By the Kent Redding Group
AUSTIN, TX. – Are you searching for fun things to do in Austin Texas? If so, don’t miss Derby in The City Music Festival, coming up on Saturday May 6th, 2017 in downtown Austin Texas.
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style
Brought to you by the Austin American Statesman, Derby in the City (DITC) is your chance to catch the 2017 Kentucky Derby on the jumbotron with tons of other race fans in downtown Austin Texas.
Besides catching the 143rd Kentucky Derby there’s also going to be live music from Citizen Cope and many other excellent bands, great food, and lots of fun so wear your most awesome derby hat and be prepared for a celebration of all things Kentucky Derby.
Odd Duck will be crafting their staple Makers Mark mint julep, Kentucky mules and other fabulous cocktails. There will also be a solid beer list to help quench your thirst with Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Deep Ellum Brewing, and Schilling Cider on hand. Make sure to check out our largest selection of food trucks to date and massive Jockey Club Tent with flat screen TVs to view all the races leading up to the Kentucky Derby on the huge jumbotron!
About the Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby /ˈdɜːrbi/ is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kilograms) and fillies 121 pounds (55 kilograms).
The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891–1893 and 1911–1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown. In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Kentucky Derby tied with the Whitney Handicap as the top Grade 1 race in the United States outside of the Breeders' Cup races.
The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders' Cup.
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