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Vol. 3, No. 5 | May 2011

 

 

 

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Kentucky Derby
May's for Horses

US MED Gives BackA field of three-year old thoroughbreds pound the track during the Kentucky Derby, often called "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports." It has excited the world for more than 125 years.

This year, the purse is $2 million.

Besides being a sports classic, the "Run for the Roses" promises annual events that are colorful, fashionable and known for their traditions.

One of the most bizarre incidents came in 1889, when the wanted bank robber, Frank James, brother of Jesse, attended. He saw Spokane win.

When officials are asked about the most popular celebrity to attend, it is Jack Nicholson hands down. He tops the list of the famous, infamous and royals who attend each year.

The Derby song is "My Old Kentucky Home," sung before each race.

The official drink is the mint julep, a refreshing concoction of Kentucky Bourbon, fresh mint, powdered sugar and branch water.

Jockeys' traditional silks are usually the home track or stable colors.

More than 25,000 slices of the creamy chocolate Derby Pie are served.

The official spectator hats are traditional bowlers for the men and wide-brimmed hats for the ladies.

A garland of 60 long-stemmed roses is presented to the winning jockey by the governor of Kentucky. But the jockey doesn't wear it, the horse does..

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