Horse Country Connections: 2024 Kentucky Derby

Horse Country Connections: 2024 Kentucky Derby

The first weekend of May brings the eyes of the world upon Kentucky. The G1 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is the most iconic race in North American Thoroughbred racing, and one of the most recognizable races in the entire world.

While the Kentucky Derby is often symbolized by Mint Juleps, big hats and high fashion, at the heart of it all is the horse. For 150 years, the Derby has represented the hopes and dreams of countless horsemen and women whose goal is to one day be victorious in the run for the roses.

A number of factors make the Derby a unique race – the race is only open to three year old horses (therefore horses only have one shot at running in the race), up to 20 horses can enter the starting gate (the biggest field of race in North America) and the race is run at a mile and a quarter (a longer distance than the entrants have run previously). Along with the huge crowd and fanfare that go along with America’s most popular horse race, it takes a special horse to win this race.

This year, 20 Thoroughbred colts will enter the starting gates on Saturday, May 4 for their shot at the history books. We’re thrilled to be cheering on a number of horses in the field with connections to our #VisitHorseCountry members. Congratulations to these horses, their connections, and our members who played a part in their success.

The G1 Kentucky Derby field, presented in post position order:

Tune in to the Kentucky Derby on NBC and Peacock beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4. Post time for the Kentucky Derby is set for approximately 6:57 p.m. ET.