Tall Tales from the Derby's Past
We now have reached the point — as we do at each Kentucky Derby — when like the groundhog, the wise guys emerge from hibernation to tout a horse they have chosen as their own.
It is hard to believe that on Saturday when they go to the post for America’s signature race, the Kentucky Derby, there only will be two Cajun riders in the irons.
Derby fever gets its name from what is clearly America’s horse race, but it doesn’t just live within the borders of Churchill Downs.
Gary Stevens was alone in Hong Kong and an ocean away; all the jocks he knew were thinking about their Derby horses.
It is a magnificent story of courage and perseverance. Would that its post script could be as happy.
Churchill didn’t get into the futures business until 1999, more than four decades after the greatest innovator of them all showed the way.
If Jack Price hadn’t worked for himself, we never would have had a colt like Carry Back.
This Saturday, we will honor the 40th anniversary of a Kentucky Derby moment so rare, so bizarre you couldn’t make it up if you tried.
Here was a jock who rode with his hands and his heels and his heart; the soft crooning of his voice was a siren’s song to the mounts beneath him.
When Grover “Buddy” Delp, who trained Spectacular Bid, heard the details unfolding, he said “Well, there are 999 ways to lose the Derby. Maybe we just found another.”