Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting?
He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray.
He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword.
The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance.
In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
Job 39:19-24 (NIV)
Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows what I will be doing Saturday. When I started going to race tracks, Mom or Dad had to carry me in and I was picking horses to bet by the age of five. Saturday is the Kentucky Derby and I will be at Emerald Downs enjoying all the spectacle on their big screen TVs as well as a whole day of live racing, a wonderful buffet, and people watching the ladies wearing their pretty to silly hats.
I'm putting this up early so that everyone can check out the links if they want and so I can spend the next few days running around doing necessary errands.
This year should be one of the best ever simply because there isn't a standout star. If you would like to take a look at the contenders, You can visit them on the Churchill Downs website. If you would actually like to bet and don't have a track near you, you can set up a secure account at Twinspires. If you want to wish me luck, I'm backing two rather long shots:
In the meantime, enjoy the horse songs.
Run For The Roses - Dan Fogelberg
Tennessee Stud - Jimmie Driftwood
Wildfire - Michael Martin Murphy
Rider In The Rain - Randy Newman
Sorry about all the talk talk, but it's a good video of "Beer For My Horses" - Toby Keith and Willie Nelson