Saturday, May 7, 2011

Triple Crown: Kentucky Derby

Pirate Hat for
Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.

The race is one and a quarter mile (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg).

The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes then the Belmont Stakes. The horse must win all three to win the Triple Crown. - per wikipedia


--~ Book Giveaway ~--

The Highest Stakes
by Emery Lee

Description from the amazon:
In the high stakes gentleman's world of 18th century horseracing, when the blood of the "desert kings" ruled the English turf, a hero returns from war to claim the girl he has loved since he first spied her riding hell-for-leather over the Doncaster heath. Determined to have her at any cost, he will risk everything.

A story of star-crossed lovers and horseracing, THE HIGHEST STAKES transports the reader to 18th century England, an era infamous for corruption, arranged marriages, and high stakes gambling; when racing and breeding became the obsession of the uppermost elite, and a match race might replace a duel in settling a point of honor.

Through the fictional love story of Robert Devington and Charlottte Wallace, a tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution unfurles...


Avast, me hearties!

Win a copy of this book!

Open to all.

Offer ends: June 19 --> extended to June 26, 2011

Complete the task on all 3 Triple Crown posts:

May 7: Kentucky Derby

Task1: The Kentucky Derby is also known for its fashion and most of all hats!

Send me a link to a hat you would pick for the event - be as fanciful, outlandish and whimsical as you like.

Task2: May 21: Preakness Stakes

Task3: June 11: Belmont Stakes

AND, leave your email (if I don't already have it)


Contest has ended - winner is here


Participant entries:

Audra's erruption hat...

Juju's pirate hat...

After the race, Juju swaps her hat for this...

Kulsuma picked this one over Princess Beatrice's Philip Treacy hat…

krysykat liked this one…

but krysykat found these two that were just as appealing…

debbie chose this Christina A. Moore hat...

AimeeKay likes this one...

Then AimeeKay found this one and abandoned the first...

Giada picks this one...

I picked one from Diana's selections, close enough to a mint julep...

Karla's likes this one...

vampire princess selects this one...

IdentitySeeker loves blue and would wear this vibrant and attractive one...

Sakira would wear...


* BE ON THE LOOKOUT for the Mucho Macho Man he's known as The Zombie Horse - he just may take the race!

* image source hat

* U P D A T E: Kentucky Derby 2011 winner is Animal Kingdom with Nehro at second and Mucho Macho Man in third.

* part of ...and a bottle o'rum event

Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu