Saturday, May 2, 2009

Derby Day

Today is the first Saturday in May and for the past 31 years that has meant one thing to me--the Kentucky Derby. Like many horse lovers, I have mixed feelings about racing. There's no doubt that it's hard on the horses. They're started too young, pushed too hard and too many racing stories have unhappy endings...

And yet, there's something magic about the Kentucky Derby. I do not have strong feelings about any of the runners this year, but that won't stop me from getting a little bit misty eyed when they step onto the track later this afternoon.
My children have no real interest in horse racing, but that hasn't prevented me from establishing a couple Buxton family Derby traditions. The first one is pretty obvious--we each pick a horse to root for. My kids make their selection based entirely on the the horses' names, and not surprisingly, they both were fans of I Want Revenge. Unfortunately he was scratched this morning, so they were forced to make last minute substitutions. Ryan selected Atomic Rain, but James was unable to decide between West Side Bernie and Desert Party. I told him that was ok. He can have two this year if he wants. My husband likes Bob Baffert so he will be rooting for Pioneerof the Nile. Although I strongly suspect the best horse ran yesterday, I have settled on Chocolate Candy as my choice. He ran a good race in the Santa Anita Derby, and I love the fact that his dam is by Seattle Slew and out of an Alydar daughter who was a half-sister to Affirmed. Seriously, how cool is that?
Our other Derby tradition is to make (and eat) Kentucky Derby Pie. I copied this recipe off Model Horse Blab a few years ago and it was an instant hit with my kids. It tastes like warm chocolate chip cookie dough served in a pie crust and probably has a zillion calories per slice. I only make it once a year, though, so I don't care. In case you are interested, here is the recipe:

Kentucky Derby Pie

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp bourbon (you can substitute vanilla extract)
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
9" unbaked pie shell

Preheat over to 350. Melt butter in microwave and set aside. In medium bowl, beat eggs just enough to break them up. Add sugar and mix until blended. Stir in melted butter and bourbon. Blend in cornstarch. Stir in pecans and chips. Pour into pie shell. Place on foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool one hour before serving.


  1. Pie sounds yummy! Chocolate is always a winner around here, so I'll have to see if I can get it to turn out as delicious as it looks in the picture. Happy Derby Day!

  2. *lusts* Derby pie!!!! Ok, this is going on the "make" list for our house guests this weekend! YES!

    I know it's early, but Derby Fever has already started for me... Counting down the days till I'm back at Churchill! :) If you've never gone, I HIGHLY recommend it!

  3. Would you ever consider posting videos on how to make your tack so that we could do it too?

  4. Sorry, I am not a video person. In all these years of blogging, I think I've posted maybe four videos. Just not my thing.