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The Kentucky Derby was run Saturday and there are many things about it that are interesting and important. California Chrome won the race. While the Derby is over, it is the history of the race that is important.
— Churchill Downs (@ChurchillDowns) May 3, 2014
The Derby is a race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds that is held every year. The race is one and a quarter miles. It is known as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” because the race lasts about that approximately two minutes.
As a native Kentuckian, the Derby and horse racing is very important to me. Childhood memories of eating burgoo and making my own Derby hat are always brought to mind for the first weekend in May. While I know how important the Derby is for those in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it is equally as interesting for those across the nation and the world.
Horses in the Derby are not only from Kentucky or the United States, there are horses from other nations that run for the roses. In 2007, the Queen of England came all the way to Kentucky to watch her horse run. The race has brought the Queen to Kentucky four times in the history of the race.
The Kentucky Derby is very traditional and special. There are things about it that are the same every year. Between the state song and the mint julep, every aspect of the Derby has a place. Here are 10 interesting facts about The Kentucky Derby.
image from Twitter via Churchill Downs