The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs, on the time-hallowed first Saturday in May.
Then and there, some 45,000 suited, booted, and flamboyantly hatted spectators on hand (with a TV audience of millions more) will sip a mint julep, grow misty-eyed to the strains of My Old Kentucky Home, and brace for the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”
The Run for the Roses is so named for the traditional garland of 554 red roses for the winner.
Luxury Defined has its own Derby tradition, annually showcasing the greatest equestrian estates in luxurious locales around the world. This year, we’ve added the insights and expertise of Rusty Underwood, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate Bluegrass, in Lexington, the beating heart of Kentucky’s horse country.
Rusty and his wife, Rachel Underwood (COO of Christie’s International Real Estate Bluegrass and its co-owner), have attended the Derby many times. “Our preference is to watch the race on our own back patio in Lexington, surrounded by the spring flowers, with friends and family, good food and some Kentucky Bourbon.” He added; “Derby hats are optional but encouraged.”