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The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports: The Kentucky Derby
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     challenging words:    burgoo, kentuckytourism, standing, best, leadership, profitable, colt, attendance, prestigious, grandstand, financial, racetrack, highly, nation, official, thoroughbred
     content words:    Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Festival, Meriwether Lewis Clark, William Clark, Clark Expedition, Louisville Jockey Club, Henry Churchill, Colonel Matt Winn, Old Kentucky Home, Kentucky Derby


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The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports: The Kentucky Derby
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Picture provided courtesy: kentuckytourism.com
 
2     Each year on the first Saturday in May, the first of three important horse races is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This race is the final event in the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival. It is also called "The Run for the Roses" because a lush blanket of 554 fresh red roses is awarded the winner.
 
3     In 1872, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, organized the Louisville Jockey Club to build a quality racetrack in his hometown. The track soon became known as Churchill Downs. It was named after John and Henry Churchill who were relatives of Clark. They donated the land for the track.

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