On what day is the Kentucky Derby run each year?

On what day is the Kentucky Derby run each year?




-first Saturday in May
-last Sunday in April
-third Monday in May
-second Sunday in June




Answer: Before 1931, thoroughbred horses ran the Kentucky Derby on various dates in mid-May. The 1931 Derby began the practice of permanently scheduling the race on the first Saturday in May. The main reason for this change in scheduling was the growing popularity of a “Triple Crown” winner, meaning one horse winning the three most prestigious races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont States, in that order. It also set a consistent racing schedule, which was a benefit for the horses running the race. Source: KentuckyDerby.com




first Saturday in May

Filmmakers Brad and John Hennegan observe horse trainers and thoroughbreds prepare for the Kentucky Derby.




Initial release: 18 April 2008 (USA)
Directors: Brad Hennegan, John Hennegan
Screenplay: Brad Hennegan, John Hennegan, Mark Krewatch
Music director: Bill Ryan, Brendan Ryan
Producers: Brad Hennegan, John Hennegan, Ellen Dux

On what day is the Kentucky Derby run each year?