Melbourne Cup’s global appeal

The race that stops Australia continues to give pause to many around the world, at least anecdotally.

For example, the media has typically tapped into the race and whipped into shape a few well-run story lines, including the threat of the foreign raiders, as per USA Todaythe cursed British gallopers, revisited by CNNhistorical reflection in The Wellington Times, pricey plane tickets for four-legged travellers in The Times; and The New York Times (via Reuters) discusses the chances of master trainer Aiden O’Brien of Ireland.

Of course where would the whole thing be without the thumping fanfare, dark sunglasses, excessively large hats, bottomless champagne glasses, instant experts, vanishing dresses, raucous crowds and the inevitable sensation that none of your punts came off … yet again.


Super Saver has a super rider

Super Saver in Kentucky Derby 2010Super Saver won the Derby, yes, but is there enough acclaim for both horse and rider? Well Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal wrote a great piece today about why Super Saver’s jockey, Calvin Borel, needs to be considered as America’s coolest sports star.

Our favorite paragraph: Do you know what kind of steel gut you need to plunge a thoroughbred through a narrow, fleshy aperture at 35 miles per hour? Let’s just say it’s a bit more stressful than knocking off the Charlotte Bobcats.

Can’t argue with that folks. If you think a 6’8 forward hitting a half court lob is cooler, then good luck to you. Who hasn’t seen a fat guy make that shot at a local fun park, anyway?