It’s official: ‘Uncle Mo’ has been scratched from running in tomorrow’s race. That leaves us with the following:
- We still like Dialed In – unfortunately so do the odds makers so a bettor won’t make much even if he wins.
- We can’t discount Brilliant Speed and Santiva
- Calvin Borel, who is a hometown favorite as a jockey, is riding the number 3 horse (Twice the Appeal). Calvin’s nickname is ‘Bo Rail’ because he stays so close to the rail (the inside of the track, where the distance to the finish is the least) while riding at the Derby. Since he’s starting so close, he will find it easy to get to the rail and look for an opening down the backstretch—which is what he likes to do anyway. So we’re kind of inclined to bet on his horse.
Twinspired is not only our ‘grey horse’ pick, but he is also a long shot, 30-1 as of this morning. If you are feeling lucky, consider betting him to show (3rd place).
The Mint Julep is the classic Derby drink.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
- 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon
- 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish
1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour this mint syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves.
2. Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person's sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups. Serve juleps on a silver platter.
See you in the winner's circle!
Traveler-in-Chief and Derby Enthusiast
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