Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports

I'm stealing my friend Amber's idea to give you a little information about the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.  You all know I bleed blue.  How can you not if you are from the Bluegrass state?  Usually the CATS and Lexington are in the sports limelight.  In May however the spotlight turns on Louisville and the Run for the Roses!

Here are some facts about the Kentucky Derby:

*The race is a 1.25 mile run for 3 year old thoroughbreds
*It is run every year on the 1st Saturday in May
*The first race was in 1875 (in 1876 the race was change from a 1.5 to a 1.25 mile course)
*Only 11 horses have won the "Triple Crown" since 1919 (winning the triple crown means a horse wins the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes)

The Derby is run at Churchill Downs.

But just like KY basketball, the event is WAY too popular to accommodate everyone who wants to see it.  Regardless of whether you are in Louisville, Lexington or Charleston you can celebrate the Derby!  Here are some things you can't be without if you are going to have a Derby Party!

This picture combines two traditions.....hats & celebrities!  If you are going to throw a proper Derby party you must have hat and celebrities.  Ok, the celebrities are optional but the hat is not!  The fun thing about Derby hats is you can go as over the top as you want with them!  There are 2 rules of thumb to follow.  Your hat should match your dress and it should be as original as possible.  Here are a few of my favorites!



Well, just kidding on the last one.  But it gives you an idea of how over the top you can really go!!

A party isn't a party without food.  In order to have the perfect Derby Party you must serve

Hot Browns!!

I like the mini version as an appetizer.  Basically a hot brown is bread, turkey, bacon, tomato and a cheese sauce.  They are SUPER yummy!  We served mini versions at our wedding!!

Mint Juleps

Traditionally served in a silver cup, over 120,000 mint juleps are served at the Derby annually according to the American Tailgaters Association!  Here is a non-alcoholic version of the Derby Mint Julep.

Derby Pie

This pie is full of warm chocolaty, nutty goodness!!

These are just a few things that will help make your Derby experience as authentic as possible.  It's fun to dress up and get together with friends.  We usually put the names of the horses in a hat (fitting!) and then each pick one.  It only takes 2 minutes to find out who the winner will be and it is almost always a surprise! 

If you want to check out a cool Derby moving rent Secretariat.  A triple crown winner in 1977, Secretariat was one of the greatest athletes to ever live. 

I hope you enjoy the Run for the Roses this year!!  My bet is on Twice the Appeal, Peter is betting on Stay Thirsty and Stafford wants Watch Me Go to win.  Last year Peter picked the winner so we'll see if he can repeat.  Tune in around 6:15 EST to make sure you catch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports!!!


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