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It’s (Still) Derby Day!

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….And they’re off!  Well, not quite.  This year, the Kentucky Derby is postponed until September 5th.  Traditionally run on the first Saturday in May, this year Churchill Downs has opted to have a virtual celebration and viewing party on May 2nd.  They’re even running a simulated Kentucky Derby featuring the 13 Triple Crown winners.  So, even though there is no *real* Kentucky Derby right now, here are some ways and resources to enjoy a Derby-themed day at home!

e-Books available on our Digital Platforms:


Non-Fiction for Adults: 

Most Glorious Crown by Marvin Drager and Ed McNamara

My Year of the Racehorse by Kevin Chong

American Pharoah by Joe Drape

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (also available as an audiobook)

Non-Fiction for Kids: 

American Pharoah by Jon M. Fishman

D is for Derby by Helen L. Wilbur

Fiction for Adults:  

Secretariat Reborn by Susan Klaus

Triple Crown by Felix Francis

Kentucky Rich by Fern Michaels

The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan (audiobook only)

Fiction for Kids: 

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding

e-Music and e-Movies available on our Digital Platforms:


Seabiscuit: Original motion picture soundtrack

Lonesome River Band – Carrying the Tradition

Kevin Williams – My Old Kentucky Home


The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion Returns

The Noble Horse

Take a look at these fun videos centered around the Kentucky Derby: 

How Do Horses Earn a Spot in the Kentucky Derby?

A Day in the Life: Taylor Made Farm – A kid-led tour of a racehorse farm in the bluegrass

Derby Hats – See the evolution of Derby Day hats

Master the Classics: Mint Julep – Learn how to make the classic Derby drink, with a little background and history of the drink, and a funny bartender

Some websites to visit:

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Bloodhorse magazine 

Watch the virtual running of the Derby on May 2nd, streaming on NBC Sports at 5:45pm! 


Kristy is a librarian heading up the Library’s Pop-Up service. When she's not popping up all over town bringing library materials to the masses, she enjoys sneaking Handel’s ice cream when her kids have gone to bed, reading, sports, doing jigsaw puzzles, exercising, and laughing. She really likes to laugh. A lot.