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Photo of the 1941 Kentucky Derby in Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
The 1941 Kentucky Derby in Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

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Kentucky Horse Country
Kentucky is a state that is known for its horses. For more than 100 years horse breeding, shows, and racing have been popular in Kentucky. The state's many grassy farms are considered by many to be the best place to raise and breed horses. Horses have been an important part of Kentucky since the early frontiersmen came on horseback through the Cumberland Gap. Early on, the settlers began racing and breeding their horses. Many early races were on straight quarter-mile roads or paths. By the 1780s, the first-known circular horse racing track had been constructed in Kentucky. The most famous horse race in the United States is the Kentucky Derby. It has been held at Churchill Downs in Louisville every May since 1875. Can you name any horses that have won the race? One of the greatest was named Secretariat.
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