The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race that is hosted each year in Louisville, Kentucky. It features three-year-old Thoroughbreds.
Here are five interesting facts about the Kentucky Derby that I did not know:
Kentucky Derby Facts #1: The annual horse racing event has some interesting nicknames. For instance, the race has been called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” It is also known as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” Another nickname is “The Run for the Roses,” as the winning horse receives roses after the competition. On a side note, the fastest time for any horse to complete the event was slightly under two minutes. The horse that holds the record for the fastest time is Secretariat, who won in 1973.
Kentucky Derby Facts #2: Another interesting fact about the Kentucky Derby that I did not know is that the horse racing competition has occurred every year since 1875. This is an interesting fact because two other notable horse racing events, the Peakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, have skipped a year. There was not a Peakness Stake from 1891 to 1893, and there was not a Belmont Stake from 1911-1912.
Kentucky Derby Facts #3: I was surprised when I found out the event’s grand total purse. The purse is $2 million dollars. The winner of the event receives $1,425,000. This is a figure that I did not know before. On a side note, the purse for the Preakness Stakes and for the Belmont Stakes is $1,500,000. Many people are not aware of these numbers.
Kentucky Derby Facts #4: Another interesting fact about the Kentucky Derby that I did not know before I researched the event is that the event has never been delayed or postponed due to weather. This is another surprising fact because outdoor sporting events are often cancelled due to rain or bad weather. For instance, professional baseball games are often postponed because of rain. Moreover, there have been 140 Kentucky Derbys, so one would think that there would have been at least one event postponed.
Kentucky Derby Facts #5: The last fact that I did not know about the annual horse racing event is that there was a tragic incident that took place at the 2008 Kentucky Derby. After the winner of the competition, Big Brown, finished, the second place horse experienced fractures in both front legs. The horse subsequently fell to the ground in pain. The pain was unbearable for the horse, and had to be euthanized. The horse lost its life on the track. A Grade III race has been named after the horse.
“The Kentucky Derby – Facts,” KentuckyDerby.com.
“Kentucky Derby Fast Facts,” CNN.com.
“Kentucky Derby Quick Facts,” Kentucky Derby Museum.