A winning trifecta? Another mint julep. Gee, thanks Kentucky Derby. You sure know how to show two ol’ carpetbaggers a swell time! In May 2006, Laura picked herself up a fantastically flowery hat, I ordered up a few jugs of top-shelf bourbon and we headed out—along with Mavent and good friends—to Louisville for the fastest two minutes in sports. Sure a horse race is at the heart of the spectacle, but the Derby on the whole is more an extravagant springtime sports party. We tasted bourbons at the Woodford distillery in the heart of Kentucky bluegrass, danced to live jazz at the Keeneland racetracks in Lexington and, of course, watched the ponies at Churchill Downs run for the roses.
See for yourself in the video below:
The $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) saw a contentious field of 20 enter the gate. 6-1 second choice Barbaro, who came into the race undefeated, was more than up to the task. Under regular rider Edgar Prado, he stumbled at the start but once he got into gear the race was over. He stalked the fast pace of Keyed Entry and Sinister Minister for 7 furlongs, then took over at the 5/16 pole. He pulled away to a 4 length advantage at the 1/8 pole, and Prado simply let him gallop out the distance to save something for the Preakness. He completed the 1 1/4 mile classic in 2:01.36 over the fast trakc, 6 1/2 lengths clear of the late-running Bluegrass Cat. Sadly, Barbaro suffered a serious injury two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes and, having attracted worldwide attention and a legion of fans, was eventually euthanized. Below is a clip of the 132 Kentucky Derby.
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