By Jacqueline Bennett

Candy in the right forefront dancing with our father - in the background our mother dancing with my brother Fred at a family event.

Candy, in the right forefront, dancing with Dad.  In the background, Mom dancing with our brother Fred at a family event.


Danzing Candy and Nyquist are 2016 Kentucky Derby omens not to be ignored!


A recent phone call from my brother John Jr. alerted me to two interestingly named entrants in the upcoming Kentucky Derby to be run Saturday, May 7. Their names make these two horses special in the family. Our sister’s name is Candy, she loves to dance; and Nyquist is one of my nephew’s, wife’s maiden name. That puts two horses running in the 142nd Kentucky Derby with names that hold family significance.


Add a little Bennett Family history to this scenario and it seems like more than coincidence.


After American Pharoah won the Triple Crown last June (2015) I wrote a piece about my father’s love of horses, nurtured by having grown up on Sunny Crest Farm once owned by the Bennett Family in upstate New York, and his mother’s extraordinary equestrian skills. Following the publishing of that post, I heard from my cousin Betty Jane saying that, in fact, on the New Hampshire Farm where some of the Bennetts had relocated, on Kentucky Derby Day everything came to a halt – so revered was this horse race that it was an annual family holiday.


My only personal exposure to horse racing was one year that Dad and Mom brought my sister Candy and I to a track in New England. My Dad felt his responsibilities as a father took precedence over all else, so he rarely indulged in personal interests other than Red Sox baseball. Nonetheless, given his heritage and admiration for horses and the sport of horse racing, Dad felt attending a horse race was an event my sister and I should experience first-hand. At the race, he and Mom gave Candy and I each $20 and free reign to bet on whatever horse(s) we pleased to – WIN- PLACE – or SHOW. It was a one-time, and most memorable adventure.


Beyond that, horse racing in general has not captured much of my attention.




Fast forward however to 2016 and this unusual match-up featuring Danzing Candy and Nyquist. Look for Danzing Candy in post 20 and in post 13, look for Nyquist, the latter being among the favorites to win.

From Danzing Candy.

From Danzing Candy.

From ESPN - Nyquist/

From – Nyquist.











The Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday. “The Sun” will be accepting wagers on race day beginning at 10 a.m., as well as on the day before, Friday, May 6 starting at 11:00 a.m.


I can’t pass up this serendipitous opportunity. Come the weekend – guess where I plan to be? Keep your fingers crossed, rub a rabbit’s foot and, – I hope you Danze!