Kentucky Derby 2011 Trip
By Brandon Dudley March 15, 2011
Quiz: What do fabulous hats, Mint Juleps, and horses have in common? If the words “The Run for the Roses” came to mind then you’re on the right track. If not, then it’s definitely time to get acquainted with the most spectacular of all horse races – The Kentucky Derby. Not sure what all the hoopla’s about? Check out these fun facts about the nation’s most prestigious equine event:
- Each year the race is held at Churchill Downs Racetrack on the first Saturday of May. For over 125 years the city of Louisville has hosted the competition that was inspired by French and British horse races. In addition to being known for hosting the oldest thoroughbred race in the USA, Louisville is also home to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, The Speed Art Museum, and The Kentucky Derby Museum.
- The race is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”.
- The race is also known as “The Run for the Roses” since the winner is draped with a blanked of 554 roses after the race.
- Over 155,000 fans attend the race annually.
- The derby’s featured drink is Mint Julep – an iced mixed drink made of bourbon, mint, and sugar syrup.
- The derby’s featured food is burgoo – a stew made of chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables.
- Kentucky Derby fans showcase outlandish hat fashions. Each year fans attempt to come up with the most original and dramatic styles.
- Celebrities, such as Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian, Bobby Flay, and Jessica Simpson frequent the race.
- Fans attending this year’s 137th Kentucky Derby can look forward to seeing top race contenders, including “Uncle Mo”, “Santiva”, “and “J P’s Gusto”.
Trying to figure out group transportation to the race? No problem. Contact The BusBank to learn how Charter Bus Rentals can get you to the derby and back. An account executive will help you plan your trip – cost-efficient, professional, and reliable.
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