With the race fast approaching, Culture Trip takes a look at some of the facts and figures behind the historic and popular event:
– The first Kentucky Derby was May 17, 1875 and has been run every year since.
– The race is 1 1/4 miles long.
– The Kentucky Derby has been dubbed “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” due to its approximate run time.
– The Kentucky Derby is the first race in the Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
– 1:59.40: Record winning time set by Secretariat in 1973.
– Approximately 120,000 mint juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby race weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack.
– The winning horse is draped in a garland of more than 400 roses. It’s also why the Derby is nicknamed the “Run for the Roses.”
– Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program was the second highest in history, totaling $192.6 million in 2016.
– At 91-1, Donerail became the biggest longshot winner in 1913.
– Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack are the race’s winningest jockey’s with five wins apiece.
– The record attendance of 170,513 was set in 2015.
– The Derby has never been postponed due to rain or bad weather.