One of my favorite sayings of Big Blue Nation is, “They hate us cuz they ain’t us” because it’s mostly true.
As a Buckeyes fan, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of a fan base that’s witnessed a lot of accomplishment (especially) on the football field and (to a lesser extent) the basketball court. Two National Championships and a pair of Final Four Appearances in the past 15 years is pretty good.
But it’s not Kentucky good.
I neither hate BBN nor do I want to be a part of it–I have to stay true to my Buckeye roots–but there’s no question that people envy not only what the University of Kentucky basketball team has accomplished but also its fan base.
Churchill Downs is similar in this way. In what many call “a dying industry,” “The World’s Most Legendary Racetrack” has built the most successful racetrack operation in the country thanks mostly to playing host to the world’s most prestigious race, and with all that has come the burden of shouldering an entire industry.
Just as the University of Kentucky is often the focus of what is wrong with college basketball and tired commentaries on the “one-and-done” culture, Churchill Downs faces criticism of running itself as a business rather than a horse racing charity.
But unlike college basketball writers who use the NCAA’s biggest stage to pillory one of its most storied programs, Kentucky Derby week offers a sort of cease fire–a time to appreciate the horse and the Blue Grass.
Baffert’s barn, The #horseracing version of hanging banners from the rafters
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Even as a Buckeyes fan, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the atmosphere at Rupp Arena, and even if you’re not a degenerate like me, the same can be said for Churchill Downs this week, and thanks to Kentucky Sports Radio and TwinSpires.com, Gene Todaro and Rick Berry will get to experience the Derby and Oaks, respectively.
Even if you didn’t win the tickets, KSR and TwinSpires.com want you to experience the Derby through the joys of legal wagering. Not fantasy but real honest to goodness gambling.
Winning a Kentucky Derby bet is as “easy” as picking the winner. No spreads, no gimmick scoring like other “fantasy” sports sites, just good’ol fashioned gambling, and I’ll be back later this week with some tips for wagering on the Oaks and Derby day cards at Churchill Downs.
In the mean time, enjoy Derby week.