Kentucky Derby Won’t Revive Interest in Horse Racing


The first Saturday in May used to be a very special day on the American sports calendar. It was Kentucky Derby day and all eyes were riveted on Churchill Downs to see which horse and jockey would win the “Run for the Roses.” Both the horse and the jockey would become celebrities and the horse could win a Triple Crown by taking the Preakness and Belmont in subsequent races. The Kentucky Derby is still alluring, still popular and still matters but it is one of just two of three days that horse racing still matters to the American public.