164,868 in the Stands at the Kentucky Derby (First Leg of the Triple Crown)

164,868 in the Stands at the Kentucky Derby (First Leg of the Triple Crown)

Yes, I watched it.  I swore I wouldn’t this year.  After all, the number of injuries and euthanizing that goes on in the weeks before the Derby (several races are run) is a tragic reminder of what way-too-young Thoroughbreds are put through even before the world-famous Derby is run.  To run this year, 35,000 Thoroughbred foals were born three years ago  (only 19 made it to the Derby:  there was one scratch but 20 ran) so, once you calculate those put in claiming races (not good enough); those put in second- and third-class races (…and then put in claiming races), you must conclude that a great percentage end up either in slaughter or sold to backyard breeders who, at some point, will make horsemeat out of a potential athlete.  Before now, I’d always paid little attention to the fashion aspect of the Derby (a tradition based on the British Derby in which outlandish hats and frocks became a staple), but today I thought about

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