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Friday, April 07, 2006 

Odds

My office picks for the Grand National are Juveigneur and Cornish Rebel. I didn't get to pick them myself, but threw two quid in the jar and got my two picks at random. As of today they were both 25-1 odds, not too bad I think because it always seems that the 5-1's never win like everyone thinks they will and the 400-1's is just absurd wishfulness.

Somehow I totally missed all this last year even though office mates swear up and down "everyone was in the pool." This definitely seems to be a national tradition. Apparently it's a horribly difficult course and some horses don't even finish. But they said it's not as a bad now since animal rights activists went to town on it and ruined it like they ruin everything (hey hey, vegetarian's are allowed to make those jokes!!) Looks tough, tougher than any steeple chase I've seen in America...

At least one guy from here predicts one of mine as a winner! Wish me luck!

I think it's around 3.6 horsey deaths each year at the National. That's quite a lot of Horse Burger for a Frenchman. Still, compared to Cheltenham which once boasted over 20 dead expensive horsies in 50 shotgun busy days, it's a walk in the park.

I had to get halfway thru the 2nd para before I learned this post was about horses.

I still don't understand what the hell this is. Is this London's poor excuse for the Kentucky Derby?

-SourKraut

Er...no. The Kentucky Derby is a johnny-come-lately version of THE Derby, run at Epsom in the UK (at least 100 years older and on which the KD was based). The Grand National is universally acknowledged as the world's greatest and toughest Steeplechase (ie 4 miles over high fences, 5 ft+ in some cases). Over £250 million (ie over $400 million) is wagered amongst virtually the entire country every year on it. It's run at Airtree, which is a racecourse in Liverpool.

Is there an infield at this Kentucky Derby copycat where people can get drunk and stupid and forget that there's even an event going on?

-SourKraut

Oooh yes....usually numerous arrests...

"Is this London's poor excuse for the Kentucky Derby"

Why do some Americans always think that people copy them? Amazingly some parts of the world do actually get on fine without help from America you know! UK is one of them.

This Kentucky Derby wannabe can't be this amazing race if first off, she's been in London a couple years now and totally missed it last year. Do they do this race every other year, or was it hush hush last year? Second of all this can't be that great of a race to watch since England doesn't have as good of athletes as the US does. My case and point, take a look at the 2006 winter Olympics. Great Britain put on an impressive showing with their whopping lone medal they got in the world wide spectator sport of.....Skeleton? What the hell is Skeleton and why did Great Britain only come away with a silver medal? What scares me more is that some country is actually better at this "sport". Maybe the athletes were saving all their energy for this big horsey race coming up?

-SourKraut

I smell a wind up.

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