Here is "Always Dreaming" as he paraded just ahead of winning the Derby at Churchill Downs this afternoon. He went off as a favorite and paid 11.40, 7.20 and 5.50. "Looking at Lee" came in 2nd and "Battle of Midway" showed. The crowd of 158,000 for the 143rd running for the Roses was not a record but close. It was a beautiful day here in Seward, NE but the race was run on a wet track. I didn't leave the house today but was well entertained by Warren Buffett and Charley Munger being live on the computer from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual meeting in Omaha.
Jack Haley won the Nascar race at Talladega, AL, and the Royals lost to the Indians in the 10th. The running of the Derby only takes a couple minutes but the scanning of the crowd during the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home" is a close second for "most entertaining moment". We had the pleasure of seeing the 100th running of the Derby in 1975 from the infield where 80,000 people were today. What many people don't recognize is that races are started early in the day as are the Mint Jullips. There is nothing quite like being at the Derby and seeing it from the infield.
Elaine went to her hair appointment this morning so I was able to enjoy her "hair do" throughout the day as I had all this other entertainment. She even helped me do some yard work and our neighbor Ray came over and visited awhile. He is the fellow who is mowing out lawn this summer and wondered if it would be OK to wait with mowing 'til Monday. He has a mulching mower which does a good job even as the grass gets a bit longer. Actually I like to see it longer. We are topping off the day by watching the Yankees lead the Cubs 11-6 in the bottom of the 8th inning.