The Kentucky Derby

  • April 21, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
The Kentucky Derby is known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports".  Always held on the first Saturday in May (May 3rd this year), it's the who's who of horse racing.  Not only with the horses, but with the celebrities as well.  Actors, sports figures, royalty and even presidents are spotted enjoying the Derby from a little known section called "Millionaire's Row".  But by far the craziest party goers can be found in the "Infield" on Derby day!  I grew up in Kentucky and it's an annual tradition for my friends and I to meet up in the infield for the party of all parties every year on the first Saturday in May.  We've been doing it for over 20 years now!  Of course, in college we were always partying at the "third turn" where the wild and crazy people party.  It is so much fun and the party atmosphere can only be compared to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras!  But the last couple years as we get older we tend to lean more towards "turn one" where it's more of a family affair.  It's still exciting being literally right in the middle of things!  Other staples of the Kentucky Derby are:
  • hats
  • mint juleps
  • the song - My Old Kentucky Home
  • twin spires at Churchill Downs         
If you're looking for some wild "Infield" hats we've got them here at Halloween Express.  You'll be the life of the party!  Here's some more "fyi" on the Kentucky Derby you may not know about:
  • all the horses are three-year-old thoroughbred's
  • the track is one and a quarter miles long
  • called the "Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner
  • first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing - followed by Preakness Stakes a couple weeks later - then Belmont Stakes in June