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Fastest Two Minutes in Sport

Fastest Two Minutes in Sport

Mention the word Kentucky, and the thought of fried chicken might come to mind. Aside from the famous Colonel, the first two days in May sees the “most exciting two minutes of sports” or the “fastest two minutes in sport” take place.



Mention the word Kentucky, and the thought of fried chicken might come to mind. Aside from the famous Colonel, the first two days in May sees the “most exciting two minutes of sports” or the “fastest two minutes in sport” take place.



This week our #TeaandTees campaign moves away from the world of golf and looks to the world of thorough breed horse racing. The Kentucky Derby is held each year in Louisville, Kentucky and caps of the two week long Derby festival.


History
Horse racing, was a part of life for American’s living in the south. Unfortunately during the American civil war many horse farms where raided and horse racing took a back seat. After the war, William Clark a prominent Kentucky businessman. Looked at bringing racing back and formalising the event. Clark set off to Europe and learnt about, Paris mutuals and visited races in England. The traditions of Ascot and Epsom where what Clark modelled Kentucky on.



Traditions
The most exciting two mins of sport has many traditions, the drinking of Mint Julep by race goers and the eating of Burgoo a thick beef stew which is a Kentucky favourite are some. The most iconic of all the traditions is the presenting of a blanket of roses to the winner.


Did you know?
Watch american sports today, and you will see African Americans dominating the games. Horse racing was the first sport that African American athletes dominated in. Many jockeys and trainers who participated in the initial derby had a good understanding of horses. For centuries slave owners had put their slaves to work in the stables. They cared for and raced their masters’s horses. Slaves served as riders, grooms and trainers and got a keen understanding of all things equestrian. After emancipation, African Americans continued to dominate the southern race circuits.


When Baseball drew a colour line during the 1880’s that was not broken by Jackie Robinson until 1947. The race track was a place that colour had no boundaries. In fact many consider the greatest American jockey in history, to be Isaac Murphy who was the son of a former slave. Murphy became the first jockey to win successive runnings. Unfortunately the rich African-American tradition at Churchill Downs ended. The rising and ugly tide of institutional racism that swept across America finally seeped into the world of horse racing.


Tea of the Week
To celebrate the Derby, this week we are pairing our Radiant Rose tea. PMD’s radiant rose is a combination of hand picked, high grown, black tea from the fertile soils of Dimbula in Sri Lanka. That is carefully married with rose petals. You can enjoy this tea plain or with a splash of milk.


Tea is a beverage that brings people of all colours, castes, creeds and religions together.


If your sitting down for Afternoon tea at the Old Course Hotel why not try out a pot of Radiant Rose or order some direct to your door here. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I truly appreciate it. If you found value in the article it would mean a lot if you hit the like and share buttons.



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