Point Given Will Be the Derby Darling
It's the first Saturday in May and that can mean only one thing for horse-racing fans: It's time for the Kentucky Derby. This year is the 127th running, and for the first time in a long while, I have a strong opinion.
Of course, having a strong opinion in horse racing is different than having a strong opinion about a football game. In a football game, there are only two teams and you have to bet $11 to win $10. But as any veteran bettor knows, there are a hundred ways to lose a horse race. The most appropriately named bar in the land is at Del Mar Racetrack outside of San Diego. It's known as the "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Bar." That's where losing horseplayers gather to commiserate and lament the luck that led to their losses.
There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed turned the trick in 1978, outdueling Alydar in each of the three races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
With all due respect to the
RealMoney.com columnists who were discussing the "winner" of the Kentucky Derby in this week's Columnist Conversation, it is important to consider post position at the Derby. Horses leaving from the first two posts are often shuffled back, never to be seen again. As Bob Baffert, the trainer of
Point Given noted on Wednesday, "If I'd have had the one
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