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 a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs 

Location: Churchill Downs; Louisville, Kentucky, U.S 

Track: Left-handed 

Record: 1:59.40, Secretariat (1973, 1+1⁄4 miles); 2:34.50, Spokane (1889, 1+1⁄2 miles) 

Purse: US$3 million; 1st: $1,860,000 

Sponsor: Brown–Forman