The Kentucky Derby is one of the most famous horse race in the world. It is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in the month of May. This ends the two week long Kentucky Derby festival in this state.
Always Dreaming is the 143rd Kentucky Derby winners. He held off a late charge from Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway and Classic Empire to claim the Roses on Saturday by two and three-quarter lengths. Always Dreaming has now won three consecutive races this year after finishing second and third in his first two races.
The 2018 Kentucky Derby is in its 144th year. There are 20 thoroughbred horses set to race and the favorite horse for this year is named Always Dreaming. This horse is the favorite by plus 400 which in other terms are 4-1 odds. This horse has already won a number of races including the Florida Derby. There is a chance of rain during the race which may affect the course and how the horses run.
There are some traditions in Kentucky Derby race that are followed from year to year. Many of the people that attend the race sit in the stand and sip mint juleps. This is a drink made from bourbon, mint, and sugar. It is a green color and is a traditional drink that is served at this race. This drink is served in a souvenir glass and there has been a new glass every year since 1939. In addition to this drink burgoo is served. This is a thick stew that contains beef, chicken, pork, as well as vegetables. It is served every year at this race.
Kentucky Derby 2018 racing Information
Location: Churchill Downs Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A
Start Time: Run for the roses is scheduled for 6:34 p.m. ET
Purse: US$2 million, 1st: $1,425,000
Distance: 1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs; 2,012 m)
Record: 1:59 2⁄5 secs, Secretariat (1973)
Race type: Thoroughbred
TV Channels: NBC TV
Live Stream: nbcsports.com
Race durations: Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports
Before the race begins the University of Louisville sends their marching band to play “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster. This song has been performed since 1921. Women will dress up in their best and often wear big hats as accessories. The bigger the hat they have on the better they look. This race is popular at with off track betting as well as live better at the racetrack. This is one of the most popular horse races to bet on. This is one of the most popular races and every year it draws millions of fans to watch the 20 horse race.