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145th Kentucky Derby

Thoughts on the 145th Running of the Kentucky Derby

The 145th, known heretofore as the craziest Kentucky Derby ever! I will endeavor to clear up a few questions I’ve been asked, and in the process bust a few myths and opine here and there. I’ll try to go in chronological order. Perhaps John Steinbeck said it best—even back in 1956: “This Kentucky Derby, whatever it is—a race, an emotion, a turbulence, an explosion—is one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things I have ever experienced.” Interviewing the “winning” connections: No, I could not see the race. From my position on horseback I stand behind the starting gate as the...