And if you’re looking for some heavier reading leading up to the Derby, here are a few suggestions. In its heyday, horse racing drew many of this country’s very best writers:
- Here's a PDF version of "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," by the great Hunter S. Thompson. It's got foul language, and it pobably doesn't totally capture the experience of being here in 2012 -- or of anybody's reality, really, other than Mr. Thompson's -- but they'll read it long after you and are gone.
- No story explains the world of horse racing better than Pure Heart, by William Nack. To many, horse racing is significant for a month each year as a group of 3-year-olds chases the roses and then one of them gets a chance at the Triple Crown. But if you want to know how the whole thing feels -- how it is to have a colt and have him grow so strong and fast and then to see him stud and eventually die -- this is the best place to go.
Now, a few notes of interest about two of the horses we haven’t talked about much here: