Thursday, May 3, 2012

The First Saturday In May

The first Saturday in May,
the day all eyes are on the Kentucky Derby.
Aka  "The Run For The Roses" or "The Greatest
Two Minutes In Sports"  it's the first leg,
of the 3 races that make up the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby is the longest continuously
held sporting event in the United States .
The Derby is not only about the horses,
it's also about the hats and Mint Juleps.
The hats are amazing and a must have accessory.
 I just did an ebay search
typing in Kentucky Derby Hat, 1,214 results!
There is an exhibit in the Kentucky Derby
Museum featuring Derby hats.
Here are a few:


With a hat on your head the next thing you need is a drink in your hand.

We even have collectable glasses for the Mint Juleps! For those that can't make it to the race, Chef Jo-Jo shares recipes for the legendary Kentucky Derby Mint Julep and his famous Churchill Downs Barbeque Shrimp & Grits.
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Serves 6-8 people
  • 2 cups - sugar
  • 2 cups - water
  • 16 oz - Kentucky bourbon, 2 per mint julep
  • Crushed ice
  • 10 sprigs fresh mint
  • 8 mint julep glasses
Chef Jo-Jo's Notes: Combine water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil to make simple syrup. Boil for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 2 sprigs of fresh mint and refrigerate overnight. To make your mint julep, start by filling each mint julep glass with crushed ice. Add 1 tablespoon of the mint flavored simple syrup then 2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!

Now let's talk horses:
 I have been told you either like horses or don't.  I would not give you a nickel for a horse, so I guess I am in the "don't like" half, but I do like one I would love to see win the Kentucky Derby.

What a beautiful horse!
Look at those colors,

He is almost white, my grandmother
always said a white horse was special,
lucky.  She always did a little thing with
her fist and an open palm, 3 times,
whenever she saw a white horse.
I wish I had paid more attention
to what she was doing, I could
do it now to give Hansen a bit of luck.

I just re-read this post.
Take moment to
scroll back up to the Derby Glass
and then look again at
Hansen's Jockey Silks,
both have a blue and yellow
diamond motif! 
Could be a sign!?!?

Now, I am off to find my hat, mix up some
Juleps and wait for the big race!
Go! Hansen!!!!


Mánya said...

Thank you for the tour! Those hats are amazing :)
And I love the new look of your blog, too!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

As I read through your post I found myself wondering what a mint julep was and as I scrolled down you answered my question. I've always wondered! As for horse races, I love to watch them but absolutely can't stand to see the jockeys using whips on the the horses. I remember my grandfather saying that if a horse wanted to run it would do it without the use of force.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Love that Diane hat. Hats are just fun. I have a couple from my Red Hat Society days. I also love horses! They are such beautiful creatures. I would ride my horse every night after school when I was a kid. Deb, how can you live in Kentucky and not love horses? *giggle*

Suztats said...

Love the header pic, Deb!
Did you have 'Fun at the Races?'
What marvelous hats!

Createology said...

Oh My the magic and glamour of The Kentucky Derby. Thank you for this wonderful tour and lesson. Go Hansen...
P.S. My grandparents bet on the ponies and they each had their very own special little ways...I too wish I had paid more attention if only for the memories.
P.S.S. Your new banner is wonderful!

Just the Two of US said...

Cant wait to see you! happy derby!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Deb.
Yup the Kentucky Derby is a Gem. I can see you in one of those elegant Hats and mingling with the Julep. I agree that White Horse is beautiful. Looks like a winner.

Love your new Header. Perfect. Hugs Judy

Lorraine said...

I always love to see the fashion and hats from Derby day. Guess I will have to add mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby to my bucket list.....

Theresa said...

WOW, I can't believe it is that time again! I'll be watching with my hat on and mint julep in hand:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Beth said...

Debbie, What a wonderful tour. You have done a great job explaining the Derby. had a wonderful time and wish Hansen would have won. He ran a good race though.
I wanted to tell you that my father also used to do the thing with he fist and open palm. He used to do it every time he saw a yellow train car pass by. I asked him what it was and he said it was "stamping" and would bring you good luck. Isn't that funny that your grandmother did this too with white horses! thanks for the tour.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

How exciting - I can feel the buzz from 12,000 miles away Deb.

Wish I could grab my hat and join you - I love a day at the races - even in front of the Tele is fun too!!


(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh Deb your horse didn't win but you sure won in Paducah. What a great occasion. I am so happy for you. My horse Union Rags did not win either. Oh well we will wait for next year.

DeeDee said...

I so would love to see the race in person... and I love the lady Diane hat too... Hugs,... have fun

Jillayne said...

Wonderful traditions.
I have little experience with horses but the races of The Triple Crown have always captured my attention. I'm sorry your favourite didn't win, and I'm afraid mine did.... do you think he may have a shot at the rest???

Rebecca said...

Seeing the race in person is on my Bucket List! :)

I had a hard time FINDING You girly. All the changes in blogland make my head hurt!

Glad you aren't LOST!



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