Run for the Roses

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Run for the Roses

A nickname for the Kentucky Derby horse race, at which the winning horse is adorned with a garland of roses. I never thought much of horse racing until I saw the Run for the Roses in person at Churchill Downs—what a spectacle!
See also: Rose, run
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Now a world event, the Run for the Roses is at heart a quintessentially American celebration, without question one of the true glories of the horseracing world.
The voice of the Kentucky Derby is behind the mic on each day of the festival, and gave the Bell-Ringer Handicap here so much welly you might have thought it was the Run For The Roses itself.
Turf history at Goodwood GOODWOOD is set to witness a little piece of thoroughbred history tonight, with the racing debut of the final foal produced by Winning Colors - the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby and one of only three female winners ever of the Run for the Roses, who died in 2008.
Now he is about to call the most famous race on the most iconic racecourse in the world, the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
The winner flew to Louisville on Monday morning to begin preparations for the Run for the Roses on May 3, for which he looks a major contender.
Lewis, together with his wife Beverly, took the Run for the Roses with Silver Charm in 1997 and Charismatic two years later, while Chapman and wife Pat won the Derby with Smarty Jones under the banner of Someday Farm in 2004.
It's commonplace for the Juvenile winner to be installed market leader for the Run for the Roses, but no colt has ever done the double.