No, I’m not referring to this year’s presidential hopefuls, but to the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby! (This coming Saturday) As you might have read, one of the featured books at this year’s derby will be… A RUN FOR THE MONEY! My new mystery will be available from several vendors, so if you’re going to the big race, pick up a copy. (I’m telling folks that it’s a “sure bet!”) The new mystery begins in Richmond, Virginia, but then detours to Beaufort, South Carolina and then Lexington, Kentucky. If you love racehorses, you will adore this book.
Did you know that the derby is often called “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports?” Just between us, I thought the term referred to my love-making ability. Who knew? Well, in any case, the fastest horse to ever run at Churchill Downs (which is actually in Louisville) was the great Thoroughbred Secretariat. The old boy bolted around the track in less than two minutes! That was back in 1973, but I remember it like it was yesterday. (The horse I bet on is still running!)
Not to be sexist, but do you realize that since the derby’s inception in 1875, 39 fillies (female horses) have participated in the big race, but only 3 have won? I don’t mean to be a “nag,” but that is sort of interesting. For the record, there have been 6 female riders, and no, they are not called “Jockettes.” Incidentally, the derby is often called the “Run for the Roses,” because of the rose blanket placed over the winning horse. (They used to call it the “Prance for the Poison Ivy,” but there were too many problems after the race.) Hey, I wonder if that’s where they got the race-track term “scratch?” Just saying.
Speaking of South Carolina, (huh?) I’d like to mention that the winner of the last photo trivia contest was Butterfly McQueen of Atlanta, Georgia. (Not her real name) Ms. McQueen correctly identified the photo as the “Brick Baptist Church,” on the island of St. Helena. (Near Beaufort.) By the way, this is the very spot where Martin Luther King wrote his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Two others also identified the church (a tad later) and they would be Ms. Christine Nickles and Mr. Larry Wood.) Well done, everyone!
I was just watching Face The Nation and I heard Ted Cruz say that as a young father he changed many diapers. (Don’t be surprised if Bernie Sanders asks him to be his running mate!) Did you get that last joke? Well, it “depends” on your age!
The local newspaper had a front-page story about a fifth-grade teacher in Arkansas who supplied alcohol to her class! I wouldn’t judge the gal too harshly. Keep in mind that we’re talking about Arkansas. (Just because you’re in fifth grade doesn’t mean you’re under twenty-one!) Ouch! There goes my invitation to Hot Springs!
And speaking of spring… I must spring into the kitchen for breakfast, so I shall take my leave of thee. Have a safe and prosperous week and we shall meet again in the sweet bye and bye. (or as my wife likes to say at the mall, the sweet “buy and buy!”) Hopefully I have attached a new photo for the trivia contest.
Love to all, Doc Yanoff.