The Kentucky Derby is now limited to 20 horses. Before a limit was put in place, the most horses that ran in the Derby was 23 in 1974, the 100th anniversary of the Run for the Roses.
The first Kentucky Derby was run on May 17, 1875. There were 15 horses in the field. The colt, Aristides, won the first Derby.
As of May 7, 2011, 137 horses have won the Kentucky Derby. The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875. It has been held every year since then.
Clyde Van Dusen in 1929 and Big Brown in 2008.
The field is 20 horses.
I think there was 23
There is not an official record of how many Kentucky Derby horses have been injured in the race. This is also because injuries may have been caused by the race but appeared later.
The field is limited to 20 horses.
The current limit is 20.
The Kentucky Derby is limited to twenty horses all who must have earned a specific amount of graded stakes earning to qualify.
The Kentucky Derby is limited to twenty starters. The horses must have earned over a certain amount of money in graded stakes races to qualify to race in the derby.
The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20 horses. Some people think 20 horses are too many for a horse race, with the finish sometimes resembling a cavalry charge. However, that large of a field does offer many good betting possibilities.
One and a quarter - the track at Churchill Downs is one mile long.
3, and none of them have won the Kentucky derby
The first Kentucky Derby was held in 1875.
The field is limited to twenty, based on the amount of earnings a horse has. Their starting gate can only accomodate twenty horses, because of the track's width.
Clark Jr. started the Kentucky Derby on behalf of a group of businessmen in Louisville who wanted to bring the horse industry back to Kentucky. During the Civil War many of the horses in Kentucky were used for battle, and after the war they rarely made it back to their farms. To really bring the breeding and racing industry back to the state we needed something that would attract the best of the best. The Derby became a large social event so that it wouldn't be compared to the other races that existed at the time and weren't succeeding in attracting the horsemen. It worked and the Derby is currently the longest continuously running sporting event in the country.