This race started back in 1789 in Lexington but, Churchill Downs did not open until 1875 where it remains today. The first telecast of the Derby occurred in 1952 (thanks to CBS). Today, 221 years after racing started in Lexington, and as we head to the 136th annual, official Kentucky Derby, you can watch the race in person, on your television, and on the Internet (not to mention online Kentucky Derby betting is now at your fingertips--so much for having to go to the OTB).
For those of you interested in the rich history of this race, consider a vacation to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. According to their Director,Lynn Ashton, "When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Our exhibits will take you through the journey from the birth of the foal to the winner's circle. Find yourself in the middle of Kentucky Derby week activities and Derby traditions. Or you can take in the view of the track on Derby Day from the middle of the Infield. We can’t wait to say "Welcome!" Come join in the FUN!"