The Kentucky derby is and has been among the most important sporting events since time immemorial. For the sports lovers, it is either you are watching a football world cup match, NBA game but if you are doing none of the above, then you definitely are at the Kentucky derby. The races are amazingly unforgettable but did you know these few but fun facts about the derby? Okay, if you knew all these facts about the derby why not test your memory a little bit?
The place to be for all people
The Kentucky derby is a place for all people: women and men, black and white- there is no discrimination as anyone willing to take part in the competitions is more than allowed to do so. Therefore did you have the slightest clue that during the first Kentucky derby, out of all the fifteen participants, thirteen of them were African-Americans it is doubtful you knew that. Considering it was during a time when there was a lot of racism this must have been a great step to fight of racism. Actually during this particular race, the black participants won fifteen out of twenty-eight.
Who said it is a man’s thing?
Women have also tried out their hands on the derby. However, none has ever won but some have come close enough to winning for instance a female trainer by the name Shelley Riley came closest to winning in the year 1992. There have only been six women who have ridden but none has ever been in the top ten. The first one was Diane Crump who tried out the race in 1970.
Let us now get started on the food- if you love eating, please do not even bother carrying your own snack. There is plenty of food served at the venue but for a price of course. The wine at the derby is to die for. The official cocktail that is served is the mint julep. People love drinking it as they witness the race.
You thought it style is for the Grammies only?
It is an amazing fact that the event having been launched in the nineteenth century, still attracts as many people as it does in the twenty-first century. The Kentucky derby for the last sixty six years has been held on every first Saturday of May. During this time all the roads in Kentucky end up at the Churchill downs race course- no one wants to be anywhere else but there to witness the ‘Run for the roses’ event. The event is graced by thousands of people most of them being women in hats and sunglasses. The ladies’ room is usually packed and the long queues can be horrifying for the impatient one. It is very easy for one to confuse the Kentucky derby for the Milan fashion week because of the different dressing styles that women at the derby present. But place emphasis on what you will wear at the derby because you will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Duchess Kate Middleton who is a fan of the derby.