- The Kentucky Derby is the first race in The Triple Crown and is held the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The other jewels in the Crown are The Preakness Stakes, held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Belmont Stakes, held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
- The Kentucky Derby is the first in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing which is comprised of three races for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses.
- The rose is the race's official flower. The rose garland, now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, first appeared in the 1896 when winner Ben Brush received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses. This gave rise to the Derby's nickname, Run for the Roses.
- Since 1930 "My Old Kentucky Home" has been played as the horses are led onto the track to the starting gate. It is performed by the University of Louisville Marching Band.
- The fastest winning time at the Kentucky Derby ever recorded was by Secretariat, who went on to win The Triple Crown in 1973. He set records at each race and is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time.
- The Kentucky Derby is the only Triple Crown race to run consecutively since it's start in 1875.
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