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Kentucky Derby

The US Triple Crown is considered the true test of champions. The Kentucky Derby is the most well known of all US horse races. It is the first race of the Triple Crown, and is one of the oldest organized races in the US.

History of the Kentucky Derby

Colonel Clark, Jr. attended the elite Epsom Derby in England in 1872 on his travels overseas. He also attended the Grand Prix de Paris. This race was renamed and is now known as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This race was and still is one of the famous in France. These two races inspired Clark to return to Kentucky and begin organization of a Jockey Club in Louisville. This club’s goal was to raise money to raise enough funds to build a top quality racing facility outside the city. These facilities eventually came to the famous Churchill Downs. The first Derby was a great success, and it’s only become more popular as the years pass. It was not until 1930 that the term “Triple Crown” was coined, and the next year the three races were changed the dates they were held so every year they would be on a similar schedule, in the same order as we’re currently familiar with.

About the Race

The Kentucky Derby is referred to as “the fastest 2 minutes in sports”. This refers to the average time it takes for the race to be run. The race is limited to 3 year olds and is 1 ? miles long dirt track. While other races have changed distances many times, while this Derby has been the same length since 1896. The 2012 Kentucky Derby is scheduled to be held on May 5th. It will be aired live by NBC.

The Trophy

The Kentucky Derby has been called “the run for the roses” since 1925. This phrase was coined because of the tradition of passing out roses at the Kentucky Derby. In the early years of the track Col. Clark named the roses the official flower of the Derby in 1904. 1896 was the first year that roses were presented to the winner but the garland as we’re familiar with today was introduced in 1932. Over 400 roses are painstakingly sewn onto a silk backing. Some owners have preserved this garland by freeze-drying it, others have been presented with silk replicas, and some owners have even taken a single rose and dipped it silver. The silver dipped rose from the 1982 Kentucky Derby is on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

The Derby Trophy was commissioned in 1924 for the Golden Anniversary of the Kentucky Derby. Unlike the other two Triple Crown race trophies, the Derby Trophy is handcrafted new every year for the winner to keep. It is the only solid gold trophy awarded annually to the winner of an American sports event. The nearly 2 foot tall trophy is hand crafted every year, and a small molded horse and jockey are added on top. The trophy has only undergone a few small changes. Jewels were added for the 75th, 100th, and 125th anniversary, as well as turning the horseshoe from pointing down to pointing up. Smaller replicas are given to the winning trainer, jockey, and breeder.

The Purse

The Triple Crown is known for large purses and big bets. The purse for this race is a massive $2,000,000 with a very impressive $1,425,000 for first place. This the largest first place purse of all three Triple Crown race purses.