Place your bets: A beginner’s guide to the Kentucky Derby

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If you’re not a horse racing aficionado but want to look like you know the ropes, here’s a dummy-proof guide to the Kentucky Derby.

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Where to Stay

On your mark, get set … All modern thoroughbreds can trace their pedigrees to three stallions originally brought to England in the 17th and 18th centuries. The doors open at 8 a.m., and spectators can start placing their bets at 10 a.m. Many love the party atmosphere you get from standing in the infield.

Before the Race

Place bet: A wager on a horse to finish first or second.

Mint juleps are made with bourbon, mint, and a kick.

Bluegrass dominance: A term acknowledging that 75 percent of Kentucky Derby winners were bred in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Derby may last only two minutes, but in Louisville, it’s a monthlong celebration with more than 70 events, including parties and concerts. They are known for their athleticism and agility.

When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, the bigger your hat, the better. From feathers to ribbon and bows, anything goes.

This is your chance to mingle with horse racing celebrities while sampling some of the best food in Kentucky. General admission tickets are available for $55. Refers to the fact that if they lose, they may be jumping off the nearest bridge.

This is the one time of year when you can wear a hat like this and not end up on a worst-dressed list.

What to wear

Lingo you should know

Churchill Downs

Show bet: A wager on a horse to finish third of better.

If you can’t get tickets to the big show, there are viewing parties all over Louisville, and most bars will be showing the big race. Here are a couple of favorites.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge

Old Seelbach Bar

Race Day — May 2

Where to Watch

It wouldn’t be the Kentucky Derby without a mint julep in your hands. Pacquiao fight, the hotel is hosting a watch party.

Seelbach Hilton Louisville

Thoroughbred: The horses that run in the Derby. Every year more than 100,000 spectators from around the world show up for the race, wearing their colorful hats and sipping bourbon.

Galt House Hotel

What to Drink

This authentically restored, early 1900s bar features an expansive bourbon collection and cocktails made from scratch.

In addition to the 57-foot-long bar, this lounge also boasts plenty of screens to watch the race. Instead of large male thoroughbreds, this race features 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies (young female horses). Beyond making the obvious fashion statement, wearing a colorful hat is said to bring good luck. The average jockey is 5?4? and weighs just 112 pounds.

To get people revved up for the big race on Saturday, Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Oaks race the day before the big event. go! The Kentucky Derby takes place every year on the first Saturday in May and is the culmination of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby festival. The Taste of Derby brings together award-winning chefs from regional restaurants who prepare everything from seafood to barbecue. More than 100,000 people attend the event, making it one of most popular horse races in American horse-racing society.

Every year, the Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs. The race is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” and as you watch the powerful thoroughbred’s speeding around the track, you’ll certainly know why. Spectators are also encouraged to wear pink in honor of the feminine vibe and as a way to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer prevention. It’s standing room only, but general admission guests can bring in food items, chairs, and blankets. If you’re looking for a place to watch the Mayweather vs. Grab a glass of wine, snack on some food, listen to live music and speculate about which horse will take home the trophy.

And if you just want to stumble upon something great, 4 Street Live! has a variety of bars and restaurants guaranteed to be showing the race.

. Scott Fitzgerald used the location as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding in the Great Gatsby, and the Old Seelbach Bar has some of the best bourbon in town. As for the men, they tend to wear seersucker suits or brightly colored pants.

Jockey: The man who rides the horse. F. For more than 100 years, the bourbon-based drink has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs, and during Derby weekend, the venue plans to serve more than 120,000 of the cocktails.

Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, the Seelbach Hilton exudes southern charm. It is also commonly referred to as the “Run for the Roses.” This year there are 20 contenders for the top prize.

Bridge jumper: A person who bets an unusually large sum on a single horse. On Derby day there will surely be some colorful characters in the hotel lobby.

Exacta/perfecta: A wager on two specific horses to cross the finish line in first and second place in exact order.

Ladies usually wear dresses in light colors or pastels. Chances are the bar will be crowded during the derby, so get there early if you want a good seat.

