At University of Louisville women’s basketball games, I sit where I can watch head coach Jeff Walz. All by himself, he is worth the price of admission. He gets excited. About everything. If basketball is a dance, he is the prima ballerina — arms in the air one moment, hands on hips the next. Lips twisted for a growl. Shouting, shouting, shouting! Yet when U of L made a video of him inviting students to use the school’s new online course-evaluation program, he read from a script. Way boring.
At the center of the debate is the question: How are we going to get to the middle of this century?
Breeders’ Cup planners suffered Kentucky Derby envy. Or perhaps Kentucky Derby intimidation is a better diagnosis. That’s why it took five years to bring the Cup to Churchill Downs.
Because every state establishes its own rules for racing, including veterinary care, the Breeders’ Cup has to announce and enforce its strict veterinary standards wherever the meet is held, demanding a fully equipped trauma center as well as two state-of-the-art equine ambulances.
You can fit 45 Thoroughbreds on a DC-8. But horses crossing an ocean to race in the Breeders’ Cup have more legroom than some of the fans who flew into Louisville this week.
Here’s a strong field of facts and figures to help Derby-centric race fans better understand the international ins and outs of the Breeders’ Cup.
Say you’re a horse. An ambitious horse. How would you, a fleet-footed quadruped, sign up to run in the Breeders’ Cup?
This is biology’s inner sanctum, soon to be home to Louisville’s most dangerous inhabitants, lined up in tiny tubes inside locked freezers. There will be bubonic plague, and hantavirus.
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