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Readers responding to today's Slice question seem confident that Secretariat's Kentucky Derby record time will still be the fastest ever after tomorrow's race.


"Not likely that somebody will outrun Secretariat this weekend," wrote Bill Brock. "It may happen someday, but the world being the media-saturated cesspool it is, a faster run now would never galvanize the spirit quite like Secretariat did nearly 40 years ago."

Post Falls Hats Go To Kentucky Derby

When the starting gate bell sounds at Churchill Downs next weekend, some 150 women in the crowd will be wearing the creations of Diane Siverson, a Post Falls hat-maker. Siverson, 64, became a milliner eight years ago, initially creating hats targeted to Red Hat Society members. Now she’s selling 250 to 300 hats a year and the biggest segment of that business is Kentucky Derby hats. The Derby is a fashion parade, with women showing off spring dresses and elaborate headdresses, much as Royal Ascot is in England. Other racetracks in the United States have also adopted the hat-centric tradition in various forms. Siverson began selling to that market when she and her husband, Ron, created a website for her Lady Diane Hats. The hats range from small “fascinators” that were popularized by the wedding of the former Kate Middleton and Prince William last year, to a monumental creation that looks like a feathery wedding cake/Addy Hatch, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo: Diane Siverson creates and sells custom-made hats from her home in Post Falls)

Question: Can you describe the fanciest hat you own?


Some time before next Saturday, someone will call me or send an email asking if I knew that a Montana horse named Spokane won the Kentucky Derby in 1889.

As it happens, I do know that.

But it's never a bad idea to review.

Wild Card/Sunday — 5.2.10

Saturday was a fun day with Mrs. O and the kids. We each picked a horse in the 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby. My colt, Paddy O’Prado, finished best of our picks at 3rd. Jockey Calvin Borel, of course, road Super Saver (above, in AP Photo/David J. Phillip) to victory during the 136th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Then, we went for a walk at City Park. Where we saw Rex Rammell and his inflated T-Rex balloon figure trying to fire up a 10th Amendment rally in the band shell. The T-Rex had some sort of toy gun in one of its paws. We topped off our trip downtown with gooeys at Dockside, squeezing in among the dozens of boys in tuxedos and girls in prom dresses. Even saw one of those stretch Hummer limos. All in all, a good time was had by us. I’ll post this Wild Card now and try to have another good time today …

136th Kentucky Derby Runs Today

The first Saturday in May means it’s time for the annual ‘Run for the Roses’. Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, a field of 20 will compete in the 136th Kentucky Derby. The field is made up of 19 boys and one girl, Devil May Care, who will break from the middle of the pack. The Filly will be ridden by John Velazquez and will add blinkers for Saturday’s race. The two favorites in (today’s) race are Lookin At Lucky, 3-1 and breaking from the rail. And then there is Sidney’s Candy, 5-1 and breaking from the far outside. And while the post positions don’t necessarily drop them from consideration, the 1 and 20 post positions can be disastrous in a 20 horse field/Scott Coen, Mass Live.com. More here.

  • AP Photo/Ed Reinke: Devil May Care (the only filly in a field of 20 horses) gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday in Louisville, Ky.

Question: Will you watch the Kentucky Derby? And/Or: Do you care which horse wins? And/Or: Have you ever consumed a mint julip?