I won’t be standing in the Winner’s Circle like I did at Tampa Downs when Sturgis won the eleventh race on April 13th, but I plan to bet on this year’s winner of the Kentucky Derby. My choice? Revolutionary. How can a history teacher pass on a horse with that name? (Of course, Normandy Invasion caught my attention as well.) But with Calvin Borel, my favorite jockey, aboard to guide him around the track how could I bet on any other?
Check out the field and choose your favorite.
D. Wayne Lukas
Lines of Battle
Edward Plesa, Jr.
Will Take Charge
D. Wayne Lukas
Fear the Kitten
Watch for Revolutionary, the Louisiana Derby winner, to ride the rail to victory over a crowded field to take the first leg of the Triple Crown.
It’s time to purchase the ingredients for Mint Julep’s, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. With the race only a day away, you’ll need to prepare for the big day, especially since the recipe needs to be refrigerated overnight. You can find numerous recipes for this race day cocktail but since Early Times is “The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby”, it’s only fitting to include their simple to make recipe.
The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Early Times Kentucky Whisky
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Of course, we’ll serve the drinks in Kentucky Derby glasses since we have dozens of them, but a tall glass with a straw will suffice.
Did you know that over 120,000 of these drinks will be served at Churchill Downs today and tomorrow? It’s hard to believe considering how terrible they taste!
On the first Saturday in May, 1977, John and I attended the Kentucky Derby and watched Seattle Slew win the first leg of the Triple Crown on a beautiful spring day in Louisville. We sipped on mint juleps and placed $2 bets on every race. We came away winners – less than $20 – but as teenagers, we were excited to have a few extra dollars in our pockets after a fun day at the track.
Despite our good luck, we’ve only spent a couple days at the track. A couple of trips to Churchill Downs when visiting family in Indiana and a day at Gulfstream Park when my Dad introduced John’s Mom to the world of horse racing. We’re too cheap to bet and risk losing any money, but today we’re off to the races. We’ve been invited to join a friend in the Owner’s box at Tampa Downs…another beautiful spring day at the track. Maybe we’ll repeat our good luck from our first trip and come home winners.