The Kentucky Derby. Pageantry and history around Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May has drawn more flowered adjectives and poetic elegance than all other horse races combined.
Pity the main event lasts half an hour or so.
This Saturday, 22 contenders will saddle up, stroll from the paddock, hear call to the post, saunter to the starting gate as we listen to the late Happy Chandler’s favorite song. Then, load ‘em, ring the bell and charge!