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Breaking Down Kentucky Derby Concessions By The Numbers

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Billed as The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports, the Kentucky Derby itself lasts for, um, two minutes. All the races on the card that day will total about half an hour of action. So there's plenty of time for drinking, eating and drinking.

Courtesy of Churchill Downs, here's a breakdown of just how much booze the 160,000-plus Derby and 110,000 Oaks fans will consume next Friday and Saturday. Good times!

·120,000 Mint Juleps (made with Kentucky bourbon, simple syrup,
crushed ice, powdered sugar and mint)
·40,000 Oaks Lilies (vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and sweet and sour)
·7,800 liters of bourbon
·475,000 pounds of shaved ice for Mint Juleps and Oaks Lilies
·2,250 pounds of mint (all locally grown)
·425,000 cans of beer

(Sadly figures weren't available for how many gallons of cheap hooch are smuggled into the infield.)

As for the food part (got to have something in that stomach to sop up the booze):

·142,000 hot dogs
·18,000 barbecue sandwiches
·11,520 Niman Ranch gourmet sausages
·13,800 pounds of beef
·9,700 pounds of chicken
·4,500 pounds of Niman Ranch pork loin chops
·560 roasted Niman Ranch turkeys
·32,400 jumbo shrimp
·9,000 scallops
·8,000 pounds of potatoes
·6,480 pounds of Kentucky Hydro tomatoes
·1,892 sheets of Derby Pies
·30,000 cookies
·300,000 strawberries

·Kentucky Derby pace scenario a matter of grouping [Daily Racing Form]
·Churchill Downs should draw big crowd for Downs After Dark opener [Daily Racing Form]

[Photo: Zach Everson]

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