The Kentucky Derby is my favorite sporting event. It has the tradition, the pageantry, and the glitz. Its a great excuse to party and hopefully make some money if you do things right.
I start the festivities by taking off from work Friday so I can go to the track for the Oaks and talk horses with some friends. It has become one of those cherished rituals that I look forward to every year. Something I look forward to and plan out from the beginning of the year. This year I was suffering from a hang over from celebrating my role as a Hooter’s bikini contest judge a little too hard the night before (it was worth it). Had to have a few early drinks to take the edge off a bit and I never really found my betting groove on Friday dancing around a few juicy exactas. Shame too because there were some decent scores to be had. I wasn’t on the Oaks winner and ended up down a bit after Oaks day but there was always the Derby to look forward to.
I spent a good bit of time handicapping Friday night and had my favorite exacta of Gemologist/Creative Cause ready to go. From my analysis I thought Gemologist or Bodemeister had the biggest chance of being a super horse but I thought Bode would get caught up in a nasty speed duel with the sprinter and Hanson so avoided him. Singled in on a few other closers like I’ll have another, Saber Cat and Dullahan. Day went pretty well and I was up a bit prior to the big race thanks to a nice win and exacta bet on Shackelford. Once the big race was here I felt primed to make a nice score but it was not to be as Gemologist was no where to be found and I’ll Have Another ran down a super charged up Bodemeister who looked a clear winner at one point. I hope all you fellow drinkers had some money on this horse it was so obvious if only I was a name player. If he runs in The Preakness Bodemeister will go off as the favorite and win mark my words he is every bit the freak Curlin was at this point and maybe more. And if all that is not enough to make you love horse racing check out Chantal doing her thing.
Pickup line at the bar tonight – Forget the Kentucky Derby this guys the greatest 2 minutes in sports.