2010 Kentucky Derby - It's Derby Day!
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As a child, I loved May Day. We'd make woven paper baskets, fill them with treats, put them on our neighbor's doorstep, ring the doorbell and then run away. I think it was the combination of crafts and craftiness that appealed to me.
This year, I've analyzed the Derby so much that I might very well be eligible for some basket weaving classes. But even though in all likelihood I'll be wondering later how I could have possibly missed the winner, for now it's a sweeter May Day.
With the Derby a mere 8 1/2 hours away, I thought I'd post some of my favorite Derbies in memory to get us in the mood.
The 1982 Derby was the first one I ever picked correctly. Gato del Sol went off at 21-1. Unfortunately, I was far too young to hit the betting windows.
Here's the 1988 Derby. I like this race because I respect courageous front runners and I think it's hilarious that with a field of horses like Winning Colors, Forty Niner, Risen Star, Seeking The Gold and Brian's Time, I was all about Lively One. Sometimes, I am very dumb.
This next one is the classic 1997 Kentucky Derby which probably features one of the best fields in Derby history. It's one of the few recent Derbies that was run like a "normal" horse race. You can really see the quality of these horses in that year's Preakness. The fractions that they ran were pretty intense and yet Free House was right there at the end. What a horse.
Here's the muddy 2004 Derby, which again features some brave front runners.
I really like Smarty Jones, but I can't watch this Derby without wanting Lion Heart to win. He was soooo tough on the lead.
Finally, here's the 2007 Kentucky Derby, featuring Calvin Borel & Street Sense.
Posted by kris at May 1, 2010 09:06 AM
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|# May 1st, 2010 9:29 AM kris|
|You'll no doubt notice that the 1989 Kentucky Derby isn't here. To this day I can only watch that race if I'm watching it as part of that year's entire Triple Crown. Then, the Derby is part of the adversity that leads to the ultimate triumph. By itself, it's still just hideous and wrong. |
|# May 1st, 2010 11:53 AM kris|
|And I'm in!
|# May 1st, 2010 2:35 PM kris|
|At this point, I figure it's almost guaranteed that Conveyance will finish in the top two because he was in my final four from my 10 question analysis and I left him off of the ticket because I wanted to save the $12. The universe will punish me for being cheap. |
|# May 1st, 2010 3:22 PM BVBigBro|
|It's worse than that. Conveyance was also my 4th choice. |
|# May 1st, 2010 5:59 PM BVBigBro|
|Good ride and good fortune for Borel. The horse that had him boxed on the rail faded right when Borel needed to move outside to get around Conveyance. The closers looked like they had a lot of trouble getting through. Icebox and the 4th place horse had to go WAY wide. |
|# May 1st, 2010 6:03 PM kris|
|The Derby Gods REALLY like Borel. |