Issue Date: May 4, 1974
City: Louisville, KY
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11 x 10 1/2
Color: Yellow and multicolored
This stamp was issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby.
The 100th Anniversary of the Kentucky Derby
Kentucky has long been associated with champion race horses. First run in 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the longest-running horse racing event in the United States. The derby is run every year on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest is for 3-year-old horses, running one and a quarter miles.
The race is also known as the “run for the roses,” as its winner is presented with a blanket of roses. Along with the Preakness and the Belmont stakes, the Kentucky Derby is part of U.S. horse racing’s coveted Triple Crown.