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 Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (R) leads John Velazquez aboard Went The Day Well on a cool-down lap after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012. Photo by Frank Polich/UPI | License Photo
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