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Five things you might not have known about the Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- By now you might be a Derby expert, but there are some things that you might not know about the most famous two minutes in sports.

WDRB's Sterling Riggs visited the Derby Museum where they count them down from five.

Barry Northern is Louisville born and raised, with horse racing is in his blood. If you join his tour at the Derby Museum, you'll quickly find out that he's the man in-the-know when it comes to Derby trivia. Here are the Top 5 facts he says people should know about the Kentucky Derby.

#1 Thoroughbreds have one chance to win the Kentucky Derby.
"The horses can only run when they are three years old," Northern said. "Regardless of when a horse is born, his birthday is January 1. That means the horses that competed last year -- they have now turned four, so no more Kentucky Derbies for them."

#2 The Track is 1 ¼ mile.
"All of these horses that come to the race, this will be the longest race they've ever ran," Northern said. "At this point, a mile-and-an-eighth is the farthest they've ever run. So that mile-and-a-quarter can be a big separator and separate the men from the boys a little bit."

#3 Breeding racehorses can be more profitable than winning the Derby.
"Storm Cat bred from age 4 until age 25," Northern said. "In that 21-year period, he averaged $39 million a year. He did not even win the Kentucky Derby; he had two grandfathers that did: the 1964 winner Northern Dancer and Secretariat."

#4 Cash is king at the track.
"If you want to wager at the racetrack, you have to have cash in your hand," he said. "Of that $24 million, $12 million was bet on the Kentucky Derby itself and then another $12 million bet on the other races that day, so a lot of cash floating around here on Derby Day."

#5 Only one Derby-winning horse has two sons that have won the Derby.
"Bold Venture won the Derby in 1936, then his son Assault won the Triple Crown in 1946, and then his son Middle Ground won the 1950 Kentucky Derby," Northern said.

Before the tour ended, we had to get Nothern's pick to win the Derby.

"I'm looking for a lot of money for my two dollars," he said. "I won't be betting California Chrome. I'm hoping Chitu will be somewhere around 40 to 1 so I can get back 80 bucks for my two dollars."

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