This weekend is the Kentucky Derby. Since 1875 the “Run for the Roses” has been taking place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

This weekend, riders, racing enthusiasts and people that have never sat a horse will be adding color to their conversations with terms like “Post Time”, “Win, Place & Show”, and “Homestretch”.

This weekend, bar glasses will brim with mint juleps and hats will be critiqued. Money will exchange.

This weekend, people will look at the racing lineup and claim a winner, whether out of intellect or illusion. At the end of the day, the system could have the same results.

This weekend “the most exciting two minutes in sports” will take all week to prepare for and more hours to discuss.

Living in Oklahoma should make us all take interest in this famous race. We do horses in Oklahoma. You might be surprised to learn that the Sooner State is number one in horses per capita, with one in every 46 citizens owning a horse.

The numbers still soar when we look at the number of race horses that are bred here. We own and show all breeds of horses with many world events hosted here. We race in Oklahoma, but most of us still would like to live large in “Looey-ville” with the locals and be part of the pageantry of the live race.

There will be more than 150,000 excited spectators to share the exhilaration. We want to wear a hat and watch the ten furlongs (1 ¼ mile) race. We want to sing “My Old Kentucky Home,” like we mean it, just like folks have been doing for nearly a hundred years.

We want to look at the horses, jockeys, and names and make our choices. Numbers, colors, and bits of information found in the forum can make a connection for us that makes us wager on a winner.

The first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the Kentucky Derby is on many of our “Bucket List” of things we want to do before we head to the barn.

Tickets for the well-shod can range in the thousands of dollars. Reservations for seats must be secured well in advance. Let the bells ring and the starting gates swing wide, because 2019 is going to be our year.

Good to Go with Patti Beth has secured tickets for this historical event, and we are going to make that “Run for the Roses” next year as a group.

Check out our www.GoodToGowithPB.com for the flyer for May 2-5, 2019 for everything we are going to do.

I’m going to prepare myself by watching the event this year. I will sport a hat and cheer for my favorite thoroughbred. I think the three-year-old colt, Good Magic, sounds good to me.

Patti Beth Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the group travel industry taking people all over the world. Her motto is "I return with the same number of people I left with… not necessarily the same people, but the same number nevertheless. So no 'crankpots' allowed" She may be reached at 918-786-3318 or pb@goodtogowithpb.com.