On the first Saturday of May each year, three-year-old Thoroughbred horses take the stage in Louisville, Kentucky, for the race of the Kentucky Derby. This is a two minute race, which is the highlight of the Kentucky Derby Festival, and is known as the most exhilarating two minutes in all of sports.
This race covers 2.012 kilometers, and is one of three crown jewels of the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby has traditionally been the race to entertain everyone from all backgrounds.
The race is also every horserace bettor’s wildest dream and it gets to happen every year! BetUS covers all the most up-to-date horseracing news, information and events so make sure you follow us for all your horserace betting needs.
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In May of 1875, the legendary racetrack Churchill Downs was born and became home to the Kentucky Derby, the longest continuously running sporting event in America.
In 1883 the track was officially named "Churchill Downs," another 20 years before Twin Spires topped a new grandstand, 28 years before the racetrack became profitable, and 50 years before the Derby earned its "Run for the Roses" moniker.
Date Built: 1875
Track(s) One mile
- Soil: Sandy loam, 75% sand, 23% silt, 2% clay
- Width: 80 feet; backstretch, 79 feet
- Turf Course: Track: 7/8th mile
- Turf: 90% Fescue, 10% Bluegrass
- Width: 80 feet
This year’s Kentucky Derby contenders include:
- Archarcharch - J. Court 10-1
- Brilliant Speed - J. Rosario 30-1
- Twice the Appeal - C. Borel 30-1
- Stay Thirsty - R. Dominguez 30-1
- Decisive Moment - K. Clark 50-1
- Comma to the Top - P. Valenzuela 30-1
- Pants On Fire - R. Napravnik 30-1
- Dialed In - J. Leparoux 4-1
- Derby Kitten - J. Castellano 30-1
- Twinspired - M. Smith 30-1
- Master of Hounds - G. Gomez 20-1
- Santiva - S. Bridgmohan 30-1
- Mucho Macho Man - R. Maragh 12-1
- Shackleford - J. Castanon 20-1
- Midnight Interlude - V. Espinoza 12-1
- Animal Kingdom - R. Albarado 20-1
- Soldat - A. Garcia 20-1
- Uncle Mo - J. Velazquez 5-1
- Nehro - C. Nakatani 6-1
- Watch Me Go - R. Bejarano 50-1
|2010||Super Saver||Calvin Borel|
|2009||Mine That Bird||Calvin Borel|
|2008||Big Brown||K. Desormeaux|
|2007||Street Sense||Calvin Borel|
|2004||Smarty Jones||S. Elliott|
|2003||Funny Cide||J. Santos|
|2002||War Emblem||V. Espinoza|
|2000||Fusaichi Pegasus||K. Desormeaux|
|1998||Real Quiet||K. Desormeaux|
|1997||Silver Charm||G. Stevens|
|1995||Thunder Gulch||G. Stevens|
|1994||Go For Gin||C. McCarron|
|1993||Sea Hero||J. Bailey|
|1992||Lil E. Tee||P. Day|
|1991||Strike The Gold||C. Antley|
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If you've ever been to the Kentucky Derby, you know that the Mint Julep is the drink of choice for all true Kentucky Derby fans. You don't need to be at the 2009 Kentucky Derby to enjoy in the great tradition ofa Mint Julep. All you need to do is follow our simple Mint Julep Recipe.
MINT JULEP INGREDIENTS
2 tbs simple syrup* Muddle with mint
1-1/2 oz. Makers Mark (this is true Kentucky bourbon)
Splash of distilled water
Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the above mixture over the ice. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top ofthe ice. Garnish your Mint Julep with a Mint sprig.
* SIMPLE SYRUP INGREDIENTS
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup distilled water
Heat to dissolve the sugar,making sure to stir constantly sothat the sugar does not burn. Set aside for a couple of minutes to cool.
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