Friday, May 2, 2014

Derby Duress

Tomorrow, once again, the running of the 140th Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs.


Perhaps one of God's most glorious creatures will quicken our heartbeat, and elevate our blood pressure for little less than a few minutes. Who will win the Run for the Roses this time? Every year we celebrate with a Derby party, and all of us racing aficionados take turns hosting. A menu with Southern favourites is a requisite...I am bringing Bourbon Barbequed Ribs, as well as some version of a mint hat gets a mention, whether fashionable or just fun...

My picks are Hoppertunity, because my favourite jockey, Mike Smith will be riding, followed by Wicked Strong, Vinceremos, General A Rod, Danza and last but not least California Chrome, in no particular order..

After all it is a horse race! My husband and son, have been handicapping for days ! I just pick a winner, put together a superfecta and enjoy my mint julep! I hope you will tune in to watch the race and experience the excitement of race day!




  1. Enjoy the beauty - horses, hats, and mint julips..... all wrapped in layers of tradition.

  2. It sounds like soooo much fun. The horses are unbelievably beautiful … have a julep for me and have a great time…
    XO Mary

  3. Oh Nella, you and I both believe that this magnificent beast is one of God's greatest designs! I am in love with horses, have been since I was old enough to walk and pretend with my mother's broom that I was a rider. Still dreaming...

  4. Those beasts are gorgeous aren't they?

  5. Nella, I hope Wicked strong wins, for BOSTON>>> bet it's a sloppy track, and this horsecan do the distance..Can't wait love the home streach.. yvonne

  6. What fun Nella! I would enjoy participating in this.. I'll need a hat though:) and a mint julep of course! Have fun anf may the best horse win!

  7. What fun to have a Derby party. Exciting race!

  8. Have fun! loving the light fittings in that first pic.Linda x

  9. I see your last choice California Chrome turned out to be the winner, which absolutely fascinates me coming from a three thousand dollar mare and an even cheaper sire. Just goes to show you its not what's in you genes its what's in your heart!
    Hope you're feeling well and have a great week.
    S xx

  10. Nella, what beautiful photo's of horses. Well, all my guessing and handicaps didn't payoff.
    Love the last stretch..Blood lines didn't count here.


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