Kentucky Derby Day 2020 on September 5th!

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Sean G. Todd[By Sean G. Todd; Esq. M. Tax, CFP©, CPA]

Greetings … This ME-P will have nothing to do with finances / money / taxes / healthcare / the economy … or all the other things you are hearing about 24/7 – don’t stop reading though.  It’s merely about the most exciting 2 minutes in sports; always held on the 1st Saturday in May … a tradition lasting 145 years … can you think of what it is?

Kentucky Derby

You’re right! — 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. The “Run for the Roses” is set for [today] Sept 5th, 2020.  Here are several reasons why the Kentucky Derby is such a tradition.

Twin Spires

Throughout the world, the Twin Spires are a recognized landmark that has become symbolic to Churchill Downs.  Constructed in 1895, the Spires were the creation of a twenty-four-year-old draftsman, Joseph Dominic Baldez. Surpassing a century after being built, the Twin Spires continue to greet the winner of the Kentucky Derby and stand as a familiar beacon to horse racing enthusiasts everywhere.

The Trophy

Since the 50th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1924, Churchill Downs has annually presented a gold trophy to the winning owner of the famed “Run for the Roses.” History is unclear if a trophy was presented in 1875 to the winner of the first Kentucky Derby, and trophy presentations were sporadically made in following years. Finally, in 1924, legendary Churchill Downs President Matt Winn commissioned that a standard design be developed for the “Golden Anniversary” of the Derby.

To commemorate Derby 125 a change was made and the horseshoe was turned 180 degrees so that its ends pointed up. The trophy now annually incorporates the horseshoe with the ends pointing up. Racing superstition decrees that if the horseshoe is turned down all the luck will run out.

Since 1975, the trophy has been created by New England Serling located in North Attleboro, MA. The trophy, which is topped by an 18-karat gold horse and rider, includes horseshoe shaped handles, is 22 inches tall and weighs 56 ounces, excluding its jade base. The entire trophy is handcrafted with the exception of the horse and rider that are both cast from a mold.

To complete the trophy by April, craftsmen begin the process during the fall of the previous year and literally work hundreds of hours. The trophy is believed to be the only solid gold trophy that is annually awarded the winner of a major American sporting event.




Mint Julep

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year; almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

Hit Parade

The second most entertaining parade next to the Kentucky Derby post parade is the parade of hats on display at Churchill Downs. From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits.  Does a Derby hat improve one’s luck at picking winners? Some say; “yes, it certainly helps.”


Be sure to take a moment out of your day and participate in the running of 145th Kentucky Derby. As always, make the most of each day!



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