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The Epsom Derby
The Epsom Derby, often referred to simply as the Derby, is a world-famous horse race that takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, England. The race is considered one of the most prestigious events in the British sporting calendar and is attended by thousands of spectators each year. The Derby was first run in 1780, and it has been held annually ever since, with the exception of a few years during World War I and World War II. The race is open to three-year-old colts and fillies and is run over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and six yards (approximately 2.4 kilometers). The racecourse at Epsom Downs is known for its undulating terrain, which includes the famous Tattenham Corner, a sharp bend that is often considered a decisive point in the race. The Derby is also known for its strict dress code, which requires men to wear morning dress and women to wear formal hats or fascinators.
Winning the Derby is considered a major achievement in the world of horse racing, and many of the greatest horses in history have won the race. The most successful jockey in Derby history is Lester Piggott, who won the race nine times between 1954 and 1983. In addition to the horse race, the Derby is also a social occasion, with many attendees dressing up for the occasion and enjoying the various food and drink options available at the racecourse. The event also includes various entertainment and musical performances.
The Epsom Derby is a beloved British institution that celebrates both the sport of horse racing and the rich history and culture of the United Kingdom.
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