“Kentucky Derby-A Special Saturday”
Close your eyes and you can see the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. Listen closely and you can hear the sound of the opening of the gates at the beginning of the race, or the pounding of the horses hooves on the dirt rounding the final turn.
Feel the electricity in the crowd as they race for home. Smell the Mint Juleps everywhere. See the beauty of the bed of roses placed on the winner. View the beauty of the women in hts, the parties on the infeld.
It is the specialness of this Saturday at the Kentucky Derby, the ‘Run for the Roses’..
We have seen greatness out of the gates, from the recent Triple Crown superstar American Pharoh, to the great horse the year before California Chrome.
We remember the sprint to the finish line of the stunning upset winner of all time Mine-the-Bird.
We remember the power of Big Brown, the personality of Smarty Jones, the greatness of War Emblem.
History will never let us forget the storyline of American Colors, the excitement of Spectacular Bid, Affirmed, Seattle Slew.
Nor will the record book ever let go of the greatest race of all time, Secretariat, and that record time of (1:59:40).
The jockeys and their colors forever etched in our mind, Eddie Arcaro, Billy Shoemaker, Eddie Hartack. Then as great as now with the likes of Gary Stevens and Kent Desormeaux and the courageous Ron Turcotte. Respecting the self made men like Calvin Borel and others.
From trainers like our icon Bob Baffert to the legendary DeWayne Lukas, we never forget the fouders of the horse breeding industry, Calument Farms.
And of course there is the signature theme ‘My Old Kentucky Home’, as much a fabric of Americana as the Indy 500’s ‘Back Home in Indiana’ or Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York-New York’ at Yankees Stadium.
Tomorrow will always be the best.
The Kentucky Derby, 2-minutes of horse racing, and memories of a life time.