Louisville’s 145th Annual World Famous Kentucky Derby Race Today

Update from Patrick W. O’Leary regarding the result of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Race:  

  •  What a finish ! The horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified. That is the first time in the history of the Derby where the winner was disqualified. The horse that came in second was declared the winner.
  •  The horse that was declared the winner was a long shot. If you bet $2 to win you won $132!
    The track attendance was 150,729 people. That is the entire population of County Wexford!
    Sincere thanks Patrick for this wonderfully comprehensive update on the event.  (S.R.)

Today the world famous two minute Kentucky Derby takes place as the culmination of a two week Festival.  Post time for the Kentucky Derby 2019 is 6:46 p.m. ET in USA.  under the legendary twin spires. With such a wide-open field entering the starting gate for the 145th running of this world-famous race, it promises to be supremely exciting.   Here in Millstreet we also celebrate the annual event thanks to the O’Leary Family of Louisville, Kentucky Eileen sent us the Official Programme and the famous Pegasus Pins which we are proudly wearing today.  Michael sent us a superbly colourful book relating to the very interesting history of the 145 year annual event while Patrick keeps us fully updated on the Derby itself having shared tee-shirts and socks with the official logo.  A very special word of sincere thanks to Kathy and Mary Ann – Patrick W. O’Leary’s sisters.  Here we share images of the various items as well as James Wickham of Minnesota and New York (on holidays at his ancestral home near Ballydaly) with yours truly displaying our Kentucky Derby Day 2019 memorabilia at Cinnamon Restaurant this Saturday morning – 4th May 2019.  We thank Anna O’Shea for assisting in the photography.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

3 thoughts on “Louisville’s 145th Annual World Famous Kentucky Derby Race Today”

  1. Thank you for posting. Today is an exciting day in Louisville, Kentucky USA. The Kentucky Derby will last for about two minutes but we throw a two week party leading up to Derby Day! I don’t think there were any Irish bred horses in this years Derby. In the past there have been a horse that was born in Ireland that ran in the Derby.

  2. Sean, Derby time is always exciting. This year the rain and the sloppy track added to the unknown factors. Sorry I did not have a bet placed, because I usually bet the long shots. Oh well, that is why it is called gambling. I will send you tomorrow’s paper as I am sure there will be many pictures and articles about the first disqualification in Derby history.

    Thank you for your wonderful post about the Derby and your gracious mention of our family.


    1. Eileen…Many thanks for your much appreciated comment. Lots of local interest here in Millstreet regarding the world famous Kentucky Derby 2019…and what an unexpected result this year. Kindest greetings from Millstreet.

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