I have been to the infield of the Kentucky Derby three times, but have never been to the Kentucky Oaks. Each year, as I watch on television, I think to myself that maybe I’ll find a way to go the following year, but it never works out that way. I think it would be fun to watch at least once from the stands, but I’m not sure if I can afford that.
I like to make a few friendly wagers on the race, but nothing too crazy. I lay down a few exotics, and usually try to pick a few of the long shots. It just makes it a little more interesting and gives you something to brag about ... If you win.
The Kentucky Derby is horse racing’s biggest single day and won’t be going away anytime soon. A 2011 economic impact study determined that the Kentucky Derby Festival generates nearly $130 million for the local economy, including Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. It is a big deal to a lot of people around these parts and it’s a shame that not everyone can enjoy the greatest two minutes in sports.
— Matthew Nash can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org