Once you’ve got your food, decorations, and the Kentucky Derby on, you need something to fill in the downtime during the race. These Kentucky Derby Printable Activities are perfect when you need a quick game during commercial breaks as a fun way to entertain your kids, friends, and family!
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🐎 What is the Kentucky Derby?
Churchill Downs is one of the most legendary tracks for racing, and it has conducted thoroughbred racing and hosted the Kentucky Derby every year since 1875. The race is presented by Woodford Reserve. This race is 1 1/2 miles long and is run on a racetrack made of dirt in Louisville, Kentucky.
Twenty of the best horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, which is the larger field size than most racehorses ever compete on. The 20 horses that race travel along the road to the Derby through a series of 35 different races across the country and even the world. The top four horses that finish each race and the ones with the most points score a spot at the Kentucky Derby.
Every year, this race takes place on the first Saturday in May and draws large crowds in attendance. It is considered the longest continually held sporting event in America and one of the most prestigious horse races in the whole world.
Find out more about the race by visiting the Kentucky Derby website here.
🐎 How did the Kentucky Derby get its name?
There are very few sporting events in America that have such a rich history and popularity as the Kentucky Derby. With traditions such as wearing large beautiful hats and singing My Old Kentucky Home, make it a celebration of both southern culture and the race itself. The race was nicknamed The Run for the Roses and is often considered “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”
It was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, stemming from a trip to Europe. He became inspired by his travels and horse race experiences. Upon returning, he was determined to make a spectacle horse racing event in the States. With the help of his uncles, he was able to get the necessary land and started the Louisville Jockey Club to raise funds to build the racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.
The track opened its gates to the first Kentucky Derby back on May 17th, 1875, with a total of 15 three-year-old Thoroughbred horses that raced one and a half miles. The very first winner was Aristides, and while the race has undergone changes since the first race, it still embraces the integrity of that first race set forth by Clark.
🐎 What is Included in the Kentucky Derby Activities Printable
Not a soul will be bored at your house this May when you print off and keep these games on hand to entertain everyone ready for the big race.
We have all been to someone’s house to watch a game or see a movie, and it gets so dull sometimes. Guests want to have something to do during commercial breaks. You never know when you’ll need to have entertainment ready.
🏇 Kentucky Derby Fact or Fiction
This fun trivia pack is enough to keep you going before, during, and after the race! Use these 16 trivia questions to intrigue your guests and help them learn more about the race.
🏇 Kentucky Derby, What’s In Your Purse?
A great way to break the ice and help people get to know each other is with this What’s In Your Purse game. Your ladies will love finding each of the items and seeing who has the most points.
🏇 Kentucky Derby Word Search
This easy word search game will keep the guests entertained and fire up the conversation! You could even give these to the kids to play with while the race is going.
Kentucky Derby Word Scramble
You have all the letters for each horse racing related word, but they are scrambled! Who will decipher all the words?
🏇 Kentucky Derby Scattergories
Test your horse knowledge with this fun twist on the traditional Scattergories game! For larger groups, you can put people into teams.
🐴 Free Kentucky Derby Printables Answer Keys
Keep these hidden until after the games are played to reveal the answers at a later time.
🐴 How to Use?
Use these for the Kentucky Derby race or to watch any of the other qualifying races if you’re interested. The trivia will be a fun activity to use leading up to the race, but the commercials are a great time to do any of these downtime activities.
Pair these with my Charcuterie Board guide, and you’ll have an elegant party ready!
🐴 How to Grab Kentucky Derby Printables?
Get these fun Kentucky Derby Game Printables. All you have to do is click download, and your free printable will be ready to print off and use. I hope you love these activities as much as I do!
🌹 Kentucky Derby Facts
Yes, it is free to download and print any printable from our site. Just know this is for personal use only. You can not sell these printables as your own.
All bets are final, no matter the outcome of the horse. This means that those who won money will keep it, regardless.
The horse named Go for Gin is the oldest to ever win the Kentucky Derby at the age of 3 years old.
Maybe you were lucky enough to see one of the races! Secretariat is the fastest horse of all time.
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