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It’s (Still) Derby Day!

racing horse

….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 Wouldnt 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 driving her 3 kids to one of their five thousand activities, she enjoys sneaking Handel’s ice cream when they’ve gone to bed, reading, sports, doing jigsaw puzzles, exercising, and laughing.  She really likes to laugh.  A lot.