The greatest & shortest race in American sports

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12most exciting two minutes in American sports13 America's longest running sports event. We take a look at what went down today.

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All eyes were fixed on Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the biggest horse race of the year.

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The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of this racetrack and the race for nearly a century.

Horses, thoroughbreds to be exact, are everywhere at the Derby. Who are the favorites this year?

Always Dreaming is the favorite in the 2017 iteration of the race, but people say with some nasty weather in store, any horse could be crowned at the end of the day.

Always Dreaming Photo Credit: @Antelizjr

Hearts are racing waiting for their favorites to run the race and hopefully win. Bets are on!

Celebrities gather to celebrate, sing and carry on the southern tradition of wearing big hats during the Derby. 

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Out of the gate in the @woodfordreserve Turf Classic!

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Weather seems to be holding out and the fans are out!

Churchill Downs, arguably the world's most legendary racetrack, has presented America's greatest race since 1875. 

Saluting the horses:

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How'd they get their names?

There is always an underdog and this year the feel-good story of the Derby is definitely one-eyed Patch, on his fourth career start. Go Patch!

Fans grab their Derby hats, a couple of mint juleps and get ready to experience Southern hospitality and sophistication at the famous Kentucky Derby... 

Little works of art we call "#KyDerby hats"

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#Julep cheers. #kentuckyderby #mintjuleps #bourbon #derbyparty

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Here's crooner and American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr and his former Victoria's Secret model wife, Jill Goodacre.

derby time with my beautiful jill! #kentuckyderby

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We can see style all over the place here at the Downs!

?? #KentuckyDerby (via @tombrady)

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#Kentuckyderby #derby #talkderbytome #family #bestdayever #churchilldowns

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Got your Oaks and Derby picks? Wager at now!

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Best in Show ? ? #talkderbytome #kentuckyderby

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Not to be overlooked: Kentucky Derby Hats - a whole IG account decoding them 

AND the winner is... as predicted, Always Dreaming is the 2017 winner of the Kentucky Derby.

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Congratulations to the winning racehorse, jockey, trainers, owners, and fans. Another priceless two minutes of history.

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