Derby Traditions

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three year-old Thoroughbred horses and has been held annually for the past 140 years in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies 121 pounds.

Kentucky Derby Seats are very desirable and held in the highest regard, due to the fact that the race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”, and is also known as “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

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The Derby Atmosphere

In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Kentucky Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from a souvenir glass printed with all previous Derby winners. Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish served at the Derby.

The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers general admission Derby Tickets, but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party with abandon. Conversely, “Millionaire’s Row” refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich, the famous, and the well-connected. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of Louisville marching band plays Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home.”