Why is the Kentucky Derby the most fascinating spectator sport? For years, people have gathered across the world to watch contenders run a 2 minute horse race. When the favorite horses break from the gates at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, it will mark the 136th Run for the Roses. There is tradition in horse racing unlike most other sports. There’s a reason why the Kentucky Derby is called the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”!
But why is the Kentucky Derby so fascinating? Here are some reasons I believe The Kentucky Derby stands tall among other big events in their respective sports.
The Kentucky Derby has years and years of tradition built upon a race that doesn’t last very long. It’s not just an event that makes people in the Bluegrass state get involved. This race has owners, trainers, horses and jockeys with ties to practically every country in the world. The sport of horse racing is a worldwide phenomenon and The Kentucky Derby is the biggest moment in the sport. The tradition of the Kentucky Derby makes it among the elite in sporting events.
Everyone has an opinion on which horse will win the Kentucky Derby. Some may choose by color. Others may choose a number or a favorite name. When there are that many great horses in a field, everyone can have an opinion and one guess is as good as the next. The speculation leading up to the Derby is more fun than many other events. People don’t have two teams to choose from or pick a side. They have a multitude of choices and many reasons why they can pick a horse or jockey. The speculation allows for some creative thinking and playful fun. From favorites to long shots, the Kentucky Derby has every bit of drama you would ever need for a storyline.
Even the non-gamblers have to realize what putting down a small wager on a horse means for race fans. There is nothing like the wishful thinking of watching your horse realize it’s potential and earning you a few extra bucks. There are those who have a disease and take the sport way too seriously. The wagering, if done reasonably, can make the actual Kentucky Derby one of the most thrilling experiences win or lose. A small wager on a Kentucky Derby long shot could make for a great day at the track. A Kentucky Derby favorite who doesn’t come in could make for a long day if someone wagers too much money.
The Color And Beauty
There aren’t many other sports that have the grace and beauty of a Kentucky Derby. From the opening bugle to the gates opening to the finish line-it’s a spectacular view in person or watching from the comfort of your home. The colors are so vivid and the horses are incredible to watch as the break from the start. The track announcer typically adds to the excitement for this annual event. If you blink, the event is so short you may miss it. That’s why the Kentucky Derby is so intense for such a short period of time. The various Kentucky Derby contenders look so colorful as they parade around the track before the race begins. The climax of the race is well worth the wait as the contenders circle very slowly toward the starting gates. As the announcer says “And they’re off!”, the visually spectacular masterpiece is hard to explain.
The Kentucky Derby is hyped up for some time. Potential entries are tabbed months in advance. The speculation on who will and won’t run is a several month experience of build up. Derby fans enjoy watching some of the races leading up to the Derby to get an idea of who to pick come Derby day. Everyone wants to know who the Kentucky Derby longshot is just as much as they are eager to figure out the favorites. It all matters to Kentucky Derby fans. There probably isn’t another sport where from top to bottom-every athlete(in this case a horse) is just as important in the scheme of things.
The Thrill of Victory
There isn’t really any other sport that makes you feel like you won a particular battle like horse racing. If you pick a horse, you almost imagine yourself along for the ride. The Kentucky Derby is the ultimate ride along experience. It doesn’t matter if your horse is last in the first few furlongs or first. There is some drama that can not be matched with another sporting event. The thrill of victory when your favorite horse wins is un-equaled by many other sporting events. Picking a long shot is even more exhilarating.
According to the official Kentucky Derby website, here are some of the contenders for Kentucky Derby 136.
I hope you enjoy Kentucky Derby 136 and your contenders cross the finish line first!
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