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The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States 

Kentucky is a southeastern state bounded by the Ohio River in the north and the Appalachian Mountains in the east, with Frankfort the state capital. 

almost always on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival 

The competition is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs. 

Location: Churchill Downs; Louisville, Kentucky, U.S 

Record: 1:59.40, Secretariat (1973, 1+1⁄4 miles); 2:34.50, Spokane (1889, 1+1⁄2 miles) 

Weight: Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg); Filly: 121 lb (55 kg) 

Inaugurated: May 17, 1875 (147 years ago)