A Quick Introduction to the Epsom Derby, a Jewel of the Horse Racing World

first_imgHere in the States, the Kentucky Derby is the “granddaddy of all races.” However, the U.K.’s Epsom Derby, which takes place on the first Saturday of every June, is considered one of the most prestigious and toughest races in the world.Since the Epsom Derby — known officially today as the Investec Derby — began in 1780, colts, fillies, jockeys, and trainers have traveled from all over the globe to compete on the mile-and-a-half track for the Derby Stakes grand prize, which is £1.5 million (USD $ 2,106,240) today. The two-day affair hosts even more than your fair share of racing filled with hopeful and plentiful payouts, dapper morning suits, and bottles of Champagne.John Walton – PA Images/Getty ImagesJohn Walton – PA Images/Getty ImagesLike horse racing at its core, the Epsom Derby has an intoxicating history. The event earned its name from a simple coin toss between the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury, according to official ferby historian Michael Church. Lord Derby won, which not only resulted in an annual horse race branded with  his name, but the term “derby” is now widely used as a trademark for  thoroughbred flat track sport racing all over the world.The Investec Epsom Derby attracts crowds of over 125,000 people a year (to put that into perspective, the Kentucky Derby attracts over 150,000). From horse race fanatics, foodies, and history buffs to A-list celebrities and the royal family, everyone’s enjoys celebrating Derby Day in the place where it all started. Some of the festival’s other attractions include a carnival-like atmosphere of vendors; a plethora of eating experiences, from fine dining with panoramic views to a good old picnic; and musical entertainment on Poundland Hill.For ticket and more information concerning this year’s event, which takes place June 2, 2018, check out the fest’s website. Want to use your winnings to help retired thoroughbreds? See how you can help here. How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Editors’ Recommendations center_img A Quick Introduction to the Epsom Derby, a Jewel of the Horse Racing World Close Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart last_img read more

Google Inc launches Nexus 5 smartphone

TORONTO — Google is marking the five-year anniversary of its Android mobile platform with the release of the new Nexus 5 phone, which is manufactured by LG.The phone — which diehard Android fans had been expecting since some details previously leaked online — officially went on sale Thursday through the Google Play online store, starting at $349 for a 16-gigabyte unit. The 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte black model, and 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte white Nexus 5 all appear to be sold out on the Google Play website, which says “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon,” when users try to purchase one of the devices.“It was actually five years ago this month that we launched that adorable first Android brick called the G1,” said Google Canada spokeswoman Wendy Bairos during a product briefing.“People just want things to work and they want it to look good and they want it to work simply and beautifully, and I think in the (last) five years we’re seeing that happen.”Handout/The Canadian Press Like Google’s previous Nexus phones designed in partnership with outside manufacturers, the Nexus 5 has top of the line hardware including: a 4.95-inch screen with a sharp 445 pixels per inch; a quad-core processor and two gigabytes of RAM; and an eight megapixel camera that’s driven by a significantly improved photo-taking app.The phone comes loaded with the new version of Google’s operating system — 4.4, nicknamed KitKat — which will also become available for some other Android phones.Google also announced Thursday that the new HP Chromebook 11 will be released in Canada on Nov. 8 for $299.Chromebook devices are low-cost laptops designed for users who primarily use their computers to access the Internet and don’t regularly use sophisticated software. Google doesn’t market Chromebooks as full-blown laptop replacements and instead considers them to be ideal second computers for a household, since they’re fully capable of surfing the web, sending emails and watching online video.“We’re working with retailers … to make sure that customers understand exactly the trade-offs they’re making,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product development for Chrome and Chromebooks, noting he worked at Best Buy for a day to better understand how consumers are making purchasing decisions for computers.“Most people are really not that technically sophisticated … if you see the broad variety of people using computers today and ask them, ’What do you do?,’ they’ll say, ’I go to Facebook, or I look at photos, I do some online banking, some shopping’ — the consumer use cases actually get addressed incredibly well by something like Chromebooks, that’s what we’ve designed for.”With files from Financial Post read more