The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse racing event. Here are five interesting facts you may have not know about the Kentucky Derby.
1. The Kentucky Derby is famous for the attendees to wear big fancy hats.
If you ever direct your attention to the audience of the Kentucky Derby you’ll notice women wearing very large and extravagant hats. Wearing these types of hats is a long standing tradition and is said to be a good luck charm. Some say the bigger the hat the better. The Kentucky Derby Museum even sells a wide variety of different hats in case you forget to bring your own. They all average to be under $100 and are adorned with flowers, lace, or ribbon.
2. You can become a member of the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Becoming a member of the Kentucky Derby Museum is not too expensive and helps preserve the history of the Kentucky Derby. It’s $55 for seniors and $60 for everyone else to get an individual membership to the museum. Being a member gives you a lot of perks including free admission to the museum, 4 complimentary museum admission passes, 10% discount for the gift shop, discounts to special events, a newsletter, and more. It’s definitely worth the price if you plan on coming a couple times throughout the year. It also helps maintain and preserve the museum as well.
3. Women have been in the actual races as well.
Five women have ridden in the “Run for the Roses” race. This just shows that women can do what they want if they set their mind to it. Besides being in the races themselves female trainers and breeders are starting to be more present within the Kentucky Derby. Dating back to 1904 was the first horse winner bred and trained by a woman.
4. There are many traditions surrounding the Kentucky Derby.
There are many traditions surrounding the Kentucky Derby besides the large hats worn by women. Some of these traditions include a garland of roses, a marching band playing “My Old Kentucky Home” before the race, and special drinks including a mint julep, and Grey Goose Oaks Lily.
5. 2014 will mark the Kentucky Derby’s 140th year.
This year, 2014, is celebrating the Kentucky Derby’s 140th year running. There are 34 races that lead up to the main event. These races take about 10 weeks to complete and the final important race usually only takes less than 2 minutes. It’s a very fast race but has been a long standing tradition not only for Kentucky but for America as well.