This race has earned the reputation of
“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”.
The derby is a day long affair of mint juleps,
classy to crazy hats, and celebrity watching.
But for the horse owners,
the “Run for the Roses” is the first step
to see if their thoroughbred
has a shot at the crown.
on the third Saturday in May each year
the second and shortest leg in The Triple Crown.
This week-long celebration concludes
at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore
and determines if there will be a
Triple Crown contender for the year.
The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the races.
This third and final leg is contested
three weeks after the Preakness,
five weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
Only 11 times has a horse been able
to wrap it all up in New York.
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky
1 1/4 miles (2km)
Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md
1 3/16 miles (1.91km)
Belmont Park in Elmont, NY
1 1/2 miles (2.4km)