The Kentucky Derby was on Saturday, despite inclement weather for most of the day. The Derby doesn’t seem like much of a sporting event as opposed to an excuse for women to dress ridiculously for something that only lasts two minutes. Ladies, if that’s what you’re looking for, I could last at least two and a half.
Anyway, Super Saver, one of four horses entered by Todd Pletcher, is your winner. It’s the third Derby in four years that the winning horse was mounted by noted jockey Calvin Borel. Don’t expect Borel to get any endorsements, though. The freaking horse did all the work.
Borel gave Super Saver a magnificent ride, guiding him along the rail for over a mile, saving ground all the way, before edging out slightly at the top of the stretch to take the lead. With 20 horses, the Derby can often be a bumpy affair, especially in the first turn. But Super Saver seemed to be running in a race of his own, clear of his competitors by several lengths either way. –Mark Beech/SI.com.
And then there was Glen Fullerton, who won a contest that gave him $100,000 to bet on any horse in the field. And obviously, nobody would give a damn about this story if Fullerton hadn’t picked Super Saver, at 9-1 odds. Nice work, Glen.
I think the secret to being a great jockey is just whipping the sh*t out of the horse. Just an observation.