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KENTUCKY DERBY (continued): • When race fans showed up for the 1895 event, they were met by a brand-new grandstand featuring the Twin Spires. A 24-year-old draftsman designed the Spires, which have become a familiar landmark to the Derby crowd. • At a party hosted by a socialite following the 1883 Derby, all the ladies were presented with roses. Track founder Meriwether Lewis Clark was in attendance and it’s believed he conceived the idea of declaring the rose the race’s official flower from that experience. But it wasn’t until 1896 that a bouquet of pink and white roses was first presented to the winner, and it was 1932 before the garland of roses we see today was introduced. The term “Run for the Roses” was coined by a sports columnist in 1925. The blanket of roses bestowed upon the owner of the winning horse is composed of more than 500 red roses sewn onto a green satin backing. In addition, the jockey receives 60 long-stemmed roses wrapped in 10 yards of ribbon. Owners frequently have the garland of roses freeze-dried to preserve it, and some even have a flower dipped in silver in commemoration of the win. • The two-minute mark has only been broken three times in Derby history, the first time in 1973 by the famed Secretariat. Nicknamed “Big Red,” the chestnut finished the course in 1:59.40, a record that still holds today as the fastest time ever. The second horse to finish in under two minutes was just a length and a half behind Secretariat. Sham, who was Secretariat’s dark brown half-cousin, had hit his face on the starting gate and knocked out a tooth.



Although he bled severely throughout the race, Sham came in about one-fifth of a second behind the winner. The Derby was without an under-two-minute winner until 2001 when Monarchos finished in 1:59.97.

• In 1932, an 18-year-old jockey named Eugene James rode Burgoo King to victory at both the Derby and the Preakness. Sadly, just a year later, the young athlete drowned in Lake Michigan.

• During the early 1900’s, owners of Derby-winning horses began sending their thoroughbreds to Maryland’s Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in New York. Although it wasn’t officially called the “Triple Crown” until 1930, the first winner of all three races was in 1919, a chestnut named Sir Barton. There have only been 11 Triple Crown winners, including Secretariat, who took the prize after a 25-year drought, setting records in all three races. There were back-to-back Triple Crown winners in 1977 (Seattle Slew) and Affirmed in 1978. There hasn’t been one since.

• The 1944 Derby winner was named Pensive and the victor in 1949 was Ponder. What was unusual about these two steeds? Pensive was the sire of Ponder and both horses won the Derby with the exact same time, 2:04.20. Ponder went on to sire the 1956 Derby winner, Needles.

• On those occasions when two or more horses are in a dead heat and it’s impossible to see which crossed the line first, a “photo finish” is needed to determine the winner. The first time this was used at the Kentucky Derby was in 1947, when a photo at the finish line concluded that Jet Pilot was the winning horse. • For almost 100 years, the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of the Derby. Each year, 120,000 juleps are served on Derby Weekend at Churchill Downs, requiring more than 10,000 bottles of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey, 1,000 lbs. (454 kg) of fresh mint, and 60,000 lbs. (27,215 kg) of ice. Spectators can expect a price of $11 per glass. Along with the juleps, a thick stew called Burgoo is traditionally served, a concoction of a mixture of meats, including pork, beef, chicken, and mutton, along with vegetables and barbecue sauce.

• Until 2005, only the first four finishers received a share of the Derby’s purse money. The rules were then changed to award a potion to the fifth-place winner as well. • The Derby has had a number of notable firsts. It was broadcast live on the radio for the first time in 1925, with the first national television coverage occurring in 1952. The size of the purse topped the $100,000 mark for the first time in 1954. (This year, the purse will be $2,180,000, with $1,240,000 of that amount awarded to the winner.) In 1968, Dancer’s Image became the first winner to be disqualified after traces of drugs were found in its system. The Derby’s first woman jockey was Diane Crump who rode Phantom in 1970. Diane came in 15th out of 17. Jockeys were allowed to wear advertising logos on their silks for the first time in 2004. • More than 165,000 people attended the 2012 Kentucky Derby, setting an attendance record. Tickets can be had for as little as $80 for general admission or as much as $5,000.

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Kentucky Derby week seems like the time to take a look at a few of the greatest jockeys of all time. Follow along and pick up a little knowledge about these legends. • Two jockeys share the record for the most Derby wins, Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack, each with five. Arcaro was the first to accomplish this feat, with his first win in 1938 at age 22, followed by victories in 1941, 1945, 1948, and 1952. Arcaro is also the record-holder for the most American classic race wins, and the only rider to win the Triple Crown twice. He triumphed in 17 Triple Crown races, including the five Derbys, and six each in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. As a small youth, rejection for a spot on the baseball team pushed him to excel in a different area. He stood just 5’2” (1.6 m) when fully grown. At the 1959 Belmont Stakes, Eddie seemed destined for his 7th win, but his horse fell and Eddie was thrown into a large puddle of water and was narrowly saved from drowning. Riding helmets had very recently been introduced to the sport and Arcaro claimed his had saved his life. His lifetime record was 4,779 wins. • Bill Hartack won his first Kentucky Derby in 1957 at age 24. He was favored to win the next year, but just two weeks before the Derby, he broke his leg and another jockey rode the horse Tim Tam, who won the race.

