The Kentucky Derby takes place today in Louisville, Kentucky at 3:24pm PST. This thoroughbred horse race spans for only one and a quarter miles, or two kilometers, and is known in in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” as a result of its extremely short duration.
Spectators have been sharing their pre-race preparation photographs of traditional Derby items such as as mint julips and lavish oversized hats, as well as photographs behind-the-scenes from Churchill Downs, with Instagram.
The Kentucky Derby is also known as “The Run for the Roses” due to the blanket of 554 red roses draped over the Kentucky Derby winner, as presented by the Governor of Kentucky, every year. As a result, the rose has become the race’s official flower.
Whether you’re at the race in-person or attending a Kentucky Derby viewing party, be sure to tag your photographs with #kentuckyderby!