Saturday, May 06, 2006

Derby Day

Quick…call your bookie. Grab your fancy hat. Pick some mint. And break out the bourbon. Today is the 132nd Running for the Roses and Oregon is sending the favorite, Brother Derek, to the Kentucky Derby. This is one of the must-see sports events I always watch on TV. The race only lasts two minutes as the horses run the 1¼ mile track, but there is hoopla and folderol and, of course, the singing of My Old Kentucky Home, the lyrics of which have been sanitized and made politically correct. Today’s Derby is the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing. It’s always held on the first Saturday in May and is the most famous horserace in the world.

You can skip all the stats and bloodlines. Just pick a favorite you like. Maybe Lawyer Ron or Brother Derek the bookies favorites. Maybe Storm Treasure or Steppenwolfer, long shots but great names. Choose by name, color, jockey outfit, whatever suits your fancy. Get your bets in and hope for a Trifecta. Kick back, relax, and watch how rich people waste their money.


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