For Advertising Information Call 954-667-3237 Hartack was the nation’s leading jockey four different times, and was the first to attain $3 million purse winnings in a year. • Standing just 4’11” (1.5m) tall and weight 96 lbs. (43.5 kg), Willie Shoemaker was just 17 when he rode a horse in a race for the first time. Although he finished fifth in that first race, by his third race, he was in the winner’s circle. By week two, he had won seven races. He won his first Kentucky Derby in 1955 at age 23, and his second four years later. It would be six years before his next Churchill Downs victory, but Willie wasn’t finished yet. Twenty-one years later in 1986, Shoemaker won his fourth and final Derby at age 54, making him the oldest Derby winner in history. Although he had won 11 Triple Crown races over the course of four different decades – four Derbys, five Belmont Stakes, and three Preakness Stakes – he never achieved the Crown itself. He set a world record with 8,833 winning races, and accomplished the amazing feat of winning six races in one day, six different times in his career. Shoemaker retired in 1990 and tragedy struck just one year later when his vehicle plunged off a 50-foot embankment, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. He still managed to succeed as a horse trainer until 1997. • Steve Cauthen is the last jockey to win the Triple Crown, a feat achieved in 1978 astride the horse Affirmed. He was also the youngest jockey to take the title – Cauthen had been 18 less than a week when he won the Derby. At 19, he became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season. Yet he rode in the Kentucky Derby only once! Because he had trouble meeting U.S. weight requirements, he moved to England where weight restrictions were higher, and he went on to become the British Champion Jockey three times.

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• On May 16, 1717, French writer Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, is imprisoned in the Bastille. His satirical attack on politics and religion had infuriated the government, and Voltaire was arrested. Several times in his life, Voltaire was forced to flee one step ahead of arrest.




• On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public education is unconstitutional. The decision dealt with Linda Brown, a young black girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school. • On May 19, 1967, one of the first major treaties designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons goes into effect as the Soviet Union ratifies an agreement banning nuclear weapons from outer space. The United States, Great Britain and several dozen other nations had already signed and/or ratified the treaty. • On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peter’s Square in Rome by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca. Agca claimed that he had planned to go to England to kill the king, but it turned out there was only a queen and “Turks don’t shoot women.” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Antique Market

The Hollywood Antiques & Collectables Club is holding its 1st Annual Antique Market Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 at David Park Community Center located at 108 N. 33 Court in Hollywood from 8am-2pm. Members of the club will be selling an array of items, such as, unique collectibles and antiques, jewelry, coins, glassware, pottery, silver, postcards and much, much more. Admission is free. Please bring your canned and non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Help us help our community. For more information, please call 305-951-7349 or email Directions: Take I-95 to Hollywood Blvd. Go west. Center is on your right on the corner of Hollywood Blvd and N. 33 Court.


Thursday, May 9, 2013 The brainchild of a parks naturalist in 2003, this program has been teaching tykes to appreciate the great outdoors for years. The one-hour programs focus on a different theme each month, with the naturalist in charge free to embellish on it according to his/her style. A typical program might start with stories, songs, or arts and crafts and end with a short nature walk. From 10 to 11 a.m. $5/child, with preregistration required. For ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-5198

Go Native in Broward County Plant Sale at Secret Woods Nature Center

Saturday, May 18, 2013 A variety of native plant nurseries and vendors will display and sell plants native to South Florida and other plants conducive to butterfly and wildlife gardening. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For all ages. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-8884

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 Learn how to start your own butterfly garden when world-famous Butterfly World hosts this workshop. Participants will learn how to identify and attract local butterflies to their own back yards; learn about the plants best suited to butterfly gardening; see nectar and larval host plants for butterflies that are available in South Florida; receive a free photo guide to help identify butterflies and host plants; and get their questions answered. The workshop is held indoors in the attraction’s Grand Plaza, and butterfly gardening plants will be available for purchase in the Garden Center. No reservations are required, and the workshop, which starts at 1 p.m., is free with paid admission to Butterfly World. For more information, call Butterfly World at 954-9774400. Tradewinds Park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect.


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HOLLYWOOD ARTSPARK EXPERIENCE: COLORS OF THE CARIBBEAN ArtsPark at Young Circle Saturday, June 15, 2013 • 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Featuring KES live in concert. Music by DJ Majestic, Seamless, Savagewon. Live performances by The Resolvers and more. Junkanoo, Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, Moko Jumbies. YMCA Kids Zone. Powered by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. Caribbean food and drink village. Arts & Crafts on sale. No coolers or open containers allowed. Free admission. Information:

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