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.

Horses are walked in their barn by their grooms during early morning workouts at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2017. Trainers are preparing their horses for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby three days later. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo
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