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american pharoah

Congratulations to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the first three-year old to do so since Affirmed in 1978.  And now his name will live forever along side that of past champions Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Citation.

He’s a Kentucky thoroughbred, of course.

Dreary derby

The 136th Kentucky Derby may be a washout this weekend.

During “Wake Up with Al” this morning, all the meteorologists were gleefully predicting — because let’s face it, bad weather is their favorite thing —  heavy thunderstorms for the annual Run for the Roses on Saturday.

It’s not the end of the world.  Some horses run even better in the mud and rain.  And the people in the good seats will be protected from the weather.

It’s the folks in the infield who will truly suffer.

That’s where I was supposed to be watching the Derby in 1989…but I got the flu and ended up watching the race from my couch.

I was living in Lexington, Kentucky at the time and working at the NBC affiliate station there.  A big group of us, including my boyfriend who was a reporter at the station, were going to the Derby.

Although I lived most of my life in Kentucky, it was going to be my first trip to the big race, so I was pretty excited.  And then I was felled by the flu.

You’d think my boyfriend might have offered to stay home with me, but no — he didn’t even pretend that the thought had crossed his mind.  He wished me well and told me he’d wave at the camera.

Bum.

But the weather was on my side that year.  It was one of the coldest Derby’s on record.  It actually sleeted that afternoon and snowed on Sunday.

My thoughtless boyfriend and the rest of the gang from the station froze their butts off in the infield at Churchill Downs, while I watched, all cozy and congested, under a blanket on my couch.

What a great day!