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Every year on the first Saturday in May, the Churchill Downs race course in Louisville plays host to the Kentucky Derby. This race is an integral part of a major celebration of the region- Kentucky Derby Festival.
The race was first held in the year 1875 and since then it has come up as a reputed Grade I Stake Race for the horses that are at least three years old. In US, this race is referred to as- "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration. Incidentally, the course on which the race is held measures one and a quarter mile (2 kms).
Quite interestingly, The Kentucky Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses," because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year.
Being organized as an associate event with a two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival, the race gains enough attention and crowd appreciation. The grand stands of the Churchill Downs brings back the charm of the old world and provides the spectators a thrilling view as the horses sprint for crown.