July 29, 2012 - 7:50pm
Horse of the Year outdueled in $400,000, Grade II Stakes
Conditioner Bill Mott's Unrivaled Belle with Kent Desormeaux outdueled reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to win the 25th La Troienne Stakes (GII) by a head at historic Churchill Downs. Desormeaux was ecstatic with the victory, in which his mount caught last year's Kentucky Oaks winner...
July 29, 2012 - 7:49pm
There are hundreds of varieties of mint. Why settle for boring ol' grocery store mint for your Julep when you can cultivate your own instead?
Ah, the Mint Julep - a lovely muddled beverage consisting of bourbon, mint, sugar, and ice. Much has been said about this Kentucky Derby drink of choice. Aficionados have debated the relative merits of steeping versus muddling, while others argue that the best results come from using a mint syrup....
July 29, 2012 - 7:49pm
Before the recession inspired people to take a "staycation" the Chow Wagon was Louisville's excuse for a relaxing hometown day off. It's one part state fair, one part day at the park, and one part grownups playing hookey with their friends for a cheerful drink or three.
I didn't grow up in Louisville, so the Chow Wagon is somewhat mystifying for me. I thought it was an excuse for downtown workers to balance their healthy walk to the waterfront with deliciously greasy fair food.  I went down on a gorgeous night this week to check it out for myself. It wasn't...
July 29, 2012 - 7:49pm
Two sportswriting hacks, a local radio "personality", a preschooler, and a professional turf writer/handicapper enter a Battle Royale of Handicapping for the 25 races of the Oaks and Derby cards. Who will come out on top?
One of the great things about Kentucky Derby is that everyone miraculously becomes the handicapping expert. With a 25 race card, Oaks and Derby Days at Churchill Downs provide a great opportunity to test one's handicapping mettle.
July 29, 2012 - 7:49pm
Unless jockeys have gotten tall and have ample cleavage, that is