Posted tagged ‘Kentucky Derby’

A Race to the Finish Line

September 17, 2020

As of September tenth, my summer blog break ended with a review of Janet Halfmann’s A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! The week before that I popped in early with a review of Artie Bennett’s The True Story of Zippy Chippy:  The Little Horse that Couldn’t to coincide with the  Kentucky Derby the following Saturday. Artie Bennett’s book was a perfect segue into the Kentucky Derby Party hosted by my daughter. Originally, it was for her colleagues, but it was postponed when COVID-19 changed the normalcy of our lives.

When the derby was moved to Labor Day Weekend, my daughter decided to have the party she had planned, keeping the invitees within her bubble. That meant her immediate family and Mimi and Poppy. That’s what my husband and I are called.

Enter the Derby Hall – Hats and Bow Ties of Your Choice

Even Doris Chose Her Hat

We usually stay one night when we visit, but because it was also Labor Day Weekend, we stayed three nights. It’s a good thing Ben Franklin wasn’t there to remind us that “fish and visitors stink after three days.”

We didn’t stink like fish. It was more like Kentucky bourbon! Almost every recipe had bourbon in it. We had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and food all planned and made by my daughter with a little help from my granddaughters and me. Derby Day was fabulous! It was a perfect day to relax and escape the worries the world has handed us.

Food for All

A recent birthday made me another year older. 2020 has not been my most favorite year, but I am thankful for my family bubble and our Zoom meetings with other family and friends spread across the country. I hope that a viable vaccine is found soon for everyone’s sake. My wish is that we all learn to live, love, and support one another and make our race to the finish line a success!

And They’re Off!

September 3, 2020

On Saturday, September 5th, the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs. The thoroughbreds will be at their finest. This year, spectators will gather around TVs to cheer on their favorite horse, hoping it will win.

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I give you the story of another thoroughbred, descended from legendary bloodlines, that ran in many well-known races. The True Story of Zippy Chippy:  The Little Horse that Couldn’t is artfully told by Artie Bennett with playful illustrations by Dave Szalay. With all the characteristics of a prize-winning thoroughbred, Zippy Chippy could have won fame as a top contender in racing. The fact that Zippy had a mind of his own proved to be a deterrent in running a race. His owner never knew what Zippy would do. When racing at Belmont Park where the Belmont Stakes take place, Zippy stopped in the middle of the track to take in the smells of the day. He stuck out his tongue at people, chewed on people’s hats, bit other horses. After nineteen straight losses, Zippy’s owner sold him to a horse trainer, Felix Monserrate, who was determined to make Zippy a winner. Felix quickly realized Zippy was big trouble. He bit Felix, bucked off his riders, and broke out of his stall. Because of Zippy’s bad behavior, Zippy was banned from top race tracks. After losing seventy straight races and refusing to leave the starting gate after three tries, Zippy was forbidden from racing at all race tracks. Felix didn’t give up on Zippy. He found a race track that was willing to let Zippy race, but Zippy continued to lose. In an odd reversal, spectators began to take notice of Zippy and cheer him on – even betting on him to win! Zippy’s career ended with zero wins and one-hundred losses! Artie Bennett wasn’t horsing around when he wrote about this delightfully mischievous horse. Using clever wordplay, humor, and heartfelt feelings, this book will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.

We can’t all be winners, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be loved and admired!


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