Giddy Up! The Kentucky Derby is not just fancy hats and mint juleps

Friday, May 01, 2009

This Saturday marks the 135th running of The Kentucky Derby. If you don't know anything about the Kentucky Derby, except that women wear big hats and spectators drink mint juleps then you're missing out, because there's so much more to the Derby than that. Like how people choose which horse to bet on, how much a jockey can weigh and why mint juleps are a waste of good bourbon.

Jennie Rees, is a reporter for the Courier Journal, she's covered horse racing for over 25 years and she joins The Takeaway from the back side of Church Hill Downs.

Watch favored horse "I Want Revenge" train for the Derby in the video below.

Guests:

Jennie Rees

Hosted by:

Daljit Dhaliwal and Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Jesse Baker

Comments [1]

Judith Mason, DVM

This is the second year you've featured a light hearted coverage of a tradition whose existence can longer be justified.
Thoroughbred racing involves the racing of juvenile (growing) horses and is both unnatural and harmful to these animals.
Why don't you cover that aspect or will you wait until another horse is euthanized on the track from a cataclysmic injury?

May. 01 2009 08:58 AM

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