The 135th running of the Kentucky Derby was a dazzler, as 50-to-1 longshot Mine That Bird zipped along the rail and overtook the field to win by 6 and three-quarters lengths.
For many Americans, the Derby is the only horse race they know. And if it’s the only one to which you pay attention, pat yourself on the back for picking the best. The race itself flashes by in only a minute or two, but the Derby is more than that. It’s tradition, pageantry, mint juleps. And hats. Lots and lots of hats, stylish, wacky, sometimes both. A sampler is above.
Although I’ve never attended the Derby or even visited Churchill Downs, it’s definitely an event I’d like catch one of these years. I went to the Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore way back in 1976, and it was a grand time.