Friday, May 1, 2009

Kentucky Derby Time

As you've probably heard, this weekend is the 135th running of The Kentucky Derby.

If you know me in real life, you know that Hubby and I actually lived in Louisville, Ky for a while right after we were married (years ago).

This time of year is always special to me. I have fond memories of all of the week long celebrations that go on in this wonderful city during the week preceeding the Derby.

One of my favorite parts of horse racing is finding out the horse names.

Seriously, I think they have the coolest names.

Here are a few from this year's race:

Nowhere To Hide

Mr. Hot Stuff


Hold Me Back

Join The Dance

Chocolate Candy (may be my favorite)

Summer Bird

Pioneer of the Nile

West Side Bernie

Musket Man

Firesan Fire

Papa Clem

Aren't they fun?

It gets me thinking - what you name your horse?

I like Carolina Dreamin' for mine.

Are any of you having a Derby party to celebrate even though you can't be in Louisville for the big event?

In case you are, I thought I'd include a mint julep recipe for you to enjoy.

Mint Julep Recipe
4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz. bourbon whiskey
1 tsp. powdered sugar
2 tsp. water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar and water in a collins glass.

Fill the glass with crushed ice and add bourbon.

Top with more ice and garnish with mint sprig.

Serve with a straw.

Hope you have a great weekend - hopefully it won't get rained out and remember to catch the Derby on TV Saturday afternoon.


Shannon said...

I love their names too. I've only been to a few races. They were fun!

Jodie said...

I love how excited you get about the Derby! I'm only 2 hours away, I could go be part of the fun, but, sigh, so much to do and so little time! I can't think of any good horse names. I'll keep thinking.

duchess said...

Ok, Jodie - I'll help out:
Photo Finish is your horses' name.
(get it?)

Darlene said...

I bet that would be a fun time in Kentucky!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I grew up in Cincinnati and never made it to the Kentucky Derby...though I did make it to the museum, which was really cool. I love the horse's names too!