It is now 2011 and that means we have officially embarked on the
Kentucky Derby trail. Here in the East it’s been difficult to see even
the slightest hint of rose blossoms buried beneath 20-30 inches of snow
drifts. But, heck, they’ve already run the first Derby prep (the Count
Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct), and Florida and California will soon follow
suit, so you know the trail has begun, regardless of whether you tread
upon it in snow boots or sandals.
This year will be a bit
different from other years, because the magical name “Kentucky Derby,”
that normally stands on its own, has had to share top billing with that
glorious, yet cursed phrase, “Triple Crown.” Instead of each step on the
Derby Trail being examined with a magnifying glass, it is apparent that
many racing fans are already looking ahead with a telescope, beyond the
Derby and beyond the Preakness...