Kentucky Derby trivia and fun facts

Kentucky Derby trivia and fun facts

The Kentucky Derby is known as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, and also known as the Run for the Roses. The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Test your knowledge or just learn some fun facts to impress your friends and family at your Kentucky Derby party.

The Kentucky Derby is called the Run for the Roses because the winning horse is draped with blanket of red roses. How many roses are needed to make the RS28858__STS8877blanket?

The red rose became the official flower of the race in 1904. The blanket consists of 554 red roses and is presented, along with the trophy, by the  Governor of Kentucky.

Rain has fallen at some point on 46% of all Derby days. How many time has the Derby been postponed due to weather?

None. In 1918, 2.31 inches of rain fell on race day, but the race was held and Exterminator won.

Many are exited to see Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on NBC's coverage of this year's race. What year was the Kentucky Derby first televised nationally?

The first national telecast of the Kentucky Derby aired on May 3, 1952.  On May 16, 1925, the first live radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was originated by WHAS and was also carried by WGN in Chicago.

What song is played as the horses move from the paddock to the starting gate? Who performs it?

The University of Louisville Marching Band performs "My Old Kentucky Home" by Stephen Foster.

What horse was the676px-Louisville_Kentucky_Derby fastest Kentucky Derby winner? Who was the slowest?

Secretariat ran the Derby in under two minutes (1:59) in 1973, making him the fastest of the 140 victorious horses.  The slowest winner was Kingman in 1891 with a time of 2:52.

What is the entry fee to enter a horse in the Kentucky Derby?

The entry fee costs $25,000 and there is an additional $25,000 fee if the horse enters the starting gate.

How long is the track?

The Kentucky Derby is 1.25 miles at Churchill Downs.

A Kentucky Derby winner called a Chicagoland farm home. Can you name the horse and year he won?

Jockey Willie Shoemaker rode Lucky Debonaire to in 1965. His home farm was owned by Dan and Ada Rice and is now the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Illinois. Check out coverage of the race:

Sources: 365horses.com, cnn.com, Kentucky Derby Musuem, KentuckyDerby.com

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