First up the Kentucky Derby. I watch these each year, but it is hard to root for a horse, unlike Baseball, Football, etc. where you get to the see the athlete year after year. This year though we - Idaho - has not only a jockey in Gary Stephens, but a local horse Buddy Gil. Not a big favorite as he is expected to finish in the 3-5 spot, but still something to root for and perhaps make a friendly wager in the office pool. Buddy Gil gets to roam the ranch a lot and has long gotten over being startled when a quail or pheasant flushes beside him. It may make him calmer and less distracted at the track. My handicapping skills don't go much further. Empire Maker looks to be a solid favorite, but if anything is certain in the Derby, is that the favorite rarely wins. So, here's looking forward to Saturday and the announcement "And they're off and racing!"