And our countdown to the Derby has begun! In just shy of a week, people from all across the globe will watch from Louisville’s Churchill Downs, from spirited Derby viewing parties, or maybe just from the comfort of the couch as the fastest two minutes in sports crowns another winner with the blanket of roses and the attention of millions. So this week, in honor of one of our state’s most beloved events, we’re giving away a copy of the award-winning The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event by James C. Nicholson.
In The Kentucky Derby, Nicholson argues that the Derby, at its essence, is a celebration of a place, existing as a connection between Kentucky’s mythic past and modern society. The Derby is more than just a horse race—it is an experience enhanced by familiar traditions, icons, and images that help Derby fans to understand Kentucky and define themselves as Americans. Today the Kentucky Derby continues to attract international attention from royalty, celebrities, racing fans, and those who simply enjoy an icy mint julep, a fabulous hat, and a wager on who will make it to the winner’s circle.
As Tom Hammond, NBC’s Kentucky Derby Host said of the book:
“What is it about the Kentucky Derby that causes people who will not see another horse race all year to pay attention? The answer, James C. Nicholson explains, lies in the Derby’s image being intertwined with that of Kentucky. The popular perception of the state as both genteel and untamed is played out in the event itself. In the early days of the Derby, an imagined link to the mythological Old South added to the appeal. Now, in the twenty-first century, the Derby has become an all-American sports experience. The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event goes beyond the colorful history of the race and examines the reasons behind its popularity. It is not only an enjoyable read but also very enlightening.”
Enter our giveaway by Friday, May 3rd at 1PM for your chance to be a winner too!