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!!!!
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