It’s May 1st. It’s Tuesday. That means Saturday is Kentucky Derby day. Just to remind everyone, it’s a Grade 1 stakes race for three year olds at a distance of 1 and 1/4 miles on dirt. Grade 1 is the highest level that meets the criteria of the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The criteria are: 1) purse minimum. $300,000 for Grade 1. The purse for the Derby is $2,000,000. 2) longevity. 2 years under the same conditions. As noted, this will be Derby 144. 3) restrictions. Age and gender. The Derby is for 3 year olds only, but allows colts, geldings and fillies. The post position draw for the maximum 20 starters. all colts, was this morning. 3-1 favorite Justify drew post position 7. He’s trained by Bob Baffert, who’s saddled four Derby winners, including the last Triple Crown champion, American Pharoah. 2nd favorite Mendelssohn is in gate 14, but is ridden by relative unknown Ryan Moore. 3rd choice is Magnum Moon from 16 in the auxiliary gate. He’s one of four Todd Pletcher trainees, as is 4th choice Audible, who shares the spot with Bolt d’Oro, both at 8-1. Pletcher won his second Derby last year with Always Dreaming. Post time Saturday is 6:46 p.m., but they usually run a few minutes late. Hope everyone has a chance to watch. The current weather forecast is good, so it should be mostly sunny with a few clouds here and there during the day. And hey, it only takes two minutes...give or take...from start to finish. There’s nothing quite like the twin spires with people packed underneath and twenty three year olds stampeding down the front stretch in front of them on a beautiful Kentucky spring day. Or for that matter, the entrance onto the track by the field to the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home.” Goose bump city.