Kentucky Derby memories – 1983, part 1

[caption id="attachment_5859" align="aligncenter" width="413" caption="Photo by wingbeats551/iStockphoto"] Although I grew up in Kentucky and lived there until I was a young adult, I never attended a Kentucky Derby then. Like millions around the world - and most Kentuckians - I watched the race on TV. Even when I was very young, I loved the Derby. I wrote my ...

Derby Prep Races – The Wood and Santa Anita

[caption id="attachment_5763" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Photo by stocknshares/iStockphoto"] This weekend isn't only about bunnies. Or chocolate. Because the fragrance of roses is getting stronger ... Holiday weekend or not -- two dozen guests coming for Sunday dinner or not -- put down those chores to catch two of the major Kentucky Derby prep races this Saturday. The Wood Memorial ...

The Triple Crown Races by the Numbers

We've had a lot of company lately. Although things have slowed down now since the Triple Crown races have finished, we've had a lot of drop-in visitors in the past six weeks. Our stats here have paralleled TV ratings, although our numbers are nowhere near as high. Still, which race do you think drew the most people to ...

Mine That Bird’s Imperfect Human Connections

[caption id="attachment_3054" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Not one of the people involved, just a photo illustration/Photo by mnieves/iStockphoto"] I had begun writing this post about Mine That Bird's connections early yesterday morning. It had started as a "let's see what else we can find about them on the web" story. But, in the afternoon, they were in the news ...

My Derby Week 2008

Bob McQuerry's Stables, as seen from my hotel room across the street/Photo by Rhonda Lane Last year, I was in Kentucky during Derby. That's different from being in Kentucky for the Derby. A lot happens in Louisville during Derby Week. The Kentucky Derby Festival offers fireworks and steamboat races. And that's just in Louisville. I, on the ...