Kentucky Derby

The, also known as Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses, is a classic horse race for three year old thoroughbred, which is since 1875, held in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the prelude to the Triple Crown of the United States and is one of the major thoroughbred race in the United States dar. It goes beyond the distance of 1.25 miles ( 2,012 m).

At the race, which traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, traveling every year to approximately 150,000 visitors. The 104th staging in 1978 was accompanied by the documentary filmmaker Roland Klick and spellbound as Derby Fever on celluloid and was awarded the German Film Award. The popularity of the race has now meant that tickets must be ordered at least one year in advance.

The participants of the Kentucky Derby since 2013 are determined by a newly introduced points system. The four best-placed horses from 36 qualifying races will receive points. The twenty horses that have the most points at the end will be eligible to start for the Kentucky Derby.

The first race was held on 17 May 1875. 1892 won the horse Azra with the only 15 -year-old jockey Alonzo Clayton, who is still the youngest winner of the Kentucky Derby. The fastest time was 1973, the stallion Secretariat with 1:59:40 minutes. He remained until today one of only two horses to the Kentucky Derby ended less than two minutes.


As part of her state visit on the occasion of the celebrations for the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of the first English colony in North America at Jamestown, the British Queen Elizabeth II visited the 133rd Kentucky Derby in 2007. According to the company, they fulfilled a childhood dream. She was accompanied by her husband Prince Philip. She followed this probably one of the most spectacular races in the history of the Kentucky Derby. Jockey Calvin Borel and Street Sense his horse fell during the race at times to the nineteenth and thus penultimate place back and managed nevertheless to go first with a secure lead through the finish.