Anyway, back to the Fun Fact Friday. Since tomorrow is the Derby, here are a few fun facts about it!
~ The Kentucky Derby trophy is made of 56 ounces of 14 and 18 karat gold
~ The horseshoe atop the Derby initially pointed down until 1924 when they rotated it 180 degrees.
~ Early Times is the official Kentucky whiskey used in the mint juleps served at the Derby.
~ The Garland of Roses, which is presented to the winner, has been shipped to Danville, KY to be freeze-dried since 1996.
~ In 1896, the race was shortened from 1 1/2 to 1 1/4 miles because they were concerned that was too long for the colts to run in the Spring.
~ There has never been a winner out of post #15 (I already emailed that fun fact to Matt so we know not to ever place bets on that horse)!
~ The fastest Derby time was posted by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:59.40
And now I leave you with some pictures of some fun Kentucky Derby hats...
*facts from here. hat photos from here.