The Kentucky Derby: A History of Racing and Fashion

The Kentucky Derby: A History of Racing and Fashion

The Kentucky Derby: A History of Racing and Fashion

Ladies and gentlemen put on your fancy hats and grab a mint julep, it”s time for the Kentucky Derby! Each year, on the first Saturday in May, over 150,000 people including residents, out-of-towners, celebrities, presidents, and even members of royal families, go to Churchhill Downs to witness the most exciting two minutes in racing.

Beginning in 1875 , the Kentucky Derby is one of the oldest Thoroughbred horse races in the United States. It was first run at 1½ miles (2.4 km), and then in 1896 was changed to the current length, 1¼ miles (2 km). The race is limited to horses that are three years old, however, no horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without racing at the age of two. Known well for it”s many traditions the Kentucky Derby has grown exponentially over the past 136 years and has become the only sporting event that doubles as a fashion show.

Lasko Photography 2008

Both men and women alike are known to wear extravagant hats to the Derby and spend as much time and money on their attire as they do betting on the actual race. There are no rules when it comes to choosing a derby hat, but we”re guessing the larger it is the better.  Kentucky Derby hats are part of the tradition and the pageantry that make a trip to the Derby an unforgettable experience. If you can”t to make it to Churchill Downs to see the race be sure to watch all the  festivities May 6th & 7th. For more information please visit

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