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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. This trophy is worth $100,000!!!
  • The garland is made by Kroger and the public is invited to watch each year.
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 132nd run trophy has 300 rubies representing rose garland and a band of 12 emeralds below the nose. Just below the rim is a band of 50 rubies set in 18 karat gold!
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.
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).
131 st derby winner
131st Derby Winner

Giacomo and Mike Smith with the Derby winner's roses.

132 nd derby
132nd Derby
  • May 6, 2006
  • Tickets for “Millionaires Row”$3395 - $4500
  • VIP Tickets $1250 - $4500
  • Tickets for grandstand $395 - $995
  • Infield tickets $40 - $395
who will win this year
Who Will Win This Year?

Lawyer Ron?

Brother Derek?

Barbaro?

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132nd Kentucky Derby Contenders:

A.P. Warrior

Barbaro

Bluegrass Cat

Bob and John

Brother Derek

Cause to Believe

Deputy Glitters

First Samurai

Jazil

Keyed Entry

Lawyer Ron

Like New

Point Determined

Private Vow

Sharp Humor

Sinister Minister

Steppenwolfer

Sunriver

Sweetnorthernsaint

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.stagefronttickets.com/derby/tickets.html

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

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

Presentation created by Tracy Taylor and adapted by Becky Stephens, Catherine Bright, and updated by Kathye D. Greene (with an idea from Suzannah Whitfield).

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