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Kentucky Turtle Derby, the “Slowest 8 Minutes in Sports” set for this evening

Eight of the speediest turtles you’ll ever see face off tonight in hopes of glory.

07 January 2020, Bremen, Bremerhaven: A turtle is weighed during the inventory at the zoo by the sea. Photo by Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images

If the first Saturday in May being without the Run for The Roses has you feeling a bit forlorn for furlongs, the Kentucky Turtle Derby will take place on Youtube this evening for some of the hottest track action available. “The Slowest Eight Minutes in Sports” might not exude the same emotions as the front stretch at Churchill Downs, but you can still see all the racing available here.

The Kentucky Derby has been run on the first Saturday in May every year since 1875, with one exception; the 1945 edition was pushed back a month because of wartime restrictions. In its stead stepped in the Kentucky Turtle Derby, where about 6,000 people packed into the Jefferson County Armory to watch over 140 turtles navigate a 20-foot track, complete with heats and a final.

And this being a race in Louisville, of course there were a few dollars exchanged. Over $11,000 in bets were placed in support of charity.

This year it returns thanks to Old Forester bourbon in a modified format, as eight turtles will try to find the finish line first. Legendary horse racing announcer Larry Collmus will call the action from his home in New Jersey, though the event has been pre-taped so we don’t recommend getting down actual cash on this one.

Here is the field for tonight’s 2020 Kentucky Turtle Derby presented by Old Forester bourbon.

Seattle Slow
Green Mamba
What the Turtleneck?
Rocket to Nowhere
American Tortuga