Giddy Up

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With all the talk and excitement about the royal wedding on Saturday, don’t forget about the Preakness!  It’s going to be a rematch between several of the horses that ran in the Derby, including the winner Justify.

Remember the Preakness is a much shorter race.  Will the horses be tired from past performance?  Will the weather be rainy and yucky?  It will definitely be a sloppy track from the east coast weather this week.

It’s going to be a hard race to handicap. Justify is a great horse and didn’t have any trouble winning on the first Saturday in May.  The morning line on Justify is 1-3.  When I make a bet I would like to get some money back!  That means if you be $2.00 to win you would only get back .66.  That’s a tough one.

Good Magic who placed in the Derby is also running.  He ran a great race, but who knows if the short course will give him enough time to win.  You know that I picked this horse to place in the Derby.  His mom is Glinda the Good and his dad is Curlin.  Wow!  He has a terrific bloodline and his trainer Chad Brown is the icing on the cake!  The morning line on Good Magic was 3-1.  Better, but not great!

As I was looking at the other horses in the mix the horse Diamond King jumped out at me.  Maybe it was the name.  Just kidding.  Quality Road and Akron Moon, by Malibu Moon are his parents.  But the best thing about him is his trainer, John Servis.  You may remember his last horse in the Preakness, Smarty Jones.  That was my all time favorite horse.  His jockey is Javier Castellano and his record is 4-0-1.  Not bad.  His morning line was 25-1.

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Quip may also be one to watch.  His sire is Distorted Humor and he’s owned by WinStar Farm.  He ran second in the Arkansas Derby.  The quote I saw in the Courier-Journal was from the trainer, Rodolphe Brisset that said, ” you still have to be a little careful when he’s around too many horses.  He’s still studdish.  You have to be a little careful, but he’s way more professional.”  Now, I’m not at all certain what that means, sounds like he’s a little frisky.  But at his morning line of 12-1,  I would check him out!

Break out the black-eyed Susan’s and giddy up!  Good luck xoxo.

Photos by Zimbio.com and Maryland Jockey Club

 

Royal “Tea”

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Besides Champagne what should you serve at the royal wedding party? Even though it’s going to be 8am EST (the fun stuff starts a lot earlier) you still want to be creative and fancy.  There’s always a Mimosa as an option but I thought you might want to try something different.

I found this traditional English recipe and made a few changes to tie Kentucky and London together.  This sounds delicious! xoxo

Royal Balmoral Punch
Ingredients:
3 cups Kentucky Bourbon (Makers Mark would be nice)
1 cup tea syrup (to make, combine 1 cup English breakfast tea, brewed strong, then mix while hot with 1 cup sugar until it becomes a syrup)
2 cups fresh apple juice
Top with 2 cups lemonade

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a punch bowl with ice.
Serve in glass tea cups or champagne flutes

Wedding Party

Wedding Party

Hi! I’m back.  After a crazy month of selling hats and horse racing I’m back to blogging!  It’s great to be back with you.

What are you doing this weekend for the big wedding?  I’m going to a party that begins at 6:30am.  Doesn’t that sound like fun? One of my friends is hosting the party and I believe there’s going to be around 10 of us attending.  Party directions are that I wear my pajamas and a fascinator/crown/hat.  We’ll be drinking champagne and eating fancy little cakes while the royal nuptials are taking place.  The wedding begins at 8am EST (that’s 12noon in London).

So, I’ve been planning my outfit.  It’s got to be super cute!   I’ll do a blog post about the fete next Monday and give you all the details.  Stay tuned!  In order to get your outfit thoughts together I’ve collected a few photos of Prince William and Katherine’s wedding guests.  Cheers to an American Princess! xoxo

photo by Weddingseve.com

 

Make Your Bets

Make Your Bets

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Post positions are in!  I’ve been looking at the horses and have a couple of thoughts for betting on Saturday.

Every year since I can remember Dan Liebman, a family friend and also the former editor of the Bloodhorse, would write an article for the local paper.  The article was called “The Mythical $100 Derby Bet”.  He would write about a combination of bets that would equal $100.  It became a great family tradition that my uncle and I enjoy handicapping the Derby and each making the $100 bet.  Over the years we have brought others into the Derby bet fold.  We’ve had a great time with it!

