The 2015 Kentucky Derby is now in the history books. A new champion was crowned, in this case American Pharoah, but the real star of the event wasn't so much the horse itself but the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the event on a yearly basis.
If you are a steadfast lover of the Kentucky Derby, congrats for your patience, that is if you're into the actual race more so than the build up, fashion and celebrity sightings that truly define the Derby as being an iconic, history race in sports.
Yes, the Kentucky Derby is the Super Bowl of horse racing and the epitome of competition within its own sport. The stands are filled with dignitaries, and the general public clamors to attend the event every year.
The real question about the Derby for sports fans is much different from how this race is viewed by the general population. For sports nuts, the Derby is fast paced tradition at its finest. The purity of the horse racing is underscored by competitors vying for the top price in horse racing.
Beyond that demographic, however, it is difficult to really gauge the importance of the Derby as it relates to onlookers who view it for what it is: a fashion show, absurd, albeit culturally accepted, hats and lots of quick, wide angled television shots of important people eating Hot Brown sandwiches and flashing their jewels and riches for the entire viewing audience to see.
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