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Oaks Yesterday…”Run for the Roses” Today!

Today is The Kentucky Derby #139 … “The Run for the Roses“… here in Louisville

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It is the Horse Race all dream to be in if you are an owner, trainer or jockey

Rain is showing up throughout the day… but, I assure you… the Race will go on… and the people will arrive at the gates… dressed in their finery for show… or in casual dress for the fun…

People have been in line since 3:00 am…

They run to get their favorite spots set up in the Infield

Of course those with the dollars will casually come in later and go to Millionaire’s Row k8282612 k0373390 where they will mingle, drink and eat… and of course show off their Derby Attire of picture perfect dresses/hats/shoes for the ladies u30387456  … and suits/hats for the guys…

The colors are just awesome!

Yesterday… was The Longines Kentucky Oaks #139“The Run for the Lillies“… Oaks-139-fillies_2 also called Lillies For The Fillies… PINK…PINK…PINKis seen everywhere!

Started in 1875 on May 19thChurchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club at that time..

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The Kentucky Oaks is among the most popular races in American horse-racing society… It has such a great attendance… At least 1000, 000 people every year… this year 113,820

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“The Princess of Sylmar” was the winner yesterday…

Horse Racing: Kentucky Oaks

Jockey: Mike Smith and Trainer: Todd Pletcher

This year Rosie Napravnik is the female jockey to watch… She is considered to be one of the world’s best jockeys!… She will be riding Mylute

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By age 7 she knew she wanted to be a jockey

and has fulfilled that dream with more than 1500 race wins… she became first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 aboard “Believe You Can”… appropriate name I would say… and she came in 9th in 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard “Pants on Fire”… 

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I will be watching from our living room this year… on the TV  k1651217… which is not a bad seat to have… especially since it’s raining…

Watching my two youngest Grandkids while Mom and Dad can party at a friends…

We always have a pretty good time…

Sloppy Joes k1039519 … Macaroni/cheese…k11792924…Corn k12667995 on the menu…

Foods they like!

Maybe let them bake cookies   k9620047  or make homemade pretzels

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I’ve got the horse names printed out for our drawing… We always have a “pot” of sorts… 25 cents… maybe even a dollar… k11239620 …

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We will cheer our horses on like we were sitting right in the Grandstand!

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My Version of the “Derby Fascinator”!

The Kentucky Derby will be on May 5, 2012 this year… It’s always the first Saturday in May… Living in Kentucky at this time is quite special!… There’s The Hot Air Balloon Race … The Steamboat Race on the Ohio River… a new boat “American Queen”  will be competing with our “Belle of Louisville” and the “Belle of Cincinnati”… The Pegasus Parade  … The Chow Wagon… The Run for the Rose’… Bedlam… Thunder Over Louisville  …and that’s just to name a very few of the activities and events

Today the YMCA that I belong to… had a Derby Luncheon… The cost is minimal… There were probably around 30 of us that attended… The lunch consisted of baked chicken, BBQ Pork , Green Beans, Mashed potatoes, 7-Layer Salad, Macaroni Salad and Hot Rolls… Delicious!… Tea, Coffee and Water to drink… Pecan  and Apple Pie + Chocolate Chip Brownies for dessert… Delicious!

There were guessing games about  facts of the Kentucky Derby … It’s funny how you go “blank” until you hear the answers and we all say, “Oh , Yeah!… I knew that!”… Each time someone got a right answer they were to take a Silk Red Rose  from vases on the tables… The one with the most Roses won… No, I didn’t win… but, I did get 1 Rose… We had Horse Racing… with Paper Horses colored by the YMCA Daycare… So cute!… I won this race … only to find out the winner was the one who came in last BUMMER!… but, cute idea… They received a Derby Cup with the names of the Last Place Finishers of each Derby

Later… I did have to compete with the runner-up of the race I had thought I won… and this time I did win and a Garland of Red Silk Roses was placed around my neck… Just like the winning Derby horse receives  … Although they get REAL Red Roses… a blanket to be exact… crafted by ladies… stitching on one rose at a time the night before the race…

Some of us participated by wearing Derby Hats fashioned any way we wanted… I made my sister-in-law’s and mine… similar to the “Fashionista” Hats  worn at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding  in England … They were actually called “Fascinators”… Basically a headband with feathers, a flower, ribbons and Derby symbols… They turned out quite cute… but, we didn’t win… another “Bummer”… because I felt we were deserving… Oh, well… I’ll just have to wear my little hat on Derby Day and hope it brings me luck in picking the winner  …

“The Winning Hat!”

“Another Creation!”

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“My Fascinator Derby Creation”…

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“The Kentucky Derby”…a Creative Time!

My Grandson is going to be in a Derby Race …you note…I didn’t say THE Derby Race …but, a race…He is in kindergarten…and they are having a mini race celebrating one our city’s favorite times of year…”The Kentucky DerbyHe needed a horse   and a jockey cap…With more time we probably could have done better…but, on short notice…my daughter-in-law, Carson and I created a Derby Horse and Cap to remember…It started with a shower curtain rod  , a photo of a horse’s head off the computer, green curly ribbon, a $2.00 black cap , a hole puncher and stapler…Now if you had these items as your materials even YOU could make a horse…oh, yeh!…and lots of imagination!…now, the teacher said a theme for your horse would be nice…Good Idea!…Carson came up with his theme right away…anything to do with “Army” His choice and this was HIS project…So after cutting out our horses head …we punched holes along the mane  and ran “Army” Green ribbon through to make a mane…The tail  was long curly green ribbon also…we attached the head to the end of the pole with staples and tied on the flowing tail…it was beginning to look like a horse…He climbed on and pretended to ride…Kennedy’s comment was,”It looks like a girl horse!”…with the curly ribbon flowing for the tail and mane…Expecting Carson to be upset…he just said, There are both kinds of horses running in the Derby …boys and girls!” His Mom reassured him a Filly  which was what a female horse is called…could run just as fast…He was fine with that!…The hat project was unique…How to coordinate the army theme here?…So after running camouflage look paper   off the computer…we made goggles for his hat with that…Carson chose pictures depicting Army themes to attach to his hat…even a picture of himself dressed in his Army outfit from Halloween …He finished his project off with choosing a name for his wonderful “Race” horse…”Sergeant”…appropriate I thought…a strong name for a racing horse…He assured me he was going to be the winner of the contest…and as his Grandma…I assured him I thought He should be…at least for creativity!

 

“My Kids!”…

I do believe the teachers  at school loved Derby time better than the students…well, it was toss up!…There were numerous activities going on …”Run for the Kool-Aid” …”A parade of floats” made of shoe boxes , “Stick Horse” races, “Derby hat” creations, Coloring contest to design “Silks for the Jockeys” and “Balloon” races to represent the Hot Air Balloons  that were released at the Fairgrounds… …The Bake Shop was busy with cupcake orders and once we even made “Hoseshoe Cakes” with red roses to sell…quite pretty!…Our students made Derby Hats at the historical Louisville Water Tower  art classes…They were awesome!…What I love about our city is that we have so many great traditions…These we tried to pass down to our students in a fun way…Our history lessons about Louisville  and visits to the Kentucky Derby Museum, our math lessons on distance that a race horse runs and language arts classes with spelling words  like…JOCKEY< DERBY< KENTUCKY< FLOATS< BALLOON < PARADE> ROSES>SILKS>HORSES>…and short story writing about what the students had learned about their city… became unique with our imaginations flowing…I believe maybe a “Most Creative Award” should have been given to us!