When is the Kentucky Derby 2011?
Every year the Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, and it falls on May 7th in 2011. It's a beautiful time of year to visit Louisville, and while the Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, you'll find way more than two minutes of entertainment when you attend the most popular thoroughbred horse race in the United States.
In its 137th year, the Kentucky Derby is the longest continuously running sports event in the country. It's the first race of the annual United States Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes in Maryland and then the Belmont Stakes in New York.
To win the Triple Crown, a horse must win all three of these races – a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Affirmed did it in 1978, and only 11 horses have ever won the Triple Crown in the history of the event. Winning the Triple Crown is considered the greatest accomplishment in thoroughbred racing, and each year, the Kentucky Derby kicks off a new season of excitement and anticipation.
There are 13 horses entered in the Kentucky Derby 2011 field – one of them could be the next Triple Crown winner. Uncle Mo has emerged as the favorite in this year's race, but a lot could change between now and post time. Meet the horses and learn about their trainers, jockeys, and owners on the official Kentucky Derby 2011 website.
Post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:24pm (EDT) on May 7th, but there is a full day of horse racing at Churchill Downs leading up to its most famous race. Gates open at 8am, and post time for the first race of the day is 10:30am.
Tickets and Derby Experience packages are still available online. It is a sporting event, but this is no day at the ballpark – unless you purchase tickets to stand in the more casual infield, you will be expected to dress to impress. Ladies typically wear pastel dresses while men wear seersuckers or light-colored sport coats. Whatever you do, don't forget your hat! The Kentucky Derby is almost as much about hats as it is about horses. Women will be sporting large, colorful hats on Derby Day.
The Kentucky Derby is the culmination of Louisville's two-week Kentucky Derby Festival, with over 70 events planned for 2011. The race itself is the most exciting two minutes in sports, but you can make a full vacation out of your trip to the 2011 Kentucky Derby.