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The History of The Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby is the most famous and prestigous horse race in the world It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of horse racing The race became the most famous horse race shortly after it started in 1875 The Kentucky Derby is said to be The most exciting two minutes in sports Besides the race itself there are many Derby activities in the previous two weeks known as the Kentucky Derby Festival The month of May and the Kentucky Derby is one of my favorite times of the year Churchill Downs was started by a group headed by a man named M Lewis Clark in 1874 The group built the track on land owned by the Churchill family of Louisville Kentucky The track officially opened on May 17 1875 and that was the day of the first Kentucky Derby won by Aristides The first races from 1875-1895 were modeled after the English Derby and were 1 and a half miles long In 1896 they changed the length of the Kentucky Derby which would prove to be a good decision because from there on it became the most popular race in the world The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of horse racing It is held annually on the first Saturday of May on the world famous Churchill Downs track in Louisville Kentucky The race itself is run on a 1 and one-fourth mile dirt track The race is for the best 3-year-old horses in the world Most of the recorded times for the race are just over 2 minutes Only one horse Secretariat in 1973 has run the Derby in under 2 minutes The
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