American English Podcast

144.2 - The Kentucky Derby

May 05, 2023 Shana Thompson Season 3 Episode 144
American English Podcast
144.2 - The Kentucky Derby
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At the beginning of May every year, horse racing season begins. In the U.S., it starts off with The Kentucky Derby, a horse race that is often referred to as “the most exciting two minutes of sports.” 🐎 

Since 1875, eager spectators have been pouring into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky to watch the ca. 20 racers make their way to the finish line.  Just given how long the event has been around, you can probably imagine how many traditions there are at the event. In today’s episode, you’ll learn about those traditions and the culture and history that makes the event what it is today.

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Disclaimer: This episode discusses drugs, alcohol and gambling, and therefore it’s listed as explicit! 

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What comes to mind when you think of Kentucky?
Where is Kentucky located?
About the Kentucky Derby
Traditions of the Kentucky Derby
Dress Code of the Kentucky Derby
"The Most Exciting Two Minutes of Sports"
The most famous jockey: Bill Shoemaker
Thoroughbred horses and breeding
Controversies surrounding the Kentucky Derby