Fourteen things you might not know about the Kentucky Derby

Millions will watch the Kentucky Derby on May 7 in one of America’s finest traditions. If you want to make sure you know what you’re talking about as you place your bets and drink your julep, read on for 14 interesting facts about the most exciting two minutes in sports.

1. The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously run sporting event in the nation. Though a few other races began before the Derby, there were years when they weren’t run. The Kentucky Derby has been run each year since 1875. That’s 141 straight years if you’re counting.

2. The famous garland of roses is made at a local grocery store. Kroger’s floral “master designers” convene the day prior to the Derby to create their masterpiece, hand-sewing 400 roses to the 90 inch-by-14 inch garland. The end result weighs more than 40 pounds.

3. The Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 starters. Since the race is only open to 3-year-olds, each horse only gets one shot at the roses in his or her lifetime. With an estimated 21,275 Thoroughbred foals born in the

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