Kentucky Derby

Publication date: 29 Aug 2022

About the Kentucky Derby Horse Race

The Kentucky Derby is one of the three major horse races in the United States held annually in the city of Louisville on the first Saturday in May since 1875. The distance of the Kentucky Derby is 1.25 miles (about 2 km). In fact, the race itself lasts for 2 minutes. Every year, 150,000 people come to Churchill Downs Racetrack to watch the spectacle.

The Louisville Derby kicks off the season of the famous Triple Crown racing series, which also includes the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

Official Kentucky Derby website 

2023 Kentucky Derby

It is already known that the 2023 Kentucky Derby horse race will be held on 6 May, traditionally at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

History of the Kentucky Derby

On 17 May 1875, the first Kentucky Derby horse race was held in front of 10,000 spectators, featuring 15 horses. The winner was the colt Aristides along with jockey Oliver Lewis. The first race was a success, but despite this, the track ran into financial difficulties.

In time, owners began to send their thoroughbred horses for the other two races.

In 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three Triple Crown races.

The year 1925 is remembered for the Kentucky Derby radio show broadcast live on WHAS and WGN radio stations in Chicago.

In 1949, the first television broadcast of the Kentucky Derby took place.

The fastest time of the race is 1:59 seconds, a record that was set by the horse Secretariat in 1973.

The most famous tradition of the event is the fashionable ladies’ hat show. This custom was adopted by American women from British fashionistas.

Previous Kentucky Derby results

The year Venue Results
2022 Churchill Downs Racetrack, Louisville, Kentucky, USA Jockey: Sonny Leon

Horse: Rich Strike

2021 Churchill Downs Racetrack, Louisville, Kentucky, USA Jockey: Florent Geroux

Horse: Mandaloun 

2020 Churchill Downs Racetrack, Louisville, Kentucky, USA Jockey: John Velazquez

Horse: Authentic

2024 Kentucky Derby

The 149th Kentucky Derby is tentatively scheduled for 5 May 2024.

Keep an eye on the dates of horse races and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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