133rd Running of the Kentucky Derby

"The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports"
over one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs

held annually on the first Saturday of May

Running of the Roses
a blanket of 554 roses is draped over the winning horse

first Derby winner:
colt Aristides with African-American jockey Oliver Lewis

first filly to win the Derby: Regret in 1915
first foreign-bred horse to win: Omar Khayyam (British) in 1015

fastest time: 1 minute and 59 2/5 seconds, Secretariat in 1973

traditional drink: mint julep (bourbon, mint, sugar syrup)
popular dish: burgoo (stew of meat and vegetables)

women with elaborate hats

gambling legal

"Millionaire's Row" - expensive box seats

University of Louisville's marching band plays Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home"

highlight this year: visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (it's her "lifelong dream")

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The 2007 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:04 p.m. EST
may rain, but drainage system good at the tracks

TV schedule
my DVR is set to record 1:30-3:30 pm Pacific on NBC
Kentucky Derby Special on ESPN 12-2 pm (preliminary races)

Curlin the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the $2 million race this year
Street Sense the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ to win the Derby?
Others: Nobiz Like Shobiz, Circular Quay, Any Given Saturday