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RUN FOR THE ROSES

Kentucky Derby Weekend

It’s “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and even if you’re just in it for hats & mint juleps here’s the scoop on the oldest sporting event in American history.

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THE TRADITIONS

“Run for the roses”: Winning horse receives a blanket of 500 blossoms.

Fancy hats: Not required, but a staple since 1875. Women wore best fashions for the formal event.

Mint juleps: Derby’s signature drink made with Kentucky bourbon.

Rain or shine: No Derby has ever been postponed.

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20 Thoroughbreds Race 1.25 Miles

HORSES TO WATCH:

  • Justify: Current favorite to win.
  • Mendelssohn: No European horse has ever won the Derby.
  • Magnum Moon: Undefeated in 4 starts this year.
  • Fun fact: 19 Derby winners’ names began with “S” – only one this year is long-shot Solomoni. 
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Why the Crazy Names?

Name must be: 18 characters. Spaces & punctuation count.

Name can’t be: used previously, lewd, vulgar, or named after famous person w/o permission.

Each year, one-third of 60K names submitted are rejected.

Got a name? Check if it's been used here.
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DERBY DETAILS

  • When: Saturday, 6:34pm EST
  • Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY
  • Why: $2M prize & chance to be a Triple Crown winner (must also win Preakness & Belmont Stakes, only 12 horses have ever done it.)
  • How to watch: NBC
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Each year at the Kentucky Derby, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served. Get inspired & make them at home with the Derby's official recipe here:

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