The Kentucky Derby flu season is starting. In a few weeks, the fever
will sweep thoroughbred racing. In a month, the disease will be
everywhere. You can get a shot at your corner Walgreens to prevent it.
But you’re probably better off taking two aspirin and waiting three
months for the condition to pass.
Someone has designated Super Bowl week as the time to begin listing the
horses with the best chances at Triple Crown glory, or else there’s more
than meets the eye to the Holy Bull Stakes. Maybe the Florida mile is
significant because it is run at a track where the most Triple Crown
hopefuls are stabled. Yet, there are only two winners, Barbaro and Go
for Gin, to suggest in its provenance that the horse that can win it
will triumph in Louisville.