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Ever wondered how the Kentucky Derby came to be the world-renowned event that it is today 

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

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) 

Purse: US$3 million; 1st: $1,860,000