Sorry, didn't mean Cleburne but rather Almost Famous
Honor Code, Havana, Top Billing, New Year's Day, Social Inclusion, Commanding Curve, Strong Mandate... By the way, kudos on the name.
A few queries. If the Kentucky Derby wasn't respected, why did top class runners like Chesapeake and Ben Brush surface in it anyway? When was the railroad from New York to Kentucky regularly used to ship horses? Why did it take until 1920, half a decade later, for more than 20% of the three year old champions to run in the Derby? Like I said before, perhaps this is how the good horses got on their way to Louisville. It is not, however, older than the tradition of fashion at this event. Fashion always has been and will be one of the big components on the Derby, and not recognizing its importance in the formation of not only the Kentucky Derby, but through Celebrities also California Racing as we know it is a huge mistake.
Who else was he going to pick? Cleburne didn't make the gate
He can name his account horse shlong and I can't call EP Taylor a hypocrite?
I don't understand being troubled with the Man O' War being on turf. Sure he never ran on it, but it is a very big Grade 1 race, just like the Secretariat. If the purpose of naming a race after a horse is to be a memorial to his power and ability, I am happy as long as it is a G1.
There is a place for history, but a place for innovation too. Better to see this race around and under a different name than gone.
Would be great in the Sir Barton around Preakness time
Laz mentioned the Kentucky Derby winner too, EP, and it makes a good bit of sense seeing as the horse just missed Wise Dan
David Alexander agrees that Regret is the reason the Kentucky Derby was big. Among horsemen, perhaps, as it did garner respect for Kentucky, though not immediately as Roamer, The Finn, Friar Rock, and Hourless did not compete in the race. Housing quality goes only so far at that. Without the open tab for reporters, derby traditions like the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home", blanket of roses beginning with Ben Brush, and mint juleps, and the arrival of numerous celebrities (and where there are celebrities there is fashion), the race would never have gotten as far as it has. Longer than all the traditions listed is the red carpet, which Clark, who set the race up and has a end of year G1 named after him, designed for the first running. He invited his wife and her socialite friends to wear their finest articles of clothing and show them off to make the Kentucky Derby an event.
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