DemDaily: Off to the Races!

May 6, 2016

The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 7th, providing a welcome reprieve from the 24 hour presidential "horse race."
2015 Derby and Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah
The first leg of horse racing's "Triple Crown," it is an occasion for celebrities, racing fans, social elite and even politicians to don a fancy hat, drink the traditional mint juleps and enjoy the country's premier equestrian event.
"Horse race" was first used to describe close non-equine contests in the early 19th century and is now an accepted part of the political lexicon.
"the President has not weighed in on the horse race on the Republican side, but the President has been pretty resolute in his belief that Mr. Trump will not be the next President."
-WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 3/4/16
Kentucky's presidential horse race follows the real deal in just two weeks when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will square of in the May 17th democratic presidential primary.
Current polling shows Hillary favored to take the larger share of Kentucky's 60 delegate votes.
Political Triple Crown
As for the Derby, the overwhelming favorite is a Nyquist (named after the NHL player) a 3-year-old colt from Kentucky. As of this morning, his odds stood at 3-1.
Enjoy the horse race!
The Official Derby Mint Julep Recipe
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky
Silver Julep Cups
Make syrup by boiling sugar & water together for 5 minutes.
Cool & place in covered container w/6-8 sprigs fresh mint,
refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time, filling cup w/ crushed ice, adding 1 tbsp mint syrup & 2 ounces Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly, garnish w/fresh mint.
The Kentucky Derby
Where:  Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky
Post time: 6:34 p.m. ET.
on NBC w/coverage starting @ 4pm
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