Hello SOTGC Community,
Is it already May? This year has flown by. While time flies by quickly, it doesn’t go quite as quick as the two big sports this month. Here’s what you need to know to join the conversation at the water cooler.
- The 143rd annual running of the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 6th.
- The race track is only 1¼ mile long. All of the buildup to the race and it’s over in two minutes.
- All the horses in the race are three-year-old males.
- The mint julep has been the official cocktail of the Derby since 1938. There are over 120,000 juleps are sold every year at the Derby.
Working it into a conversation
- The Kentucky Derby is called the Run for the Roses, but why? Since 1932, the winning horse receives a garland of over 400 red roses, hence why they’re running for the roses.
- You know the old adage of dress for the job you want, not the job you have? Well that’s where the long-standing tradition of wearing hats to the derby started. Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr’s goal to was to have high-class folks attend the race. Insert the buttoned-up fashion to change the perception of the race. The derby hat as we know it didn’t come around until the 1960s when fashion loosened up a bit and big, bright and over the top became socially acceptable.
- The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is on Memorial Day. Drivers will race 500 miles (hence the Indy 500) to determine the winner.
- Indy is a pretty big party with the “snake pit,” a concert venue inside the track. The weekend will be capped off by performances by Barenaked Ladies and Steve Miller Band.
- The race isn’t just for men. In its history, 10 women have raced at Indy with Danica Patrick setting the record for the highest finishing position for a woman with a third place finish in 2005.
Working it into conversation
- Ever thought “I could do that person’s job?” In an unprecedented move, Formula One (F1) driver Fernando Alonso is racing in the Indy 500. F1 racing is a totally different car and strategy. For one, Indy is an oval track and F1 drivers never drive on an oval track.
- Do your co-workers like to golf? Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides a chance hit a hole-in-one on a race track. The “Brickyard Crossing” has four of its holes located inside the track of the Indy 500 with 14 additional holes outside the track.
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