Kentucky Derby

Posted on May 5th, 2008 in Uncategorized by Karl

Each year I follow the Kentucky Derby hoping that one of the underdogs will beat out the favorites.  I love a Cinderella story.  However, in today’s Wall Street Journal I read a sad statement that made me think that horse racing isn’t about the best jockey or best trainer.  It’s all about the best blood lines and which millionaire will pay the most for the best bred horse.

According to today’s WSJ, “14 of the last Derby winners (including this year’s winner: Big Brown) are descendants of Native Dancer…a champion horse from the 1950’s whose bloodlines are prized by breeders for producing precociously fast hoses that excel at the Derby.”

So it seems that anyone can win the Derby.  All you have to do is buy a horse that is a descendant of Native Dancer.  Let’s hope the KY sperm bank that houses Native Dancer’s “goods” has enough supply on hand for the next twenty millionaires who want to win the Derby!