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The Kentucky Derby

Gabriel Mendoza, Contributor

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What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race that is held in Louisburg, Kentucky. The race begins on the first Saturday of May and lasts for two weeks. May 4th is the first race of this year and will be the first step into getting the triple crown, which happens when a horse wins the three races. If you were to ever get into the Derby and win, you would get over two million dollars! If you were to win the triple crown, you would earn around three million dollars.

Interesting facts about the Kentucky Derby!

1. People that watch the races will eat around 142,000 hot dogs, around 18,000 barbecue sandwiches, about 13,800 pounds of beef, about 32,400 jumbo shrimp, approximately 9,000 scallops, about 8,000 pounds of potatoes, around 30,000 cookies and 300,000 strawberries.

2. In 1875 and 1877, the winning trainers in two of the first three Derbys were former slaves

3. In 1891, Dudley Allen was the last African-American trainer to win the Derby.

4. In 1919, Sir Barton became the first Triple Crown winner, was winless before taking the Run for the Roses.

5. Mint Julep is the most popular beverage to drink while watching the derby.

6. Diane Crump was the very first woman to ever ride in the Kentucky Derby.

7. The youngest person to ever race was named Alonzo Clayton and he was only 15!

 

Work Cited

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  3. https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/sporting/news/a2857/kentucky-derby-facts/
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