Hello friends,

I'll be watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday -- not so much for the sport, more to see if the network dooes any sidebars on bourbon and Mint Juleps. This is the 127th Derby, which makes me wonder if any of you history buffs know how long bourbon has been associated with the race and the social occasions it spawns.

MSNBC columnist Mark Starr cracked me up yesterday when, reflecting on the '73 Derby, he said:

..."And I was mystified by why anyone would clog up a perfectly good glass of bourbon with sugar and leaves."