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.

Race fans make their way into Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day on May 1, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is the next day. Photo by Frank Polich/UPI | License Photo
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