The Race is on here in the great state of Kentucky. Despite the rain, a muddy track, and my favorite horse, (I Want Revenge - being ridden by Joe Talamo), being scratched this morning, the race will go on. Derby festivities have been going on all week in Louisville and The Oakes was held yesterday. If you don't know much about the derby, here are a few interesting facts:
*"My Old Kentucky Home", the song played when the horses are led onto the field, has been played by the University of Louisville Marching Band since 1936..
* Early Times is the official Kentucky whiskey used to make Mint Juleps at the Kentucky Derby, although....the writer of this blog prefers Makers Mark.
* Churchill Downs opened on may 17, 1875 and the very first race was won by a horse named Bonaventure.
*There has never been a winner to come out of post position # 15. Although, this might change today. Dunkirk, a favorite, will be coming out of gate # 15.
* The fastest Derby run was by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:59.40. The slowest run was by Stone Street in 1908, at 2:15.20.
Make sure you take a little time today to watch the derby. Hey, it's only two minutes of your time. Have a little whiskey....or better yet, go on over to Noble Pig. Scroll down and you will find an excellent recipe for Mint Julep Brownies.