The Kentucky Derby is a special time in the Bluegrass
- Posted on: Jul 30 2019
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For the past two weeks, Louisville has put on a variety events known as the Kentucky Derby Festival. The weeks started with perfect weather for Thunder Over Louisville, hundreds and hundreds of runners experienced the Derby marathon and half-marathon, there was the Balloon Glow, Great Steamboat Race, Pegasus Parade, before all culminating in Oaks and Derby Day.
Rain held off for the Kentucky Oaks, sometimes referred to as the Derby for the fillies. Over 113,000 people attended the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs which was the 5th-highest in history. Monomoy Girl was a half-length winner over Wonder Gadot.
The first Saturday in May finally arrived for the biggest horse race in the world; the first leg of the Triple Crown. The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby was one of the stronger fields in recent history. The annual race is open to 20 horses all jockeying for a $2 million purse and the famous garland of roses. The race is referred to as the greatest two minutes in sports although we of course know that the fashion and parties are a big part of the weekend as well. Unfortunately the day was also the wettest Derby in history. You had to feel for all the beautiful hats and outfits that were getting absolutely drenched and some even mud covered.
But the weather couldn’t stop 157,000 fans from experiencing the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Despite the track conditions, the morning line favorite Justify ended up winning the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths. The win was Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s fifth Derby win, just one off from the all-time record.
Attention now turns to the second leg of the Triple Crown at the Preakness in a couple of weeks. Will we see another Triple Crown winner like Bob Baffert had a few years ago with American Pharoah? The wait begins. Baffert spoke glowingly of Justify mentioning him in the same breath as two of his other terrific horses in Arrogate and yes, American Pharoah. Hopefully we still have a chance at a Triple Crown winner after the Preakness in a couple of weeks. Go Justify!
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