Kentucky Oaks Tickets for Sale
Kentucky Derby tickets bring celebrities out of hiding and remind Americans of their love affair for thoroughbred racing. The Grade I stakes race tales place at the Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, the epoch for horse breeding in the United States. Held every year on the first Saturday of May, the race begins the circuit known as the Triple Crown, a circuit that begins at the Kentucky Derby, goes to the Preakness Stakes, and then ends at the Belmont Stakes.
Over time the race has acquired a few nicknames. It is called "the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its duration and the anticipation building to the event. It has also been called "the Run for the Roses" because of the blanket of roses draped over the victorious horse at the end of the one-and-a-quarter mile track. Kentucky Derby tickets have become a cherished prize since the race began in 1875.
The race began after Col. Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr. visited England to watch the Epsom Derby and then crossed the channel to watch the Grand Prix de Paris in France. Impressed, he sought to create the Louisville Jockey Club to raise funds to build a track and create a signature horse race for the United States. That first race drew 10,000 people with Kentucky Derby tickets to watch 15 horses compete over a mile and a half. The race and the track (named for Clark's relatives who donated the land for the structure) were a fanatical success, but struggled commercially.
Success would come after a change in the distance from one and a half miles to one and a quarter, and after the race changed hands, landing in Col. Matt Winn's syndicate of businessmen. The facility and the race began to finally finish well into the black and Kentucky Derby tickets continued to make an impression on the American sports enthusiast.
Perhaps the most important development other than the track itself was the emergence of the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown was a feat, a single horse winning each of the three big money thoroughbred racing events. In 1930 sportswriter Charles Hatton coined the term for domestic usage and soon after the three races- the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes- began to organize along consistent schedules to make the most out of the buzz for the feat.
Each year the Kentucky Derby begins that quest, with three-year-old colts, geldings, and fillies promising to be the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the lauded honor. Tickets are sold with great anticipation for the event each year, though it also televisized. Most recently, in 2008, Big Brown won the derby with jockey Kent Desormeaux and trainer Rick Dutrow for owner P. Pompa/IEAH Stables with a time of 2:01:82.
This year's field is yet to be set, but it is sure to be a compelling two minutes at Church Downs. OnlineSeats has the Kentucky Derby tickets so horse racing fans can enjoy the national event in person at a price that is very reasonable. Look for the seats on the seating chart that you want and check out the ticket inventory.
Last year the Kentucky Derby ran for the 135th time and gave away an incredible $2,177,000 in stakes. Even more incredibly, Mine That Bird came away with the win and the largest chunk of the purse at $1,417,000. Pioneerof the Nile placed, Musket Man showed, and Papa Clem and Chocolate Candy brought up the rear at fourth and fifth. Those fortunate to watch the race live with Kentucky Derby tickets saw Mine That Bird complete the 6.75 mile track in 2:02.66 and win by a nose.
Mine That Bird came into the race in the eighth post position at 50-1 odds. The projected seventh finisher beat the field 18 other horses. I Want Revenge, the favorite, was scratched from the race that morning because of an injured left front ankle. Suddenly the field seemed wide open and Mine That Bird overcame the odds, becoming the second least likely winner in the races history.
The 2010 Kentucky Derby will on May 1st and enthusiasts are already searching for tickets to the most popular horse racing event in the United States. The field has yet to be set, but last year's results will certainly encourage people around the country to feel more comfortable taking the long odds.