May 2, 2019 By Tammy Mick

The Most Thrilling Kentucky Derby Highlights and 2019 Race Predictions

It’s every racehorse trainer and owner’s dream to win the Triple Crown, and the Kentucky Derby is one of the stepping stones to this accomplishment. This year, to add even more excitement to the fray, the contestants will be battling it out for a record-breaking purse of $3 million dollars. This mind-boggling amount of money makes this year’s Derby week worth an incredible $12.03 million.

The Greats and the Not-So-Great

One of the reasons the Kentucky Derby is so exciting is because it’s so unpredictable. There have been some upsets, a few unpleasant incidents, and many a moment of glory for a crowd favorite. Many of the Kentucky Derby horses who have risen to the challenge in the Run for the Roses have gone down in history for their achievements. They’ve lived to become some of the greatest stallions the breeding barn has ever known.  

Who can forget the world’s darling, Secretariat? Lauded as the fastest horse of all time, Secretariat still holds the record for all three of the Triple Crown races. Other memorable Kentucky Derby moments include the famous 1933 tussle between jockeys Don Meade and Herb Fisher at the finish line where they laid into each other with their whips. What about Dancer’s Image who streaked past the line first and was later disqualified? 

In more recent times, another crowd pleaser, Big Brown, became the only horse to ever overcome the draw from post 20 and win the race. The list goes on and on, and there are plenty of other highlights of the Derby that take place off the turf. 

Trackside Kentucky Derby Highlights

Some of the unique traditions associated with this race are:

  • Eating Derby Pie
  • Drinking mint juleps out of the official Kentucky Derby glass
  • Singing “My Old Kentucky Home”
  • Over-the-top hats for good luck
  • A garland of red roses for the winner

Nobody ever wears green to the races; it’s considered bad luck. At Gold Shield, we have traditions too. One of them is our annual Kentucky Derby package for racing fans. 

Kentucky Derby Predictions

Who will take home the Kentucky Derby 2019 honors? So far, multi-race winning trainer Bob Baffert has 4 runners. Omaha Beach’s recent winning streak has him at favorite right now, and there is a host of outsiders well-placed for victory at the post. In the 144-year history of the race, only 20 horses have won against the odds. Is it time for an upset?

Getting There

Have you booked your spot to enjoy this year’s Kentucky Derby highlights from one of the plush hospitality venues, or will you be cheering from the bleachers instead? Either way, we bet you’ll want to arrive in style. We have a range of charters available for special events. Book your limo for Kentucky Derby 2019 with us today and be a winner from the word go. 

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