The Kentucky Derby is a stakes race for thoroughbred horses held yearly in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs. The Derby is the first race of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, with the following races being the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The race runs only one and a quarter mile, which is why it is often referred to as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” in addition to being the most exciting!
Prior to the race, there is a two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival, which is filled with traditions. Patrons arrive donning sizable, ornate hats and sip Mint Juleps, which are made of bourbon, mint, and sugar syrup. The festivities are accompanied by the Derby’s theme song “My Old Kentucky Home”, by Stephen Foster.
This year, spectators can get a Kentucky Derby Mobile App, which will give users event lineups, history of the horses, betting information, and even Derby themed party planning tips! It’s interesting to see such a traditional event becoming so technologically savvy. Does this tech push take away from the original experience of being at the Derby to witness all the pomp in person, or does it make the experience more tangible to those who do not have the opportunity to attend?
Last year, Pletcher won the Kentucky Derby with his horse Super Saver. Who will it be this year? There is a considerable amount of chatter about Uncle Mo, Shackleford, and Master of Hounds. Who is your pick? What is your strategy?