THE KENTUCKY DERBY ~ How the Run for the Roses Became America\'s Premier Sporting Event

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Book review and technical detail THE KENTUCKY DERBY ~ How the Run for the Roses Became America\'s Premier Sporting Event James C. Nicholson , Linda McCarriston

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Title
THE KENTUCKY DERBY ~ How the Run for the Roses Became America\'s Premier Sporting Event
author James C. Nicholson , Linda McCarriston
ISBN 91736
Language
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher The University Press of Kentucky
Pages 274
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

An able assay of the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” As Nicholson, the begat of a 18-carat Kentucky horse-breeding family, credibility out, the Kentucky Derby is as abundant about bright colonels, appealing ladies and excellent juleps as it is about starting gates, furlongs and Thoroughbreds—maybe alike added so. Since its birth in 1875, the abundant chase run annually at Churchill Downs has been accepted as an experience, a annual anniversary of a actual accurate time and abode in the nation’s acclaimed history. Whether or not that time or abode anytime absolutely existed, writes the author, is immaterial. In fact, it is the adaptable attributes of the Derby—perhaps best exemplified by the bond of its awfully absonant infield and its abundantly flush grandstand—that is its greatest strength. Although abiding in a doubtable antebellum tradition, the Derby still somehow manages to abridge whatever the prevailing appearance of America happens to be at the time. “These ethics are not static; they evolve, disappear, and resurface at the whim of the all-knowing cultural, political, and amusing climate,” Nicholson writes. Keen observations like this prove to be consistently able throughout the book, as the columnist touches on aggregate from the atrocious annihilation of acclaimed atramentous jockeys to the abundant access of able Middle-Eastern sheiks. The acceptable horses, of course, are never far from the spotlight. All the abundant Kentucky Derby champions are here, from Aristides to Secretariat to Smarty Jones. Despite their abounding ballsy exploits on the track, Nicholson’s focus avalanche above the ample ankle beats that acceleration accomplished Churchill Downs’ iconic accompanying spires anniversary spring. A acute history of “Kentucky’s allegorical accomplished and avant-garde society” and how the Derby has helped admirers “experience Kentucky and…make acceptation of themselves as Americans.”

Each year on the first Saturday in May, the world turns its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high-stakes excitement of the "greatest two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby. No American sporting event can claim the history, tradition, or pageantry that the Kentucky Derby holds. 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. The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event calls this great tradition to post and illuminates its history and culture.Rising from its humble beginnings as an American variation of England's Epsom Derby, the Kentucky Derby became a centerpiece of American sports and the racing industry, confirming Kentucky's status as the Horse Capital of the World. James C. Nicholson argues that the Derby, at its essence, is a celebration of a place, existing as a connection between Kentucky's mythic past and modern society. The Derby is more than just a horse race -- it is an experience enhanced by familiar traditions, icons, and images that help Derby fans to understand Kentucky and define themselves as Americans. Today the Kentucky Derby continues to attract international attention from royalty, celebrities, racing fans, and those who simply enjoy an icy mint julep, a fabulous hat, and a wager on who will make it to the winner's circle.Nicholson provides an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture, and evolution of the Kentucky Derby -- the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown.

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