Relative to the general public, you would think that horsepeople would have some idea about what is going on with the country’s most high-profile equestrian event of the year — eventers in particular, seeing as many of us ride thoroughbreds. But you’d be wrong.
I decided to conduct an informal survey at Poplar Place H.T., taking place this weekend in Hamilton, Ga., to see if anyone was up to speed on this year’s Derby. The answer, overwhelmingly, was no.
Kentucky Derby FAIL. So what about that lonely one out of 10 who DOES know what’s going on? Even though I didn’t run into any of them at Poplar, I know these people are out there, and they’re kind of amazing. Not only can they tell you who is running, they can tell you their post positions, racing records, pedigrees and which of them are distantly related to their own OTTBs.
Ah well, if any of you guys get curious, Horse Nation is on Derby overdrive this week — you can scroll back through the week’s content for betting guides, horse profiles, Derby history, Mint Julep recipes and much, much more. Post time is approximately 6:24 p.m. and race coverage kicks off on NBC at 4 p.m. ET. You can also find the stream on the NBC website and more info at the Kentucky Derby website.
Go Racing AND Eventing!