For centuries now, horse racing has been a hugely popular pass time for people in Europe, Australia and America. In Louisville, which is located in the state of Kentucky, a world famous horse racing convention takes place there every year. It attracts millions of fans from all around the world and is part of the American culture in a lot of peoples eyes. You will find people placing a bet on Kentucky derby races for weeks leading up to the actual races. In recent years, the method of wagering bets has largely migrated towards online, with more and more people able to do so from the comfort of their own smart phones, they can even bet on the Kentucky derby.
Churchill Downs is the venue for this prestigious event and is located in the very heart of central Louisville. It is the oldest racetrack in the United States that has continuously operated from it’s conception. On the first Saturday in May every year, the horse racing spotlight turns its focus to Louisville. The magnificent combination of rich history, past legends and rising stars definitely make the Kentucky Derby live up to its pseudonym of the “Fastest two minutes in sports”. Some people even refer to it as the greatest racing event in the world.
The “Run for the Roses” thoroughbred race which is a distance of a mile and a quarter attracts the best three year old horses in North America. This race was first won by Aristides way back in 1875 and since become the oldest continuously ran sports event in America.
Each year, you can find many celebrities and other high profile members of society all flocking to Louisville for the festival.
The Kentucky Derby is more that just your typical horse racing event though. It has migrated to being a myriad of other things. International media attention consistently follows the event and the fashion parade associated with it have always received thousands of entrants.
The Derby even has its own museum where many different pieces of memorabilia can be found along with a detailed look at it’s passionate history.
For those of you who are lucky enough to either have visited the Derby or plan on visiting it, then you really will have experienced a spectacle in the horse racing world. It is like no other, and the vibrant colours combined with exuberant hats make for a once in a lifetime experience for any horse racing fan.