Not only is Galt House the oldest hotel in Louisville, it also has beautiful waterfront views

Binoculars and cigarettes: A day at the Bangkok horse races

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It seems another underdog, Sri Siam, has taken home the prize.

Pens click open, click shut, click open, click shut. Placing bets is fairly easy: each level of the cement-block bandstand hosts rows of windows marked by the monetary range of bets that can be made at each. Hope springs eternal, again.

Though the club — which includes a driving range and an 18-hole golf course — is private, horse races are open to the public and held every other week, usually on Sundays from about noon to 6 p.m. Race programs are tightly rolled between clenched fists. Only three people clap during the victory photos.

The day has barely reached its halfway point, but already a creeping sense of dejection permeates large quarters of the crowd. Wiry men with salt-specked hair surround me, most taking long, contemplative drags from cigarettes as they peer through binoculars at the starting gate; their programs are littered with notes, scribbles and circles.

Admission for foreigners is essentially 200 baht: 100 baht at the gate and another 100 baht for an English-language racing program, which is available near the entrance on Henri Dumont Road. 

Royal Bangkok Sports Club, 1 Henri Dumont Road, Pathumwan, +66 2 2510 181. Check for race dates and more information.

Part of the Charter included orders to obtain and establish the club at the Royal Racing Course, today known as the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.

Years later, after Hurst had departed from what was then known as the Royal Racing Course, King Rama V issued another Royal Charter that sanctioned the establishment of a club focused on “improving the standard of horse breeding, the holding of race meetings, and other sport.”

The race begins on the far end of the track, but I can’t see anything without binoculars. Others huddle under small television sets airing pre-race scenes from the main track, scrutinizing the field, sizing up the jockeys, jotting notes on their racing program, searching for clues before bets are made.

“Gasinee! Gasinee!”

Men should be sure to wear shoes and a collared shirt — otherwise you’ll have to check your flip-flops at the gate and rent an ill-fitting dress shirt and a pair of stylish rubber slip-ons.. and then again come the exasperated groans and looks of disbelief.

Bangkok horse racesRegulars dutifully take notes as the next wave of horses parade onto the track at the RBSC’s Sunday races.Once his moment of glory is sufficiently catalogued, the horse is led back to the stables under a shower of catcalls from punters whose baht were on Santa, Gasinee and Fonluang.

Hope reigns eternal, or at least for a few seconds, at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club as 11 horses race through sweltering midday humidity towards the finish line. Cups of 100 Pipers whiskey are poured; more cigarettes are lit.

“Fonluang! Fonluang!”

Horse racing in Bangkok dates back to 1892, when His Majesty King Rama V approved Briton Franklin Hurst’s petition to rent land and hold races in Sra Pratunam. The crowd cheers, and the announcer chatters in a sing-song cadence over the loud speakers. Nervous tension is palpable as the next race nears. With the next race beginning in 30 minutes, programs are reopened and notes dutifully taken as the next wave of horses parade onto the track.

Silence instantly engulfs the stands as the smallest horse in the field, Porn Charoen, scores its owner a 176,400-baht first-place prize in the second of 10 scheduled races in the Queen’s Cup, one of three signature events on Bangkok’s annual racing calendar.

Hundreds of croaking voices, parched with decades of nicotine, egg them on from a cement-block bandstand littered with empty water bottles, cigarette butts, discarded betting tickets and puddles of spit.

“Santa! Santa!” 

Bangkok horse racesFor the best views, head upstairs to the second deck. Somebody accidentally kicks over a tray of fish cakes when he springs to his feet as the horses round the bend … Minimum wagers are just 50 baht and range from simply picking the winner to picking trifectas (first-, second- and third-place finishers, in order). Most tellers speak some English.

Still, battered by losses, these regulars show a flinty determination.

After the third race I head upstairs to the second deck, where seats offer spectacular views of the expansive grounds, the Skytrain as it glides in and out of Ratchadamri station, and the high-rise condominiums and hotels of Rajprasong, Pathumwan and, in the distance, Pratunam.

