The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May. This event is held on the last day of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) long. The race is sometimes coined in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its estimated length. The winner traditionally gets a blanket of roses draped them. It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, followed by the Belmont Stakes. The horse must win all three to win the Triple Crown. The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races.