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Ki Adi Mundi VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

Yeah... is anyone going to the 133rd Kentucky Derby?

What is the Derby, you ask? According to the wiki.....

The Kentucky Derby, the world's preeminent horse race, is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is over one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg). The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the US and typically draws around 155,000 fans

In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions have played a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink is best served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from a souvenir glass printed with all previous Derby winners. Over 80,000 mint juleps are typically served on Derby Day and the preceding day's event, The Kentucky Oaks stakes race, which is considered by many to be "the Derby for Fillies." Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular dish at the Derby.

Legal gambling on the race is done through parimutuel betting at the track. The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers low general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party with abandon. Sobriety is not a common state in the infield on Derby Day and on some occasions even being fully clothed has been optional. By contrast, "Millionaire's Row" refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich, the famous and the well-connected.

Elegant women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of Louisville marching band plays Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" while the crowd stands and sings along. Native Kentuckians often surrender to tears as this traditional theme plays.

The Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses," because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in 1883 that was attended by Churchill Downs president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race's official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. The Governor of Kentucky awards the garland and the trophy. Pop vocalist Dan Fogelberg composed a song by that title for the 1980 running of the race. Jessica Simpson sang at the Kentucky Derby in 1997. She sang the Star Spangled Banner then.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is scheduled to attend the 2007 Derby in the course of a state visit to the United States of America, fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers.

While Louisville is home to many national and world-wide conventions and gatherings, the Kentucky Derby is more than likely the most illustrious of them all. The event draws spectators from all over the world, and you can catch many celebs making a few cameos throughout the city. It is an exciting time, indeed. I hope you get the chance to experience it!




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#2 11 years ago

I would go, but thats all the way in Kentucky, and I'd have to buy a new hat (I ain't a woman, but I'd just want to show up with hat that impedes all others' vision). I sometimes watch it on tv in the off-chance its actually on here in Canada. I like to watch and put bets on which horse ends up in the glue factory.

*insert monocle* I say, its no fox hunt, or a riling game of polo!




Hawkeye18z

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#3 11 years ago

Security is going to be hellish. The Queen of England is attending.




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#4 11 years ago
Octovon;3659000 and I'd have to buy a new hat

Actually, they have all sorts of infield contests- one of them being best hat. The real party, so I'm told, is in the infield.

Here's a few pics from last year's Derby, courtesy of Velocity:

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#5 11 years ago

Wow. Glad to see that the Derby has so royally ruined itself. What a sad end to such a storied institution :cort:




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#6 11 years ago

Wow and I thought it was about horse racing :eek: I'd go if I had the money and a couple of mates willing to go along with me to Kentucky...which is a pretty long distance from here ;) Nice strings btw :nodding:


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#7 11 years ago

The Derby is great. A full day of boring coverage culminating with and 90 second race.




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#8 11 years ago

Ehh.. Derby, from my perspective, is more about the parties. Horse Racing itself is rather boring to me. Now, it is great to see all the magnificent stallions- they are absolutley beautiful, but agin- it is all about the parties.

But back to the race itself, my money is on Street Sense. I have been watching reports on all the contenders, and this one seems to be the one with the best chance.




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#9 11 years ago

Won any money?


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#10 11 years ago

Well, as predicted, Street Sense won, by a large lead. He started off pretty slow, rounding the 1/4 marker in the 19th position, then bolted out front, leaving everyone else in the dust.