Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 Kentucky Derby hat & OOTD

Hello Gorgeous!
 Sorry for the late post, normally I am up and at it early. Though this weekend was rough and it has taken some time to recuperate. This weekend there is so much going on. I swear, it feels like that every single week, month, year!

One of the major events going on this coming weekend is the 2014 Kentucky Derby. On Polyvore, I designed a hat for a contest they are running, here is my set below.

And below that, is my pick for the Kentucky Derby winner! How about you, who would you pick to win?

Now let's talk horses and Derby! My pick to win is Intense Holiday.

Pedigree Intense Holiday's sire Harlan's Holiday and broodmare sire Unbridled's Song were both beaten Kentucky Derby favorites in their respective years. Harlan's Holiday was seventh as the 6-1 choice in the 2002 Run for the Roses.

His marquee wins came at 1 1/8 miles, including the Florida Derby and Blue Grass at three and the Donn Handicap as an older horse. Although winless from six tries at 1 1/4 miles, Harlan's Holiday did place in such elite races as the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup at that classic distance. A successful sire who unfortunately died last November, Harlan's Holiday is responsible for all types of runners.

On the Triple Crown scene, his best son was Denis of Cork, the third-placer in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and runner-up in the Belmont. Harlan's Holiday has also sired Shanghai Bobby, the champion two-year-old male of 2012; top juvenile Into Mischief (a hot young sire himself); speedy sprinter Majesticperfection; turf performer Willcox Inn; synthetic specialist Mendip, who won at up to 1 3/16 miles in Dubai; and current three-year-olds Ami's Holiday and Poker Player.

Intense Holiday is the second registered foal from Intensify, who failed to place from five career starts. Intensify is by top sire Unbridled's Song. The winner of the 1996 Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, he was fifth as the 7-2 favorite in that year's Kentucky Derby in his only 1 1/4-mile attempt. Unbridled's Song was bred to handle the classic distance, however, as a son of 1990 Derby-winning champion Unbridled.

Sadly, Unbridled's Song died last summer, just as three of his sons were coming to prominence. Will Take Charge went on to clinch champion three-year-old honors by taking the Travers and Clark and just missing in the Breeders' Cup Classic, while Graydar and Cross Traffic established themselves as leading older males. Other progeny include Eight Belles, the ill-fated second in the 2008 Derby; Dunkirk, runner-up in the 2009 Belmont Stakes; 2008 champion juvenile colt Midshipman; and Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic heroines Unbridled Elaine (2001) and Unrivaled Belle (2010). Daughters of Unbridled's Song have produced the likes of General Quarters and his half-brother, classy Japanese performer A Shin Top; Australian celebrities Puissance de Lune, Mrs. Onassis and Once Were Wild; and U.S. Grade 1 stars Unbridled Command and The Lumber Guy.

Intensify is a half-sister to millionaire Crafty Shaw, a grand old campaigner who won 15 of 44 career starts. Twice victorious in the Turfway Park Fall Championship, he scored additional Grade 3 wins in the Rebel, Essex and Hanshin Cup. Another half-sibling is multiple stakes queen and Grade 2-placed Her She Kisses. Intensify, Crafty Shaw and Her She Kisses are all out of Her She Shawklit, who was Grade 1-placed at Saratoga.

Her She Shawklit is by yet another beaten Kentucky Derby favorite, Air Forbes Won, seventh in the 1982 running. She is a full sister to Shawklit Won, runner-up in the 1987 Gotham and third in the Wood Memorial, and a half-sister to Grade 3 hero Mr. Shawklit.

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