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    Fun Facts About the Kentucky Derby and How to Watch the Race

    Tomorrow marks the 140th running of The Kentucky Derby and the start of this year’s Triple Crown season. You can count on big hats and seersucker suits to be in attendance at Churchill Downs to watch “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”. The Kentucky Derby ran its first race in 1875 and has a very rich history. Keep reading for some fun facts about the "Run for the Roses”.

    • 20 horses participate in the Kentucky Derby, which is a little over 1.25 miles.

    • Secretariat holds the record for the fastest time. He set the speed record at 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds in 1973.

    • The red rose is the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. Over 400 roses make up the garland draped over the winning horse. The phrase "Run for the Roses” was coined by a sports commentator in 1925 and has been a popular nickname for the race ever since.

    • The Derby trophy is 22 inches tall and made of 14 and 18-karat gold with a jade base. It weighs about 3.5 pounds and goes to the owner of the winning horse.

    • Churchill Downs expects to serve 475,000 pounds of shaved ice for Mint Juleps and Oaks Lilies.
    • The youngest jockey to ever win the Derby was 15 year old Alonzo Clayton in 1892. They have since upped the age limit to 16.

    • The first horse race in KY took place in Lexington in 1789.

    There are several ways to watch the Derby tomorrow. If you are in front of a big screen, tune in to NBC at 6 pm EST (post time is 6:24 pm) or set your Hopper to record. You can also stream it with your Internet connection from NBCSports.com, or from your mobile device (Apple, Android). Looking for Digital TV and High-Speed Internet service? See how bundling Windstream and DISH can help you save today!