Happy Oaks Day!
Have you heard any of your friends complain about being worn out from partying? How many times have you heard that Happy song this week? Not getting any work done? Decide to get up for Dawn at the Downs at 5?
It’s nothing unusual around here. My week has consisted of Bed Race, Parade Preview Party, Boat Race, Parade and now the home stretch at Churchill with Oaks and Derby.
If there were a Derby Festival Bucket List, I knocked a big one off the list Wednesday by riding on the Belle of Cincinnati during the Boat Race. We lost to the Louisville boat, but truth is our captain felt sorry for them since they couldn’t lose on their 100th anniversary.
Meanwhile, note that the Derby-themed Rusty Satellite Show is a good one. Tune in to hear about hosting parties from America’s CEO Tim Laird, and then hear from Jockeys Guild rep Darrell Haire about the life of a jockey during Derby Week.
Oh, my Derby pick. I’m betting a 10-14 exacta because I have to bet 10 every year since my son picked Giacomo and I refused to bet it. And Paula just picked the number. It’s Medal Count, which has local connections. There’s also good reason to choose the 7, We Miss Artie, in honor of Rusty guest Dick Wilson’s wife and it’s the number I won big on in 1992 with Lil E. Tee. Despite what Churchill’s Darren Rogers told me, I’m throwing out the favorite, California Chrome. And I’ve got this hunch on Wicked Strong.
These reasons are as good as yours for choosing a horse. Pick one, root hard, and celebrate either way with a Mint Julep.