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Why Study The Derby?

Historical photo

Historical Event

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States, running every year since 1875.

Grandstand crowd

Cultural Event

Over 160,000 people come from around the world to attend the Kentucky Derby. Tens of millions watch on television.
It is our state’s signature event, replete with traditions, legends and icons.

Economic Event

The most recent economic impact study shows the Kentucky Derby has a $217 million economic impact on the region.
Statewide, the equine industry has a $3 billion impact, generating over 55,000 jobs.

Thoroughbred running on turf track

Athletic Event

Understanding the roles of the jockey and Thoroughbred as athletes, as well as the scientific basis for their performance, helps provide insights and comparisons into human training, nutrition and health.

Diversity at the Derby

Diverse Event

Kentucky Derby history is rich with diversity. Fifteen of the first twenty-eight Kentucky Derby winning jockeys were African American. Women have owned, trained and ridden Kentucky Derby horses. Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern populations also contribute greatly to the Derby story.



Our Partners in Equine Education

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University of Louisville College of Equine Business
Kids railside by the track