I grew up in the Chicago area, about 10 minutes from the Arlington Park race track. As a matter of fact, I played my tuba on the nationally televised broadcast of the 1st Arlington Million, as we marched right down the track. (20 years later, I’m still waiting for an invite back)
I remember one of the 1st horses I ever wagered on was Aunt Sis,.....because I had an Aunt Sis who lived across the street from Arlington Park. The horse finished last. I should have known. As wonderful as my Aunt Sis is, she has never been known for her speed.
That was my introduction to the sport of kings, and I always look forward to the Kentucky Derby, mainly because it provides so many interesting story lines, one of which may be the weather this year.
Some of those stories include:
Smooth Air-Trained by 70 year old Bennie Stutts, who has his 1st Derby horse ever. Ridden by Manoel Cruz, who is also in his first derby, and rides locally at Calder.
Michael Matz- The trainer of Barbaro, has an entry, Visionaire, who breaks from the same post position Barbaro had when he won the Derby 2 years ago.
Eight Belles-A filly goes against the boys, she would be the 4th filly in history to win the derby.
Denis of Cork-Ridden by last year’s winning jockey Calvin Borel, who rode in near obscurity for 20+ years, before his emotional storybook win last year. Can he do it again?
The weather-There is a good chance for showers Friday into Saturday, and it may even be raining for the start of the Derby, but how will the racetrack be affected? Look for the experts to address that.
It’s still the most exciting 2 minutes in sports Who will win the Derby? I would NEVER be pompous enough to make a selection. My luck in the Derby has been horrible at best. I’m O for the 21st century. The last time I picked a Derby winner, the horses were starting from behind a rope.
See you Monday on Interactive Weather!