jilmcintosh.typepad.com > Kentucky Derby 136 - May 1, 2010

A lifelong dream come true: I go to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby!

In our box early in the day

In our box early in the day

We were in the second floor of the clubhouse, with a great view and even better, an overhang to protect us from the rain!


Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

The entrance to the grandstand


Ron Turcotte

Ron Turcotte

I got to meet Ron Turcotte. He rode Secretariat to a Triple Crown victory in 1973, having won the Derby on Riva Ridge in 1972. He also won the fastest Derby and Belmont (and the Preakness, too, but the timer malfunctioned) and his 31-length win on Secretariat in the Belmont remains an all-time record achievement.


The post parade

The post parade

The view of the post parade as the horses head to the starting gate. It poured for most of the day, but the sun came out when the horses stepped onto the track.


The winner

The winner

Super Saver goes back to the barn in front of us, having raced into history


With Aristides

With Aristides

In the paddock with the statue of Aristides, who won the first Derby in 1875


The mint julep

The mint julep

The mint julep is the traditional drink of the Derby. The glasses are a popular souvenir and for $10 you get to keep the glass.


My kind of guy!

My kind of guy!

With the Early Times Mint Julep mascot


At the Derby

At the Derby

At the Barbaro statue, near the entrance.


At the Derby

At the Derby

My lifelong dream comes true!


At the Barbaro statue

At the Barbaro statue

A statue of Barbaro, the 2006 winner, stands at the entrance.


The winning ticket!

The winning ticket!

The first Derby I've ever actually bet, and I picked the winner. My $5 ticket on Super Saver paid $45.00.