“The First Jewel in the Triple Crown”
“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”
“The Run for the Roses”
The Kentucky Derby is known by many names but one thing is certain… to have a shot at the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horse Racing YOU MUST win the Kentucky Derby.
For most horse racing fans the derby is a day long affair of mint juleps, classy to crazy hats, and celebrating the beginning of May. But for the horse owners, the Kentucky Derby is the first step to see if their 3 year olds can go all the way.
Distance: 1 1/4 miles (2km)
Date: 1st Saturday in May
Kentucky Derby Traditions
With over 140 years of history there has been plenty of time to develop a few traditions.
The Garland of Roses
Roses have been a part of the Kentucky Derby since 1896. In 1925 the race received the nickname “Run for the Roses”. Today the winning jockey is presented with a bouquet of 60 roses and the winning horse is draped in a garland of roses made with over 400 red roses on a backing of green satin.
Hats at The Kentucky Derby
The ladies of Churchill Downs have taken the southern tradition of wearing fancy hats to the next level. From simple to outrageous and everything in between the wearing of festive hats is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby.
For over 100 years the Mint Julep has been the traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. More then 100,000 are served at Churchill Downs each derby weekend and probably millions more are served at derby parties around the world (I know I’ve had my share :).
Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon is the official bourbon of the Derby Julep although we prefer Maker’s Mark.
Kentucky Derby Winners
Here are the most recent winners.
|2016||Nyquist||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O’Neill|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
|2014||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman|
|2013||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude McGaughey III|
|2012||I’ll Have Another||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O’Neill|
|2011||Animal Kingdom||John Velazquez||H. Graham Motion|
|2010||Super Saver||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher|
See the full list of Kentucky Derby Winners