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KENTUCKY DERBY. CHURCHILL DOWNS IN LOUISVILLE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY . MAY 17, 1875. First Kentucky Derby was won by Aristides. Oliver Lewis, a black jockey won the first race. Admission to the first derby was only 50 cents. RUN FOR THE ROSES.

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Kentucky derby

KENTUCKY DERBY

  • CHURCHILL DOWNS IN LOUISVILLE

  • FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY


May 17 1875

MAY 17, 1875

  • First Kentucky Derby was won by Aristides. Oliver Lewis, a black jockey won the first race.

  • Admission to the first derby was only 50 cents.


Run for the roses

RUN FOR THE ROSES

  • The winning horse receives a garland of red roses and a large trophy.

  • The garland is made by Kroger and the public is invited to watch each year.


Kentucky derby

Preparing the Red Rose Garland


The kentucky derby trophy

The Kentucky Derby Trophy

  • This trophy is worth $100,000!!!

  • Trophies were given sporadically until 1924, the 50th Kentucky Derby.

  • The design has been changed only twice (75th and 100th run). The horseshoe was pointed up (instead of down) to commemorate the 125th run.

  • The 133rd run trophy featured more than 300 rubies covering the withers of the 18-karat gold horse atop the trophy and representing the garland of red roses that is presented in the winner's circle. A band of 12 emeralds was placed below the nose, and just below the rim was a band of 50 rubies set in 18-karat gold filigree.


The race

THE RACE

  • The race distance was 1 ½ miles for the first 20 years.

  • The race distance is now 1 ¼ miles.

  • Sometimes called the “most exciting two minutes in sports”.


The race1

THE RACE

  • 3 year old horses run in the derby.

  • Each colt must carry 126 pounds.

  • Each filly must carry 121 pounds.


Jockeys

JOCKEYS

  • Each jockey weighs around 110 pounds.

  • Equipment includes saddle, whip, boots, safety helmet and silks.

  • Each owner has a special silk design.

  • Different silk patterns help people keep track of their horses as they race.


Derby festival

DERBY FESTIVAL

  • Activities are planned for the two weeks prior to the race.

  • THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE is a fireworks display over the Ohio river.

  • Steamboat races, Pegasus Parade, hot air balloon race, Governor's breakfast and an air show are other activities during the week.


Kentucky derby

Pegasus Parade


The great steamboat race

The Great Steamboat Race

Will the Belle of Louisville or the Delta Queen win the Golden Antlers?


Hot air baloon race

HOT AIR BALOON RACE

  • The hot air balloon race starts at the fair grounds.

  • Balloons try to fly to a target and drop a flour sack on a bull’s eye.

  • The closest one wins the race.


Kentucky oaks

KENTUCKY OAKS

  • On the first Friday in May the Kentucky Oaks race is held at Churchill Downs.

  • This race is only for fillies (girl horses).


Kentucky derby

DERBY HATS!


More hats

MORE HATS!!


And even wilder hats

AND EVEN WILDER HATS!


132 nd derby winner

132nd Derby Winner

Barbarowon the Kentucky Derby in 2006 by an impressive 6 ½ lengths. Early in the Preakness on May 20, 2006 he broke three bones in his right rear leg. He became an inspiration of courage as he fought complications and underwent many surgeries. He was euthanized Jan. 29, 2007. Barbaro was honored in the winner’s circle between the 5th and 6th races at Churchill Downs on Derby Day 2007.


135th derby

135th Derby

  • May 2, 2009

  • Tickets for “Millionaires Row”$2,300 – $24,000 (8 person table)

  • VIP Tickets $570 - $1,550

  • Tickets for grandstand $275- $565

  • Infield tickets $40 - $395


The infield

The Infield


Kentucky derby

Celebrities

Usher

Eli and Cooper Manning

Ivana Trump

Michael Jordan

Jennifer Love Hewitt


Kentucky derby

135th Kentucky Derby Contenders:

Papa Clem

Advice

Chocolate Candy

Flying Private

Regal Ransom

West Side Bernie

Desert Party

I Want Revenge

Win Willy

Mine That Bird

Hold Me Back

Mr. Hot Stuff

Pioneer of the Nile

Summer Bird

General Quarters

Square Eddie

Friesan Fire

Musket Man

Dunkirk

Note: The field changes constantly. This may not include EVERY horse (and some may be scratched before Derby Day!!!).


The kentucky derby

The Kentucky Derby

  • First Saturday in May

  • 3 year old horses

  • Two week long Derby Festival precedes the race.

  • Many famous people, politicians, people from around the world visit Kentucky for the Derby.


Credits

Information and pictures taken from churchilldowns.com , kdf.org , derbymuseum.org

http://www.horse-races.net/library/tc05/tc-sunking.htm

http://www.ticketsquick.com/KentuckyDerby.shtm

http://www.horse-races.net/library/derby06-contenders.htm

http://www.kentuckyderby.info/kentuckyderby-trophy.php

http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/images/Curlin-coady.jpg

http://www.kentuckyderby.info/kentuckyderby-trophy.php

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2006/images/derby_coverage/derby_news/derby_trophy.jpg

http://www.horse-races.net/library/derby05-results.htm

http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2001/TRAVEL/NEWS/05/02/kentucky.derby/vert.winnerscircle.jpg

http://www.eventticketscenter.com/ResultsTicket.aspx?evtid=356054

http://z.about.com/d/horseracing/

http://www.tristateracetrack.com/shared/content/Page_objects/AssocImage/Horse-Closeup.jpg

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2004/derby_experience/the_song.html

Presentation created by Tracy Taylor and adapted by Becky Stephens, Catherine Bright, and updated by Kathye D. Greene (with ideas Suzannah Whitfield and new pictures from Amy Shipley).

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