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The Derby Stakes, popularly known as The Derby, internationally as the Epsom Derby.
Initially the Derby was run on a Thursday in late May or early June depending on when Easter occurred. In 1838 the race was moved to a Wednesday to fit in with the railways's time tables, but was still run on different dates depending on Easter. In the 20th century the race was run on the first Wednesday in June from 1900 until 1995 apart from: 1915 to 1918, (during the First World War) when it was on a Tuesday; during the Second World War, from 1942 until 1945, the race was run on a Saturday as it was in the post war years of 1947 to 1950, and again in 1953. In 1995 the day was changed from the first Wednesday in June to the first Saturday, and to date all the races have taken place on that day.
In Great Britain the name "Derby" is always pronounced Dahr-bee, while in the USA it is usually rendered as Der-bee.
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