Known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for the approximate amount of time it takes all horses to cross the finish line, the Kentucky Derby has been held annually on the first Saturday in May and draws close to 155,000 fans.
Medina Spirit won the 2021 Kentucky Derby, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record seven derby wins. The jockey was John R. Velazquez, four time Derby winner born in Puerto Rico.
Kentucky Derby 147
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, was packed with guests in fancy outfits and oversized hats under sunny skies, amid 75-degree weather, for the 147th running of the Derby.
Attendance was an estimated 51,838, making it the largest crowd at a sporting event in the United States since the pandemic began, Derby officials said.