May 4, 2019
The Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875, and while the sport of thoroughbred racing faces a bleak future, you can be fairly certain that, even with fairly steady rain in the forecast, over 100,000 people will wend their way to Churchill Downs today to be a part of the spectacle that is The Most Exciting Two Minutes of Sport.
And because I care so deeply for you, gentle reader, I shall reveal, in advance, the winner of the race.
Actually, I’ve managed to narrow it down to seven. So, besides the winner, whom I shall reveal momentarily, you could do worse in your office pool than to have By My Standards (3), Improbable (5), Vekoma (6), Maximum Security (7), Game Winner (16) or Roadster (17). It will be no surprise if any of them win.
Conversely, if Gray Magician (4), Plus Que Parfait (9) or Master Fencer (15) wins, I will get on all fours and bark like a dog.
But look for the grey colt Tacitus (8) to be festooned with the traditional winner’s blanket of roses when all is said and done.
No need to thank me.