. . . console yourself with dreams of the 143rd Kentucky Derby! It’s now fewer than 34 weeks away until May 6, 2017, according to our exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™. Until then, here’s one of this year’s high-profile guests from the first Saturday in May, CNN anchorman Don Lemon.
. . . the 143rd Kentucky Derby! That’s according to our exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™. And one of the first kick-off events is next week, when the Kentucky Derby Festival starts registering runners for the marathon and mini-marathon.
The main event, of course, is the first Saturday in May — the 6th in 2017. Here’s one of this past year’s many luminaries: Trey Lewis, the former University of Louisville guard who’s now a Cleveland Cavaliers summer league player:
Registering for the marathons early, the Derby Festival says in a press release, is the one way to guarantee a spot in next year’s races — and to save money. The largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky is set for Saturday, April 29, and will once more be capped at 18,000 runners. Registration will be available online at Derby Festival Marathon starting Aug. 12. Early registration fees are $65 for the mini and $75 for the marathon through Oct. 31.
Photo, top left: Citation‘s winning trophy from 1948; he was the eighth Triple Crown Winner. It was designed by George Lewis Graff for the Louisville firm Lemon & Son, according to the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington.
And they’ve been unveiled just in time, because there are now only 319 days, 7 hours, and 21 minutes until next year’s first Saturday in May, according to Boulevard’s exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™.
The magazine says the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair celebrated its 120th year earlier this month, an annual event on Pennsylvania’s Main Line that draws equestrians and fans from across the country. Well and good, until the editors make the fatal mistake of gushing over the “marvelous millinery” during the annual Ladies Day Hat Contest — as if any of that could compare to what we enjoyed less than two months ago here in Louisville.
Which reminds us: There are now only 320 days, 10 hours, and 21 minutes until next year’s first Saturday in May, according to Boulevard’s exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™.
Photo, top: That’s Town & Country’s May issue, featuring top model Carolyn Murphy, wearing a Prada dress with appliqué and earrings by the same designer. Below: A guest at the iconic Churchill Downs track on May 7.