The Kentucky Derby is perhaps the pinnacle event in horse racing. Many look to its coming, as it falls right at the turnover of spring and summer, during the warm and very colorful time of year. Several people will drink the official beverage of the race ground, the mint julep. And another good many may know a thing about the regality of the event, there are some lesser-known facts about the Kentucky Derby. So gear up, put on your summer sandals and shaded hat and get ready for these blazing fast facts.
All it Takes is Two Minutes
This spectacular showdown of powerful horses only takes two minutes to complete, yet there are so many thrills and turnouts that can happen in that short time. From stumbles out of the gate, to photo finishes, there is always drama in such a race. And as the Kentucky Derby is the first race of the prestigious Triple Crown, which also comprises of the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, many will be jockeying for first place at the finish line.
Three Years is the Limit
Most people three and under can’t do much but stagger around, slobber and sleep. But horses aren’t like us humans. The maximum age of a horse to race in the Kentucky Derby is three. This is presumably due to injury and other dangers that come with horse racing. Just in 2008, second place finisher, Eight Belles, suffered two fractures in both front legs, prompting the unfortunate events of the filly having to be euthanized on the track.
The First Kentucky Derby Happened in 1875
It all began long ago in 1875 and has continued on to this present day. Throughout its history, no Kentucky Derby has ever been postponed because of rain or unfit weather. And since Aristides won the initial derby, many have run in the event, rain or shine.
Fillies Don’t Always Have the Greatest Success at this Race
For those not familiar with horse jargon, a filly is a young female horse. And those beautiful creatures have had little success at the Kentucky Derby. Only three times has a filly been crowned the champion. They include Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980, and Winning Colors in 1988. Many will pack Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May, which comes on the third in 2014. We shall see if a fourth filly will be victories in Louisville, but whoever wins will surely hope to complete the Triple Crown.