. . . the 143rd Kentucky Derby! That’s according to our exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™. And one of the first kick-off events is next week, when the Kentucky Derby Festival starts registering runners for the marathon and mini-marathon.
The main event, of course, is the first Saturday in May — the 6th in 2017. Here’s one of this past year’s many luminaries: Trey Lewis, the former University of Louisville guard who’s now a Cleveland Cavaliers summer league player:
Registering for the marathons early, the Derby Festival says in a press release, is the one way to guarantee a spot in next year’s races — and to save money. The largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky is set for Saturday, April 29, and will once more be capped at 18,000 runners. Registration will be available online at Derby Festival Marathon starting Aug. 12. Early registration fees are $65 for the mini and $75 for the marathon through Oct. 31.
Photo, top left: Citation‘s winning trophy from 1948; he was the eighth Triple Crown Winner. It was designed by George Lewis Graff for the Louisville firm Lemon & Son, according to the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington.