This might be one gruesome Kentucky Derby. There are 20 horses in the field, and Calvin Borel gets to ride only one of them. Twenty horses being asked to run the race of their lives, and it won't matter how many others they have to push around, run over, mug and treat inhospitably.
Twenty horses, and none of them prepared for a stirring rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home," and if the weather people are accurate handicappers, the Churchill Downs track will resemble suburban basements at high tide. Hooves and horseshoes aren't as reliable as galoshes. Expect too many of the 20 horses to be slip-sliding away. Some will still be standing a mile and a quarter later, and somebody may even win. Somebody I didn't pick always does.