If you didn't see the Kentucky Derby yesterday, you missed a spectacular race. But don't feel too bad, because nobody watching on television saw it either.
The camera work during the running completely missed the significant action as 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird pulled the second greatest upset in the Derby's 135-year history.
Not till you could see the overhead view in the replays could you see what really happened—a stunning, fluid run for daylight worthy of Walter Payton, by a horse whose fleet speed made him look like a gazelle among wildebeest. Absolutely remarkable.
Fortunately, after the tragedies of recent years, the the only one who pulled up lame in this race was...Tom Durkin. From way, way back, Mine That Bird threaded his way magically through the field and barely squeezed by on the rail. When he took the lead nobody watching on television had the slightest idea who he was! Durkin, calling the race, was as surprised as everybody else—so surprised that Mine That Bird was three lengths in front before Durkin dared call the horse's name! He probably just didn't want to call the wrong name. Couldn't believe his eyes, maybe? It simply couldn't be the same horse who had been dead last on the backstretch, could it?
Here's the overhead view of the home stretch run. This is the must-see. It is really something.
(Thanks to Peter Robinson for the link. Photo credit: unknown)
Featured Comment by Pen Waggener: "Living in Kentucky, I often catch flack for not watching the Derby, but I much prefer to listen to them call it on the once-legendary WHAS 840 AM, because the guys calling for radio really know how to describe the action, and because—knowing the races—they get really excited calling the Derby. Sometimes I get chillbumps. Yesterday I watched on television instead, and I remember feeling intense frustration as the horses came down the stretch while the TV announcer fell mute. Next year it's back to AM radio for me!"