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140th Running Of The Kentucky Derby is Saturday [GLENN REACTS]

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It’s the140th running of the Kentucky Derby. Will we have our first Triple Crown winner in over 30 years? Haven’t been paying attention and you feel uninformed….Well, let me come to the rescue.

5) The last filly to win the Kentucky Derby was Winning Colors in 1988. The last filly to run in the Kentucky Derby was Devil May Care in 2010She may be the last filly we see run in the race for a long time. Horses now have to earn points in specifically designated races, and none of those races are restricted to fillies. For a filly to get into the Derby, she’d likely have to start racing against males early in her 3-year-old racing season, and that probably won’t happen soon.

4) If you like to pick your Derby horse by his name, check out Samraat. He’s only lost once in 6 races. His name is an ancient Indian title meaning “emperor.”

3) Do you like to pick your horses by the good causes they represent? Wicked Strong, whose name alludes to the owner’s hometown of Boston. He will run for The One Fund Boston, which supports those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

2) If you bet the Kentucky Derby this year, you’ll be paying more to do itChurchill Downs raised its takeout rates to the maximum amount allowed by law. “Takeout” is the money taken from the wagering pools and used to fund operating expenses and purses; the money left in the pools after the takeout is what is paid out to bettors.

1) As part of the effort to promote that the Kentucky Derby is a glamorous, star-studded event, Olympic commentators Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will be their as “fashion experts. Weir, a three-time U.S. figure skating champion, and Lipinski, an Olympic gold medalist, performed similar roles for the Academy Awards.

The race is scheduled to start at 6:24 pm on NBC 5.  Jo Dee Messina will be only the 6th performer to sing the national anthem at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

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