The Kentucky Derby
“The First Jewel in the Triple Crown”
“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”
“The Run for the Roses”
The first jewel in the Triple Crown is 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.
Location: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
Distance: 1 1/4 miles (2km)
The winner is decorated with a blanket of roses.