Friday, May 4, 2012

British Murder Mystery Double Feature With Horses


I'm not really that big a fan of horse racing--especially the modern race horses that have bred with those hour glass legs that has caused so many horses to have be shockingly euthanized at race tracks across the country in the last 20 years (and that in and of itself is a scary horror); but the Derby has always been a bit of a tradition in my family, complete with Mint Juleps...sort of like some households that don't watch football, but never miss the Super Bowl.  So why not make a Friday Fright Theme out of it, and extend the party a bit?  You can "meet" the horses here. One of these horses, Hansen, is causing a minor stir, not least which because he is a juvy champ, but also because he is all white, with only 8 percent of thoroughbreds a year being born completely alba.

Derby Fact Number 1:  The Kroger company has be the official florist for the event since 1987 providing the famous Garland Of Roses, which were first presented way back in 1896.

Derby Fact Number 2:  Louisville actually spends a full two weeks celebrating the Derby before it's run....that's a lot of partying with bourbon!!

Famously, this novel and film ends with the actual murderer sending Poirot and crowd on a huge fools errand at a horse racing track.  It is contained in the clips below.  

The ruse spun for Chief Inspector Barnaby in Midsomer Murders, is, if anything, 3 or 4 times more complicated that the Poirot has to grapple with....and with a lot more horses!

Trailer provided by Video Detective

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