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Saturday, May 03, 2014

 

THE KENTUCKY DERBY 2014 (& a recipe for a Mint Julep)



KENTUCKY DERBY




 
The Kentucky Derby, of course, is the first Saturday in May. That's today!


it's on NBC from 4-7


Here's the official site:

www.kentuckyderby.com



The horses...
 in the order of the odds
(as of about 11 PM Friday, May 2)

THE ORDER OF FINISH
The night-before favorites!

=1 5 California Chrome
Trained by Art Sherman
3-1

=3 4 Danza
Trained by Todd Pletcher
8-1

=4 20 Wicked Strong
Trained by James Jerkens
8-1

=7 19 Ride On Curlin
Trained by William Gowan
12-1

=12 16 Intense Holiday
Trained by Todd Pletcher
13-1

=18 10 Wildcat Red
Trained by Jose Garoffalo
14-1

=6 12 Dance With Fate
Trained by Peter Eurton
14-1

=13 18 Candy Boy
Trained by John Sadler
16-1

=5 6 Samraat
Trained by Richard Violette, Jr.
17-1

=8 14 Medal Count
Trained by Dale Romans
17-1

=19 1 Vicar's in Trouble
Trained by Michael Maker
21-1

=14 3 Uncle Sigh
Trained by Gary Contessa
22-1

=10 7 We Miss Artie
Trained by Todd Pletcher
22-1

=9 13 Chitu
Trained by Bob Baffert
23-1

=11 8 General a Rod
Trained by Michael Maker
27-1

=15 15 Tapiture
Trained by Steven Asmussen
27-1

=2 17 Commanding Curve
Trained by Dallas Stewart
27-1

=16 2 Harry's Holiday
Trained by Michael Maker
35-1

=17 9 Vinceremos
Trained by Todd Pletcher
39-1


THE 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 with some washed and dried, torn up, fresh, nice looking mint leaves, to create a strong mint tea and then put it in a cup . (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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