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Kentucky Derby 2019: Return of the 'most exciting two minutes in sports'

Updated 1541 GMT (2341 HKT) May 3, 2019
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The Kentucky Derby, first run in 1875, is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and a sporting and cultural icon in the US. It is for three-year-old thoroughbreds and is run over a mile and a quarter at Churchill Downs. Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
More than 150,000 racegoers packed out Churchill Downs in Louisville for last year's Kentucky Derby, one of the best-loved events in the racing calendar. Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most anticipated annual sporting events in America. Rob Carr/Getty Images
Justify, trained by five-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, won last year's rain-soaked event on his way to winning the prestigious Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Michael Reaves/Getty Images
The horse didn't run as a two-year-old, meaning it bucked a 136-year trend with a win in last year's race. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The event is also dubbed the "Run for the Roses" because of the garland of 554 roses draped over the winner. Rob Carr/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The horses are randomly assigned a post position before the race. There are multiple theories to which position is best. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The event is a chance to dress up, with all manner of hats and elegant dresses on show. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
The men also jump at the chance to put on their glad rags. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
Famous faces regularly flock to Churchill Downs for the Derby. Here, NFL stars Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski soak up the atmosphere in 2015. A horse named after New England Patriot's tight end Gronkowski was due to run in this year's race, but had to pull out with a fever. Robin Marchant/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for Churchill Downs
American actor Jeff Bridges (left) was in attendance in 2017. Robin Marchant/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for Twentieth Centu
The hats are spectacular and rival the best Royal Ascot has to offer. Getty Images/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
In 2015, jockey Victor Espinoza rode American Pharoah to victory -- his first win on the way to completing the Triple Crown. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
It also meant Espinoza secured back-to-back victories after winning the 140th edition on California Chrome. Rob Carr/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Punters prepare to place their bets at the wagering windows in 2014. Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Trainer Bob Baffert saddled Justify to his fifth Kentucky Derby triumph in 2018. One more victory for Baffert would equal the record of Ben A Jones, set between 1938 and 1952. Al Bello/Getty Images