And They’re Off!

Oh, this is exciting! I’m Editor Zulah Talkmadge here in The Shady Pines Gazette office with Breaking News.

Folks all around Shady Pines are getting ready for the 147th edition of the Kentucky Oaks and the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby.

That means these races have been around for a long time. Yes, sir! Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky is the place to be this weekend in the world of horse racing. It’s a time honored tradition that signals the start of the spring season.

The Kentucky Oaks is the race where the best 3 year old fillies in the country compete for a chance to win a little over a million dollars! ($1.25 million)! That race is today, Friday April 30th. It’s always run the day before the Kentucky Derby. That race, of course is always on the first Saturday in May, which is tomorrow. Twenty, 3 yr old colts, will line up in the starting gate and race for $3 million dollars.

Last year, no one was allowed to be there in person due to the pandemic. But this year, 50% of fans will be back in the stands to cheer on their favorite horses both Friday and Staurday. I even know of some neighbors of mine that are making the trip to be there in person.

Being a small Southern town, folks around here are used to the Derby traditions. That means you’re supposed to wear big hats and colorful clothes. It’s the kind of event where you just go bold! And even the food you eat on these two Derby Days is supposed to have a Southern theme and include a horseshoe cookie or something in honor of the stars of the show.

I’m going to give you a link to an article about the races and who the favorite horses are. First, let’s start with the ladies. NBC will broadcast Friday evening starting at 5:51 PM ET  And here is a look at the Kentucky Oaks contenders.  GO HERE

NBC will also broadcast on KY Derby day starting at 2:30 with the race going off close to 7pm ET. And if you want to see who’s being made the favorite in this year’s Kentucky Derby GO HERE  

But you want to know the best part of the story? Shady Pines’ very own Kentucky Derby expert has an article that she did for our monthly edition of The Shady Pines Gazette. That’s right.

Edna gives you all the tips you need to know and she has some delicious recipes you can make. There’s a slight fee for the 3-page May edition but it has all kinds of stories and feature for you and the kids. Just click on the image and it will take you to the sign up sheet.  Or CLICK HERE     Enjoy!