Congratulations to Medina Spirit, the winner in this year’s Kentucky Derby! 🐎
I mention it here in appreciation of any and all of the baby steps back to semi-normality. The race was actually run on the first Saturday in May, as it was two years ago and when it normally is run (it was in September last year and was without fans).
Also, this horse’s path to the Kentucky Derby couldn’t have been more unexpected. The horse was sold at auction originally in 2019 where it fetched the “princely sum” of $1,000. It was resold to the current owner at $35,000. (If you follow horse racing even casually, you will most probably know that both of these sums are laughably small - blue chip racehorses customarily go for several hundred thousand dollars each, with the very best going for over a million, sometimes well over.)
However, if you give a horse like him to Bob Baffert for training, and then give him a jockey who has won the Derby several times before, you can turn the “little-horse-that-could” into the little horse who did! All in all, a very inspiring story. 👍
Happy Earth Day! 🌎
(...and belated birthday wishes to the Eternal City: Rome, Italy! It turned 2,774 years young yesterday. 😊)
I love Rome. I've spent over a year of my life in that city. I doubt I'll ever win the lottery but Trastevere in Rome is where I'll be when I move! 2,774 years old-hard to fathom.
Earth Day was established by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin. I've always hoped it somehow balanced out the fact that we had inadvertently pooped out Senator Joseph McCarthy.