11 Kentucky Derby facts to saddle up for the races

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On Saturday, jockeys will prepare for “the most exciting two minutes in sports”: the Kentucky Derby.

The 141st race will go down at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, well over a century after the first race in 1875, making the Kentucky Derby the longest-running sport in the U.S. Each year, more than 150,000 people attend the Derby, dressed in their best floppy hats and linen suits.

But before you pull on your weekend best and pull out your silver julep cups, brush up on a bit of the Derby’s history

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Racehorse Zev wins Kentucky Derby with Martingale second and Vigil third on May 21, 1923.

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