Kentucky Derby Hilton Head

It's known as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” and this year you can catch all of the action while supporting a great organization. The 145th Run for the Roses takes place on May 4th, and Volunteers in Medicine has set the stage for a fabulous event at Poseidon's Rooftop Bar. So break out your Derby hat and your festive attire and get ready to mingle with friends as you support VIM and the work that they're doing for our community.

Event Details:
Saturday, May 4, 2019
4:30 - 7:30 PM at Poseidon's Rooftop Bar
To purchase tickets in advance, visit (click on Events) or contact the VIM Development Office at 843.689.6612.

Volunteers In Medicine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing medical services to those in need. With the dedicated service of volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the VIM provides care to our friends and neighbors in the Lowcountry who are without medical insurance. 

Kentucky Derby


Many recognize the Kentucky Derby for the extravagant hats and bold fashion, celebrities and, of course, mint juleps. In preparation for the big event, take a look at these fun facts about the Kentucky Derby - Run for The Roses.

1. Kentucky Derby Day is always the first Saturday in May.

Since 1938 the Derby has been run on Saturday, except in 1945 when it was held on June 9. Horse racing was banned in 1945 from January to late May due to World War II.

2. The Kentucky Derby marks the first of three races called the Triple Crown. The Derby is followed by the Preakness Stakes race and the Belmont Stakes race.

3. The Kentucky Derby is known as "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" because it takes the winner about two minutes to run the track. It also ranks as one of the top people-watching events in the world.

4. The Kentucky Derby is 1 1/4 miles long and is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs. The average horse race hosts eight horses on the track while the Derby has twenty horses competing in the race.

5. The rose garland is the source of the nickname "Run for the Roses" and is made up of more than 400 red roses sewn into a green satin backing. The state seal is found on one end and the Twin Spires on the other. The garland weighs about 40 lbs.

6. The mint julep is the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, and nearly 120,000 are said to be consumed at the race each year. This requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

The recipe calls for ... Mint Julep

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. 

7. The Kentucky Derby is one of the most challenging accomplishments in horse racing, and there have been only 13 horses to take the Triple Crown since it began in 1875.

To win the Triple Crown, one 3-year-old thoroughbred horse must win the Kentucky Derby, then win the Preakness Stakes two weeks later and the Belmont Stakes three weeks later.

8. The winning horse's owner receives a solid gold trophy topped by an 18-karat gold horse and rider, including horseshoe-shaped handles, and it is 22 inches tall and weighs 56 ounces.

9. Nineteen past Kentucky Derby winners have had names beginning with the letter "S," including Secretariat, the fastest horse in Kentucky Derby history, who completed the 1973 race in just under two minutes.

10. Post No. 1 has become known as "the dreaded rail."

11. The purse for the 2019 Derby will be $3 million. The winner brings home $1.86 million, $600,000 for second place, $300,000 for third place, $150,000 for fourth place, and $90,000 for fifth.

12. Only three fillies (female horses) have won the Derby: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980, and Winning Colors in 1988.


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