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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's Not Just a Race, Stupid

Just how big a deal is the Kentucky Derby? We thoroughbred bloggers obviously are in no position to be dispassionate about the topic in its larger cultural context. We’re emotionally invested. So, last night I went to the new Google Blog search and typed in “Kentucky Derby”, curious to see what would come up. Surprisingly (or maybe not) not a single blog dedicated to horse racing “hit”—just goes to show you how minuscule our piece of the blogosphere pie is!

What are “real” people blogging about in connection to the Derby? Here are some of the finer posts I ran across:

The Art of Manliness, “Dressing for the Kentucky Derby”
Inspired by the Golden Era of American Style—the 1930s and 1940s—this post is resplendent in photos and helpful hints for the well-dressed man. Concluding thoughts: “Dress well when you attend the Kentucky Derby, for a true gentleman understands the history of the event and realizes it’s one of the few remaining bastions of genteelness in America. Add to the enjoyment of those around you by dressing in the mood of the festivities; like a uniform, it’ll help you better feel the ambiance and create lasting memories.” Brilliant!

WorthPoint, “Off to the Races with Kentucky Derby Collectibles”
Nicely illustrated post about collecting Derby memorabilia, from posters and pins, to glasses and signed programs.

Peggy’s Home Cooking Blog, “Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cake Recipe”
A pound cake drenched in bourbon with mint-flavored white chocolate ganache. Yum!

Chica and Jo, “Betting Pool Spreadsheet for the Kentucky Derby”
Nice colorful spreadsheet in Excel format you can download and printout for your Derby party.

Hostess with the Mostess, “Kentucky Derby Party: Run for the Roses Centerpiece Ideas”
Pretty darn cute ideas using red roses—obviously.

Okay, so they aren’t really talking about the race itself, but more so the cultural event. Still, I can deal with the Kentucky Derby being #3 on the list of “Top 10 Traditional American Sporting Events,” just behind the Army-Navy game and the World Series, and ahead of the Penn Relays, The Masters Tournament, Indianapolis 500, Boston Marathon, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Rose Bowl and Little League World Series. Good company, indeed.


The_Knight_Sky said...

What are we blogging?

Keeping track of your cyberdollars on the Kentucky Derby.

Everyone's going to have the winner after the race. But I'll have the proof you did in 2009.

Tough job, but someone's gotta do it. :D

Keith - Triple Dead Heat said...

I'm collecting Kentucky Derby glasses...but only when I go "vintage" (read: junk)shopping with Amy.

I have about 10 now. I'm scared what might happen if i start shopping online.

tvnewsbadge said...

You should be glad they're blogging about even those tender minded topics.
In my shop, there was only one fella who even knew the Kentucky Derby was being run this weekend and he had to know becuse he is our sports director.

Rebecca said...

I am so making mint julep pound cake for my Derby party next year!