Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Churchill Downs & The Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky

MQTlogoa A ‘My Quality Time” visit to Churchill Downs & The Kentucky Derby Museum ( FELLOW BLOGGERS SORRY I HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND TO COMMENT LATELY)

The Kentucky Derby Museum first opened its doors in April 1985. The Museum sits adjacent to historic Churchill Downs Racetrack.
Linda and I enjoyed; Historic Walking Tour (included with admission) & The Behind the Scenes Walking Tour
F.Y.I.:: Hoverboards are the only 2016 addition to Churchill Downs' list of security “do's and don'ts” for the Oaks and Derby, set for Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, respectively, Read More

Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that, in 1973, became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years. He set race records in all three events in the series – the Kentucky Derby (1:5925), the Preakness Stakes (1:53), and the Belmont Stakes (2:24) – records that still stand today. He is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. Read More
Whirlaway won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941. Whirlaway was widely known as "Mr. Longtail" because his tail was especially long and thick and it would blow far out behind him during races, flowing dramatically in the wind.
As many as 120,000 mint juleps will be downed at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
The mint julep as we now know it became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. By then, Kentucky bourbon,  had replaced its more saccharine cousins as the main spirit in the cocktail.
Did you know:: “Mint juleps were served in pewter julep cups with crushed or shaved ice for a specific reason: The purpose of the cups isn't immediately clear to most drinkers because they are holding them wrong. Julep cups should only be held by the top or the bottom so that the crushed ice inside them can create a frost on the outside.”
“Hold on to your Derby hats for a thrilling new, “The Greatest Race™” - ten years in the making and projected larger-than-life in one of the world’s only 360°, 4K theaters. An immersive sound and visual experience that will send your heart racing and emotions soaring - only at the Kentucky Derby Museum where every day is Derby Day.” This theater is really neat……………………….
Moving on…
Note: World's Largest 4K Video Board at Churchill Downs…. The 171-foot wide by 90-foot tall video board will sit 80-feet above the ground and will top out at 170-feet in height so that fans throughout the racetrack will be able to view crystal clear racing content. Read More..
Heads Up:: If you get to the first or second Behind the Scenes Walking Tour you will probably get to see some of the horses “working out”.
That horse wants to be going a lot faster,but the rider is holding him back… notice the position of the horses head. (says the tour guide)
Look at the depth of that sand… That is finer sand than a lot of golf courses I play at. “The track surface plays a vital role in safety.  Experts have long considered Churchill Downs’ dirt track to be one of the safest surfaces in horse racing. The one-mile oval stretches 80 feet in width and has a unique 12-inch resilient clay base on top of a 25-foot sandy loam sub-base. Eight inches of carefully sifted and mixed materials sit atop the clay base: a blend of 75% round river sand, 23% silt and 2% clay. The silt and clay function as a bind for the sand. The top three inches are fluffed and act as a cushion for the horse, while the compacted, resilient five-inch cushion underneath protects the horse from ever reaching the sturdy base. Churchill Downs’ stretch is one of the longest in horse racing, with a distance of 1,234½ feet from the turn for home to the finish line.” Read More 
The twin spires atop the grandstands are the most recognizable architectural feature of Churchill Downs and are used as a symbol of the track and the Derby. They were designed by architect Joseph Dominic Baldez and built in 1895.
“The horse owner typically pays a monthly retainer or, in North America, a "day rate" to his or her trainer, together with fees for use of the training center or gallops (if the horse is not stabled at a race track), veterinarian and farrier (horseshoer) fees and other expenses such as mortality insurance premiums, stakes entry fees and jockeys' fees. The typical cost of owning a race horse in training for one year is in the order of £15,000 in the United Kingdom and as much as $35,000 at major race tracks in North America.”
Where the money is::: “It's that time of year again. With each passing day, more and more little ones are running through the fields here in Lexington, Kentucky with their proud moms. From now until June, more than 20,000 Thoroughbred foals will be born in North America. Of the foals born this year, only 20 of them will make it to the starting gate in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. A great deal of work goes into producing a healthy, thriving munchkin. The process begins long before a thoroughbred racehorse is ever born.” Read More.. What is the “covering process?” Did you know stallions are quirky and may balk at certain types of mares (some stallions will not cover grey mares for instance).
These are the top 250 Active Jockeys in North America. Check the ratings many are women?.. Has a woman jockey ever won the Kentucky Derby?
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“Every Kentucky Derby winner since 1938 has been led to the infield presentation area to be honored. Since 1944, the winner's circle has included a landscaped horseshoe floral arrangement that the winning horse is led into for photographs.”
According to Chris Goodlett, Curator of Collections at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY, the mint julep has been part of the Kentucky racing tradition since the 19th century. You might try the Henry Clay Mint Julep..
For all you ladies:: “When selecting your dress for the Kentucky Derby the recommended practice is to keep it simple, so it doesn't take away from your hat.
DSC_0210a310x190 We hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of The Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs. Louisville, Kentucky is a great city to visit and spend some time, especially if you like museums and horses… “It took us 12 years to genetically engineer him. We are going to make millions.”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Birthday John Muir


John Muir (1838-1914) was America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club. This website, known as the "John Muir Exhibit" features his life and contributions.
  In his life, Muir published six volumes of writings, all describing explorations of natural settings. Four additional books were published posthumously. Several books were subsequently published that collected essays and articles from various sources.

Ted R & In Have a great day
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Friday, April 08, 2016

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory… Louisville Kentucky

MQTlogoa A “My Quality Time” museum post. A visit to Museum Row on Main & a side trip to Churchill Downs… Stop #1 The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.



“According to company legend, the first pro bat was turned by Bud for Pete Browning in 1884. Browning was a star on Louisville's professional American Association team–the Eclipse. On a spring afternoon Bud, then seventeen years old, witnessed Browning break his favorite bat. Bud offered to make a bat for his hero and Browning accepted. According to the story, after the young wood shop apprentice lathed a quality stick from white ash Browning got three hits with it in the next game. Because of his tremendous hitting power, Browning was known as "The Louisville Slugger" years before the Hillerich family trademarked the name for their bats.” READ MORE

DSC_0010 4.5 of 5 stars3,072 Reviews TripAdvisor Community #2 of 142 things to do in Louisville.





“See the thousands of signatures that have been burned into a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.


Louisville Slugger personalized bats can be purchased in person at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Museum Store located at 800 West Main Street..



One Day the Devil challenged the Lord to a baseball game. Smiling the Lord proclaimed, "You don't have a chance, I have Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and all the greatest players up here". "Yes", snickered the devil, "but I have all the umpires."



If you like a “feel good” baseball movie check this out:



DSC_0031 Linda says, “Play Ball.”



Take a guided tour through the factory where Louisville Slugger bats are crafted with the same pride that started in 1884.



What takes longer, running from first base to second, or from second to third? Second to third, because you have to go through a shortstop. (sorry about that)





JOETODD Thanks for stopping by “My Quality time” & I hope you enjoyed a quick tour of The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory… Louisville Kentucky. Future posts::  Frazier History Museum 829 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202. Muhammad Ali Center & The Kentucky Derby Museum