The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby Grade 1 race for 3 year old thoroughbred horses, is run at a distance of one and one quarter (1 1/4) miles, over the main track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Colts carry 126 pounds, while fillies in the race carry 121 pounds.

Horses racing in the Kentucky Derby must compete for points in a series of races at tracks across the country and around the world.

Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each of 35 races which comprise the series and the 20 horses with the highest score, will earn a post position in the starting gate at the Kentucky Derby.

One of the most prestigious horse races in the world, the longest running continuous sporting event in America, runs on the first Saturday in May each year drawing huge crowds.

Nicknamed the fastest two minutes in sports, from the time it takes the winner to run gate to wire.

The Kentucky Derby is the first race on the quest for the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing, followed by the Preakness and the Belmont.