A day at the Derby worth the trip
Mint juleps, obnoxiously large hats and charming Southern accents, oh my! With all that, and some horses thrown in there, the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby didn't disappoint.
Whether you're a track rat or someone who likes to look at the pretty hats, Churchill Downs had a little bit of everything. If you missed the race, here's a recap to make you feel like you were right on the rail for "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." If you placed too many bad bets, you're on your own.
2. Even Lord Stanley's Cup made a trip to races to hang out with his old friend, Wicked Strong, who was named in honor of Boston Marathon bombing victims.
3. The always-vivacious Johnny Weir crushed all competitors by serving up Kentucky Derby realness with his over-the-top hat complete with a soaring golden Pegasus.
4. The #HorSelfie was born as fashion commentators Tara Lipinski and Weir took a trip into the stables. If this becomes a "thing," we may all be in trouble.
5. An average of 120,000 bottles of Early Times whiskey are used to make mint juleps, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. In other words, it was no different than an Alabama tailgate.
9. Then there was this ridiculous guy, who said, "I'm going to kill it in this hat." He killed it all right, and we hope it never comes back. I guess he didn't read our piece on what not to wear to the Derby.
10. Oh yeah, there were horses, too. Favorite, California Chrome defeated the competition by 1 3/4 lengths. At age 77, his trainer Art Sherman became the oldest trainer of a winner in Derby history. After much hype, Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey in the Derby, finished last.