Meaning: a sporting event involving horse-racing, usually with young horses; some other kind of race, for example bicycle derby
- We are watching a motorcycle derby this weekend.
- I am betting on an unlikely winner for the Kentucky Derby.
Origin: In 1780, Edward Smith-Stanley (1752-1834), the 12th Earl of Derby, and his friends organized a race between their three-year-old horses at Epsom Downs in England. A prize was offered for the winner. This race of three-year-old horses became an annual event and is today one of Britain's most important national sporting events. The Kentucky Derby and the French Derby are famous horse races in the USA and France respectively.
What happens at the horse derby?
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Contributor: Tara Benwell