YB, y u slippin' on this?
Jimmy Fallon Derby rap from 2001.
I thought this was funny. Love the Uncle Mo verse too, because it was true
Edits in progress. Governor Charlie is out. No horse trained by Bob Baffert and no horses from the Sunland Derby are in. That post will be deleted/edited.
I also just deleted the first post on this page. Winning Cause, the horse who won the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, won't run in the Derby. No horse from that Derby prep will be in the Derby.
Current field by qualifying points. THESE ARE NOT POST POSITIONS. Those will be drawn tomorrow afternoon.
Fear the Kitten's info will be added to the Blue Grass and Spiral Stakes posts.
Golden Soul will be added to the Louisiana Derby post
Charming Kitten will be added to the Blue Grass post
Edits will be made tonight (Tuesday 4/30/13)
I'm making up a big batch of pre-prepared Mint Juleps tonight. I'll be honest: while I can say all day that it's because of the derby coming up, it's really just because I want a bottle of julep to sip on this week. Simple syrup is cooling and I'm waiting for my dad to get home with the bourbon and mint.
I'm right there with you Brian. I have two 1.75s of Makers Mark standing by. Making the simple syrup tonight and sticking in the fridge. I bought all the Mint that Albertsons has to offer. Also making Bourbon Slush this year. Made the Bourbon Ball mix last night, just need to roll them into balls. Placed the catering order for Popeyes to pick up Saturday morning. Just waiting on the post positions so I can print out the betting posters. RSVP is up to 55. Anyone interested in making the drive up to TO on Saturday, hit me up.
I filled a litre bottle with my julep mix and it's currently sitting the fridge with a couple more mint sprigs in it to meld overnight. I have the leftovers in a glass right now and am very happy with the result. I used Evan Williams since our local store didn't have Early Times.
yeah, as something of a bourbon nut I was actually questioning the choice of Maker's as well, Wes. Except for the fact that, when I went to Kentucky, they sold a Maker's Julip bottle that was out of this world. Green wax, great flavor. As a regular bourbon, it's completely unremarkable and not worth the price they charge. Early Times is a much better Kentucky Whisky and you can usually get a handle for half what you pay for a small Makers.
Maybe next year, Early Times. This is really the only week of the year I drink Bourbon. 9 out of 10 times, I'm drinking tequila. Makers is more for the show, the tradition, and something people who have no idea of whats good, ask what's in this, and say 'nice' to.
Will y'all share your recipes please? Especially the mint julep recipie.
Official Mint Julep
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
2 oz Kentucky Bourbon
The night before I make the simple syrup (equal sugar and water) and I also stick some mint sprigs into the bourbon bottle to infuse the mint flavor directly into the bourbon.
Crushed ice has a purpose (keeping it cool and watering it down). Since it’s hard to come by, I use a little more water in the simple syrup than sugar and I keep the mix cool in the fridge until drinking time. I add the Bourbon to taste.
Nearby I have a cup of nicely trimmed mint sprig and a bowl of powdered sugar. I fill a cup with ice, add the Mint Julep, take a mint sprig dipped in the powdered sugar, and serve.
This year I used this Bourbon Ball recipe which uses honey instead of corn syrup.
Here's the recipe I used:
4 cups bourbon
2 bunches fresh spearmint
1 cup distilled water
1 cup granulated sugar
To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.
To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.
To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.
Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it's right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to "marry" the flavors.
To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.
When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Serve immediately.
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/s...ml?oc=linkback
When is Wes posting his bets so we can copy?
May take a long-shot flyer on Palace Malice. Like that Mike Smith and he's been getting a bunch of 1st/2nds on recent races. Borel is dangerous, but hasn't been that successful lately.
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.
Thanks for the recipes and look forward to everyone's bets.
I personally enjoy Maker's, and have also enjoyed Woodford. I'll check out this Early Times soon.
