Run for the Roses
The Kentucky Derby is much more than a 2 minute race and more than just the first leg of the Triple Crown. The Run for the Roses is a celebration of thoroughbred racing in the thoroughbred racing capital of the world. If you have ever watched the Kentucky Derby, you have noticed women who wear big hats and colorful dresses and men dressed up in suits accompanying them. Also, the Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from a souvenir glass printed with all previous Derby winners. In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere.
The first Saturday May 3rd is here - YAY-, and it’s time for the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby! Crowds are already beginning to venture excitingly to Louisville to watch the first leg of the Triple Crown Series LIVE from Churchill Downs (I wish I was a part of that crowd). I'm sure there are a few people that don't know that much about this wonderfully, exhilarating all out fun event.
The Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses," because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in 1883 that was attended by Churchill Downs founder and president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race's official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. The Governor of Kentucky awards the garland and the trophy.
Who are the contenders for the Kentucky Derby? What fillies are taking the field in the Kentucky Oaks? What are the post times? What are the post positions? How do I not miss anything?
In case you didn’t already know, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks are not the only races run on their perspective days. Friday, the day of the Oaks, there are 12 different races, with the 11th race being the Kentucky Oaks. On Saturday - Kentucky Derby Day, there are 13 different races, with the 10th race being the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and the 11th being the Kentucky Derby.
Knowing the post times will help you decide where you want to watch from: the hospitality area or your seat in the stands. If you decide to adventure outside of your venue if your hospitality doesn’t have a private restroom or to see other areas of Churchill Downs, it’s important to keep track of time because the concourses are very busy and crowded and will take you a while to get back to your seats.
DON'T FORGET TO PLACE YOUR BETS
2014 Kentucky Oaks Post Times
2014 Kentucky Derby Post Times
Now, as for 140th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders, take a look at the fields and the post positions for each horse. Remember, the post positions can dramatically impact how the horse performs and the positions on the rail are considered the best positions. Otherwise, the horse will have to compete for the rail right out of the gate.
2014 Kentucky Oaks Contenders and Post Positions
2014 Kentucky Derby Contenders and Post Positions
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