
Grade III Distaff Turf Mile $150,000 - added, one mile, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Grade I Distaff $300,000 - added, seven furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Grade I Turf Classic $1 Million - added, 1 1/8 mile, 3-year-olds and up
Grade I Kentucky Derby $3 Million - guaranteed, 1 1/4 mile, 3-year-olds

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