Saturday, May 5, 2012

138th Running for the Roses

Jockey Mario Gutierrez rode "I'll Have Another" to victory over Bodemeister and a field of 20, to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky this afternoon. It was a good race with an exciting finish. We talked about the race earlier this afternoon at the golf course when I told of having seen "Foolish Pleasure" win it at the 101st running for the roses back in 1975. Many changes have taken place during those intervening years. "My Old Kentucky Home" is still sung with all the reverence of a National Anthem with some of Stephen Foster's original words revised. The 165,307 set a new attendance record that included some members of the University of Kentucky, NCAA Champion Basketball team. I'm pleased that we got our participation in Derby Day checked off of our "Bucket List" when we were able to enjoy the Mint Julep's and all that went with it.

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