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Saturday, May 07, 2011

 

KENTUCKY DERBY 2011 -- with the NBC VIDEO OF THE RACE!



Here's the running of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, from NBC:





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Animal Kingdom at (20-1) comes in first, ridden by John Velasquez (who had been  scheduled to ride the scratched favorite Uncle Mo ).



FINAL ORDER OF FINISH:

 1 - Animal Kingdom - John Velasquez
 2 - Nehro
 3 - Mucho Macho Man
 4 - Shackleford
 5 - Master of Hounds 6 - Santiva 7 - Brilliant Speed 8 - Dialed In 9 - Pants on Fire10 - Twice the Appeal11 - Soldat12 - Stay Thirsty13 - Derby Kitten14 - Decisive Moment15 - Archarcharch16 - Midnight Interlude17 - Twinspired18 - Watch Me Go19 - Comma to the Top
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The FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY is the running of the Kentucky Derby, the first of the TRIPLE CROWN races (The Preakness, and the Belmont are the next two). No horse has won all three races since 1978 when Affirmed won, ridden by jockey Steve Cauthen and trained by Laz Barrera. The other triple crown winners are listed below.

The Kentucky Derby is also the start (and sometimes the end) of the Mint Julep season. See below for my recipe for a mint julep. Note that after drinking a mint julep it is recommended NOT to drive heavy machinery --- or a horse.

Pre-pre-Race coverage was on VS.

Pre-Race coverage began at 4:00 on NBC.

5:27 PM - May 7, 2011 - Final countdown now to riders up; parade to the post; and running of the 2011 Kentucky Derby


Here is the official site for the Kentucky Derby, and the official list of horses:

OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.kentuckyderby.com

THE HORSES
http://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses


HERE'S A LIST OF THE HORSES:

 1- ARCHARCHARCH
 2- BRILLIANT SPEED
 3- TWICE THE APPEAL
 4- STAY THIRSTY
 5- DECISIVE MOMENT
 6- COMMA TO THE TOP
 7- PANTS ON FIRE
 8- DIALED IN
 9- DERBY KITCHEN
10- TWINSPIRED
11- MASTER OF HOUNDS
12- SANTIVA
13- MUCHO MACHO MAN
14- SHACKEFORD
15- MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE
16- ANIMAL KINGDOM
17- SOLDAT
18- n/a
19- NEHRO
20- WATCH ME GO



CURRENT FAVORITES at 4:30 PM -- The odds have shifted a bit since 2:00


8 - DIALED IN 5-1
Jockey - Julien Leparoux
Trainer - Nick Zito

7 - PANTS ON FIRE 7-1
Jockey - Rosie Napravnik
Trainer - Kelly Breen

15 - MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE 8-1
Jockey - Victor Espinoza
Trainer - Bob Baffert

13 - MUCHO MACHO MAN 9-1
Jockey - Rajiv Maragh
Trainer - Kathy Ritvo

3 - TWICE THE APPEAL 10-1
Jockey - Calvin Borel
Trainer - Jeff Bonde

19 - NEHRO 10-1
Jockey - Corey Nakatani
Trainer - Steve Asmussen



CURRENT FAVORITES at 2:00 PM

8 - DIALED IN 5-1
Jockey - Julien Leparoux
Trainer - Nick Zito

3 - TWICE THE APPEAL 9-1
Jockey - Calvin Borel
Trainer - Jeff Bonde

13 - MUCHO MACHO MAN 9-1
Jockey - Rajiv Maragh
Trainer - Kathy Ritvo

15 - MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE 10-1
Jockey - Victor Espinoza
Trainer - Bob Baffert

19 - NEHRO 10-1
Jockey - Corey Nakatani
Trainer - Steve Asmussen




TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS (Year - Horse - Jockey):

1919 - Sir Barton - Johnny Loftus
1930 - Gallant Fox - Earl Sande
1935 - Omaha - Willie Saunders
1937 - War Admiral - Charley Kurtsinger
1941 - Whirlaway - Eddie Arcaro
1943 - Count Fleet - Johnny Longden
1946 - Assault - Warren Mehrtens
1948 - Citation - Eddie Arcaro
1973 - Secretariat - Ron Turcotte
1977 - Seattle Slew - Jean Cruguet
1978 - Affirmed - Steve Cauthen


MINT JULEP


Here's how you make a wicked MJ. (Note: Don't drive or ride a horse or operate heavy machinery after this; don't ingest with anything that will exceed your tolerance for total number of chemicals in the body!) Boil a little bit of water and then put it in a cup with some washed and dried, torn up, fresh, nice looking mint leaves, to create a strong mint tea. (Note: Mint leaves are not always that easy to get, and when you get a bunch, many leaves are often wilted, or blackened. It's important to select the best leaves even if that is only a fraction of the bunch of mint in the package.)
 
Add quite a bit of sugar. (Optionally -- ideally, in fact -- some sugar could be replaced with a half jigger of a sweet liqueur like Cointreau, Drambuie, or Grand Marnier.) Add about a half jigger of a good Kentucky Bourbon. (After trying quite I few, I found that my favorite is definitely Maker's Mark.) Add this mixture with some additional torn up, fresh, nice looking mint leaves to ice in a crusher.

Crush the mixture of sweetened mint tea, and bourbon to make a tall glass worth of flavored crushed ice. Take a tall, chilled glass, add a long straw, fill the glass with the crushed ice, and then pour in a jigger more bourbon to fill up the cracks. Turn on the pre-race show, and enjoy it!

It's matter of taste what you eat with the drink, if anything. My own preference is Greek or similar appetizers. In the New York area, Molyvos probably has the best selection of appetizers I know of. Near Carnegie Hall, they do provide food to go if that's how you want to enjoy the Derby.


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