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The Kentucky Derby: The Fastest (and most Fashionable) Two Minutes in Sports

Louisville- the only city that celebrates two weeks for a two minute race.

Kentucky is known for its horse racing, and people all around have different ways of celebrating the fastest two minutes in sports.

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest consecutively held thoroughbred horse race in America. It is the first race of three, (the Preakness in mid-May and the Belmont in early June) in the Triple Crown of races, which has only been won by eleven horses since 1919. The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17th, 1875, which included 15 horses, running 1.5 miles from start to finish.

Today, about 20 horses run at a distance of 1.25 miles. The fastest derby was run by the famous Secretariat, the only horse to ever finish in under two minutes. Along with the derby, we celebrate the Kentucky Oaks, held on the Friday before derby each year. This race features only fillies, (young female horses) and the grand prize features a blanket of lilies, rather than roses. Hence the term, “Lilies for the Fillies.”

May 6th, the 143rd annual Run for the Roses will be held.

Not only is the Kentucky Derby known for its sport appeal, it is also known for it’s fashion. Brands Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, and more are popular at the event, making it the prepsters paradise.

While sporting your favorite brand, testing your odds on your favorite filly, you absolutely must be carrying your favorite drink. Kentucky famous, The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. Or, for something a onthe sweeter side, try a Grey Goose® Oaks Lily®, a mixture of Vodka, sweet & sour mix, and cranberry juice.

Of course, we have you covered from head to toe at Cordial Lee. Our selection of dresses, wedges, sandals, and of course hats are sure to keep you looking fabulous on this high fashion weekend. Here are just a few of our looks... stay tuned and shop with us to see the entire collection. xo

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