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Derby Day...

I never thought the Kentucky Derby would end so badly. My thoughts about the race and a recipe from my Derby Day lunch behind the cut...I was rooting for Eight Belles, the first filly to run in a decade. She ran well, but obviously too hard. What a horrible end to the race. She broke both front ankles and had to be put down right there on the track. *cries* She was such a beautiful horse. She came in second and then just collapsed. It's very hard to celebrate the (expected) win of Big Brown after what happened...but it was a big win for him.

Despite the sad ending, I really enjoyed watching the Derby. I could have done without all the fawning over celebrities (yawn), but I loved seeing the horses and hearing their stories.

I had a nice Derby celebration with Mom and Dad. I made Benedictine sandwiches as always, and added cherry cream cheese sandwiches and country ham biscuits. And we ate off of Louisville made stoneware (M.A. Hadley). I love the horse platter...

The cherry sandwiches are the easiest thing in the world. I found it in Paula Deen Celebrates . It's just 8 ounces of cream cheese and a jar of maraschino cherries (drained) blended together in a food processor, then spread on very thin white sandwich bread. Simple and delicious.



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May. 4th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
What are benedictine sandwiches? And cherry sandwiches sound yum! And cute horse platter! But what happened to the Derby that made it end so badly? Was there a 10-horse pileup?? *frets*
May. 4th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Eight Belles, the second place finisher, had to be euthanized on the track after falling. :(

Benedictine is a cream cheese/cucumber sandwich filling. I posted the recipe last Derby Day- I'll have to hunt it down for you!

ETA- here it is:


Edited at 2008-05-04 12:11 am (UTC)
May. 4th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Nooooooooo! Poor horse! 8`(

Cream cheese and cucumber sounds like yum! I like them together anyway, with dill too.
May. 4th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Hey wow, thanks for the recipe. That sounds so easy and summery! Now I need to get married so I too can have some!
May. 4th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Dang, I completely forgot the Derby was today - I had to go to the bank and the post office, then do a ton of work to do to prepare for tonight's Polaris panelist pubnight, but I still could have found the time to watch the race itself. My ex-husband, his brother, his parents and I used to watch it every year (with mint juleps, of course).
May. 4th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
I forgot it was Derby day, too, so I was at church. But I saw the replay on the late night news. Terrible about Eight Belles.
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