It’s a rite of spring, the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. The Derby has been dubbed the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” due to the frenetic pace at which the half-ton racers carry their 100-pound riders around the 10 furlong (1.25 mile) track (millions in wagers probably play a role, too). It’s also referred to as the “run for the roses,” after the giant floral garnish awaiting the fastest pair in the winner’s circle. But you probably know this grand celebration of hats, horses and hooch as the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, held each May at Louisville’s historic Churchill Downs Racetrack.
This year marks the 142nd running of the grand old equine tradition, with a field of up to 20 horses vying for a $2+ million purse and a shot at history.
It’s also a big party.
From the 127,000 Mint Juleps that are served, to the 90% hat rate for female attendees, it’s a “bucket list” event for many and a must watch on television. To help get you in the spirit for this year’s festivities, WalletHub, has analyzed all angles of the event and provided the important numbers.
142nd Kentucky Derby By The Numbers:
- 127,000: The number of Mint Juleps, containing 1,000 pounds of fresh mint, to be served throughout Kentucky Derby weekend.
- 90 percent: Percentage of female spectators who will wear a hat.
- $300,000: The 2016 fee for the world’s most valuable stud, Tapit
- $194.3 million: The total dollar amount wagered on the 2015 Kentucky Derby, the most in history, with $154.3 million ultimately being paid on winning tickets.
- $200,000: The estimated value of the Kentucky Derby trophy, which includes an 18-karat gold horse and rider, 350 rubies and 12 emeralds.
- $60: Price of a general admission ticket to the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
See more, including a cool infographic from WalletHub here.