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Kentucky Derby

One of the most electrifying two minutes of thoroughbred racing takes place at the world’s iconic racetracks: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The great race is held annually the first Saturday in May each year. Can you believe it’s been entertaining derby spectators since 1875, too? Wow! A nut about numbers, here are a few other digits associated with the Kentucky Derby:

2: The winning purse for the derby is $2 million;

3: The years in age of the thoroughbred horses competing in the race;

20: The number of horses competing in the derby;

35: The series of races the horses have to compete in across the country and world along the Road to the Kentucky Derby;

121: The number of pounds fillies in the race carry;

126: The number of pounds colts and geldings in the race carry; and

155,000: The typical crowd the race attracts annually.

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