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The Kentucky Derby How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0813135761
ISBN-13: 9780813135762
Sku: 225108421
Publish Date: 3/15/2012
Pages:  274
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For more than 130 years, spectators have been fascinated by the magnificent horses that run the Louisville track. Thoroughbreds such as Secretariat and Barbaro have earned instant international fame, along with jockeys such as Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte, and Calvin Borel. This title calls this great tradition to post and illuminates its history and culture.
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Provides a complete history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture and evolution of an event that has marveled America--and the world--for more than 130 years.
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The author examines a sporting event that was always exciting for the racing world, bringing promising 3-year-olds to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for a challenging mile and a quarter race (originally run, like England's Epsom Derby, on which it was modeled, at a mile and a half), and makes a case for why this contest has become so well-known and beloved by the general public as well. "The greatest two minutes in sports" is now the culmination of a two-week community festival (art, music, fashion, food, parades) and a well-oiled marketing campaign. Still, on the first Saturday in May, rituals (drinking mint juleps; singing "My Old Kentucky Home,") and emblems (the red-coated bugler calling horses to the post; the twin spires that identify the track) combine with the mythic power and majesty of the horse-and the chance to win a bet--to stir hopes and passions all around the world.

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0274
Product attributePublisher:   University Press of Kentucky
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