The race is known as “The Biggest Two Minutes in Sports” because of its approximate duration. The first derby took place on May 17, 1875.
Last year, the 146th edition of the race was postponed from May to September 5th and was won by Authentic.
Earlier this year, a Churchill Downs Racetrack spokesman told CNN that the plan for attending the Kentucky Derby was “40-50% reserved seating, 60% in some premium dining areas, 25-30% in the infield. All in around 40,000- 50,000. ” “”
This would mean that if the crowd approaches its cap, it could become the most-attended U.S. sporting event since the Covid-19 pandemic began more than a year ago.
But the eyes might be focused elsewhere.
Pave a trail
There is a long history of African Americans winning the Kentucky Derby.
Black Riders saddled 13 of the 15 horses in the first edition and won 15 of the first 28 editions of the race.
But in 2021, Kendrick Carmouche aims to be the first black jockey to win in over a century.
The rider will also be the first black jockey to saddle a horse in the Derby since Kevin Krigger in 2013. If he won, he would be the first black rider to win since Jimmy Winkfield in 1901 and 1902.
Carmouche will be on Bourbonic and start in position no. 20 on the outside.
And he won’t be the only one writing history on Saturday.
Coach Vicki Oliver will make her Derby debut and will be the first coach since 2015 when Carla Gaines saddled Bolo.
A trainer has never won the legendary race. Oliver hopes her horse can make history, Hidden Stash.
In this year’s derby, the preferred Essential Quality starts in 14th place next to the horse with the next best odds, Rock Your World.
“It was a little nerve-wracking with both horses out and the rails still out there,” said Brad Cox, Essential Quality trainer. “I think it will be a good place. He has good tactical speed to take a good position from there.”