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The Kentucky Derby Nicknames and More Facts

Updated on May 16, 2014

2012 Kentucky Winner Crosses the line

2012 Winner - I'll Have Another crosses the Kentucky Derby finish line
2012 Winner - I'll Have Another crosses the Kentucky Derby finish line | Source

What are nicknames for the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is also called:

  • "The two most exciting minutes in sports"
  • "The run for the roses"

They call it "the run for the roses," because roses are placed around the winner at the end of the race.

Has any horse won the Kentucky Derby more than once?

Nope, the Kentucky Derby is only for three year old horses, therefore, they can only run in a Kentucky Derby race once.

How long is the distance of the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a little over 1.25 miles.

How many horese are in the Kentucky Derby?

There are twenty horses that run in the Kentucky Derby.

How many horses win money?

The first five horses win a piece of the purse.

What was the fastest time at the Kentucky Derby?

In 1973, Secretariat set the speed record at 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds.

Is the Kentucky Derby the Greatest Horse Race

Is the Kentucky Derby the greatest hourse race in the world?

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        qmary 5 years ago

        Uh, you spelled horses wrong in the question about "How many horses are in the Kentucky Derby?" What's the matter, spell check didn't work??

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        Amanda 6 years ago

        All horses turn a year older on January 1, regardless what day they were actually born on.

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        JD 8 years ago

        What if your horse was born on May 5th, and he turns 3 in a year where the race is held on May 6th. The following year, the first Saturday in may would be May 1st. He'd still be 3 years old. Can he race again?