Back when I was in high school I participated in FFA (Future Farmers of America for all you non-small towners). My senior year I got to attend the FFA National Convention which happened to be in Louisville. Churchill Downs hosted FFA at the Downs Day, and ever since that exact moment I have been t-totally hooked on horse racing.
In the spring we usually made at least 1 trip down to Hot Springs for the horse races, but going to Churchill Downs was the experience of experiences for horse enthusiasts such as myself. $2 bets + horses = Avery in a very happy and cheap state.
Anyway, I desperately wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby this year, but I think we ended up having a better time right here in Midland, Texas, watching with friends. One of my girlfriends (Kelli) met her husband while going to graduate school about 30 minutes from Louisville, so she was instrumental in helping me figure out how to throw a real ol' fashioned Derby party.
|Kelli and her twin for the day Todd in matching blue seersucker|
|Bethany and Whitney: both OSU grads poking people|
|Cash and Matt|
|Bethany, Elizabeth, Kelli, myself, and Whitney|
|Elizabeth and Kelli finding out they were in the same sorority|
|mint julep making king|
|Run for the Roses|
|Point made about the roses|
|Todd and his sweet, gorgeous wife Elizabeth|
Tip #8: Have lots of biscuits, ham, derby pie, dips, bourbon balls, mint juleps, and sweet tea; you can never go wrong with sweet tea.
|Todd and Whitney: the big winners!|
A co-worker and I were discussing the Derby the week after, and he couldn't get over how silly it was to him that people spend all this money on 2 minutes of racing. Oh, my heart broke. Everything about growing up in the South, dressing like a lady/gentleman, drinking sweet tea like your momma made, watching horses and trainers and jockeys alike...all those things come together in one big event that in my heart of hearts cannot be topped by any other major sporting event.
To me the Kentucky Derby epitomizes the South. And frankly, I love the South.
And of course I love competition, winning, and gambling just a little bit.
Now it's off to the preakness and belmont. Until then...
XOXO & WPS