I enjoy the strategy, teamwork and real poetry of a horserace like today’s imminent Kentucky Derby on which I’ve indirectly blogged previously. Jockey Calvin Borel has won me over. This aerial view of his 2007 victory is spectacular and a personal thrill, as is his 2009 victory. I could never tire of watching either. I see great instruction in these races about life, perseverance, odds, and strategy in general. But not without real personal conflict. I do think horses necessarily undergo excessive stresses and abuse. Distanced patrons see nothing of the business or of that leading to the 2 “glorious” minutes of the ultimate race for which the horses’ very conception plus their entire lives have been managed. Absent humans’ aim at sheer entertainment—as distinguished from fundamental livelihood—they surely wouldn’t be groomed for or in these races and put at the inherent risk.
UPDATE (the sweet): CALVIN BOREL DID IT AGAIN! HE DID IT AGAIN! OH MY!