It's the first Saturday in May and you know what that means. Children gathered around maypoles for the traditional Old World dance? No! That quaint tradition, along with small baskets of candy left at sweethearts' doorsteps, seems to have gone by the boards on May 1. A shame.
And when we heard yesterday that inclement weather might halt today's Kentucky Derby we thought: This world really is going to hell in a May basket. Of course they'll run today at Churchill Downs! They always run the race. It's getting to the point where you can't believe a single thing you read on the internet. It'll be sloppy and it'll be grand -- even if they run it under lights for the first time. That's the latest gossip coming out of Louisville on Race Day.
To get in the mood we recommend our favorite racing song of all time. You might be thinking of Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses," but that's a little too tame for our liking. When they're rounding the sloppy turns with hooves pounding and nostrils flaring we will be well primed, having spent the day with that George Jones classic "The Race is On."