Here are five reasons not to miss the event, which will be held May 5th at Churchill Down's racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.
The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, when a crowd of 10,000 saw three-year-old Kastanj-coal Aristides ridden by African American jockey Oliver Lewis, a triumph at Churchill Downs.
Derby has been held in the same place since, during World War II and the Great Depression of the 1930s, making it the country's longest continuous sporting event.
The 144th edition of quarter-quarters for three-year thoroughbred is expected to attract more than 150,000 spectators.
Derby is the first leg in the racing prestigious Triple Crown, which also consists of Preakness Stakes in Baltimore and Belmont Stakes in Belmont Park, New York.
It Has Literary History
Kentucky Derby has been covered by some of America's most famous writers.
In 1935, legendary Tennessee-born sportswriter Grantland Rice described the competition as follows:
"The two minutes and a second or so of derby driving carry more emotional tension, per second than any sport can show. "
His phrase has since briefly described Derby as" the most exciting two minutes in sport "or" the biggest two minutes in sport. "
In 1955, the American writer William Faulker wrote a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize and a more sophisticated rice, covered the race for Sports Illustrated.
This he wrote:
"It's not just betting, the chance to prove your money or what you call your judgment that draws people to horse racing. It's much deeper than that. It's a sublimation, a transfer: man, with his admiration for speed and strength, physical power far from what he can, projects his own desire for physical authority, victory, on the agent – baseball or
"Only horse racing is more universal because the brutality of the price war is absent, like the suppression of football or baseball – the long time required for the victor's orgasm to occur, where in a few horses are a few minutes, never over two or three, repeated six or eight or ten times in an afternoon. "19459007]
] It has legendary winners
1973 won the Derby secretariat for a ten-minute one, 59.4 seconds, a record still standing today. last year's race won by Always Dreaming, the ride of jockey John Velazquez, at a time of two minutes 3.59 seconds.
Secretariat, also known as "Big Red", continued to complete the Triple Crown 1973, ending a 25-year-old Waiting.
In 2006 Barbaro captured the public's imagination with an epic Derby win followed by a heroic battle against injury. After becoming only the sixth horse to win Derby with an unbeaten record, Barbaro realized that he could be on his way to the Triple Crown when the disaster struck Preakness Stakes two weeks later – he split his leg shortly after getting out of the starting ports.
Barbaro was sent down by his owners eight months later, unable to overcome the complications he had suffered from an accident n.
But his struggle to overcome his injury triggered an outbreak of public support for the horse and his owners worldwide. His ashes are now buried at Churchill Downs, while a Bronze statue of the horse was performed on the race race in 2009.
In 2015, American Pharoah became the first horse to win the sought after Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. The horse made the cover for Sports Illustrated and was photographed by the American fashion magazine Vogue.
It attracts the rich and famous
Derby has always been a draw for the rich and famous, with some of the greatest stars in sport, fashion and Hollywood mix with royalty.
Former Derby guests include British Princess Margaret, Boxer Muhammad Ali, US Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, Hollywood Legends Lana Turner and Bing Crosby, Baseball Star Babe Ruth and Last Years Singer Justin Timberlake, Actor Jack Nicholson, Britain Queen Elizabeth II and NFL Star Eli Manning.