The Kentucky Derby is a fantastic sporting event that draws over 150,000 tourists and sports fans from all over the world. This is the main horse racing event in the United States, taking place in Louisville – the largest city in Kentucky.
Competitions were first organized in 1875 at the Churchill Downs Racecourse, with about 10,000 spectators. The Louisville Derby opens a series of horse races, known as the Triple Crown. Only elite horses of noble stables take part in the races. The distance is 1.25 miles, which horses run in an average of 2 minutes. The winner receives a luxurious blanket with 554 live roses for his horse, and a solid cash prize of over $1 million.
The Kentucky Derby gathers true fans of equestrian sports as well as many high-ranking and wealthy people. Forbes magazine included the Triple Crown competitions in the top ten most successful sports brands.
Since 1875, the competition has gained different events and traditions.
- 2 weeks before the holiday, the Kentucky Derby festival is held with parties, music concerts, fashion shows, tastings, and other entertainment.
- One of the highlights of the Kentucky Derby festival is the biggest fireworks show in the US, called Thunder Over Louisville.
- Women love to show off their fashionable ladies’ hats.
- The unofficial anthem of Kentucky is played before the race.
When is Kentucky Derby celebrated in 2023?
Kentucky Derby is observed on the first Saturday in May each year.