Another horserace is behind us and once again we are reminded how quickly and fickle our assessments and predictions can be and how quickly things can change. In the 135th running of the “Run for the Roses” a 50-1 long-shot, Mine That Bird, shocked the world by winning one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, the Kentucky Derby. Purchased for $9,500.00, entered only after scratches made room for his entry and driven across the country in a trailer pulled by a pickup truck, Mine That Bird pulled off the greatest upset in Derby history. Jockey Calvin Borel came from 14 back at the ¾ pole and brilliantly weaved his mount through traffic and rails into a stretch run that put him over seven lengths in front of his second and third place rivals. What a beautiful sight.

As the title of this website clearly reminds us, the art of politics is a horserace. It is fun to argue, debate and handicap the potential candidates and contenders. As I have seen and been a part of since joining this community however, the race will be won or lost based on the contenders, track (national) conditions, strategies, trainers (managers), bobbled starts (Giuliani), poor rides (Hillary), and scratches (George Allen). Like horseracing, elections have consequences. What we are constantly reminded of is the fact that conditions can, and will, change quickly. Like the Kentucky Derby, America is a nation of endless opportunity and “hope”. There is no guarantee in our successes and there is no guarantee that it will be easy. We are the only nation in the world where anyone who works hard, makes good decisions, and has a little luck can exceed all expectations and limitations and excel to wherever our dreams will carry us.

Congratulations to Mind That Bird and Calvin Borel for reminding us that in America, pedigree and money are not the only factors that will determine our successes or failures.

Thank You to the PD Editors for providing us with a home track to handicap and “play the ponies”.

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