The Kentucky Derby is one of the longest sports events in the United States, which began back in 1872.  In 1872, the grandson of William Clark Meriwether Lewis Jr., traveled to England and visited a popular race called Derby that had been successfully running yearly since 1780. He then traveled to Pars, and in 1863 and he and other interesting group had formed the FJC (French Jockey Club) and they organized the GPP (Grand Prix de Paris) at Longchamp that was considered as the best race in Franc at that time.
The Kentucky Derby has become famous and it is popularly known as “The most exciting two-minutes in sports” and also “Run for the Roses” in later years. The race was commenced uninterrupted even during the historical events such as ‘The Great Depression’ and World War I and World War II.
After he returned home to Kentucky, Clark Jr., organized LJC (Louisville Jockey Club) to raise money to produce best racing facilities outside the city.  He named the track as Churchill Downs, named after Henry and John Churchill, who gave the land to the Clark for the racetrack. In 1937, officially the track was integrated as Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby was initially run at 2.4km (1 ½ miles) the distance similar to Epsom Derby. Later in 1896, the distance is reduced to 1 ¼ miles (2.0km),  In 1875 May 17th in front of over 10,000 people the first derby was contested with a field of 12 3-year-old horses. The colt that is known as Aristides was trained by the farmer Ansel Williamson has won the opening Derby under Jockey Oliver Lewis. After that year, at Belmont Stakes, Aristides rode by Lewis won second place.
However, the initial race meeting was successful, but, yet the track ran into some fiscal difficulties and the New Louisville Jockey Club was included in 1894 with new and improved facilities and capitalization. But, the business stumbled until 1902 Col. Matt Winn from Louisville put together an association of businessmen to obtain the skills. His contribution helped Churchill Down rise from its fall and the Kentucky Derby became the top stakes race in North America for 3-year-old Thoroughbred horses.
The Kentucky Derby has made several improvements and various changes associated with any major event over the period of three centuries. From reducing the race distance, introducing the traditions such as covering the winning horse with a garland of roses, to the increasing size of derby crowd, the KD has clinched the change of time, at the same time honoring the veracity of the race presented by Meriwether Lewis Clark. The timeline shows how the Kentucky Derby has survived since 1875, including its famous horse performances, record-setting race facts and important changes in the Kentucky Derby two-week-long festival.
The first live radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was broadcasted on May 16, 1925, which was initiated by WHAS and t was also accepted by WGN in Chicago. The Kentucky Derby first television coverage took place on May 7th, 1949, produced by WAVE-TV, the NBC partner in Louisville.  The Kentucky Derby coverage was telecasted in the Louisville market and it was sent to NBC as KN (Kinescope Newsreel) recording for the nationwide telecast.

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