The 2016 Kentucky Derby is upon us once again. When the Rolex Kentucky finishes up on May 1st the equestrian world (and everyone else) will shift gears to watch a race that’s been running annually for over 100 years! This also marks the first race in the Triple Crown Series.
The Track at Churchill Down:
The Kentucky Derby
The visionary was Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. (you may guess who his grandfather is) who had traveled to Europe and was exposed to the organized sport of horse racing. Upon returning home to Kentucky, he wasted no time in getting a Jockey Club formed and funding for the now famous Churchill Downs facility.
It wasn’t always Big Hats, Rolex Watches, and Rose Blankets. There was financial problems early on that were eventually worked and has become an event for the financial elite. You’ll find a number of high profile celebrities, millionaire horse breeders, and big business owners gallivanting around May 6th & 7th in Louisville, KY.
Tickets range from $300-$3,400 dollars this year and can be found on the the Kentucky Derby’s Official site. However; if you can’t make the trip, the event will be televised on NBC Sports with a great view of the action. This race is also dubbed “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” due to the average elapsed time between start and finish. If you blink it could be over!
What to Wear
The Kentucky Derby isn’t just about horse racing. It’s about the atmosphere, drinking iced tea, big hats, and interacting with like minded individuals. The typical Kentucky Derby goer has a real appreciation for horses and their contribution towards the growth of the United States.
You can also participate! That’s Right!! If your so inclined to place a wager you can do so at the track or from the comfort of your own home online. Visit TwinSpires.com to create, fund, and bet with your account. Really straight forward process with live video and dashboard that gives you a sense of being there when the action happens! This a great alternative if your not able to make one of the most exciting events of the year.