Kentucky produces two things that are famous the world over, great Bourbon whiskey and the worlds best race horses. This afternoon the best of the best of horses, just reaching their prime racing years will gather at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the fastest two minutes in sport. A fair amount of Bourbon will be consumer by the crows (some of it the best of the best - much of it rubbish - but that is another story.)
I don't know as my mother ever went to a racetrack, but she enjoyed watching the Triple Crown Races. When we moved to Kentucky back in 1995, I went to the races for the first time. There is something very special about it, the crowd, the horses, at a live race. It is a sensory experience. When you stand by the rail and the hoses thunder by, the earth vibrates under your feet, you can hear the horses breathing, you can smell the horses as they go by. It is special.
I went to law school just a couple of miles from Churchill Downs. Derby Day had a second meaning for UofL law students, Derby Day signaled that spring semester exams were over - exams finish by Noon on Friday so the students can either attend the Kentucky Oaks on Friday afternoon (the best of the two year old mares in the world) or flee town. I always fled town.
Will you watch the Derby today?