Kentucky Derby Trivia
True or False
  1. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running American sporting event.
  2. A good race horse should be confident and have the appearance of being in control.
  3. Ears pointed backwards means the horse is listening to its surroundings.
  4. Race horses should have quick, short strides.
  5. The Kentucky Derby Mint Julep is made up of Kentucky bourbon, simple syrup, crushed ice, powered sugar, and mint.
  6. Laska Durnell became the first female to start a horse, Elwood, in the Kentucky Derby. Elwood also won that Kentucky Derby.
  7. The Triple Crown consists of three races; The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and The Fantasy Stakes.
  8. The first African-American trainer of a Kentucky Derby horse was Dudley “Dud” Allen in 1891.
  9. Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark originally built the race track at Churchill Downs.
  10. The Kentucky Derby is the only leg of the Triple Crown that has run consecutively since it began in 1875.
  11. Trainers always get the jockey they want.
  12. Jockey insurance premiums rank among the lowest in any sport.
  13. A strong tail root means the horse is likely to have strong buttocks and good speed.
ANSWER KEY

  1. T
  2. T
  3. F
  4. F
  5. T
  6. T
  7. F
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T
  11. F
  12. F
  13. T
Multiple Choice
  1. An average thoroughbred horse weighs how much?
    1. 2000 lbs
    2. 1500 lbs
    3. 1000 lbs
    4. 500 lbs
  2. Kentucky Derby jockeys have a ____ pound weight limit.
    1. 120 lbs
    2. 105 lbs
    3. 126 lbs
    4. 112 lbs
  3. An average jockey is sidelined by injury ____ times per year.
    1. 3
    2. 5
    3. 2
    4. 1
  4. An average race horse runs at speeds of…
    1. 25-35 mph
    2. 35-45 mph
    3. 45-55 mph
    4. 55-65 mph
  5. At full speed, the stride of a race horse is…
    1. 10 feet
    2. 15 feet
    3. 20 feet
    4. 15 feet
  6. An average jockey weighs how much?
    1. 98 lbs
    2. 106 lbs
    3. 112 lbs
    4. 118 lbs
  7. Race horses can reach full speed in ____ strides.
    1. 6 strides
    2. 7 strides
    3. 8 strides
    4. 9 strides
  8. There have been a total of ____ Triple Crown Winners.
    1. 12
    2. 15
    3. 7
    4. 4
  9. In Qatar, instead of horses, ____ were raced
    1. Camels
    2. Robots
    3. Donkeys
    4. Cattle
  10. The fastest horse to run the Kentucky Derby was
    1. Unbridled
    2. American Pharaoh
    3. California Chrome
    4. Secretariat
  11. The winning horse of the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, Aristides, was how old?
    1. 3
    2. 5
    3. 7
    4. 9
  12. How many spectators watched the first Kentucky Derby in 1875?
    1. 1,000
    2. 10,000
    3. 20,000
    4. 30,000
  13. Wagering from all-sources totaled a record high in 2015. How much was wagered?
    1. $135.75 million
    2. $210.87 million
    3. $194.30 million
    4. $324.50 million
  14. The engine of a race horse is considered to be the…
    1. Back
    2. Shoulder
    3. Chest
    4. Legs
  15. The band around the top of the hoof is called what?
    1. Pastern
    2. Fetlock
    3. Cannon
    4. Coronet
  16. The most Kentucky Derby wins by a jockey is shared by Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack. How many wins do they each have?
    1. 3
    2. 4
    3. 5
    4. 6
  17. The biggest underdog to win the Derby was at 91/1 odds in 1913 was whom?
    1. Donerail
    2. California Chrome
    3. Secretariat
    4. Aristides
  18. Last year at the Kentucky Derby, _____ liters of bourbon were consumed.
    1. 3,000
    2. 7,800
    3. 1,000
    4. 5,000
  19. Last year at the Kentucky Derby, _____ hot dogs were eaten.
    1. 82,000
    2. 101,000
    3. 124,000
    4. 142,000
  20. The winner of the first ever Kentucky Derby in 1875 was?
    1. Donerail
    2. California Chrome
    3. Secretariat
    4. Aristides
  21. At 77 years old, Art Sherman became the oldest Kentucky derby winning trainer with what horse?
    1. Donerail
    2. California Chrome
    3. Secretariat
    4. Aristides
  22. Willie Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the Derby in 1986. How old was he?
    1. 78
    2. 67
    3. 54
    4. 45
ANSWER KEY

  1. C
  2. C
  3. A
  4. B
  5. D
  6. C
  7. A
  8. A
  9. A
  10. D
  11. A
  12. B
  13. C
  14. B
  15. D
  16. C
  17. A
  18. B
  19. D
  20. D
  21. B
  22. C