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What is the distance run in the modern Kentucky Derby?



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A length of 1-1/4 miles, which equals 2 kilometers or 10 furlongs, is the distance that's run by the horses in the Kentucky Derby. But that hasn't always been the distance. In the first 20 years of the Derby's existence, 1875-1895, jockeys had to run their horses over a 1-1/2 mile racetrack.