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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.

Spectors drink mint juleps at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on May 4, 2001. Mint Juleps are the official drink for the Kentucky Oaks, held the week before, and Kentucky Derby. Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI | License Photo
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