The month of May is here and that means school’s almost out for the summer and it’s heating up. Heat up the conversation around the boardroom table or at a networking event by bringing up these hot topics of the month in sports.
It’s the 144th annual running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 5th.
Did you know the race track is only 1¼ mile long and the Derby itself is known as the “fastest two minutes in sports?” 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 – no older, no younger.
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.
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The Kentucky Derby is called the Run for the Roses, but why? Since 1932 the winning horse always receives a garland of over 400 red roses, hence why they’re running for the roses. (Who doesn’t love 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.
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The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is on Memorial Day. Drivers will drive 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 a performance by country superstar Sam Hunt.
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.
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Ever thought about retiring at a young age? Well, Danica Patrick is doing it. This is her last race as a driver. She finished her NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) career at this year’s Daytona 500. She will retire where she started, driving an IndyCar. Don’t worry, she’s not going to disappear from the spotlight. She can’t escape the spotlight with new boyfriend Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. She will also be active in a winery she purchased so when in doubt, there’s always wine.
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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