I love my state partly because of the beautiful horse farms throughout Kentucky. I love my city, Louisville, because it is a great place to live. But I am never more proud of my state and my city than on the weekend of the Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.
The Oaks is the day before Derby, and it is called the race for the locals. The big race is the Lilies for the Fillies. It is also Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, so everyone is in pink or has a touch of pink. The big race on Derby day is the Run for the Roses. On that day they have a group of women who have been nominated to walk in the Breast Cancer Parade. They wear pink and parade around part of the track and are treated like royalty the rest of the day.
I have been to Churchill Downs for a race day, but I have never been to the Oaks or the Derby. I would love to go one year!
In years past, we have been to many Derby parties. When the girls were little, we took them to lots of Derby events, such as the Derby Parade, The Great Balloon Race, Thunder over Louisville, and a variety of other events leading up to the Derby. Now that we are empty nest, I tend to watch the events and the two days of racing on television.
One station gets the right to cover the two days of racing all day, so there is no channel flipping. I don’t always sit and watch the coverage, other than the main race, but have it on in the background as I do things around the house.
On television, I get a lot more information than if I would’ve attended the race. The all day coverage includes histories of all the horses running and trivia about the Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Broadcasters interview everyone, from the crowd in the infield to the jockeys, trainers, and owners, to celebrities who come for the Derby. On television, there are reporters covering several different areas of Churchill Downs, so I see much more than if I were at the races. I love my television view of the beautiful hats (at these races it is all about the hats) and dresses.
I love seeing the horses coming into the paddock from the stables as they make their way to the track. I love seeing everything Oaks and Derby.
Maybe someday I will attend the Oaks or the Derby, but in the meantime I love to catch it all at home!