Kentucky Derby Quiz

Think you know all the facts and figures of the legendary horse race? Don't bet on it!

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True or False?

Master floral designers hand-sew 400 roses to the winner's garland.

True!

The garland is two and a half yards long, 14 inches wide and weighs 40 pounds!

True Or False?

More than 1,000 pounds of fresh mint are used during the Kentucky Derby to make mint juleps. 

True!

More than 2,250 pounds of locally grown mint works its way into 120,000 signature drinks served on Derby Day.

True or False?

Approximately 4,000 pounds of potatoes are served during the Kentucky Derby. 

False!

More than 8,000 pounds of potatoes are served, along with 142,000 hot dogs, 9,700 pounds of chicken and 32,400 jumbo shrimp. 

True or False?

A stunning spray of yellow roses comprise the winning jockey's bouquet. 

False!

The winner jockey receives a bouquet of 60 matching long-stemmed red roses wrapped with 10 yards of ribbon. 

True Or False?

Sleet was spotted at Kentucky's legendary horse race on May 6, 1989. 

True!

According to Derby record keepers, precipitation in one form or another has occurred at some point during 65 Kentucky Derbys since the race began in 1875.

True Or False?

The original Derby pie was made with pecans.  

False!

Original Derby pies are made with walnuts. No matter what nut you use, the star ingredient is always bourbon. On race day, 1,892 sheets of Derby pies are made to feed the hungry crowd. 

True Or False?

Roses are the only flower grown at Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby.

False!

Approximately 12,000 tulips and 400 trees and shrubs join 250 rose bushes on the grounds.