- Kentucky Derby
a horse race for three-year-olds, run annually since 1875, on the first Saturday in May, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
* * *One of the classic U.S. Thoroughbred horse races.It was established in 1875 and run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Ky. With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up U.S. racing's coveted Triple Crown. The field is limited to three-year-olds. The track distance is 1.25 mi (2,000 m).
* * *Kentucky Derby Table one of the classic American horse races, established in 1875 and run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track, Louisville, Kentucky. With the Preakness Stakes (run in mid-May) and the Belmont Stakes (early in June), it makes up American horse racing's coveted Triple Crown. The Derby field is limited to three-year-olds; fillies carry 121 pounds (55 kg) and colts 126 pounds (57 kg). The race distance was reduced in 1896 from 1.5 to its present 1.25 miles (about 2,000 metres). The Derby is often called “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” For a list of winners of the Kentucky Derby, see table (Kentucky Derby).
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