The Kentucky Derby @ Churchill Downs
Every top three-year-old thoroughbred in North America will be vying for the most prestigious race of them all, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday of May.
Horse racing fans are expected to flock to Louisville, Kentucky to wager, cheer, and watch who will be taking the first leg of the Triple Crown race.
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The Run for the Roses
The Kentucky Derby is also referred to as “The Run for the Roses”, this is due to the fact that a garland of red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in 1883. But it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. The governor of Kentucky awards the garland and the trophy.
The Mint Julep
The Mint Julep is the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. It’s a cocktail made from water, sugar, mint, crushed ice, and whisky or bourbon. Served on a silver glass.
Over 80,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, requiring 8,000 liters of Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 2,200 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 80 tons of shaved ice.
Place Your Bets on the Kentucky Derby
We’ve got FREE Kentucky Derby racing picks and betting tips plus best odds to win from the top online racebooks and casinos, complete with race analyses and handicapping features. Also including this year’s race entries, horses’ profiles, and Churchill Downs racing tips, odds, and results.