Saturday, May 3, 2008

Another Derby is done. Rumors of another possible triple crown winner abound. (You'll find that it is mostly wishful thinking. It's been forever since we've had a triple crown winner.) I'll admit that after watching Big Brown race today, I might believe that he can do it too.





Of course, we all sat, horrified as we realized that Eight Bells was down on the track. I don't ever remember something like that happening during the Derby itself. I feared the worst when we realized that she had come in second and then just collapsed on the field. When both equine ambulances blocked the track, we were fairly certain that she would not survive. Word came that they euthanized her on the track because she suffered double compound fractures. We were speechless. She was a truly beautiful horse. And I believe that she would have continued to be a contender in the Preakness and Belmont.


I'm not sure if everyone has Kroger grocery stores where they live, but the garland of roses is actually sewn together at one of the local Kroger stores on Friday night. People can come and watch it being put together at the Kroger store. It requires about 80 hours of prep work and 10 to 12 hours of work on Derby eve. There are over 400 roses sewn into a blanket kind of thing. Each rose has it's own tiny vial of water. This year, the garland contains the "Freedom" rose, named after 9/11 as a tribute to the victims, their families and the people serving in the armed forces. The garland is placed in a glass box and receives a police escort to Churchill Downs on the morning of the Derby.



Then, of course, there are the Derby hats. I find it amazing that those little bitty heads can hold up some of these hats.











And now, Louisville will return to normal. Whatever that might be. Our moment in the spotlight has passed. Tomorrow we will be picking up the trash and moving forward. And I'm sure plans for next years Derby Festival will be started.
I hope your day was blessed.









3 comments:

annie's eyes said...

We watched also in joy as Big Brown finished way ahead of the pack, then horrified as the Place winner dropped. It was so sad that she gave her all, and what a race she ran--a mighty and powerful filly. I loved your insights and cool facts about the Derby. It has been fascinating to find out how much surrounds this event. I must admit I didn't wear a hat, though. How about you? We did have a mint julep,and Derby day at my neighbors is always an event even in Texas! I would love to see it sometimes. Great posts! Love, Annette

Ang baylis said...

Hey, Karen.
I thought about you all day yesterday! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your posts this week! I just read this to my husband. I've learned so much from you! I love the beautiful hats! I heard about Eight Bells. So sad! Thank you for sharing this fun time with your friends here in blog land!
Love,
Ang

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