The Kentucky Derby is Kentucky’s premiere Thoroughbred racing event which takes place the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, Louisville.. There will be twenty-one contenders for the race, the first leg of the Triple Crown. The race is billed as the fastest two minutes in sports. The Grade 1 Stakes for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds is 1 1/4 miles. Colts carry 126 pounds and fillies carry 121. There are no fillies running this year.The Run for the Roses has raced every year since 1875. More people attend The Derby than all other North American stakes races combined. The Derby is the high point of a two- week- long festival that draws thousands to Louisville.
Horses are started along a track that leads to Churchill the September, the year prior to the Derby. The Prep and Championship races for which the top four horses who finish are awarded points will decide which horses make in into the Derby line-up.