This Saturday is the first Saturday in May, so you know what that means: it’s time for the 139th running of the one and only Kentucky Derby. The most famous horse race in America has long been billed as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” and whether or not that is actually true, there can be no doubt that the Derby is one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world. You’ve got a hundred thousand people partying on the infield, another fifty thousand or so up in the stands in their bow ties and fancy hats, a signature cocktail, a section of the grandstand called “millionaires row,” and, of course, one hell of a horse race. What’s not to like?
Today, in honor of Saturday’s big race, we present you with this list of Kentucky Derby facts you might not have known. We’re betting it will get you in the mood for one of the world’s greatest sporting events.