Kentucky Derby 2016: Hats, horses, odds (and odd names)

After hundreds of years and thousands upon thousands of horses, it’s no wonder you have to get a little creative. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 7. Nyquist Sr.

Even if you’re nowhere near Kentucky and you know nothing about horse racing, you may still be thinking of tuning in (or even dressing up a little). ET. Post time (the start of the race) is at 6:34 p.m. Plus, once a name is used, it can’t be used again for a long time, if ever.

There are 22 horses running in the Kentucky Derby, each with a name more excellent than the last. You usually have to wait several horse generations to reuse a name, and names that belonged to big winners or Hall of Famers can never be used again at all. American Pharoah won 2015’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, making him the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Why do I keep hearing about mint juleps and how can I acquire one as soon as possible?

Mint juleps are the traditional drink served at Churchill Downs during the Derby, and they are delicious.

How can I watch it?

Who has the best odds?

The overwhelming favorite to win the race is a horse named Nyquist, a 3-year-old colt from Kentucky. For instance, names can only be 18 characters (including spaces), they can’t have certain artistic or cultural implications and they can’t be named after real people unless the namer gets permission. is excited to see Nyquist Jr. Pour over ice, and enjoy the good life.

The whole shebang will be aired on NBC, with coverage starting at 4 p.m. There’s an official Derby recipe, but if you don’t care for exactitude just mix yourself up some sugar, bourbon, water, and crushed mint.

Is Nyquist by chance named after an active NHL player?

He totally is. perform. There’s Mor Spirit and Mo Tom, Danzing Candy and Cherry Wine, Creator and Exaggerator; it’s really a colorful field.

Who won last year?

THAT would be Triple Crown winner and all-around good horse American Pharoah. ET.

Well, Kentucky! Specifically, Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Why do they have such weird names, anyway?

Horse naming is a serious business.

I know nothing about horse racing but still want to waste some money by randomly betting on a horse. More than that, wearing an fabulous, obnoxious hat is thought to bring good luck (at least, to you and whatever horse you have the most money on). The Jockey Club has tight regulations on what kind of names can be used. Which one has the most excellent name?

We’d have to recommend Suddenbreakingnews, for obvious reasons.

Why do ladies wear fancy, view-obstructing hats?

It’s a Southern thing. Nyquist (the horse) was purchased by a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan and named after Gustav Nyquist (the Swedish hockey player).

How many horses are running?. Here’s everything you need to know to get that solid Derby experience. As of mid-afternoon Saturday, his odds to win the Derby stood at 2-1

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