assume the post positions
1. Black Onyx, 50 - 1 odds; Trainer: Kelly Breen
2. Oxbow, 30 - 1 odds; Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
3. Revolutionary, 10 - 1 odds; Trainer: Todd Pletcher
4. Golden Soul, 50 - 1 odds; Trainer: Dallas Stewart
5. Normandy Invasion, 12 - 1 odds; Trainer: Chad Brown
6. Mylute, 15 - 1 odds; Trainer: Tom Amoss
7. Giant Finish, 50 - 1 odds; Trainer: Anthony Dutrow
8. Goldencents, 5 - 1 odds; Trainer: Doug O'Neill
9. Overanalyze, 15 - 1 odds; Trainer: Todd Pletcher
10. Palace Malice, 20 - 1 odds; Trainer: Todd Pletcher
11. Lines of Battle, 30 -1 odds; Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
12. Itsmyluckyday, 15 - 1 odds; Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr.
13. Falling Sky, 50 - 1 odds; Trainer: John Terranova
14. Verrazano, 4 -1 odds; Trainer: Todd Pletcher
15. Charming Kitten, 20 -1 odds; Trainer: Todd Pletcher
16. Orb, 7 -2 odds; Trainer: Shug McGaughey
17. Will Take Charge, 20 - 1 odds; Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
18. Frac Daddy, 50 - 1 odds; Trainer: Ken McPeek
19. Java's War, 15 - 1 odds; Trainer: Ken McPeek
20. Vyjack, 15 - 1 odds; Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Horses in positions 1 through 14 will be in the main gate; horses in positions 15 through 20 will be in the auxiliary gate.
If one of the horses withdraws from the race by 9 a.m. Friday, Fear the Kitten will fill that horse's slot.
My horse trainer friend's take: "This is one of the best fields I have seen in years for the Oaks & Derby. I really liked Orb until he drew post 16 and is the morning line favorite. At this time I like Normandy Invasion & Frac Daddy"
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.
Ok lovers and friends. This is what happens when I have waaaaaaaayyyyyy to much time on my hands. But as a horse-racing nut and also trying to be some half-ass'd ambassador for the sport of kings, I figured I educate y'all on the Derby this year. You can start viewing all the posts on page 6 of this thread, or they're all individually linked below so if you just wanna look at specific posts you can. I HAVE NOT POSTED MY PICKS YET. I tried giving you guys some good and bad things about each of these horses without showing too much bias. The Derby every year is full of unpredictability and longshots, so if these posts help you form your own opinion so be it. It's seriously every bit as good as mine, because even the most hardcore handicappers have trouble getting that race right from year to year. Otherwise, just listen to Playadelwes for picks, because he wins every year anyway ;p. Hope this helps you for Saturday. Have fun, have some Mint Juleps, and hopefully the rain stays away from Louisville on Saturday.
Intro Post and explanation/terminology-
Wood Memorial- Verrazano, Normandy Invasion, Vyjack
Santa Anita Derby- Goldecents
Arkansas Derby- Oxbow, Overanalyze, Falling Sky, Frac Daddy
Florida Derby- Orb, Itsmyluckday
Louisiana Derby Revolutionary, Mylute, Palice Malice, Golden Soul
UAE Derby (Dubai) Lines of Battle
Toyota Bluegrass Stakes Java's War, Palice Malice, Charming Kitten
Rebel Stakes Will Take Charge, Oxbow
Spiral Stakes Black Onyx, Giant Finish
I may skip betting this year as it ps going to be muddy as fuck. Unreal conditions.
#1 Black Onyx has been scratched this morning. There will only be 19 horses entered in the Derby now. Will delete him from the Spiral Stakes post shortly.
Last year, I had two clear favorites who I thought would win the race. They came in 1st and 2nd. It made betting a little easier. This year, I have a problem. I have three favorites who Iím kinda certain might win the race and by no means Iím confident they come in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Hereís what Iíve got.
Tier 1 (clear winners)
Orb, Verrazano, and Goldencents
Tier 2 (got plenty of distance in them and love to close, would have better records in longer races):
Normandy Invasion and Revolutionary
Tier 3: (slightly slower than Normandy Invasion and Revolutionary
Javaís war, Vyjack, and Charming Kitten
Tier 4: (can keep up, but never takes the lead)
Giant Finish, Itsmyluckyday, Palace Malice
Tier 5: (never really dominated and have little chance against this field)
Falling Sky, Oxbow, Mylute
Tier 6: (No chance)
Golden Soul, Frac Daddy, Overanalyze, Will Take Charge
Tier 7: (Who the fuck knows)
Lines of Battle
Betting Strategy to follow shortly
A very safe trifecta bet with my top three for 1st & 2nd and Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion, Vyjack, and Charming Kitten for third place:
- 8,14,16 / 8,14,16 / 3,5,8,14,15,16,20
A couple trifectas sprinkling in my two long(er) shots Charming Kitten and Vyjack for 1st and 2nd against my three favorites
- 8,14,16 / 15,20 / 8,14,16
- 15,20 / 8,14,16 / 8,14,16
- $12 each ($24 total)
A superfecta with the same horses mentioned above:
- 8,14,16 / 8,14,16 / 3,5,8,14,16,19 / 3,5,8,14,16,19
Will likely cover some additional bases in the morning.