"All shall love me and despair. Or bring me feather toys."

(Lu "helps" me by napping on a dropcloth.)

 

It's Derby weekend, so y'all know what I am doing. This is the deepest, best Derby fields in a very long time—Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens said that there are at least ten horses in tomorrow's Run For the Roses who, if offered to him to ride, he wouldn't be able to choose between them! It ought to be a great one (especially compared to the last few years, when the field was kind of flabby at best and skin-deep at worst).

 

Gary should know, and he's right—the top ten are just so good you hate to leave the others behind. I've been juggling them all in my head for about two weeks now (last-minute dropouts happen all the time, as we saw with Mark Valeski earlier this week). People ask who I like and it takes me about twenty minutes to explain. Explain all ten horses I really like to win. And the great thing is they all have a genuine shot at winning this year. Again—great crop, great field. Don't miss it!

 

Derby Day coverage starts at 11AM EST on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) so you can watch the undercard races. Coverage then switches to NBC at 4—though from 4-5 it is the "Red Carpet Special", which more likely than not means a lot of worthless celebrity and fashion coverage. Boring. The real fun begins at 5 on NBC, be sure to turn in.

 

Have a great one and stay safe!

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