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Top Weekend Events – May 6 – 8

Hooray for Wednesday!  Since Cinco de Mayo happens to fall this weekend, expect people to want to go out and have a good time!

First and foremost, the top event this weekend is the Kentucky Derby.  This is the most exciting 2 minute sport ever!  This is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.  Expect big hats, big celebrities and big bets going down in Louisville this weekend.

In the ring in Vegas is the headline match of Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosely.  Manny is a Filipino  eight-division world champion, the first boxer  ever  to win  ten world titles, the first  person to win in eight weight divisions and the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.  His stats are exceptionally impressive.  It should be of no surprise that the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) names him “Fighter of the Decade.”  Shane Mosley also has impressive stats.  This California native has accomplished world titles in three weight divisions and is also a former WBA Welterweight Super Champion.  Expect this fight at the MGM Grand in Vegas to be exceptional.

The Showtime Southern 500 is an annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  It’s a 501.322 mile race with 367 laps that got its start in 1957 and was previously known as the Rebel 300 race.

Follies is the winner of seven Tony Awards, and is thought of as one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s best musical performance productions.

Then there is the musical sort of genius that is Kesha. She appears twice on our top events list.  Since coming out with her debut album, Animal, in January, 2010, this girl has been nearly unstoppable.  To her immediate opposite is the ever adorable, Selena Gomez.  Her reputation is squeaky clean all the way from her days on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place all the way up to her current days of dating teen heart throb, Justin Bieber.

1.)    Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY – Saturday, May 7

2.)    Showtime Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC  – Saturday, May 7

3.)    Manny Pacquiao Vs. Shane Mosley , MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, May 7

4.)    Follies, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. – Saturday, May 7

5.)    Kesha, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, May 7

6.)    Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY – Friday, May 6

7.)    Selena Gomez, Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA – Saturday, May 7

8.)    Kesha, Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – Friday, May 6

9.)    Kenny Chensey , Van Andel Arena,  Grand Rapid, MI – Saturday, May 7

10.) Bruno Mars, Agganis Arena , Boston, MA – Saturday, May 7

Kentucky Derby Schedule

Today, let’s talk some ponies. 

The 2011 Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend.  The race takes place at Churchhill Downs in Louisville Kentucky and has been an annual event taking place on the first Saturday in May since 1875.  The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes races for three-year-old thoroughbred horse.  The race track is one and a quarter mile and the race usually starts and ends within two minutes.  The grand prize purse is $2million and the first prize is $1.425.  Not bad for a 2 minute event.  Typically 155,000 fans attend the event, sometimes if only for the fashion (giant hats anyone?) and mint juleps.   The Derby is only the first even of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is trailed by the Preakness Stakes then the Belmont Stakes.   The lucky horse must win all three events in order to take the Triple Crown Title.

The Contenders are as follows:

Horse Trainer Jockey Owner
Twinspired Mike Maker Mike Smith Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing, and Sand Dollar Sta
Shackleford Dale Romans Jesus Castanon Mike Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge
Uncle Mo Todd Pletcher John Velazquez Repole Stable
Dialed In Nicholas P. Zito Julien Leparoux Robert LaPenta
Archarcharch William H Fires Jon Court Robert and Val Yagos
Comma To The Top Peter Miller Corey Nakatani Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Kevin Tsujihara
Tobys Corner H. Graham Motion Eddie Castro Dianne Cotter
Pants On Fire Kelly Breen Anna Napravnik George and Lori Hall
Midnight Interlude Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza Arnold Zetcher
Soldat Kiaran McLaughlin Alan Garcia Harvey Clarke & W Craig Robertson III
Brilliant Speed Tom Albertrani Joel Rosario Live Oak Plantation
Master of Hounds Aidan O’Brien TBA Mrs. John Magnier
Twice the Appeal Jeff Bonde Christian Santiago Reyes Edward
Mucho Macho Man Kathy Ritvo Rajiv Maragh Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Dream Team Racing Sta
Decisive Moment Juan Arias Kerwin Clark Just for Fun Stables (Ruben Sierra)
Animal Kingdom H. Graham Motion Alan Garcia Team Valor International
Stay Thirsty Todd Pletcher Ramon Dominguez Repole Stable
Santiva Eddie Kenneally Shaun Bridgmohan Tom Walters
Watch Me Go Kathleen O’ Connell Luis Garcia Gilbert Campbell
Anthonys Cross Eoin Harty Joel Rosario A D K Racing
Nehro Steve Asmussen Corey Nakatani  



May 4 4:00-5:00pm Derby Classics Churchill Downs Versus
  5:00-6:00pm Derby Post Position Draw Churchill Downs Versus
May 5 4:00-5:00pm Derby Classics Churchill Downs Versus
  5:00-6:00pm Derby Access Churchill Downs Versus
May 6 4:00-5:00pm Derby Classics Churchill Downs Versus
  5:00-6:00pm Kentucky Oaks 137 Churchill Downs Versus
May 7  5:00-7:00pm Kentucky Derby 137 Churchill Downs NBC
May 21 4:30-5:00pm Thoroughbred Classics: Preakness Stakes Pimlico Race Course ESPN
  5:00-6:30pm Preakness Stakes 136 Pimlico Race Course NBC
June 11 5:00-6:30pm Belmont Stakes 143 Belmont Park NBC