What You Need To Know About the 2014 Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2014
Originally published on May 3, 2014 4:34 pm

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday evening will bring a new chance at a Triple Crown winner. Here are some crucial things to know about the race.

You can learn more about the 19-horse field at the Kentucky Derby website. We'll note that California Chrome's silks are purple and green in the fifth post; Napravnik will be aboard Vicar's in Trouble, wearing red and white with a large "R" in the first post. And Wicked Strong's silks are tan and red in the 20th post.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we'll pass along how to make a mint julep, from NPR member station WFPL, with the help of bartender Jared Schubert of Louisville spot The Monkey Wrench. The julep should help you pass the hours before race time.

Sample quote:

"The traditional preparation of a mint julep can be compared to that of the Japanese tea ceremony. Only when the proper care it given to each part of the whole, is the final beverage truly complete."

Visit Louisville's WFPL for the full recipe, along with two other versions — one for making a pitcher of mint juleps and another for Julep, the Fun Way, a basic version that includes sparkling wine.

If you'd like something to eat with that, you can always give bourbon balls a try.

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