A week for dreams
It is a fine place to think, to sort, to wonder. From the corner seat of a darkened bar a man can rule his domain and consider the content of his lifetime, find answers or at least identify the questions, one of which returns for consideration annually in May.It wasn't where life went wrong or right that was lodged in his consciousness now that his was closer to the end than the beginning, but where it went and why? The view over the lip of a glass can provide a sense of perspective that is both familiar and comfortable. An expanse of dark wood can be almost womblike, a good place to recall the slow horses he has owned and his reasons for returning thirsty time and again to a dry well. He had meandered for decades, place to place, chapter to chapter that formed this familiar circle. Everywhere he had been, it seemed, was a place he'd been before. In the spring, the season of renewal and rebirth, the road leads back to Kentucky.
The Kentucky Derby is about time and place and the accumulation of memories.
Ownership of a Kentucky Derby winner is the real American Dream.
Seattle Slew cost $17,000 when sold at auction. America's race can be won by anyone who makes the decision to pursue to most outrageous, unlikely dream that can possibly come true.
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