The 7 Craziest Facts About the Kentucky Derby

Posted by Evan Chronis on Fri, Aug 31, 2018


The "Run for the Roses" is an event drowning in history and prestige, but also in unique facts and statistics. Considering that the Kentucky Derby® boasts an over-century long history, a lot of unpredictable and downright events have taken place at Churchill Downs®. 

But some facts stand above the rest, whether they're jaw-dropping or mind-boggling — these are the craziest facts about the Kentucky Derby.

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The 7 Craziest Facts About the Kentucky Derby

  1. Only three horses entered the 1892 Kentucky Derby. While this is almost unimaginable with a current field of 20 horses competing every year, the state of the race at the time wasn't at its current prestige. The race was won by Azra, who beat out Huron and Phil Dwyer.
  2. The Kentucky Derby has never been canceled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Now that's consistency. However, history has popped its head up as the 2020 Kentucky Derby was the first edition of the race to be postponed. Instead of taking place in May, the 2020 Derby will take off from Churchill Downs on September 5.
  3. The Kentucky Derby is the longest-running sporting event in United States history, first taking place in 1875 and running every year since. 
  4. A total of six women have ridden in Derby history: Diane Crump, Patti Cooksey, Andrea Seefeldt, Julie Krone, Rosemary Homeister and Rosie Napravnik. Napravnik's fifth-place finish in the 2013 Kentucky Derby is the best finish for a female jockey in the race's history.
  5. You better have some energy left after claiming victory at Churchill Downs®, because the rose garland, which is comprised of over 400 roses, that is draped over the winner weighs a whopping 40 pounds!
  6. Derby Day turns Churchill Downs into a little metropolis of its own. Due to the 80,000 onlookers packed into the infield, Churchill Downs® becomes the third-largest city in Kentucky during that special Saturday in May.
  7. They call it "The Curse of Post 17." That's right — no horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby coming from Post 17. 

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