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Sunday, May 08, 2005

"He redeemed his father's name"

That's what the jockey said after Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby yesterday. I always find the post-Derby interviews to be one of the most ridiculous annual items on the sports calendar, especially the one conducted of the winning jockey right after the race by that NBC woman on horseback. Could you maybe wait for the guy to dismount?

The silly part is how they attribute such human goals and emotions to these horses. Do you think Giacomo really knew what the hell was going on yesterday? Do the horses understand they are supposed to be trying to run faster than the others? Or do they just run because the little men on their backs are whipping them? (Yeah, I made similar remarks a year ago, sue me.)

I hear one of the perks for winning this year is getting "milked" by the president.