Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kentucky Derby, The Run for the Roses



I came across Kentucky Derby through my friend Lecia, she is from VA. In first week of May, she is flying to be part of amazing Derby.

It’s a two week long festival; an amazing Horse Racing along with traditions. It is also known as Run for the Roses because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year.

Kentucky is a beautiful place and has been a major center for horse breeding and racing since the late 18th century. Region has been famous for producing superior race horses.

While reading about Kentucky Derby I found that in addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from a souvenir glass printed with all previous Derby winners. Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish served at the Derby.

Expensive box seats attract the rich, the famous and well connected people.

Lecia also informed that women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats.

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