Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kentucky Derby 2009

After getting home from a babysitting gig this afternoon, I was greeted with news about the Kentucky Derby: the winner was Mine That Bird, a horse with 50 to 1 odds against winning.

I can't find anything about any accidents, so it seems safe to assume that there were none. In my opinion, that shows Mine That Bird wasn't the only lucky horse running today: The track was wet and muddy, and we all know how difficult it is for a horse to trot or canter, let alone gallop full-out, in those kinds of conditions without slipping.

In browsing for information on the Kentucky Derby, I also ran across an article about the Derby's decision to start testing for steroids. The article is only dated yesterday, so it was literally a last-minute decision. I wonder if it had anything to do with the decision to pull I Want Revenge this morning? I haven't heard anything about it, but it's certainly possible that the "foot problem" was a way to save face. All hypothesis on my part, but the timing certainly makes it possible.

In any case, I'm glad the Kentucky Derby will no longer allow steroids to be used on the horses. It's a small step, but I do believe this will make the race safer — and more fair — for the horses.



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