The Kentucky Derby 2008 (1)
Coming from Behind
Two horses and two men came from behind yesterday at the Kentucky Derby.
Big Brown, who won with a huge lead, was held back by his jockey until it was time for a final sprint, which he accomplished easily, finishing strong and seeming fresh.
Eight Belles, the only filly in the field, likewise came from behind to finish a good second, several lengths ahead of the third place runner.
Big Brown’s jockey, Kent Desormeaux, had won the Derby twice before, but then went into a personal and professional slump for several years. Yesterday presented him with a chance for a big comeback, and he triumphed.
The same goes for Big Brown’s trainer, Rick Dutrow, Jr. Saddened by tragedy in his private life and failing in his work, he raised some hackles by boasting all week long about his horse. At the finish line, however, his bragging was vindicated and he overflowed with indescribable joy.
It gives you hope, doesn’t it? The saying, “It’s not over until it’s over” remains true. Past failure and present frustrations do not dictate future possibilities.
So, let’s keep on keeping on. Maybe we’ll come from behind, too.