Episode: The Kentucky Derby: Moving a Thoroughbred Racehorse!
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Getting a thoroughbred racehorse to the Kentucky Derby is quite an adventure. Many experience world class equine air travel aboard a modified, customized Boeing 727. The modified cargo jet has horse stalls instead of seats — and a distinct barn smell with hay and oats included.
Thoroughbred race horses not only run fast; they literally “fly.” World class travel is fitting for world class three-year-old thoroughbreds who qualify for the “The fastest two minutes in sports.” Others refer to the Kentucky Derby as “America’s Race” or everyone’s favorite: “The Run For the Roses.”
The rose is the official flower of the Kentucky Derby, and a blanket of more than 400 roses is presented to the winning horse. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the United State’s Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Horse racing fans from around the world make the trek to Louisville, Kentucky, every year on the first Saturday of May to see some of the most famous horses, trainers and jockeys compete in America’s Race!
Horse racing fans around the world are waiting for the next Triple Crown winner to appear on the horse racing scene. It’s quite an accomplishment to win The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. In fact, it’s been thirty-four years since a horse won the singular greatest accomplishment in American racing. In the history of thoroughbred horse racing, only eleven horses have ever won the United States Triple Crown. These famous champions include War Admiral, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and America’s Superhorse, Secretariat.
In fact, in June 1973, Secretariat led the news headlines in North America. The Big Red Horse made the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated magazines – something that hadn’t happened before, or since. And it all started with a win in America’s Race, the Kentucky Derby. He even holds the record for fastest time in the Kentucky Derby; he finished in just under two minutes. Now that’s flying!
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