The bet had a daily double Oaks/Derby bet, exacta bets, trifecta bets, across the board bets and then a win bet.  Dan would pick his favorite horse (usually one that has higher odds) and then structure the bets around the horse.  More often than not he would choose the winner.  And when he did the winnings were big!

I’m afraid this year will be the first year that we will be on our own picking the Derby winner.  Dan has since left the newspaper and has a very busy catering life with his barbeque restaurant Staxx.  It’s really good barbeque in Frankfort and you should check it out!

I’ve been paying attention to the Derby prep races this year and I have a few thoughts on some horses.  I’m not a big exotic better, but I see an exacta in our future this year.  If I were you I would check out Mendelssohn, Justify, Good Magic and Bolt d’Oro.  Mendelssohn won the World Cup in Dubai and according to several horsey people I know has the greatest trainer in the world.  Mendelssohn is going to be our pick for Derby winner.  Even though he just arrived from Ireland this week experts say that jet lag isn’t an issue for this horse.

Check out the post positions and make your bet!! Happy Derby xoxo

1. Firenze Fire, Jason Servis, Paco Lopez, 50-1
2. Free Drop Billy, Dale Romans, Robby Albarado, 30-1
3. Promises Fulfilled, Dale Romans, Corey Lanerie, 30-1
4. Flameaway, Mark Casse, Jose Lezcano, 30-1
5. Audible, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, 8-1
6. Good Magic, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 12-1
7. Justify, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 3-1
8. Lone Sailor, Tom Amoss, James Graham, 50-1
9. Hofburg, Bill Mott, Irad Ortiz Jr., 20-1
10. My Boy Jack, Keith Desormeaux, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1
11. Bolt d’Oro, Mick Ruis, Victor Espinoza, 8-1
12. Enticed, Kiaran McLaughlin, Junior Alvarado, 30-1
13. Bravazo, D. Wayne Lukas, Luis Contreras, 50-1
14. Mendelssohn, Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore, 5-1
15. Instilled Regard, Jerry Hollendorfer, Drayden Van Dyke, 50-1
16. Magnum Moon, Todd Pletcher, Luis Saez, 6-1
17. Solomini, Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat, 30-1
18. Vino Rosso, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 12-1
19. Noble Indy, Todd Pletcher, Florent Geroux, 30-1
20. Combatant, Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr., 50-1

 

 

 

It’s All About the Hat

It’s All About the Hat

How can you discuss Derby without talking about the hats?  You all may know that I also have a hat company, Fancy Derby Hats.  Over the years I have seen a lot of hats, including, the good, the bad and the ugly!

Many people start with the dress and then start looking for the hat.  I think this is the wrong approach.  Sometimes it’s hard to find that perfect hat, there’s certainly a bigger selection of dresses to choose from.  And who doesn’t have a little black dress in their closet?  It’s the perfect palate and most any color hat will work.   Sometimes you want the hat to do the talking.

It’s also important for your hat to be able to be fun but also functional.  There’s a lot of beautiful hats out there.  Some hats you see are very, very big.  It’s so hard to navigate around the crowd, talk to people and just have a fun day when you have a super large hat.  I recommend that your hat doesn’t extend more than the frame of your body.  Trust me, you will be more comfortable and still look great!

And the best tip of the day is always tuck a garbage bag into your purse.  It doesn’t take up much room.  I can’t tell you how many times that I was leaving the track and a huge rain storm started right after the big race.  Garbage bags come in handy to save your hat when that happens!

Here’s my favorite Derby hats that I’ve worn over the years.  Have a great Derby! xoxo

 

 

Talk Derby To Me

Talk Derby To Me

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Photo by Elissa Wiehn

Derby is coming!  It’s my favorite time of the year in Kentucky.  Everything is so festive and fun.  Even the weather is going to cooperate.  So this week all Bubbly Horse posts will be Derby related.

Let’s talk mint juleps.  Not the juleps that you buy at the track, they aren’t very good.  Let’s face it, you can’t have a good craft cocktail when you are preparing for the masses!

The key is the simple syrup.  It’s soooo easy to make and you can keep it in your fridge for several weeks.  All it is sugar and fresh mint leaves boiled down into a syrup.  It makes the drink so much better than when you use the mix.  You’ll see!

