On the surface, the Kentucky Derby has absolutely nothing to do with college football. Dig a little deeper, and, well, it still has nothing to do with college football besides the whole tailgating, bourbon consumin’, and for some, gambling aspects that comes with this big moment. Oh, and it’ll likely consume at least a portion of your Saturday. A tradition usually left for the fall.
The Kentucky Derby is magnificent. It’s about the hats, and the mint juleps (delicious), the horses (of course) and yes, the wagering. Handicapping this yearly race can be a challenge, especially if you don’t follow racing and wouldn’t know a racing form from a local newspaper. Have no fear, interested pony participants, I’m here to translate horse performance into a language you understand.
Football. And, more specifically, college football players that will be front and center on your televisions come September.
I’ve tried to keep the racing breakdown as simple as possible, and I’ve added a football player (or in some cases more) with each horse to compare to. The basic gist of the race is simple: it takes place at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, it’s run on dirt, it’s a mile and a quarter race, it’s run by three-year-old horses. That's all you need to know for now.
There you have it. Let’s meet the field, who I like, and who they might translate to on the football field.