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The Kentucky Derby

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What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is an exciting horse race held every in Louisville, Kentucky. Traditionally it always takes place on the first Saturday in May and rounds off the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.

20 horses take part in the race which as a distance of around 1.25 miles (approximately 2,000 meters). Along with the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Derby makes up American Thoroughbred racing’s coveted Triple Crown.

Horse racing isn't the only attraction at the Kentucky Derby. Men and women pull out all the stops when it comes to fashion at the race with many wearing fancy pastel colored suits, dresses and flamboyant head pieces.

Need to know

There are several ways to experience the Kentucky Derby with different price points. Tickets to watch the race can be purchased in advance online along with premium seating options and hospitality packages. 

Did you know?

The Kentucky Derby was established in 1875 and has since become the most prestigious American horse race.

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06 May 2023


Start Date:
06 May,2023
End Date:
06 May,2023
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North America
United States

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