If you don’t have julep cups then use a regular glass.  I had a mint julep served in a Moscow mule cup the other day which was really good.  Just be creative and have fun! xoxo

Yield: Makes 1 drink
Ingredients
1  ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (I would use a quality bourbon versus a cooking bourbon)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

Preparation

Add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water (or not). Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.

Totally Awesome!

Totally Awesome!

Last week we went to a new store opening in Lexington.  It was called Total Wine & More.  This is their second store in Kentucky, the other one is in Louisville.  According to their website they are located in 20 states.

I’m a big Costco fan and Trader Joe wine fan.  They have great wine available for a great price and are always very knowledgeable.  To be honest with you, if I’m at home I’m going to drink a $10 or less bottle of wine.  There’s plenty of wine that is really good for that price point.

Total Wine & More was totally awesome!  They had such a big collection of wine, beer and spirits.  For example, I’m a big Cava fan and other places may carry one or two brands of Cava.  I’m not kidding there were 20 brands at Total Wine!  I was in heaven.  I couldn’t fit them all in the photo.

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When you go, be sure to look in the glass cases.  That’s where the really good stuff is that you will want to check out.  It’s not everyday you see a $1,000 bottle of champagne in a fancy bottle!

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Total Wine is a great store.  On site they have a cigar humidor, a classroom, free wif-fi and a growler station (that has something to do with craft beer).  The coolest thing I saw was a wine chiller, in case you need a cold bottle FAST!

Be watching for wine classes.  This is totally going to be fun! xoxox

 

Shoe Lover

Shoe Lover

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a David Bowie exhibition in Brooklyn, New York that was going on this summer and fall.  If you are going to be traveling to NYC I have another suggestion for you!

Stuart Weitzman has been designing beautiful shoes for women for many years.  Do you remember the pair of million-dollar shoes he designed for the 2002 Oscars?  They were adorned with Swarovski crystals and were called the Cinderella shoes.  He is credited with creating the first pair of shoes that were designed to provide couture fashion for feet.

The exhibit runs thru April 20th -October 8 at the New York Historical Society.  There are over 100 pairs of gorgeous shoes that show the evolution of ladies footwear.

http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/walk-way-footwear-stuart-weitzman

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Photos courtesy of the New York Historical Museum

 

Pizza Please!

Pizza Please!

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Summer is the most popular time to travel.  I’m sure everybody is getting their plans together and getting ready for a fabulous summer trip!

I ran across this article from Food and Wine that lists the best pizza places in the country.  I’m sad to say that there’s not any listed that are in close proximity to me, but they are in places that I like to visit.  I keep a list of recommended restaurants in places that I travel to often.  I’m sure that you do too.

I have several Italian friends and they have always told me that the water up east is better for making pizza dough and bread than water in the south.  One friend even told me once that a restaurant he knows in Florida has water shipped in from NYC to make bagels.  That seems a little far fetched, but I guess it could happen.  The bagels, pizza and bread seem to have a different consistency and taste in New York or Philly than in Kentucky.  Nothing beats a slice of pizza in NYC!

See below for the article.  You might want to make a stop to one on your trips and try them out. xoxo

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-pizza-places-us

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Flying with Bubbly

Flying with Bubbly

International travel is difficult.  Long flights, potential delays and hauling luggage around multiple airports are just a few things that happen routinely when you travel.  But you can’t get across the globe if you don’t fly to some point on the map!

I ran across this article and thought it was really interesting.  The airlines are rolling out the red carpet for first-class passengers these days.  Not so much in the coach section, but a first-class ticket is something to dream about!  Maybe one time in your life you will able to experience the luxury of a first-class trip.

Champagne is the ultimate luxury beverage.  Everything about it screams fancy.  So why wouldn’t the airlines use vintage champagne to lure customers into first-class?

 

 

 

 

 

According to a recent article from T & L:

“The change in selection is relatively unremarkable — except that Singapore Airlines also began offering the 2004 Krug to its first class passengers a few months ago.

Emirates is also giving its first class passengers a bubbly upgrade. Instead of serving the usual Dom Perignon, elite passengers on routes to Europe, the U.S. and Asia can sip on Dom Perignon 2000 P2 edition (an almost $400 bottle).

First class passengers should be aware of the “champagne wars” as airlines try to outdo each other with more expensive, luxurious offerings to lure customers.”

I’ve got a new item on my bucket list! Cheers xoxo.

 

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