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The Kentucky Derby through the years(55 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. After being postponed a few months with limited attendance in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Derby is back on for Saturday. Here's a look back through the history of the event.

Jockey Mike Smith, riding Giacomo (L), gives the thumbs-up after beating Cornelio Velasquez on Closing Argument to win the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2005 in Louisville, Ky. Giacomo started the race as a 50-1 long shot. Photo by Frank Polich/UPI | License Photo
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