Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Derby Horses

Today I am over at Jennifer's lovely blog blue-eyed belle talking about one of my favorite subjects, horses!

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I share a bit of history about the Derby and the star of the Derby, the Thoroughbred, in addition to my prediction for who is going to win on Saturday.  Click here to check it out!  (If you place a bet on my pick and lose, my apologies.  I never claimed to be an expert!

Coincidentally, today would have been my horse Pal's 26th birthday--how's that for timing?!  I've blogged about Pal before and the timing of Woods' arrival into our lives.  Pal was part Thoroughbred himself--he was a registered Quarter Horse but had a great-grand sire (father) who was a Thoroughbred, which made him what is called an Appendix or Running Quarter Horse.  This is where he got some of his height (average height for a Quarter Horse is 15 hands--Pal was almost 17 hands tall!).  His height and build led many to believe he was a Dutch warmblood which always made me laugh since that breed is far more fancy and expensive than my little ole American Quarter Horse. 

He looks two-toned here because he had just gotten a trace clip for the winter!

Are you planning on watching The Kentucky Derby this weekend?  Care to make any predictions yourself?  I'm all ears!


  1. Not watching the Kentucky Derby and making burgoo would be like cancelling Christmas. Neither one is going to happen. My money is on Calvin Borel whoever he's riding. Sloppy track on Saturday could be anyones win.

  2. So totally watching the Derby this weekend because my husband's cousin Rosie Naprovnick will be riding Pants on Fire. The girl is making history!! Go Rosie!!

  3. Being from Louisville but not watching the Derby would be ridiculous.
    When I was in high school, my choir was at a competition in Chicago over Derby weekend one year and we made an entire restaurant (not big, but still) watch the race with us. It's that big of a deal!

  4. Hey, I had no idea this was this weekend. Shows you how much I know about the event or even horses :) But I do always like watching, does that count?!

  5. I don't keep track of horse races, please don't hold me to it :(

    But your horse is very pretty!

    It was a FANTASTIC weekend! I had a lot of fun, and I am trying to have as much fun as I can!

  6. God, I just dream of going to watch the Derby in-person one day! I will watch the Derby this weekend, but this year it seems like the schedule is a little more hectic so I may have to watch all of the pre-race and DVR the actual event.

    Sacrilege, I know.

    For what it's worth, I sing along to My Old Kentucky Home with the tv and always tear up. God. So much truth going on here.


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