We're just a few days away from the 2013 Kentucky Derby. The post positions have been set as have the opening odds for most bet on two minutes in sports. The 2013 Kentucky Derby Odds has Orb as the early favorite to win the race with Verrazano and Goldencents having odds not too far behind for the race. The 2013 Kentucky Derby Start Time is set for 6:24 pm EST on Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
"The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" is held annually at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown and is almost always the most attended horse race in North America. Last year I'll Have Another became the first horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby while opening on the 19th post. Now the only post never to have a winner is No. 17. Both posts No. 1 and No. 5 have the most Kentucky Derby winners of all time with 12 while No. 4 has seen 11 winners.
Kentucky Derby Facts— The biggest "longshot" was in 1913 when Donerail paid out at 91.45-1 odds.— The highest attendance ever was in 1974 with 163,628 people (2009 was 153,563).— An "official" Mint Julip at the Kentucky Derby is made with "Early Times" whiskey.— New York sports columnist Bill Corum coined the phrase "Run for the Roses."
Kentucky Derby RecordsWinning Jockey: Both Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack have recorded five wins each. For Arcaro you need to travel back to 1938 (final win was in 1952) for his first of five wins and for Hartack back to 1957 (final win was in 1969).Winning Trainer: Ben A Jones worked together with jockey Eddie Arcaro spanning from 1938 to 1952 and collected a total of six wins at the Kentucky Derby.Winning Owner: Over a course of 27 years, Calumet Farm had a total of eight Derby wins (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958).Winning Length: There is a tie between two horses from the 1940s, Whirlaway and Assault. Both captured the Kentucky Derby with a margin of eight lengths (1941 for Whirlaway and 1946 for Assault).Winning Time: Probably one of the most famous horses in history, Secretariat, is the holder of this record. In 1973 he ran the Derby in 1:59:40 and is the only horse to ever run the 11/4 mile race in under two minutes.
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