Run for the Roses

 

It’s aptly referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports. But the phenomenon that is the Kentucky Derby boasts a history much richer than 120 seconds of hooves and harnesses.

It all began when Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. returned from Europe where he researched horse racing in hopes of reviving the sport stateside. Inspired by the revelry of the equestrian world across the pond, Clark created a venue on 80 acres of Louisville, Kentucky land owned by his uncles, the Churchills. On May 17, 1875, the first running before a crowd of 10,000 marked the commencement of the Kentucky Derby.

Read the complete Run for the Roses feature in the Spring 2015 issue of Reign Magazine, here…

Need a bit of Derby fashion inspiration? See our picks for the perfect ensemble, whether you’re spectating at Churchill Downs or at one of Colorado’s own Derby soirees…

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