I am truly a Kentucky gal, I love my state and once again it’s time for one of my favorite things about my state, one of Kentucky’s finest moments-or the most exciting 2 minutes in sports-to shine once again:  The 143rd Kentucky Derby!!

Pick a horse and place your bets folks! How do you choose your horse for the race?  Do you spend time checking out the stakes and current odds.  A friend of mine studies each horses race history for the current season, looks at the jockey riding the horse and so on, he has a process and its long, but he gets there.  Me, not so much hard work, it’s quite simple and funny how I choose my horse each year.  I always check to see if the horse is Kentucky born, I usually pick a horse by its name, such as ‘Always Dreaming’, or if horse is a mare running, sometimes I choose by the color of the horse, at times I choose the horse based on the jockey riding, especially if it is a female jockey, and this year it seems I just fell in love with the story of ‘Patch’ and his road to this year’s derby,  which I posted Patch’s story earlier in the week.

Here are a few pictures of horses racing in this years Kentucky Derby, they are all beautiful!

Kentucky Derby 2017

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The Starting Gate Line Up For Race

Below a Instagram Post of Patch from Churchill Downs:

Patch-My Kentucky Derby Fav and Pick To Win

Post from Instagram yesterday of my favorite singer, Harry Connick Jr. who will be singing the National Anthem!  Woo-Hoo!

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Just in case you don’t know the works to our beloved song:

My Old Kentucky Home

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,

Tis summer the ‘people’ are gay,

The corn tops ripe and the meadows in the bloom,

While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,

All merry, all happy, and bright:

By’n by hard times comes a knocking at the door,

Then my old Kentucky Home, a good night!

Chorus

Weep no more my lady,

Oh! Weep no more today!

We will sing one song for the old Kentucky Home,

For the old Kentucky Home far away.

-Words and Music by Stephen Collins Foster

I have attended the Kentucky Derby on several occasions, my first trip to Churchill Downs was with my family the first year we moved to Bowling Green, KY.  I loved everything about Churchill Downs from the history surrounding me, the smells of food, the ladies in their fancy hats, the parade of the jockey’s and horses to the starting post and the race itself.  There is nothing like it.  I have gone back as a college aged student and experienced the inner field for the derby to dressing up all fancy and watching the race from the stands.  Anyway you choose to experience the Kentucky Derby it’s worth it.  The Kentucky Derby is always the first Saturday in May and there are plenty of activities going on the week prior to the race, you can check kentuckyderby.com web site for plenty of information and I noted the other day when I was on the website tickets for next year’s Kentucky Derby are already on sale.  Take your family someday and enjoy.

If you are experiencing the race from home check your local stations NBC or CBS for official kick off of post time show and official start post and race times.  (Coverage begins on NBC at 1:30 pm CT and on CBS Live Updates begin at 11:00 am CT.  Starting Post for race is expected to begin at 5:34 pm CT.)

Enjoy the race and as always Live Life One Sweet Tea at a Time!

 

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