“A race horse is the only animal that can take a couple
thousand people for a ride at the same time”
The day has finally come, ITS DERBY DAY. Some people wait all year for the Derby, whether you are a horse… or hat enthusiast, excitement is buzzing in the air. The derby provides a day full of traditions; big hats, fancy dresses, mint juleps, the official drink of the Kentucky derby, and the singing of My Old Kentucky Home. The whole crowd inside and outside of the track will join in singing as the horses head to the post. It’s the song of Kentucky and more importantly, the derby. Every year, on the first Saturday of May, the Kentucky Derby kicks off the first race in the Triple Crown series, followed by the Preakness, which falls on May 16th this year, then the Belmont Stakes, on June 6th.
The Kentucky Derby, better known as the run for roses, is an explosive race collecting thousands of dollars in bets annually. The race gets its nickname because the rose is the traditional flower of the derby. After winning the race the victor is draped with a garland of red roses. The symbolic meaning of the floral blanket is similar to that of a crown.
The Fan Favorites for the 2015 Kentucky Derby include American Pharoah, Dortmund, Frosted, Carpe Diem and Mubtaahij. One of our favorites this year is Mubtaahij. He sparked our interest when we learned that he is the only horse that trains barefoot and runs without lasix, since he is not a bleeder.
See you in two weeks as we run for the black eyed Susan’s at Pimlico for the Preakness!
So, my Confession you ask? My money is on Carpe Diem.
May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,