Kentucky Derby?

Kentucky Derby?

Joined: September 21st, 2005, 12:26 am

May 5th, 2012, 9:01 pm #1

Always very exciting, even if you know very little about racing horses. Used to be an annual KD party here on Cape Ann, always lots of fun.Thinking of those old friends, who used to be based in Rockport, where they'd grown up and gone to local schools, and then on to higher education and careers. Don't remember that anyone had acutally owned race horses, but several had enjoyed riding and following the track records of some of the horses.Enjoy the race tomorrow, on the telly or
listening on radios, & if you win something, dont forget to invite your friends from CAO,to
the celebration.  
Also for you newcomers to the world of race horses, check out the amazing true story, of the famous Race Horse, "Phar Lap," thought by many to still be the greatest race horse of all time. whose beginings included nearly being sent to the meat factory after failing to win some important races in New Zealand and Austraila. As he was being lowered to a wharf closest to the meat factory, a horse trainer heard of  his plight, and  paid a few pounds for him, later leading him to so many victories that he upset the horse racing world, of the 1920's and 30's  which included  the gambling world of his era, eventually leading to his poisonous death. There is also a movie about him, and lots of stuff on the internet about him. .             
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 1:28 am

May 5th, 2012, 10:27 pm #2

I wasn't much of a horse racing fan, but a happy coincidence long ago gave me a thrill I'll never forget. In June of 1973, I was in the Iron Horse bar at the old Boston Garden, and the bartender, a race fan I guess, switched on the Belmont Stakes. I got to see Secretariat run away from the pack like a rocket...no other horse even in sight. I'd love to see another horse like that come along. Big Red!
Not all those who wander are lost.
                            
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

May 6th, 2012, 12:31 pm #3

The Kentucky Derby has lost a lot of its luster in recent years as parimutuel racing loses its fan base to State lotteries and casinos. Years ago the media covered the Triple Crown weeks in advance but this year there was little coverage in the media except the last couple of days.

 Secretariat performance in the Belmont Stakes is IMO the greatest race of all time by a thoroughbred horse.  The announcers call as Secretariat rounded the far turn of "he's moving like a tremendous machine" is one for all time. I doubt we will ever see a Triple Crown race like that again.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoFquax2F-k
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 1:28 am

May 6th, 2012, 12:52 pm #4

Watching the YouTube replays of that race still brings goosebumps. Yeah, the way the announcer said "moving like a tremendous machine" was great.
Not all those who wander are lost.
                            
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Joined: September 21st, 2005, 12:26 am

May 6th, 2012, 2:06 pm #5

Wonderful memories of Secretariat 
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

May 6th, 2012, 2:53 pm #6

Oak the race was run yesterday and won by I'll Have Another.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/m ... &eref=sihp
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Joined: April 27th, 2011, 4:12 pm

May 6th, 2012, 4:55 pm #7

Thousands of raving, stumbling drunks, getting angrier and angrier as
they lose more and more money. By mid afternoon they'll be guzzling mint
juleps with both hands and vomiting on each other between races. The
whole place will be jammed with bodies, shoulder to shoulder. It's hard
to move around. The aisles will be slick with vomit; people falling down
and grabbing at your legs to keep from being stomped. Drunks pissing on
themselves in the betting lines. Dropping handfuls of money and
fighting to stoop over and pick it up.
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Joined: November 11th, 2008, 1:28 am

May 6th, 2012, 5:29 pm #8

Sounds like the Old Timers ;-)
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Joined: August 7th, 2007, 8:59 am

May 6th, 2012, 5:42 pm #9

Never heard the KD discibed that way Gater.
Give all you can,,,Take less then you need and leave some for others.
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Joined: July 21st, 2007, 1:16 am

May 6th, 2012, 5:47 pm #10

Gator and I share a common influence: The good Dr. Thompson.

That's a description written by the good Dr. describing the 1970 Kentucky Derby.... The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved...
Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox.

-Right-wing blowhard David Frum, admitting what any intelligent person always knew about Fox Noise...
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Joined: August 7th, 2007, 8:59 am

May 6th, 2012, 5:53 pm #11

Large money venues usually are .Decadent and Depraved..   Then again could you ever imagine me servicing the estates in BF and Manchester and pulling it off?
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May 6th, 2012, 6:03 pm #12

Muffyhowards wrote:   Then again could you ever imagine me servicing the estates in BF and Manchester and pulling it off?
Posilutely 
Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox.

-Right-wing blowhard David Frum, admitting what any intelligent person always knew about Fox Noise...
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Joined: September 21st, 2005, 12:26 am

May 6th, 2012, 6:06 pm #13

Embarrassing, Squam Sailor. Dealing with a new computer program, and needing lots of help. I will now delete my erroneous post, re:K.D.    
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Joined: May 3rd, 2012, 4:02 pm

May 6th, 2012, 6:47 pm #14

Don't delete it oakarina. You brought back memories of my grandparents having Derby parties with mint juleps and hats and all. Alchemy Bistro did a nice job with the juleps yesterday. Authentically prepared.
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Joined: September 21st, 2005, 12:26 am

May 6th, 2012, 7:20 pm #15

Thanks, Gil420. Glad you have fun memories of your grandparents, enjoying KD parties. Haven't been to Alchemy for a long time, mainly 'cause access there isn't easy to navigate with a cane, as helpful as the employees are.  We still have special family parties there, always enjoyable!  Think they've been  written up in the regional coverage of our  great Ma. restuarants, also in the G.D.T.
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Joined: April 20th, 2009, 4:10 pm

May 7th, 2012, 9:55 am #16

I read somewhere recently that approximately two horses die every week on the track in the USA.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

October 31st, 2015, 5:57 pm #17

American Pharoah just ran (and won) the last race of his career...the Breeders' Cup.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

October 31st, 2015, 6:06 pm #18

Well, I do not care a hoot about horse racing but thanks for bringing this thread back up. It is a pleasure to see the names and comments.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

October 31st, 2015, 6:07 pm #19

Right???
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

October 31st, 2015, 6:21 pm #20

Important Horse Racing Information!


The official drink of the Breeder's Cup
is called "Down the Stretch"......
Grey Goose, Blue Curacao, sweet and
sour mix, cranberry juice and Sprite.

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