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May 02/13

The 5 Best Kentucky Derby Stories on the Interwebs Posted by: Melissa Tucker | 0 Comments

The Kentucky Derby is known as “The Run for the Roses” and “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” The interwebs has devoted pages and pages to Derby Day, but if you have more than two minutes to spare, here’s the Top 5 best stories from past and present devoted to Derby doings.

1. The Oxford American profiles “America’s most famous bugler” — a man who plays the “Call to Post” on Kentucky Derby Day, and throughout the season. When he’s not summoning horses and jockeys to the starting gate, he’s also into arts and crafts.

2. What to wear? That’s every derby-goer’s dilemma. Hats are required, of course, but what about bowties, bags, seersucker and shoes? Southern Living gives the head-to-toe Kentucky Derby fashion breakdown.

3. Each move the racehorses make is documented by “chart callers,” who have a fascinating mix of words to describe how the horses performed on Derby Day. Louisville Magazine gives an intriguing peek at this language.

4. Beer cheese? Who said “beer cheese”? Garden and Gun makes planning your Kentucky Derby party menu easy with everything from appetizers to burgoo to dessert.

5. “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” is the title of Hunter S. Thompson’s famous gonzo journalism piece “written under duress” on the 1970 Kentucky Derby.

And on this very site, find An Insider’s Guide to Derby Week, a smashing recipe for bourbon chocolate pecan pie and a how to pick a winner on race day.



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