The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuous sporting event and despite a less than stellar weather forecast for the day, the 136th Running of the Roses will go on.
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The Kentucky Derby is billed billed as the most exciting two minutes in sports.
The first Derby was held in 1875, 10,000 people watched, Aristides was the winner that year.
Over the years the Derby has become known for so much more.
Take the mint julep, 120,000 glasses of the drink made from mint, bourbon, sugar and water will be served up over the two day period.
So how did it become the signature drink of the Derby, that happened in 1938.
The drink sold for just 75 cents, Churchill folklore says so many people were walking out with the glasses they were served in that they charged an extra 25 cents so you could keep it-thus the souvenir glass idea was born.
Another staple, a fashionable derby hat and you see all kinds.
The motto is often the bigger the better.
Derby hats are sort of a carry over from British racetracks, when men were required to wear top hats and the women beautiful hats.
Then there is the question of why its called the Run for the Roses?
Its called that because the winner of the Kentucky Derby receives a blanket with exactly 554 red roses.
Another interesting fact, the Kentucky Derby trophy is made of a solid brick of 14 carat gold.