This was not to be...It rained, rained, rained...
We did not care...
My beautiful hat turned on me! It went totally rogue! Made of straw with beautiful alligators on the front, as it got heavier and heavier with rain, the gators tilted the hat more and more until it was so heavy I could not see. Being the resourceful person I am,
I flipped it! Gators in back!
were everywhere? Yes, there is a person under that horse somewhere!
~The Kentucky is held the first Saturday of May. Twenty horses vie for the title.
~This race starts the Triple Crown.
~The Derby is often referred to as The Run for the Roses because a blanket of 564 roses is awarded to the winning horse...
~One of Louisiana's own, Calvin Borel, is the winningest jockey in Derby history.
~As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of Louisville Marching Band plays My Old Kentucky Home. That tradition started in 1921.
~The Kentucky Derby ranks first in attendance compared to all other stake races including the Preakness, Belmont and Breeders' Cup. Although there were plenty of folks for this year's Derby, the crowds were thinner because of the weather.
~The official drink is the mint julep.
~On Derby Day, about 25,000 Derby Pies are sold to folks attending the race. Apparently, the recipe is very secretive; however, how hard is it going to be to look up that recipe? (How 'bout easy--in fact, I'm looking it up just as soon as I finish here!)
~Hats are on every head! I'm talking big, small, short, pretty, not so pretty, colorful, not so colorful hats, hats, hats...Oh yeah, and people dress fabulously! Not a slouch in the bunch!
~Orb won the race...
~Two minutes and it was all over. That's it! Two minutes!
If you think you would love to go to the Derby but wonder if it's worth the time and effort, it is worth the time and effort.
Maybe I'll see you there next year...