Today is the day for the #1 sporting event of the year in America!* The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Don't forget.
...If the weather holds, that is. I know you must get tired of hearing me gas on about Midwestern weather, but I find this remarkable:
Four days ago: All-time record high temperature for the day in our fair city (Milwaukee): 85°F, which beat the 84°F recorded in 1910.
Two days ago: All-time record high snowfall for the State of Wisconsin in the month of May.
So as I was saying. The Derby—Louisville being not too far south of us and within the strange loop the jetstream's been making lately—might come under the pall of volatile weather. If not, television coverage starts on NBC at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, and the race is at something like 5:26. Recall that I have a bad memory for numbers. If you just want to watch the horses run for the roses, tune in at 5:15 or so and you won't miss it.
Here's I'll Have Another's late upset from last year.
*Two-minute sporting event. I keep forgetting to add "two-minute" in there.
UPDATE: What a lovely run in the mud! I picked Verrazano, who finished 15 1/2 lengths back after keeping up with an overly fast early pace—which keeps my record for picking winners fully intact!
Congratulations to Orb, first-time winning jockey Joel Rosario, and first time winning trainer "Shug" McGaughey. The owners, first cousins Stuart Janney III and Ogden Mills Phipps, despite being among the bluest of blue bloods in horse racing, have also never won a Derby before. (The two are great-grandsons of Carnegie Steel magnate Henry Phipps; both inherited famous stables.)
I love the pomp and ceremony, suffused with a sense of celebration—of Spring, of tradition, of the magnificent animals. Nice to visit that world briefly every year. Hope you caught it.
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