“Beat the Odds” Run for the Roses

May 13, 2011
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Like so many southern cities Louisville has bragging rights to southern hospitality, blue grass, Colonel Sanders and K.F.C., Muhammad Ali, 4th Ave., and the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Oaks, America’s top race for three-year old fillies was the Friday before “The Derby” and everyone in attendance was dressed in pink to celebrate Susan B. Komen’s “Pink Out” and raise awareness for breast cancer survivors, early screenings and partnerships with organizations to find a cure.

I can’t imagine my life without sports and the companionship of animals. I am forever grateful for “Ebony” my black Arabian horse. She brought me many new friendships and taught me many life lessons like one of my favorite authors, Temple Grandin and her world of autism and the understanding of animals and their brilliance. Whether you’re a fan of horse racing or not, take a moment and enjoy the many breathtaking spontaneous an emotional moments of the Derby and its fashion, food, and many traditions. Just a few inspirational highlights from the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, the sportsmanship of jockey, Albarado, who broke his nose, and lost his ride on “Animal Kingdom,” the long shot thoroughbred who came from behind to win this year’s Derby! There were also the stories of female trainer, Kathy Ritvo, who overcame serious personal health problems as her horse “Mucho Macho Man” came in third and female jockey, Rosie Napravnik who placed ninth, which was the best ever for a female.

Feeling lucky I found myself standing next to a fun couple from Florida whose cousin is Dr. Robert Naseef, an author and Autism Specialist who helps families of children with special health care needs. If you’re a fan of horse legends Secretariat and Barbaro, they too inspired people to “beat the odds” as they did in their own lives! By the way I heard from a reliable source that a relative of Secretariat may have a shot to “run for the roses” soon…stay tuned.

Author: suzanne