The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I horse race held on the first Sunday in May. It is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds. The Kentucky Derby is located in Louisville, Kentucky. In the United States it is considered the fastest 2 minutes in sports. It was started in 1875 and the race is approximately 1 1/4 of a mile.
The Mint Julep
Did you know the Kentucky Derby has an official drink? It is called the Mint Julep. The mint julep is a iced drink that has bourbon, sugar, and mint. It is typically served in a silver cup but most drink it from their souvenir cups. Churchill Downs has offered a custom premium Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby costing roughly $1000. In May 2008, Churchill Downs constructed the largest Mint Julep ever standing tall at around 6 feet. It was able to hold 206 Gallons.
The Run for the Roses
The Kentucky Derby is known as the “Run For the Roses.” It is called this because the winner is draped with a huge blanket with a few hundred roses. The Rose is the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. It started by one of the winners in the 1800s handing out flowers to girls after he had won. By 1896 it was a Kentucky Derby Tradition.
The Kentucky Derby offers seats in the middle of the race track. They often sell for normal prices so its nothing special about it since you miss most of the race. But it is something not commonly known.
Kentucky Derby Trophy
The Kentucky Derby trophy is given to the winner of the race and has been since around 1922. It is crafted with a mixture of 20 and 14 carat gold and weighs almost 100 ounces! It is one of the last gold trophies and awards given in America. Smaller sterling versions are also given to the trainer and breeder. On average it takes around 3 months to produce. It would be a real honor to receive this trophy and could be worth a ton of money!
My Kentucky Home
My Kentucky Home is a song that is played as all the horses competing in the race enter the track. It is a song of pride to many. It started to be played in the 1920’s. It is memorized by many returning viewers and locals.
The Kentucky Derby is a prestigious Horse Race that takes place in the first Sunday in May. The winner is awarded a Golden Trophy and glorified with roses. It is a great race to visit but beware, drinks run a tad bit expensive!