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Kentucky is known as "The Bluegrass State. The nickname comes from the bluegrass that covers many of the fertile pastures in the state. Kentucky is famous for its horses and for the Kentucky Derby. It is also home to Mammoth Cave National Park, which contains the longest caves in the world. These caves, in the hillside of southern Kentucky, may be as long as 405 miles. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort.
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The Kentucky Derby is the most popular horse race in America. It is sometimes called The Run for the Roses, as the winning horse is covered with a blanket of roses. It is also referred to as The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. The Kentucky Derby has been run each year since 1875, regardless of world events. The Kentucky Derby is a race for 3-year-old thoroughbred horses. The horses run 10 furlongs, or 1 1/4 miles. The record for the fastest time is held by Secretariat. He ran the course in one minute and 59 seconds.
The Kentucky Derby