We haven't seen the first robin in Aberdeen yet, and wonder why these harbingers seem to come up here later and later with the passing years. So, we rely upon another harbinger, the horse race season, to get the feel for spring. The Kentucky Derby is only a month away. The contenders field is beginning to take shape.
It is time to put aside politics and look at something more beautiful and interesting. Horses may be quirky, sometimes ornery, but they are quite few steps up the behavioral ladder than politicos, and what is written about them escapes the petty posturing and nastiness that comprises political discourse.
On Saturday there were two races where one can get a sighting and some good possibilities for contention. At Gulfstream Park, 18 miles north of Miami on the coast, The Florida Derby was run. The winner was a colt named Orb, who was held back into mid-field
A horse that did not run Saturday but is handicapped as the favorite is a stable mate of Revolutionary's,
Here is a list of the Kentucky Derby contenders by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times.