Bro’s Guide To The 2016 Kentucky Derby And Triple Crown Of Horse Racing (What To Wear, Drink, And Watch For)

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Bros! We’re just about a week and a half out from the unofficial start to drinking season. With the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby on May 7th at Kentucky’s Churchill Downs, the first leg in the American Triple Crown of Horse Racing will kick off a new era of horse racing.

Until last year when American Pharoah raced his way into the record books we had been experiencing a 38-year-long drought of Triple Crown winners. The previous Triple Crown winner dates all the way back in 1978, with my distant relative Stevie Cauthen (my uncle’s cousin, true story) riding as the jockey aboard Affirmed. Now that American Pharoah has won the American Triple Crown of Horse Racing and revitalized the sport I fully expect the nation to embrace Horse Racing in a way that we haven’t seen in decades, and that starts with you bros going all out this year for the Triple Crown.

Because (1) I’m pretty into dressing to the nines for The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, and (2) I want to make sure you bros aren’t underdressed or ill-prepared for this year’s Triple Crown I figured I’d throw together a complete guide to this year’s Kentucky Derby and American Triple Crown of Horse Racing. Below you’ll find a style guide to the races (complete with suggest outfits), suggested cocktail recipes for each of the races, and a few blurbs on this year’s favored horses. Now let’s get to it…

The 142nd Kentucky Derby Race Info

LOCATION: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
DATE: May 7th, 2016
PURSE: US$2 million (1st Prize: $1,425,000)
FAVORITES TO WIN: Mor Spirit, Gun Runner, and Nyquist
OFFICIAL BOURBON: Woodford Reserve
OFFICIAL COCKTAILS: Mint Julep and Blush Lily

The 141st Preakness Stakes Race Info

LOCATION: Pimlico Race Course, Maryland
DATE: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
PURSE: $1,500,000
FAVORITES TO WIN: N/A (same as Kentucky Derby for now)
OFFICIAL COCKTAILS: The Black-Eyed Susan
OFFICIAL BOURBON: Makers Mark

The 148th Belmont Stakes Race Info

LOCATION: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York (Long Island)
DATE: Saturday, June 11th, 2016
PURSE: $1,500,000 ($800,000 to 1st Place)
FAVORITES TO WIN: N/A (same as Kentucky Derby for now)
OFFICIAL COCKTAILS: Formerly the ‘Belmont Breeze’, currently the ‘Belmont Jewel’
OFFICIAL BOURBON: Knob Creek


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