The Kentucky Derby, also known as The Run for the Roses, is special to the world of American sports, as it is the longest continually held sporting event in the U.S. and one of the longest in the world. If you look at the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Masters, the Indy 500 – none of these have been held for 140 consecutive years as the Derby has (first running was in 1875). This year will mark the 141st running. Wowza!
My love and appreciation for the Kentucky Derby and horse racing in general developed during the year and a half that I lived in Lexington, KY. I worked for Trackside and Tenlane Farms in the neighboring town, Versailles, as an intern and later as a full time employee. I only spent one breeding season on the farms but it was by far my favorite season. To witness a foal being born and then to watch it attempting to stand for the first time shortly after is always an amazing sight. And every foal took their first steps in hopes of becoming a future Kentucky Derby winner.
I hope you can agree that the Kentucky Derby is a special event and maybe you have become inspired to hold your own Derby party! I mean, who wouldn’t want an excuse to dress up and wear a Derby hat or bow tie?! 4 days to go! I don’t know about you but I need to find myself a hat STAT!
Written by: Tayler Cabalka