Highlights From the Kentucky Derby
Over an inch of rain made the 136th Kentucky Derby a moist one, but weather can't stop the world's most iconic horserace -- the thundering hooves, big hats and mint juleps went on as planned. (They had sleet in 1989.) Though my fancy lid and I stayed home this year, it was still thrilling to see jockey Calvin Borel -- who pulled off an unbelievable last-minute victory last year -- work his magic once again and ride Super Save to a muddy 2 1/2-length victory over Ice Box.
Unlike most televised sports, the Derby is favored more by women than men, and this was the most-watched Derby since 1992. It could be the hats or that mystical women-and-horses thing but I would venture to guess it's the whole package I call "The Great American Spectacle" -- like the Super Bowl but with way more class and tradition.
"It never gets old."
--Jockey Calvin Borel, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby -- his third -- and three of the past four Triple Crowns
With 80 hooves kicking up that fine Kentucky mud, jockeys had to engage a multi-goggle strategy; Joe Talamo, who rode Sidney’s Candy, told reporters he planned on wearing 8 to 10 pairs. Evidently, the jockeys begin the race with all the very-thin goggles stacked on top of each other. As the race progresses, they pull down a pair at a time -- as needed -- while maintaining a giant beast at breakneck speed. Just another day at the office.
Besides Borel, there were two other big winners in the race, including one very patient horse trainer, Todd Pletcher. This marks his tenth year at the Derby but the first win for the renowned trainer, which put a welcome end to his 0-24 losing streak.
"It was the one thing that was missing on our résumé. So like I said, I don't think it necessarily makes me a better trainer than I was, but I think in everyone else's eyes it means something as far as accomplishments."
--Todd Pletcher, trainer of Derby winner Super Saver
The other big winner was one lucky sumbitch who walked away with nearly a million dollars: Glen Fullerton, a Houston software engineer who won a CNBC promotion that gave him $100,000 to bet on the Derby. Fullerton went with his gut, put it on Super Saver and won more than $900,000.
"Oh, yes! Oh, yes! Oh, yes! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Look at the rainbow! Look at the rainbow!"
--Glen Fullerton, nearly pissing himself with joy in watching Super Saver cross the finish line, netting him $900,000
And finally, for the ladies, a helpful infield tip for next year's Derby:
"I have this crazy oversized bra. It's a double D. On a good day, I'm maybe a B. I fill up plastic baggies with bourbon and use them to pad my bra. No one can tell -- it's perfect! Now I've got bourbon and great tits! Once I'm inside, I just bust open a corner and take shots out of it."
--"Jessica," veteran of the in-field crowd
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