As I write this, there are 95 days, five hours and five minutes until the bell rings and the gates spring open for Kentucky Derby 135.
The way I know this is that I was just on the newly-updated website kentuckyderby.com. Not much goes on at this site after the previous year’s Derby ends. But a few weeks ago, it was update and upgraded with news and replays of Derby preps, ticket information, lots of opinions, and video of celebrities on the Kentucky Derby red carpet.
I didn’t even know the Kentucky Derby had a red carpet. But this site has a feature called “Buzz from the Red Carpet” where they interview the likes of Dr. J, Taylor Dayne and Hugh Hefner with The Girls Next Door.
However, the interview with Fred Willard puts new meaning on the word “Buzz” in “Buzz from the Red Carpet.” Check it out by clicking under “Red Carpet Videos and Interviews” on kentuckyderby.com.
The Derby site has four handicappers who put up lists of top 3-year-olds pointing for the big race. Some of the common names seen in the top tens of these selectors include Midshipman, Old Fashioned, Vineyard Haven, Pioneerof the Nile and Beethoven
Of course, Churchill Downs officials around Derby time love to talk about all of the upscale folks who come to Louisville for the festivities, like the Queen of England and successful actors and athletes.
But the moon has a dark side and so does Derby Day. Let’s just say that the acceptable modes of behavior are quite different on the infield than they are on Millionaires Row.
During his red carpet interview, World Wrestling Entertainment promoter Vince McMahon was asked how Derby Day compares to one of his wrestling events, he joked, “It is much like WWE because you have beautiful people and you have animals.”
What McMahon may have been referring to is illustrated in the videos below.
Online horseplayers get a free shot at a piece of a $5,000 jackpot starting Saturday on the Santa Anita Park website.
ShowVivor 2009 rewards the contestant who can stay alive the longest by picking one horse a day to hit the board until the Santa Anita meet ends April 19. The grand prize is $3,000 plus round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas where winners will spend two nights in a premier room at the Las Vegas Hilton. The second place finisher earns $1,500 and third prize is $500.
Entries are free, but must be in before 12:15 p.m. PST on Saturday. Visit www.santaanita.com for all of the details.