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The Kentucky Derby 2020 Details and Information

Get all the details about The Kentucky Derby 2020 on The Cheap Route, including The Kentucky Derby location, when The Kentucky Derby starts and finishes, and how long it lasts for. Events like The Kentucky Derby tend to change trips, get all the details beforehand so you can either attend the The Kentucky Derby celebration, or avoid the The Kentucky Derby crowds.

The Kentucky Derby Facts

Where Is The Kentucky Derby?

Louisville, United States

When Is The Kentucky Derby?

1st Saturday of May

What Is The Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby. This is a Grade I stakes race for Thoroughbred horses that are three years old and older. It is so popular and is known by many monikers in the United States. It is sometimes called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” because of its approximate duration. It is also called “The Run for the Roses,” because of the blanket of roses draped over the winner. The Kentucky Derby race runs for about two kilometers at Churchill Downs. It is owned and operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated. This location was officially opened in 1875, and hosted the first Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in the same year.
The derby is held annually on the first Saturday of May. It is the end event of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville. This festival is Kentucky’s largest single annual event. It ran from 1935 to 1937, was cancelled for two decades, and was re-started in 1956. Apart from the Kentucky Derby, the festival also includes events such as the Thunder Over Louisville, the Great Balloon Race, the Great Steamboat Race, the Pegasus Parade, the Derby Marathon and mini-Marathon.
Aside from its major role in the state, the Kentucky Derby also serves as the first leg of the US Triple Crown. It is followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. In order to win the Triple Crown, a single horse must lord over all of these three races. However, in terms of attendance, the Kentucky Derby is considered to be king, ranking ahead of the other two Triple Crown races as well as all other stakes races in North America.
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