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Kentucky Derby 2014, Racing News

Kentucky Derby 2014The Kentucky Derby, which is said to be the greatest 2 minutes in sports is months away…however, for racehorse enthusiast it’s never to early to start thinking ahead.

Kentucky Derby The contenders, the traditions, the hats and the festivities are enough to make even “non fans” get caught up in the “heat of the moment.”

Last years 139th running of the Kentucky Derby  commenced at 6:33 pm(EDT) on May 4, 2013 at Churchill Downs.There were 151,616 who attended the event which saw Orb, the favorite,  win a a purse of $1.4 million with a final time of 2:02.89.

Last years of  attendance was was much lower than in previous years.

The 2013 event occurred in the  aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.  Despite increased security and policy changes…many speculate that  the bombings did impact the turnout.

The Churchill Downs crowd of 165,307  in 2012 is the largest in Derby history.  It  surpassed  the previous mark of 164,858 set in 2011.  The Derby’s 100th running, in 1974, held the record before that with 163,628 in attendance.

The 140th running of the  Kentucky Derby will take place on  Saturday, May 3, 2014, and for the second consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race, “The Run for the Roses.”

Top Flight Chaser Sanctuaire Put Down after Injury

The horse racing community is morning the loss off  Top-Flight chaser, Sanctuaire, who had to be put down on Sunday after a TOP FLIGHT chaser Sanctuaire had to be put down following a schooling fall after racing at Punchestown on Sundaydevastating schooling fall after a race at Punchestown Racecourse in the parish of Eadestown,  Ireland.

Sanctuaire, a seven-year-old  french bred gelding, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Irish  jockey Ruby Walsh,  suffered a broken shoulder and also broke a leg in his fall.

Walsh escaped the tragedy unscathed however, he appeared distraught and saddened by the loss of  Sancutaire.

In a statement Walsh said “It’s most unfortunate. Sanctuaire just dived at the fence and was badly injured.”

According to sources, Sanctuaire, who was formerly trained by Paul Nicholls…won seven races, four over fences and three over hurdles.  Walsh rode him to six wins including the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last season.  Grand National-winning jockey Daryl Jacob  also rode Sanctuaire to a win at the Grade 2 Celebration Chase at Sandown in April 2013.

Sanctuaire join  the Willie Mullins’ team in August  after he was acquired by Harold Kirk who paid £170,000 for him at the Goffs sales.

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Downtown Hottie, Who needs a Jockey

Downtown Hottie racing at Belmont Park had one of it’s greatest wins after she ditches  jockey and wins race at Belmont….flying solo

Despite the record books….Downtown Hottie, the six-year-old filly,  won fair and square…just watch the video here

The Churchill Downs crowd of 165,307 is the largest in Derby history, surpassing the previous mark of 164,858 set last year. The Derby’s 100th running, in 1974, held the record before that with 163,628 in attendance.

 

Horse Racing Trainer Bob Baffert Hospitalized in Dubai

Trainer Bob Baffert HospitalizedOne of the greatest horse racing trainer of all-time, Bob Baffert, 59,  was hospitalized yesterday in Dubai after suffering a major heart attack.

According to sources Baffert who was in route to Dubai for the $10 million Dubai World Cup which begins next week.

He began to experience pain during his flight… he was reportedly at the location of the event, checking out the barn, when he felt tired.  He was rushed to the hospital.  It was then that doctors determined that two of his arteries were blocked…he underwent emergency surgery.  Three stents were put in the blocked arteries.

An assistant for the training legend reported that he is recovering and  “doing very well.”  Sources say “it’ll be about eight to 10 days before the trainer would be allowed to travel home.”

The training legend  is a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, and  reportedly has several top prospects for the May 5, 2012 running of the  Derby. He has also won the Preakness Stakes five times and the Belmont Stakes once. He’s saddled seven Breeders’ Cup winners.

Baffert,  is one of the most recognizable figures in U.S. horse racing, is a three-time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding trainer.

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His will and fight captivated the hearts of the entire nation  Barbaro ! After winning the Kentucky Derby it was clear that he had what it takes to win the triple crown. However, on a brisk spring afternoon his racing career was cut short when he injured his leg in the Preakness, the second race

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Kentucky Derby

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday and among the contenders will be 23 year old  female jockey Rosie Napravnik. Rosie will be the sixth female to ride in the race. Out of the five previous female jockeys who have ridden, none of them placed higher than 11th.

Pants on Fire

Napravnik hopes to change that when she takes to the track riding “Pants on Fire.”

The 23 year old may be a rookie in this years derby…but she is no rookie when it comes to racing.  Her racing career started when she was young.  She gives her mother Cindy Napravnik credit for her success.  Link here for more about the Kentucky Derby

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Mint Julep Recipe

The annual Kentucky Derby extravaganza starts tonight, and fans attending the races at Churchill Downs or partying from home are sporting a few very important things: the perfect mint julep, dibs on a winning horse and a fabulous Kentucky Derby hat.

Remembering Barbaro A Racing Legend

His will and fight captivated the hearts of the entire nation  Barbaro ! After winning the Kentucky Derby it was clear that he had what it takes to win the triple crown. However, on a brisk spring afternoon his racing career was cut short when he injured his leg in the Preakness.

Rachel Alexandra

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Mint Julep Recipe

The annual Kentucky Derby extravaganza starts tonight, and fans attending the races at Churchill Downs or partying from home are sporting a few very important things: the perfect mint julep, dibs on a winning horse and a fabulous Kentucky Derby hat.

Perfect Mint Julep

Makers Mark

Lots of fresh spearmint

Distilled water

Granulated sugar

Powdered sugar

This recipe is involved but worth it. If you must skip # 1, mint extract can be purchased at the local grocery.
To prepare the mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves wash and place in a small mixing bowl. Cover with 3 ounces of Makers Mark. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in a clean, soap-free piece of cotton cloth and vigorously wring the mint bundle over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times. Then set aside.

To prepare the simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and one cup of water in a cooking pot. Heat to dissolve the sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

To prepare the mint julep mixture, pour 3 cups of Makers Mark into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. (Pour the remaining whisky from the liter bottle into another container and save it for another purpose). Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the Makers Mark.

Now, begin adding the mint extract a tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You may have to leave the room a time or two to clear your nose. The tendency is to use too much mint. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste generally about 3 tablespoons.

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When you think its right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to marry the flavors.

To serve the mint julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) half full with shaved ice. Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about an inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to one inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Then serve.   More recipes here

Remembering Barbaro A Racing Legend

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Remembering Barbaro A Racing Legend

His will and fight captivated the hearts of the entire nation  Barbaro !

After winning the Kentucky Derby it was clear that he had what it takes to win the triple crown. However, on a brisk spring afternoon his racing career was cut short when he injured his leg in the Preakness, the second race in the quest for the triple crown.

He was a fighter, a true champion and now a racing legend.

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