• Story Name: Kentucky Derby
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  • Datafile Name: Kentucky Derby
  • Methods: Scatterplots, Smoothing,
  • Abstract:

    The Kentucky Derby horse race has been run since 1875.

    Horses were getting faster for a while, but speeds appear to have leveled off. 

    Secretariat's time in 1973 is still the record.

    A scatterplot of Time by year reveals that the length of the race changed in 1886. For that reason, Speed is a better variable to examine.

    It may be interesting to compare these races to the corresponding ones in the same years for the Belmont Stakes. 

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