The 140th Kentucky Derby happens on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Though millions of people have seen it in person or on TV and millions more have bet on the outcome, most of them don’t know as much as they think about America’s most famous horse race or the festivities associated with it.
Below is a ten question True or False test to measure your knowledge about Saturday’s “Run for the Roses.” The correct answers appear in the list that follows.
- True or False? Though the first televised baseball game occurred in 1939, the Kentucky Derby wasn’t televised until 1952.
- True or False? America’s Kentucky Derby was modeled upon England’s Epsom Derby named for the Earl of Derby who won naming rights after a game of bridge at the Epsom Downs Jockey Club.
- True or False? The Kentucky Derby has always been run on the first Saturday in May.
- True or False? The length of the race has always been one and one-quarter miles.
- True or False? California Chrome is the early favorite to win Saturday’s race. Favorites have won the race over 35 per cent of the time.
- True or False? The fastest time for the Derby was Northern Dancer’s in 1974 at two minutes flat.
- True or False? The alcoholic drink traditionally associated with the Kentucky Derby is a Bloody Mary.
- True or False? The nickname for the general admission tickets in the racetrack infield is called “Millionaires’ Row.
- True or False? There has never been a disqualification for rough riding in the Kentucky Derby.
- True or False? “Gonzo journalism” originated with Hunter Thompson’s coverage of the 1970 Kentucky Derby.
- (Bonus Question: True or False? Calvin Borel is the jockey who has won the most Kentucky Derbies.)
Knowing the answers to such trivia may not help to select the winner of this year’s race, but it they might help in regaining equanimity after your betting choice loses in one of America’s most famous sporting events. The Derby’s popularity may have diminished somewhat like the World Series or the Heavyweight Boxing championship, but it still lives up to its billing as "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports"