The first Saturday in May is always Kentucky Derby day! A chance to celebrate arguably the most exciting horse race in the world, wear your grandest hats and drink mint juleps until it’s time to call the designated driver.
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The Run for the Roses
A race run every year since the first one in 1875, the Kentucky Derby draws an international pool of entrants with horses that are all beginning the glorious quest for the Triple Crown.
Winning the Triple Crown is no easy feat. To do it, a 3 year old Thoroughbred race horse has to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in succession. It’s only been done 11 times in the Kentucky Derby’s 141 year history!
The Top 5 Contenders in this year’s Kentucky Derby are all thoroughbred colts that will be running Churchill Downs’ dirt track for a distance of 1 1/4 miles in a race that lasts no more than 2 1/2 minutes.
Which horse holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby race win?
Secretariat holds this honor with a winning time of 1:59 2⁄5 set in 1973 when the horse went on to win the Triple Crown.
Who was the only undefeated Triple Crown winner?
Seattle Slew was the only undefeated winner of the Triple Crown, a story that’s been written about in detail by Dan Mearns in his book Seattle Slew: Racing’s Only Undefeated Triple Crown Winner.
Have their been any fillies to win the Kentucky Derby?
Yes! Regret (1915) was the first, Genuine Risk (1980) was the second and also the first to have finished in the money in all the Triple Crown races that same year. The third filly to have won the Kentucky Derby was Winning Colors (1988).
Derby Day Delights
Are you looking for some quick, inexpensive and easy to prepare snacks and drinks for your guests? Here are some ideas that are sure to please and make your party as memorable as the race itself.
Libations and Festive Fare
The official drink of the Derby, the Mint Julep takes a bit of effort, but this sweet, minty concoction is not to be missed on race day.
Spicy Bloody Marys – Easy to make, this drink can be modified with the use of Clamato or Spicy V8 juice in place of the regular tomato juice.
Sweet Iced Tea – Very inexpensive to make in large quantities and you can easily add your own twist by adding fresh strawberries, raspberries or peaches.
Looking for something tasty and easy to prepare for a small group? Give this Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe a try. You can serve it on your favorite Artisan bread and not get stuck in the kitchen at post time.
If you have a larger party planned, consider asking your guests to bring their favorite main dishes and sides for a budget-friendly potluck. AllRecipes.com is a great resource for cooks of all levels, and in their Kentucky Derby Recipes section, you’re sure to find drinks, sides, main dishes and desserts that will delight your guests without taking you out of the money on race day.
Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.