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Trivia quiz questions with answers about the Kentucky Derby

What is The Kentucky Derby?
A: 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 what distance?
A: One and a quarter miles.

Where is the race held?
A: At Churchill Downs.

Colts and geldings carry how many pounds?
A: 126 (57 kilograms).

Fillies carry how many pounds?
A:  121 pounds (55 kilograms).


What is the race dubbed?
A:  "The Run for the Roses".

It is also known in the United States as what?
A:  "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" because of its approximate duration.

It is the first leg of what?
A: The American Triple Crown.

What are the other two legs?
A: The Preakness Stakes, and then the Belmont Stakes.

Of the three Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby has the distinction of what?
A: Having been run uninterrupted since its inaugural race in 1875.


The race was rescheduled to September 2020 due to what?
A: The COVID-19 pandemic.

The Preakness and Belmont Stakes races had taken hiatuses in what years?
A: 1891–1893 and 1911–1912, respectively.

Even with the Olympics and major professional sports leagues canceled at those points, the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont took place during what?
A: The Great Depression and both World Wars.

A horse must do what to win the Triple Crown.?
A: Win all three races.

The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks where in North America?
A: First, and usually surpasses the attendance numbers of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders' Cup.


On May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of how many people attended the first Derby?
A: 10,000.

Under what jockey did a colt named Aristides, who was trained by future Hall of Famer Ansel Williamson, win the inaugural Derby?
A: Oliver Lewis.

Later that year, Lewis rode Aristides to a second-place finish in what?
A: The Belmont Stakes.

In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, traveled to England, visiting what?
A: Epsom in Surrey where The Derby had been running annually since 1780.

From there, Clark went on to Paris, France, where a group of racing enthusiasts had formed what?
A: The French Jockey Club in 1863.


They had organized the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, which at the time was the what?
A: The greatest race in France.

Returning home to Kentucky, Clark organized the Louisville Jockey Club to raise money for doing what?
A: For building quality racing facilities just outside the city.

The track would soon become known as what?
A: Churchill Downs, named for John and Henry Churchill, who provided the land for the racetrack.

The naming went official in what year?
A:  1937.

A thoroughbred horse is depicted on the reverse of what?
A: The Kentucky state quarter.

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