Congrats everybody (except those
lucky smart readers of mine that live in warm weather climates), we’ve made it to the first weekend of May after a January that was no less than 200 days long.
Tomorrow marks for the first major Darty day of the year. Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, but the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby ( aka the Run for the roses or “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”). Before the race kicks off at 6:46 pm on Saturday, make sure you remember at least a few of these tips before blacking out in your Lilly Pulitzer dress.
The Derby is the first of three races in the prestigious Triple Crown of horse racing, but before we get into who’s running this year, let’s go over the basics.
- All horses must be 3 years old to race, not 2 and not 4. ONLY THREE
- There are 20 horses permitted to race, but sometimes there’s a last minute drop out or two.
- The winning prize for the race is a loft $2m
- Churchill Downs is the name of the track for the race, and is located in beautiful Lousiville.
As for the horses, I’m not a betting expert and I frankly do not have the time to outline each and every horse for you. Here is the one you’ll be hearing about most often at your Cindo de Derby parties:
Justify is the favorite to win with 3:1 odds. This seems normal right? Well Justify has only won 3 major races and didn’t even compete as a two year old so the odd makers must have been REALLY impressed by those three races.
Justify is also trained by Ashley Schaffer from East Bound and Down.
JK JK-His name is Bob Baffert and he’s an absolute BOSS. He also trained the last horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, American Pharoah (2015)
Triple Crown- When the same horse wins the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes & The Belmont Stakes races in the same year. SUPER HARD-only 12 horses have ever done it.
Mint Julep-Staple drink of the Derby. Bourbon, mint and simple syrup.
Jockey- Name for the little man who rides the horse. No joke, they’re usually about 5 feet tall.
Alright ladies, this should be enough to get you to the race. Enjoy the warmth, Coronas and big hats!
Side note: I can’t do a post about the Derby without posting a pic of TB12 and his squadgoals who usually attend each year.