|Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.|
If you’ve spent any time in Kentucky you know it is a beautiful state with green rolling hills, gorgeous lakes, spectacular mountains to the east and amazing meadows and fields covered in that famous Kentucky bluegrass.
You will also pick up on something else there, it's that there are two things Kentuckians are passionate about, Basketball and Horse Racing. You can’t live in this state and not fall in love with both and if you’re born there it is in your DNA. There’s just no getting around it.
This time of year, basketball is behind us for the season and it's time to focus on horse racing and The Derby. “The Derby”, what can I say? Its just the most spectacular event ever! People dressed in their finest, ladies in their hats all with mint juleps in hand and the most majestic of animals, the thoroughbred race horse, all on display.
|Kentucky Derby: Churchill Downs finish line.|
Photo Courtesy Rick Rowland. Creative Commons License.
My best part is right before the race and the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses move on to the track. The site, the sound bring tears to my eyes every year. Just ask my family, they all think I’m nuts when I start to cry. My fellow Kentuckians will understand though.
A trip to Derby should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you ever have the opportunity to go, grab it with both hands and run. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Derby Day brings other things to mind. Food and drink, of course.
|Derby Pie at Zeigler House Inn 2015|
(Notice the table roses to honor "Running of the Roses")
I have made Georgia my home for the last 21 plus years and I love it here, but Kentucky still holds my heart and probably always will. I still watch the Derby every year and go when I can. I watch the Wildcats on TV and if you cut me I still bleed Blue.
The picture of a beautiful horse running across a pasture of bluegrass will still take my breath away and hearing the band play my “Old Kentucky Home” will bring a tear to my eye. Like I said, it’s in my DNA.
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Tidbit: On May 2, 2015, The Kentucky Derby will be the 141st Run for the Roses.