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Kentucky Derby at Lol Ha, May 7, 2011

On Saturday, May 7, the Akumal faithful crowed into its version of Churchill Downs to watch the 137th "Run for the Roses".  Lol Ha's infield, grandstand, and bleachers were filled to an overflow capacity on a clear, bright, warm day, and many of the attendees were properly attired for the occasion.  However, Akumal did not set any attendance records, and the number of attendees fell somewhat short of the 164,848 people at Churchill Downs.  Needless to say, the pesos were flowing like the proverbial Mint Julep on a warm Kentucky day, as the crowd was, at times, three deep around the betting window.



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As the hostess, Mary Henderson was on hand early to get things set up, and she set the fashion trend for the day.

Not to be outdone, Lynda & Wendell Day drove all the way up from Aventuras Akumal, and they too were sporting very spiffy hats.

Suzy Campbell and Patsy Taylor and friends celebrate with the Derby cups from 2009; oh well.....

The 'reserved' section of the grandstand is full of anticipation as the call to the post goes out.

There's a lull around the betting window as the horses move towards the post.

"They are off". Fortunately, those in the front row of the grandstand are not blocking the view of the others.

Everybody is on the edge of their seats, and the waiters have stopped all service as they round the far turn.

Wendell is enjoying the ride, while Bart looks like he's on the lead horse coming around the club house turn heading for the wire.

Steve Clouther is the big winner with the WIN ticket on Animal Kingdom at 21-1 odds..

Wendell Day is also in the money with the PLACE ticket on Nehro.

And, Mary Henderson follows with the SHOW ticket, which was brought in by Mucho Macho Man.

Mark your 2012 calendar for another exciting event in Akumal.

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