For reference, James Naismith was 13 years old at the time and years away from inventing the game of basketball. Cy Young was eight years old, Red Grange wasn't even a galloping glint in his mother's eye and Frederick Arthur, also known as Lord Stanley of Preston, was still 17 years away from buying a particularly large cup. In other words, the Derby leads most of North America's sporting traditions by a few furlongs.
But this weekend's edition of the classic horse race, the 131st staging, is as much about changing history as celebrating it. For one thing, the storied grounds at Churchill Downs look different after large-scale renovations aimed at providing a more pleasing experience for fans. And for another, George Steinbrenner wants no part of his own lackluster history at the track, hoping race favorite Bellamy Road brings him a win.
But what does SportsNation think? Who will win? Do you still care about the Kentucky Derby?