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I know next to nothing about horseracing … other than a bunch of really tiny guys (ok, sometimes girls too) ride horses around an oval track as fast as they can. This all happens while I’ve got my eyes covered ’cause I’m afraid somebody or something is going to get hurt.

So, for some reason, last week’s Kentucky Derby got me interested in this stuff. There was something kinda cool about the odd juxtaposition of all the well-heeled and well-dressed folks on one side of the track with the crazed, drunk people hanging out in the infield. The race itself was pretty exciting as well…with a long shot coming in…and a gelding at that (ok, I do know what a gelding is…just don’t wanna talk about it).

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Laura Hillenbrand’s book Seabiscuit and I was reminded of this while watching both the derby and the teaser ads for the upcoming movie. That night I popped out to my local bookstore and picked up a copy…and, true enough, it’s a fine book. I’m only 50 pages or so into it but I’m hooked.

Maybe after I’m finished I’ll be able to watch a race without covering my eyes.

(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)

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