Welcome to the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby!

May 2, 2014

Tomorrow is a big day in Kentucky. It’s Derby Day.  Post time (start time)  for this year’s Derby is 6:24 pm, eastern. For those of you who would like to know more details about the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs where the race is held, there are two very nice websites: The Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.

Why am I yammering on about the Kentucky Derby you ask? Good question. My novella, Run for the Roses, is in part about the Kentucky Derby, or more exactly about a journey to the race. In fact, the book ends just with the Kentucky Derby race. The Derby is only one piece of the book. There is the horse (more on him later today), his jockey, and two men from different backgrounds and of different ages who fall in love while helping to get that horse and jockey to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.

The title of the book Run for the Roses, comes from one of the nicknames the Kentucky Derby is known for. The equine winner of the race wears a garland of red roses. The tradition began over a century ago when the ladies attending a party thrown in Louisville were given a red rose. That grew into the red rose becoming the official flower of the Kentucky Derby in 1904. In 1925 a sports columnist coined the phrase “The run for the roses” in a New York newspaper. The first Thoroughbred to wear the garland was Burgoo King in 1932 and it’s been a tradition ever since. The garland is over 500 red roses sewn onto a green satin backing.


Photo by: Churchill Downs


Photo by: Secretariat.com


Photo by: Churchill Downs

Honestly, I haven’t got the patience to do that much stitching.

The Kentucky Derby has also been called, “the most exciting two minutes in sports!”

 Here’s this year’s line up, otherwise known as the field, for the actual Kentucky Derby.


Want to be entered into a drawing to win an eBook copy of Run for the Roses? Who do you think will take the winner’s circle and wear that pretty red, rose garland tomorrow?  I’ll come back after the race and announce the winner of this contest.

7 Responses to “Welcome to the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby!”

  1. Susan says:

    And I thought I gave my cats strange name! I vote for We Miss Artie.

  2. Doris L says:

    Fly on the wall when some of those name came into play. California Chrome

  3. I know, right? Sometimes you have to feel sorry for the poor horse, but they have everyday ‘nicknames’ they go by.

  4. lisa says:

    I’m going with Ride on Curlin because it made me think of curling.

  5. Ann Bell says:


    I have to pick using my usual very reliable method…who has the most fun name … so I vote for Vicar’s in Trouble.

    PS. For those of us not in the US could you let us know after the race who did win please.

  6. Trix says:

    Since tomorrow is (the first-ever!) California Bookstore Day *and* Free Comic Book Day, I’ll have to DVR the race and hope for no spoilers. Anyway, Candy Boy is the perfect name for any m/m lover, don’t you think?

  7. Dreamseeker says:

    Gotta love those very strict rules for registering names for racehorses. I’m gonna go with Dance with Fate.

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