Arguably the most popular horse event in America is the famous Kentucky Derby. This Run for the Roses captures the hearts of millions each year as they tune their televisions to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports! Breyer has immortalized some of the Derby’s most prolific winners of the race, will there be a stand out star this year?
2010 marks the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville Kentucky, this race for three year old’s is considered to be the most prestigious horse race in the world. Each year horses from around the country and around the world make the journey to the Bluegrass State to compete in a mile and a quarter race around a dirt track to see just who is the stand out star of the year. From the Kentucky Derby, winners and favorites often go on to run in the Preakness and the Belmont where the Kentucky Derby winner fights to come across the finish line first and win the prestigious Triple Crown. Few and far between are horses who are great enough to win all three races, we haven’t seen a Triple Crown winner since 1978 when Affirmed claimed the title!
The Kentucky Derby isn’t just two minutes of fun though, it tops off a week of world class racing which takes place during Derby Week. It also is the climax to a week of derby culture. One of the most interesting part of the derby is the cross section of attendees. From millionaires to average Joes there’s a place at the derby for everyone. The prestigious Millionaire’s Row is full of the rich and famous where much of the derby is about fashion and celebrity. In a stark opposite is the infield which is general admission and turns into a huge party for the day of the race!
Breyer has of course produced a myriad of Kentucky Derby winners along with famous race horses.Golden Oak Stables has many race hroses to add to your stable including a few of the most famous! Secretariat is arguably one of the most famous race horses ever. Running the fastest Kentucky Derby ever, he’s found his way into the history books and will never be forgotten. Similarly, Smarty Jones is one of the most remembered winners from our generation. This headstrong colt came painfully close to winning the Triple Crown but fell short winning second in the Belmont, which was his only loss. His success wasn’t in vain though. He is still regarded as a wonderful race horse and a true champion!
Many horses have run the derby and many have win, but only a few are truly regarded as champions. Will we have another champion this year?