2005 Kentucky Derby
In the late 1800's Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby was first founded.
Horse racing there had become so popular, that it had already been taken
place the last 100 years before the official derby was originated. The
people in Kentucky were so fond of horseracing, that eventually a track
was built, and it became a yearly tradition.
The first actual televised
Kentucky Derby was aired in 1952. Since then, the track has seen countless
additions and renovations, and the fan base has grown substantially. The
2005 Kentucky Derby marks the 131st race. The winner in 2005 was Giacomo,
with jockey Mike Smith. Both horse and rider pulled up from the 18th spot
all the way up to the finish line, surprising fans. For the 2005 Kentucky
Derby, the prize was a huge $2 million guaranteed.
The 2005 Kentucky Derby also had some important statistics that should
be added to the history books as well. It was the second highest attendance
seen at the race in history, and had the highest wagering record. It attracted
a total betting amount of $100 million, making it the biggest wagering
amount in the history of the race. Statistics showed that attendance of
the game rose almost 12 percent from the year before in 2004. The big race
was broadcast on the NBC network, and had the fourth highest rating since
1992. With such a rich tradition, and a real air of excitement, it was
no wonder that the 2005 Kentucky Derby did so well in the ratings, as well
as posted a high betting amount. The tension was high, but the winning
horse, jockey and trainer were surprised, happy, and relieved at the end.
Who knows what the Kentucky Derby in 2006 will hold, but odds are the people
of America will be watching. You can bet on it.