Madelynne Myers of Louisville, Kentucky

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'Run for the Roses'! A look back at the 140-year-old Kentucky Derby

Known as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby horse race and the festivities around it are steeped in history, tradition, style and Kentucky bourbon. Here’s a look back at the Kentucky Derby over the years.

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Arcaro Jones Wright

A love for the sport

Jockey Eddie Arcaro is kissed by his mother, Josephine, holding roses, after winning the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky., on May 3, 1952. Arcaro, who was riding Hill Gail, celebrates his fifth Derby win. At left is Lucille Parker Wright, whose racing stable Calumet Farm has had five Derby winners. At center is Ben Jones, who has trained all six Derby winners. (AP Photo)
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Willie Shoemaker

Victory wave

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Carried away

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Like typical race fans, Gov. Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy excitedly follow the progress of a horse running in the sixth race of the Kentucky Derby program in Louisville, Ky., on May 3, 1969.    President Richard Nixon and wife, Pat, are alongside the Reagans in first row of box. (AP Photo)

Nixons and Reagans

Like typical race fans, Gov. Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy excitedly follow the progress of a horse running in the sixth race of the Kentucky Derby program in Louisville, Ky., on May 3, 1969. President Richard Nixon and wife, Pat, are alongside the Reagans in first row of box. (AP Photo)
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Diane Crump

A muddy finish

Diane Crump, the lady jockey who was aboard Right Sean in the first race of the Kentucky Derby program on Saturday, sports a mud pack on her cap and face after winning the race on May 2, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky. She nosed out jockey J. McNight aboard Savo on a very muddy Churchill Downs track. (AP Photo)
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Good times

May 1988: General view of a fan watching the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Suspenseful day

May 1988: General view of fans watching the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Blue skies

May 1988: General view of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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Winning the Kentucky Derby jockey Pat Day greets the crowd after ridding Lil E. Tee at the 118th meeting of  the derby horse race  in Louisville, on May 2, 1992 .      (AP Photo)

Winning moment

Winning the Kentucky Derby jockey Pat Day greets the crowd after ridding Lil E. Tee at the 118th meeting of the derby horse race in Louisville, on May 2, 1992 . (AP Photo)
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Making a day of it

1 May 1993: General view of spectators in the infield during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
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JESSICA LANGE

Cameo appearance

Academy award winning actress Jessica Lange watches the early races from Millionaire's Row at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 6, 1995, in Louisville, Ky. The eighth race of the day is the Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)
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MEDLEY  OSTROWSKI

A signature look

Linda Medley, left, of Birmingham, Ala., and Joy Ostrowski of Cleveland sport their Derby headgear as they wait for the start of the Kentucky Derby in the paddock area at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 4, 1996. (AP Photo/Gail Kamenish)
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Singer Jessica Simpson wears a colorful hat during Kentucky Derby day festivities at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Simpson sighting

Singer Jessica Simpson wears a colorful hat during Kentucky Derby day festivities at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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A prepared pair

Jim and Irene Levenberger, from Shawano, Wisc., looks over a racing program in the paddock area at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 7, 2005, in Louisville, Ky. The 131st Kentucky Derby is the 10th race of the day. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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Ernie Trent wears his personally designe

Derby fever

Louisville, UNITED STATES: Ernie Trent wears his personally designed Kentucky Derby hat 05 May 2007 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky before the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby later in the day. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
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Terrific topper

Angela Baker, Wellington, Fla., wears a hat before the 136th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Madelynne Myers of Louisville, Kentucky

Fun in the sun

Madelynne Myers of Louisville, Kentucky wears a derby hat with her friends on Kentucky Oaks day on the eve of the 137th Running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT (Photo credit should read LUKE SHARRETT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ready for the rain

Desirae Masterson, from Indianapolis, Ind., with her hat covered in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain, shares a mint julep with her husband Ray before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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