Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break: Part I Churchill Downs

Maps at the Rest Stop.  We only stopped twice, once at the rest stop and once for lunch about an hour out of Louisville.  The ride down was pretty uneventful.  We listened to the first half of Number the Stars on the drive down.  It was chilly but not cold when we got to Kentucky.

Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby

Derby Gates

Maura is running with the horses!

We learned lots about the Derby.  One of the amazing facts about Secretariat was that when he died at age 19 (about 10 years premature from when most horses die), they did an autopsy.  The average size of a horses heart is 7-9 lbs, Secretariat's heart was 22 pounds!  That is why all three of his records in the  Triple Crown, still hold, amazing!

Trying on fancy Kentucky Derby hats :)

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