By Tiffany Amber Stockton
Well, we won't have a new Triple Crown winner this year, but what a race it was at the Kentucky Derby last month!! Rich Strike, at 80-1 odds, took home the win and gave the race one of the event's all-time greatest finishes. His owner opted him out of the Preakness, but in just 2 days, he'll run in the Belmont Stakes. If you missed the post about the prestigious 13 winners of the Triple Crown so far, you can read it here.
Yesterday, Martha shared a unique tidbit about Kentucky and a tiny piece of land at the far southwest corner that is actually completely cut off and disconnected from the rest of the state. Be sure to check out that fun post if you haven't already. Today, I'm going to continue with another Kentucky fun fact.
THE BLUEGRASS STATE
Hundreds of years ago, when the first pioneers crossed the Appalachians and ventured west along the Ohio River, the pastureland they discovered was vibrant and rich with nutrients. In the early morning sunlight and sometimes at dusk, the blades of grass take on a bluish tint that differs from the rich emerald it appears throughout most of the day. In addition, if the grass isn't in areas that are frequently mowed or eaten, there are some blue flowers that grow amongst the blades as they grow taller. Nothing at all like the stunning bluebells of Texas, they still hold their own unique charm and appeal.
* What is YOUR state's nickname, and how did it get that name?
* What is the climate and landscape like in your region?
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