Saturday, May 5, 2012 is the 138th run of the Kentucky Derby (click) in Louisville among three year old Thoroughbred horses, the first leg of The Triple Crown. What we have here is a lot of history: pomp and circumstance: fashion, food, dust and gambling from a simple two minute race for a blanket of red roses to the winning horse.
FASHION: Women have a few options to wear a pastel colored suit or frilly dress, dressy heels with a slender pair of flats tucked into her bag for the ride home and the de rigueur decorated sun hat (click). Men, your options are again pastel colors, Madras sports coat (click) or blue Blazer, seersucker (click), khakis and a straw hat such as a trilby (click). Click highlights to best display these examples above.
|Mint Juleps in Silver Cups|
Burgoo, thick beef, pork, chicken stew-RECIPE, click
Layered Salad with poppy seed dressing
Pecan Pie with Bourbon whipped cream
BBQ baby back ribs
Coconut Ambrosia salad-RECIPE (click)
Black-eyed pea salad
Bourbon sweet potatoes
The quintessential drink is a Mint Julep (click), served in a silver cup. Muddled fresh mint leaves in sugar, bourbon, ice, splash of water. Mmmmmm, refreshing and a kick in the silks.
GAMBLING: This is a traditional betting sport brought to America by the grandson of William Clark of Lewis and Clark expeditions, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. The purse is $2,000,000.00 and $1,45M to the winner. I am always titillated by the horse names. 2012 field will host the following-->Alpha, Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Daddy Long Legs, Daddy Nose Best, Done Talking, Dullahan, El Padrino, Gemologist, Hansen, I'll Have Another, Liason, Mark Valeski, Prospective, Reveron, Rousing Sermon, Sabercat, Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, Went The Day Well. Which names do you pick to Win-Place-Show?
PLACE YOUR BETS:
Bet the Derby (click)
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds will also take your bets and watch the race Live on site with a video feed.
Las Vegas 'Sports Book' inside Caesar's is a common choice.
Watch the 1 1/4 mile race online Live: http://www.twinspires.com/content/video
The Kentucky Derby also has their own song, you can sing along with this video link to 'My Old Kentucky Home' http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SryB2Cgb-SY
Get into the spirit of the Kentucky Derby and watch the 2010 movie 'Secretariat' (click)with Diane Lane and John Malkovich. The true life story of 1973 winner of the Triple Crown Secretariat. A 39-year old record that today still remains unbroken at 1 minute 59 seconds!
UPDATE: View the actual 2012 Kentucky Derby horse race:
WIN-I'll Have Another, 15-1