The Bluegrass State is known for many things: music, bourbon, KFC, and baseball bats, to name a few. But when you think of Kentucky, one thing probably comes to mind above all else. The Kentucky Derby! This annual Louisville horse race in May draws national attention for its big winners, equine festivities, and over-the-top hats.
This year, the Derby was held on May 1st at the historic Churchill Downs, and it drew in a whopping 50,000+ spectators. Out of 20 qualifying horses, Medina Spirit has crowned the winner with his jockey John Velazquez. (Since then, many people have questioned whether Medina Spirit’s win was aided by banned substances.)
We love the Derby so much at Morrow Manor, though, that we decided to have our own with our residents! We opened our event by listening to a recording of Dan Fogleburg’s “Run for the Roses”. And of course, our lovely ladies of Morrow Manor got to wear fun hats! We then named our three competing (figurine) horses and got them ready after placing our bets. Soon, Brownie, Stormy, and Stripes were off!
We thought Derby Day might turn out like the movie “Racing Stripes”, but it became evident that Brownie was pulling into the lead. He turned out to be our first prize winner, with Stripes coming in a close second and Stormy trailing behind in third. There’s always next year, Stormy! Morrow Manor Derby Day concluded with a special viewing of “Racing Stripes” and snacks like soda and Cheetos.
We might not have gone to Louisville this year for the big event, but we were able to create a big day of our own at Morrow Manor and enjoy some great company.