May 5, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the sun first popped over the trees at Churchill Downs on Friday, Union Rags galloped for the last time before Saturday's 138th Kentucky Derby. "I think he's in good form right now," trainer Michael Matz said a little later in the morning outside Barn 42, the same spot where Matz once stabled the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro. Of his latest Derby horse, the 9-2 second choice in the morning line, owned by Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Matz said, "I think he's ready to run. . . . We've been a little bit harder on him since the Florida Derby, getting him peaked a little bit more.
April 29, 2004 |
Named for the Kentucky county where it was first distilled in the early 1800s, bourbon remains among the most highly regarded of American whiskeys. Aside from its popularity as a beverage, bourbon's reddish-brown color and rich flavor make it a classic ingredient for special-occasion menus. So why not celebrate the 130th running of horse racing's Kentucky Derby in Louisville on Saturday by preparing one of these bourbon-laced dishes? The distinctive flavor of good bourbon gives character to marinades and barbecue sauces for beef and pork; flambeed sauces; and cakes, cookies, pastries and other desserts.
May 3, 1991 |
And . . . they're off! Tomorrow is Kentucky Derby Day, and there is an outdoor betting, eating, drinking and socializing party planned at Penn Center, right behind the Turf Club, Center City's off-track betting center in the 1600 block of Market Street. It will cost $1 to get under the big striped tent, where you can hear live Dixieland music and buy mint julips, beer, hot dogs, ice cream, sandwiches, popcorn and pretzels. (Sit-down dining is available inside the club.) There will be racing all day, and you can watch and/or participate in the action through TV monitors and betting machines.
May 13, 2009 |
It's not easy to top a gigantic, rolling, orange octopus made out of bicycles that will still fit under the El in Kensington, but Erik Silverson and wife Hedy Sirico are determined. And in this eccentrically gritty neighborhood, where new hipster greets old rowhouse, this is a serious task undertaken in deep secrecy, where on Saturday, in a cobblestone-jarring ride through the streets, they plan to outdo Octavishnu, the celebrated entry from 2008's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby - the ultimate imprint of the newcomers on the old neighborhood.
May 7, 2005 |
One year ago, Stewart Elliott sat in the jockeys' room at Churchill Downs, waiting for the chance to make Kentucky Derby history aboard a colt named Smarty Jones. Elliott, who is scheduled to ride in seven races at Delaware Park today, said he was surprisingly composed before the 130th Derby. But when he entered the track and the band played "My Old Kentucky Home," it "really hit me," he recalled yesterday. "Believe it or not, I felt more pressure before the Arkansas Derby.
September 5, 2000 |
In its first life as Keystone, the track on Street Road in Bensalem was thought of as a factory where horses ran. When it was renamed Philadelphia Park in the mid-1980s, nothing really changed. It was bought and sold a few times. If it wasn't a complete dump, it was close. If there was any ambience, nobody noticed. In a few weeks when a massive renovation on the second floor of the grandstand is complete, the track will have finished a quick face-lift that is nothing short of amazing.
March 12, 1994 |
Some 40 miles north of here at an obscure thoroughbred training track along a road of tomato fields and one-pump gas stations, last year's 2-year-old male champion and one-time Kentucky Derby favorite stands in his padded stall with three steel screws in the cannon bone of his right rear leg. They were placed there Tuesday at a horse clinic in nearby Pompano Beach while the colt was suspended for two hours on a hydraulic table. A specialist who was flown in from Colorado performed the delicate operation in an attempt to save the colt's racing career.
July 10, 1998 |
After all the wiring, bolting, greasing and polishing by Camden youths, what they had all been working toward finally arrived: soapbox derby day. Yesterday's event began on Mickle Boulevard and was to have been preceded by a parade. The derby was sponsored by the city to engage youths in a productive summer activity.
May 6, 1990 |
Five weeks ago, Pat Day had his choice of mounts for the Kentucky Derby. He had a soft spot in his heart for Unbridled, but Summer Squall was improving fast. Day's phenomenal success at Churchill Downs - he is the winningest rider in history here - puts him in position to pick and choose his mounts. Day declined to follow his heart. He chose Summer Squall, Craig Perret got Unbridled. And, as a result, Day made racing history yesterday, becoming the first rider to finish second three consecutive times in the 116 years of the Kentucky Derby.
May 3, 2007
Drinking mint juleps may be the ultimate Derby day ritual. But as my waitress at funky Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville recently put it: "We only drink juleps once a year. " Lynn's decadent Bourbon Ball milkshakes, on the other hand: "All the time. " I took one frozen sip of this vanilla whip of ice cream, walnuts, bourbon and chocolate chips, and I knew exactly what she meant. It was like sipping a cold ice cream truffle through a straw, sweet but deceptively potent. It was not unlike the ubiquitous bourbon ball chocolates that Kentucky is famous for, but it was even better.