Only a handful of horse racing events are known around the world, including the Kentucky Derby in the United States. Taking place on the first Weekend of May every season, this event always manages to capture the imagination of the racing community. Run over a distance of two kilometres or one and a quarter miles, this race is a vital part of the worldwide racing scene. The inaugural Kentucky Derby was held in 1875, with this event often called “the fastest two minutes in sport”.
The Kentucky Derby is a famous thoroughbred horse race which takes place at Churchill Downs, raced on a left-handed track constructed of dirt. This race is for three year old horses, with colts and geldings carrying a weight of 126 pounds and fillies carrying 121 pounds. The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 race, which is the highest level in the grading classification and the equivalent of a Group 1 race in other parts of the world for instance like Australian Robert Sangster Stakes 2013. There is in excess of $2 million to be won for this race, making it one of the most expensive horse races in the world.
The Kentucky Derby is one of a handful of internationally recognised thoroughbred horse races, and the important first leg of the US Triple Crown. Often called “the fastest two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby is the most famous racing event in the USA and an eye opening wonder to witness. While the other races in the Triple Crown and specific events like the Breeders Cup also receive lots of love from the racing public, no other events get the blood flowing, or the attendance numbers ticking over, like the Kentucky Derby. With the biggest attendance of all racing events and the most widespread recognition throughout the American public, this great race is always an awesome spectacle.
The Kentucky Derby is about more than one race, it is a whole day of racing attractions and entertainment. Like many of the world’s great races, the Kentucky Derby has attracted a number of cultural racing traditions and attractions. The Kentucky Derby is associated with various attractions, from julep and burgoo to the amazing display of roses given to the winner. Similar to other great racing events, this race is also associated with various fashion shows, entertainment, and gourmet events. Other significant events on the day include dining options, music, and the chance to mix with A-list celebrities.