You'll end up with a cocktail a bit like a Julep but not one that's posing.
The other night in Louisville, in rehearsal at Kentucky Opera, staging my new verismo opera, "A Woman in Morocco," just before the running of the Kentucky Derby, I realized just how much opera singers and thoroughbred racehorses have in common.
"Here, hold the horse," said the aging groom. "I'll be right back." And with that, he handed me the lead rope attached to the halter of Secretariat, perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973.
For the past several years, on the Sunday following the Kentucky Derby my wife and I welcome a group of friends and family to our home at Woodland F...
A woman steps into the spotlight. An eager crowd watches in awe as she proceeds to swallow roughly a foot-and-a...
We're off to the races come Kentucky Derby day on Saturday, and with festivities in full swing we're ready to get mixing -- Mint Juleps, of course! For us this day's a good excuse to dust off the Julep cups and crush up some ice.
My wife Liz and I knew nothing about horse racing at the time, but in our minds, we thought, why not? We soon learned that the owners had undersold the ability of the horse, he was more than "pretty good."
Photo courtesy of goldplaited, hats by Angela Moreno Hats. Fascinators. Chapeaus. Whatever you call them, women attending the Kentucky Derby plan wh...
Mix-up a batch or two of Mint Juleps, invite some friends over, serve some cheesy biscuits and put on the big screen.
Leave the race to the ponies, you'll be busy serving this winning menu.
How can it be? The Kentucky Derby 2015 is upon us. The preps are done and the scores have been racked up to identify the 20 horses that will explode out of the starting gate next Saturday.
Whether you're a racing aficionado or simply a casual observer at this glamorous event, here's a look at some of the customs that are part of the festivities.
Having lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for 14 years, I know what Maker's Mark is. I'm guessing you are a Kentucky girl? Or you're a Southern girl with a penchant for whiskey? I'm hedging on the latter...
Lexington is horse country in every sense of the word and, on my drive from the airport, I was enthralled with the spectacular scenery: the rolling hills of Kentucky's famed Blue Grass region with pretty red barns, fields and meadows.
After the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen collected two more world titles last week in Dubai, winning the FIDE Rapid and Blitz championships, new comparisons were inevitable. Now he might be compared to a horse or a long distance runner, I thought.
Like so many others, I've been inspired by the story of California Chrome. So much in fact, that despite not being a fan of horse racing, I decided to make the pilgrimage to Belmont Park.