Break out those wide-brimmed hats and mint juleps: It's the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. On Saturday evening, 20 thoroughbred horses will sprint out of the gates at Churchill Downs in Louisville and vie for one of the biggest titles in American horse racing. While they're doing the work on Saturday, you can indulge in some of the best Kentucky Derby tweets and memes, ranging from adorable facts about the horses competing in the race to the endless parade of whimsical and fancy hats.
As the thoroughbreds charge toward the finish line, the thousands of spectators on the sideline will engage in their own competitions of sorts, be it the battle of the bets or the battle of the hats. May the best-dressed Southern belle with the floral fascinators and parasol win.
The Kentucky Derby kicks off the first leg of the Triple Crown, the most prestigious title in horse racing — and the hardest accomplishment to achieve. Last year, American Pharaoh became the first horse to win all three races — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes — since Affirmed in 1978. Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown.
It's unlikely — though not impossible — to see another Triple Crown win this year. But that's OK — the Internet is still here to make things exciting.
The official Kentucky Derby Twitter account is bringing audiences "Tales from the Crib" for every horse competing in Saturday's race, which is totally adorable:
The Kentucky Derby is the best time to break out the horse head mask.
The Kentucky Derby Twitter account is on point today.
NBC host Dylan Dreyer and her hat game are also on point.
As always, Johnny Weir made the perfect sartorial choice.
The Kentucky Derby race callers also upped their game this year.
And the Trump crowd came out to play, of course.
And hey, one-time presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky came out from his crushing defeat to place a bet on the thoroughbred Destin.
The hat to beat all hats. Sorry, belles, but this one's the sure winner.
Honorable hat mentions go to...
But these folks are #slaying, too.
Seriously, Johnny Weir is the only person to follow on Twitter for this year's Kentucky Derby. Watch me neigh neigh? Genius.