NO DERBY THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY 2020
This is only the second time in the 146 year history of the Kentucky Derby that it will not run on the first Saturday in May. The other one was in World War II. The Covid-19 pandemic has cancelled large gatherings around the world and the Derby is one of them.
Louisvillians don't know what to do with outselves this week... We are so used to all the special events that happen each day the week preceeding the Derby and the parties and the food. It's too quiet here! I've been working in the yard and the everything is beautiful for sure...but there is no one here to admire it!
I will miss my guests who have been coming for 17 years...this would have been year 18. It's such fun to see what hats and amazing outfits they are wearing each year. They know more about the horses and Derby history than me!
But when Saturday rolls around I will bring out my official Kentucky julep cups and fix a mint julep, sing my Old Kentucky Home and shed a tear or two. There will be some special programming on TV about past Derbies and then a virtual Derby that should be fun to watch. Not as good ...but better than nothing for sure!