The five fastest horses in Kentucky Derby history are as follows :
1. Secretariat [March 30, 1970 - October 4, 1989], 1:59-2/5 in 1973;
2. Monarchos [foaled 1998], 1:59.97 in 2001;
3. Northern Dancer [May 27, 1961 - November 16, 1990], 2:00:00 in 1964;
4. Spend a Buck [1982 - November 24, 2002], 2:00-1/5 in 1985;
5. Decidedly [1959 - ?], 2:00-2/5 in 1962.
The first horse to die in the Derby was Eight Belles in 2008. She finished the race in second place. Eight Belles died after the race during cool-down by being euthanized because of compound fractures.
554 roses make up the garland, plus an additional "crown" rose at the center. An article describing the garland and it's history: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2008/experience/garland-roses.html adi
1954 Kentucky Derby had a field of 17 horses:
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Determine was the winner; Hasty Road 2nd; Hasseyampa 3rd.
The "sister race" for the Kentucky Derby is the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks is a mile-and-an-eighth race is for 3-year-old fillies. It is held the Friday before the Derby.
Only 3 year old Thoroughbreds are allowed to run in the Kentucky Derby. No other age is allowed.
Isaac Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby two years in a row. He won in 1890 aboard Riley and again in 1891 aboard Kingman. Murphy had also previously won in 1884 aboard Buchanan.
The Kentucky Oaks race covers 1 1/8 miles.
The answer to this and all the rest of the stats can be found at the Kentucky Derby's website.
A woman is not going to be denied admission to Churchill Downs for not wearing head dress for the Derby, but it one of the more beautiful traditions of Derby Day. The Derby brings all sorts of people together--from the ultra rich in private boxes to drunken locals and college kids in the infield, so hat or not hat, everyone fits in at the Derby!
a horse has died this horse won but broke all 4 of its legs they had to put it down (die)
Animal Kingdom won the 137th Kentuky Derby. John Velazquez was the jockey. It was his first Kentucky Derby win.
It is the registered trademark of a 'Derby Pie' which is a chocolate and walnut tart which is sometimes called a May Day Pie or a Pegasus Pie and made with alternative ingredients to avoid legal troubles.
There are 8 furlongs in a mile. Therefore, 5 furlongs is equal to 5/8 = 0.625 miles.
Up for the Derby was created in 1933.
Louisville is the city, and the track is called church Hill downs
Rachel Alexandra recently won the Preakness. The last filly to win the Preakness was Nellie Morse in 1924.
Super Saver, ridden by last year's winning jockey,
Ken Griffet Jr. won the 1999 All Star game home run derby.
Currently the tallest competing male jockey is Richard Hughes from the UK who stands at 5'10"
However, Manute Bol, a former basketball player who stands at 7'7", recently did a "stint" as a jockey for a charity event.
Also, the current tallest female jockey is Louise Moeller from Denmark at 6'1", but she only weighs in at 112 lbs! that's hardly a heavy load for a horse.
March 1st falls on a Saturday every 11 years. The last time was in 2003, so the next occurrence will be in 2014
The first gray horse to win the Kentucky Derby was Determine in 1954.
im 48yrs old and is a size 14 and have no clue what kind of dress i should wear to kentucky derby?please help