The Kentucky Derby through the years(51 images)

Known for mint juleps, bold fashion and wagering, the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., is the longest-running sporting event in the United States, first held in 1875. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's iconic race will be postponed until September. Here's a look back through the history of the event.

Steve Buttleman plays the traditional "Call to the Post," signaling the approaching start of the 126th Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2000. Photo by Frank Polich/UPI | License Photo
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