Thursday, May 7, 2009
Close to Nowhere
I realize that I am not a sports columnist. I think “our” Claude Vinson does a great job at that and I am not applying for his job!
However — did you see the Kentucky Derby Saturday? Were you as flabbergasted as my daughter?
Dana is a very dedicated thoroughbred horse racing fan. She is an active member of a small Internet racing board that has become a group of fast friends that travel to various horse races throughout the year together.
I enjoy horse racing (I love basketball!) and was at Dana’s house Saturday for the race.
She started sputtering about the quarter mile post and kept saying “Do you see that? Watch him! See that horse?”
She was hoping the favorite would win, but by the end of the race, the 50-to-1 long shot had not only won the race, but had won a favored spot with her.
‘Mine that Bird’ came from last and by six lengths won the Kentucky Derby. About two seconds after he won and the shock was settling in, Dana was on the Internet with her friends — all of whom were saying “What was that? Who is that horse?”
According to Dana and her friends, ‘Mine that Bird’ came to the famed and steeped-in-horsey-tradition Churchill Downs in a well-used, two-horse trailer, pulled behind a Ford F150. His owners paid $9,500 for him.
In interviews after the race, after jocky Calvin Borel, a very emotional Cajun, calmed down a bit, owners and jockey all, said, “We believed in him.”
Chip Woolley, “Bird’s going to the Preakness. You can’t have a Triple Crown without the Derby winner in the Preakness.”
May 16 is fast approaching...
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