May 4, 2012

It’s the day before Derby Day, and I still teach these lessons. Today the fourth-graders place their bets. This year we have a local horse to root for, Union Rags, but sentimentality is only one way students might bet, and they’re considering all their options. The race itself is tomorrow around 6:30, and I know some students who are eager to know the results.


First of all, I should say up front that I’m from Louisville, Kentucky, and Derby Day is a big deal there.  The schools were closed today in preparation for it.  There’s a two-week festival preceding it.

That being said, I have never actually attended a Derby.  Actually, I’ve never actually attended any horse race.  Pretty philistine of me, I know, but then again, I can count on one hand the number of sporting events of any kind I’ve attended.  And I get a better view of the Derby on my television.  And watching from home, I can socialize until the moment the race starts, watch it, then get back to the party.  No crowds, no rain, no parking problems.

Although I have not always worn my Kentucky heritage with pride (and hey, George Clooney doesn’t either), I have enjoyed spreading Kentucky Derby fever among my friends.  I’ve lived far from…

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