Sunday, May 08, 2005

Kentucky Derby schadenfreude at its best

As a perennial fan of the underdog (unless the Spiders, Buckeyes, Blue Jackets, Orioles, or Nationals happen to be favored), I was delighted to see 50-1 longshot horse Giacomo win the Kentucky Derby yesterday, with 70-1 Closing Argument coming in second. The fact that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's 5-2 favorite horse Bellamy Road finished seventh: priceless (I'm no fan of the Bronx Bombers or any extension of the team). The face of Bellamy Road's trainer Nick Zito, who had four other horses in the field, upon realizing his loss was pure entertainment. I think my favorite moment was when NBC caught the reactions of who I assume was one particular owner's family immediately after the race and the wife was bawling like a baby. Your horse lost and won't put any money back into your family fortune. Cry me a river, babe. I tell ya, it was a great day at the races.

4 comments:

panthergirl said...

I was happy to see him win as well.

But the woman who was crying was actually the mother of Alex, the little girl who died of cancer last year who had raised so much money for pediatric cancer. One of the horses, Afleet Alex, was running for the cause. That's why she was crying like that...

Micah said...

Thanks for the info. Now I feel like a jerk!

panthergirl said...

Oops sorry... didn't mean to make you feel like a jerk. If you didn't see the whole story before the race, you couldn't have known!

Micah said...

I was half-asleep during the pre-show, so that explains that. It seemed like a lot of build-up for two minutes of entertainment. Kinda like a date with me. :)