I Got The Horses in the Back

The GIST: The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, which means you’re in for a day of horse racing, gambling and wildly over-the-top hats (in the best way).

Why’s it a big deal?: One of the most prestigious events in the sport, the Kentucky Derby is the Wimbledon of horse racing. It’s also the first race of the Triple Crown—an elite title awarded to racers who win the Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes—that only 13 horses have won in history.

How’s it work?: On Saturday at 6:50 p.m. ET, 20 horses will compete in what’s known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Early betting favourite Omaha Beach (yes, that’s actually a horse’s name) dropped out yesterday with a breathing problem. Sad.

  • As a result, Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster (yes, all horses’ names) are the frontrunners to win it all. Impress your friends with your Derby knowledge by digging deeper here.

Speaking of horses: Canadian Olympian Ian Millar retired from show jumping yesterday at age 72 (!!!). He holds the world record for most Olympic appearances with 10 (his last Games was London 2012) and was Canada’s oldest Olympian.

So, what’s most fun to you? The racing, gambling, fancy hats or random horse names? We want to know.