The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is arguably the most popular horse racing event in America.  It is the first leg of the Triple Crown followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.  A horse has to win all of the three events to be a Triple Crown winner. 

The race itself is for three-year-old thoroughbred horses and is held on the first Saturday in May every year.  It is the culmination of a two week long event known as the Kentucky Derby Festival.  Dubbed as ‘the two most exciting minutes in sport’ or ‘the fastest two minutes in sport’ the Kentucky Derby is now run over 1.24 miles at Churchill Downs. 

A man called Meriwether Lewis Clark Jnr. had seen the Epsom Derby in England and upon his return home started the Louisville Jockey Club as a way of raising money to start his own race course.  That course became known as Churchill Downs, and the rest is history.

The Kentucky Derby is one of the oldest thoroughbred horse races in the U.S. first being run in 1875 over a distance of 1.49 miles.  The fastest time recorded in the Kentucky Derby was the record set in 1973 by Secretariat.  The time was 1 minute, 59 and 2/5th seconds.  This is a record that has stood for 38 years and still counting.

Betting on a race such as the Kentucky Derby is easy even if you are unable to get to a betting shop.  You can register online with and place your bets quickly, simply and securely over the internet.  Gambling is not a sure fire way to win big money, but it can be fun and quite profitable when enjoyed responsibly.

December 3, 2010 by : Posted in Horses No Comments

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