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“Riders Mount Your Horses” – Why is Kentucky Derby Day Special?

Posted on May 6, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Even for those who do not typically follow horse races, the Kentucky Derby is an exception. First held in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs on May 17, 1875, it may well be the most storied Thoroughbred race in American History. The quality of the horses that compete in the Kentucky Derby is a major aspect of what makes it so special. It is not easy to obtain a berth in this race which is described as the longest running sports event in the United States. Aptly, the Kentucky Derby is characterized as “iconic.”¬†   And, every horse has a story…   Today the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will take place. Which magnificent 3-year old will come away…

Nyquist Wins 2016 Kentucky Derby-Danzing Candy Had Lead & More Than Coincidences

Posted on May 8, 2016

  Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   If you believe there are more than coincidences in life, read this story.   Heavily favored to win, “Nyquist” was victorious Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the 142nd Kentucky Derby, but “Danzing Candy” had hearts beating during a stretch of the 1.4 mile race when he took the lead at storied Churchill Downs. In our family it was all good because there were multiple rare connections simply not to be overlooked in this horse race, thus we took the unusual step of placing wagers at WINNERS Off Track Betting in Manchester, Connecticut.     One had to ask how often would two horses bearing names of family significance run together in the Kentucky Derby. My…

Danzing Candy & Nyquist – Kentucky Derby Omens Not to be Ignored

Posted on May 5, 2016

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   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…