Everything you need for a great Kentucky Derby day

Posted: May 2, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized


Saturday is Derby day in Louisville, Kentucky and what a great day we look to have on tap.  All you need are three things to make the most of  derby day.

  1. Hat
  2. Bourbon
  3. A favorite horse

First the hat.  This can get as expensive as you want it to.  Last week I headed to Churchill with the wife and crew and the girls peaked their head into a local boutique on the way.  My buddy’s wife picked up a hat to try on and was told to quickly put it down when we saw the price tag showed $400.  A better idea is make your own.  A quick trip to Hobby Lobby can give you everything you need.  Here is what my daughters made a couple years ago.


Now the bourbon.  Also last weekend I went on my first bourbon tour and I recommend anyone who has never been on one to go.  My favorite stop of the day was the Marker’s Mark distillery and here is their recipe for the official drink of the derby, The Mint Julep.


Last part is a favorite horse.  Your guess is probably as good as mine.  (even though I did hit 4 of the 6 races I bet last Saturday night)  What I like to do is bet jockeys and Rosie Napravnik was the jock that did so well for me.  She has really risen to be one of the best but will mount Vicar’s in Trouble out of the dreaded 1 post.  These horses have never raced a field this big in a race this long in front of a crowd so massive and that almost always leads to a very unpredictable race but here is my best guess.

Win     Intense Holiday

Place  Samraat

Show  Uncle Sigh

Don’t take my word though, here is the line up and I would pick your favorite number, color or name if I were you.


I know I only had three bullet points but for one day everyone is a part of The Commonwealth of Kentucky and needs to be able to sing along loud and proud to My Old Kentucky Home.  Here is your cheat sheet.

“My Old Kentucky Home” By Stephen Foster
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor
All merry, all happy and bright;
By’n by hard times comes a knocking at the door
Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night!

Weep no more my lady. Oh! Weep no more today!
We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home
For the old Kentucky home, far away.

If after all of this you still are not ready then take a look at the greatest horse of all time winning the greatest race.


If that didn’t work you have no soul, piss off.



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