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my lucky horseshoe from Churchill Downs

my lucky horseshoe from Churchill Downs

On the first Saturday in May, at Churchill Downs during The Kentucky Derby, there’s a tradition that goes along with the hat parade and the horse racing. It’s the singing of ‘My Old Kentucky Home’, written by Stephen Foster in 1853.

It became the state song in 1928 and although it isn’t clear when it was first sung at The Kentucky Derby, the playing of it prior to the race was written about in 1929. Yes, we refer to this race as the fastest or greatest two minutes in sports. But the traditions and events leading up to the race make it an all day party. When the music starts for this anthem, you will want to join in. Here are the words – make copies for your guests!

My Old Kentucky Home

The sun shines bright
On my old Kentucky home
‘Tis summer

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