Unless you reject the idea of horse racing, you have to accept that horses break down and are destroyed. It's an unfortunate part of the sport, and lots could be done to minimize fatalities, but it's always going to happen. At Churchill Downs yesterday, five-year-old mare Never Tell Lynda did not need to die.
[Horses round the first turn during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. AP Photo/Matt Slocum.]
A Kentucky man was arrested Monday after he did some sweet-ass donuts in his Ford Mustang on the infield of Churchill Downs.
In the only Kentucky Derby I covered, as a 19-year-old intern for the Lexington Herald-Leader, I got lucky on a $3 exacta bet that paid 33-1. The feeling of sprinting up the stairs to the press box to trade a $1 bill for five twenties (yes, that would be from the dedicated betting booth in the Churchill Downs press…