The Kentucky Derby is a very famous annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky. It takes place in the first Saturday of May each year and is a Grade I stakes race. In order to compete, all horses must be Thoroughbred and of three years of age. Following the race, a huge festival, known appropriately as the Kentucky Derby festival, is held for two weeks. This iconic race is held at Churchill Downs, where the horses race for approximately two kilometers. Male horses must carry 126 pounds during the race, while females must carry 121 pounds. The winning horse is adorned with a garland of roses, the reason why many spectators and fans call the event “the run for the roses.” The winner goes on to compete in the Prakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. If all three competitions are won successfully, the horse wins the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Despite the other two races being more serious and competitive in nature, the Kentucky Derby is the one that draws in the largest crowds and has the most fans. People travel to Kentucky from all over the world to watch and bet on this exciting,fast paced two minute race. Since it is so popular, it has sprung up many traditions that the fans just can’t seem to get enough of. One such tradition is the serving (and drinking!) of mint juleps, the race’s “official” alcoholic beverage. Race fans enjoy the mixture of bourbon, mint, and sugar syrup on ice and served up in fancy souvenir cups. Food is also in abundance here, and all true face fans will enjoy Burgoo, a stew made of beef, chicken, pork, and several vegetables. Fans can enjoy watching the action from the infield, location inside the track, but they should know that a whole lot of partying goes on in these seats. Race fans with higher budgets and more prestige will sit, in their Sunday best, in the seats known as “Millionaire’s Row.”