Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is known in Washington as a relentless and somewhat humorless partisan, became the soul of graciousness as the horses came out on the track.
The crowds here don't "look like America." This is a whiter, older, more Anglo and more Southern scene. This makes it a magnet for politicians, not so much for the old reason, publicity, as for the proximity of money.
This weekend looks like it'll provide for more than one opportunity to live up our youth, being that it includes Cinco de Mayo, MC Hammer, the Kentucky Derby, and a Mexican wrestling/burlesque show. Here goes...
I don't know much about horses or funny hats, but my liver and I do know a thing or two about bourbon. For those who don't know or who never thought to ask, here's a quick primer.
Place your bets, put on your finest hat, and make room for a smashing Derby Day feast. We've got plenty of Bourbon (for drinking and cooking with) and other Kentucky favorites.
The Derby is like politics in so many ways. Someone runs. Someone wins. People contribute money and get their hopes up. There is a weird sense that somehow all of your problems will be solved and the world will right itself if only you find the right contender.
Mariano Rivera doesn't know if he'll pitch again and while fans ponder what the Yankees will be like without the best closer in baseball history, stop for a moment to think what the Yankee trophy case would look like if they never had him.
Bourbon is the quintessential American whiskey and the drink of choice of many Southerners. If the recipe for mint juleps looks familiar, you would not be far wrong noticing its similarity to the Mojito.
Like some rare astrological phenomenon, both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo fall on Saturday. So we combed our recipe library for tequila and bourbon concoctions.
Saturday is Derby Day, which means it's time to make some Mint Juleps! The pre-Prohibition refresher has long been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby.
And there, in all of his glory, stood Secretariat: massive in size; reddish-brown chestnut in color; enormous, muscled chest; proud head jutting forward like a one-horse Mt. Rushmore.
No matter which horse you're rooting for, it just wouldn't be the Kentucky Derby without a Mint Julep. The icy-cold concoction is the perfect combination of mint, bourbon and a touch of sweetness.
May: Starts with the Derby, ends with the Met Mile. After watching Shackelford's gritty run in the 2011 Derby, he was my 2012 Met Mile horse. I haven't changed my mind. Hope it happens.
If my bank account wasn't so laughable, I could do all my holiday and birthday shopping for... me, starting with the painting of Zenyatta, at the Equi...
A major factor in Animal Kingdom winning the Derby was his great trip. Given a masterful ride by Velasquez, the colt was in the right spot throughout the race.