On the off chance you're not one of the estimated 160,000 people who will watch the Kentucky Derby in person this year, don't worry. We've got some facts about the race that are sure to make you the star of your Derby-watching party.
And take heart, not watching the race in person means you're not trying to get out of the parking lot with those same 160,000 people after the race ends.
And they’re off!
The Kentucky Derby is a race with history. Starting in 1875 and taking place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuing sporting event in the United States.1
Ten thousand people turned out to witness Aristides win that first race.2
In 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to win what would become known as the Triple Crown, winning three major horse races — the Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes — in a single year. The most recent Triple Crown win happened in 2015 with American Pharaoh’s clean sweep.3
Only three-year-old Thoroughbred horses can run in the Kentucky Derby. 4
The Kentucky Derby has pageantry.
Each year, 160,000 people from around the world attend the Derby. 5
Nearly 120,000 mint juleps, the traditional drink of the Derby, are served at Churchill Downs during race weekend. 6
Wearing an extravagant hat is one of the Derby’s most popular traditions, dating back to the first race when promoters used them to attract wealthy visitors. 7
The Kentucky Derby is good for the whole state.
Not only does the Derby bring in an estimated $217 million into the local region each year, the industry provides approximately 55,000 jobs throughout Kentucky. 8
Race horse insurance can include:
Liability in case the horse hurts someone or their property. Mortality in case the horse dies unexpectedly. Stallion infertility due to an accident, sickness or disease.
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