Derby Day is a little more than a week away and I'm waxing melancholic about the whole affair, just like I do each year.
My Derby day is pretty simple for the most part. I have my sheets, the PP's, speed figs and trip notes scattered across my desk and on two computer screens. I have my browser open to about 40 websites. I have three ADW accounts open, exchanges open for clues. I use the track feed all day, because I don't have time to look at a red carpet interview or a human interest story, and for gawd's sakes I don't want to miss a post parade. Then I bet, and bet, and bet some more.
After the race I share a story or two, the odd time (like when Closing Argument lost) commiserate with a gambling friend or two, then I usually watch the harness races or NHL Playoffs at night.
I read this morning about Men's Derby Hats, and Derby recipes. I hear about people having others over to drink a Mint drink and sing along to the Kentucky Derby song. I hear people talking about an interview or Mike Battaglia. I hear people speak of what horse the dude with the free bet takes, what that guy in the background is wearing, or who on TV is saying what about a track bias.
It sounds like a lot of fun. It is a lot of fun, I'm sure. It's just not me.
One day I'll just be a fan. Maybe next year.