Friday, May 1, 2009

Gentlemen, Start Your Horses!

Tomorrow is the first Saturday in May -- and for the 135th year, they'll run the ponies at Churchill Downs, known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports." Who am I to argue? Around the Scampwalker household, The Kentucky Derby has become something of an annual tradition. The girls typically don festive headwear, mom and dad sip mint juleps (ok, dad slurps), and we all wager tens of thousands of dollars on our favorite horses.

It's Monopoly money of course, but it's a ton of fun, and it teaches the children valuable lessons about alcohol consumption, gambling, and whipping animals to ensure peak performance. Heck, last year, the horseracing gods even threw in a bonus lesson about life or death. Mrs. Scampwalker's favorite horse (and one of the favorites), Eight Belles, keeled over and went to the glue factory.

Anyhow, we'll have a full report tomorrow on the results.

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