Popular sentiment — and money — was apparently not with Porn Charoen, whose team receives little applause as it poses for victory photos with the horse. A guy in blinding white pants and a plum-colored dress shirt stamps out a Marlboro and pulls out a fresh pack.

Inside, gamblers lean on the stable fences, studying the horses as they’re bathed and led around a small sand track

Horse Racing Videos – The Greatest Horse Races of All Time

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Note how Alydar fails to switch leads in the stretch, a flaw which may have kept him from besting his rival.

1989 Preakness – Sunday Silence vs. Preakness winner Louis Quatorze and Belmont winner Editor’s Note completed the field.

1978 Belmont Stakes – Affirmed vs. 1997 Preakness Stakes – Silver Charm et al.

Silver Charm, Captain Bodgit, Free House, and Touch Gold, all amazing horses in their own right, battle it out in one of the best Triple Crown Races ever. Even though I know who wins, I still found myself leaning in my chair as the two crossed the line together.

1996 Dubai World Cup Classic – Cigar

The mighty Cigar was going for his fourteenth straight win in the first Dubai World Cup. Easy Goer

Who was better, Easy Goer or Sunday Silence? This epic race may have finally answered the question, with former champion Blushing John tossed into the mix for good measure.

1996 Jockey Club Gold Cup – Skip Away vs. Easy Goer

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic race than this. Sadly, he never lived up the the hype thereafter, but this amazing race was the real deal.

What are the greatest horse races of all time? I can’t claim to have seen them all, since my horse racing consciousness only starts with Secretariat’s amazing Belmont Stakes win in 1973, which I watched with awe at home with my family crowded around the TV set. But of course John Henry, one of the smartest horses as well as one of the best, did have a habit of doing that.

1988 Breeders Cup Distaff – Personal Ensign vs. You have to pity The Bart, who looked a winner all the way round only to get out-bobbed at the wire. Alydar

In the culmination of their great Triple Crown battle, the two greats battle neck and neck around the track, with the game and gutsy Affirmed prevailing by a head. Did Pat Day move prematurly and comprimise Easy Goer’s chances? Judge for yourself.

2001 Breeders Cup Classic – Tiznow vs. AlyshebaThe two Derby winners hook up in a classic of Classics. This is a selection of my choices for the greatest races since 1973, pulled from the great treasure trove of horse racing videos on Youtube. East coast stalwart Easy Goer was out to avenge his Derby loss to California-based Sunday Silence. Winning Colors

The undefeated Personal Ensign in her last career race runs up against the former Derby winning filly, a revivified Winning Colors. Cigar may have been just a trifle past his sell-by date after a long campaign that year, but he still gave Skip Away all he could handle. From then on, I was hooked on the sport of kings. Cigar

Two of the greats of the 90′s hook up in the Jockey Club at Belmont. The embedded video below is just the finish of the race; the full race can be seen at this link.. Tom Dirkin’s “Tiznow wins it for America”, may seem a bit over the top in retrospect, but at the time it had a real resonance. Sakhee

Taking place just a month after the tragedy of 9/11, this Classic matched defending champion Tiznow against the Arc de Triomphe winner, Dubai-owned Sakhee. Fighting a quarter crack, he may not have been at his physical best here, but his heart was never in doubt.

1991 Breeders Cup Juvenile – Arazi

The European superhorse Arazi stunned the world with his electrifying move to the front, passing horses like they were standing still. Chic Anderson’s superb race call complements the greatest race ever.

1987 Breeders Cup Classic – Ferdinand vs. A desperate finish ensues.

1989 Breeders Cup Classic – Sunday Silence vs.  Keep an eye on Touch Gold, who stumbled at the break, but may have run the best race of all.

1973 Belmont Stakes – Secretariat Wins Triple Crown

How could I start with anything else? I still get chills from watching this race, in which the great Secretariat not only sealed the Triple Crown, but shattered the record for 12 furlongs on the dirt. Feel free to add your choices for the best races in the comments section below.

1981 Arlington Million – John Henry

The great John Henry made the inaugural running of the Arlington Million a memorable one