Two Minutes on Top
Why you should root for Comma to the Top to win Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
William Faulkner covered the 1955 Kentucky Derby for Sports Illustrated. He failed to mention the winner's name, but Nobel Prize winners don't need to bother with those details. Great novelist that he was, Faulkner understood the real meaning of Swaps' victory: "This is the moment, the peak, the pinnacle; after this, all is ebb. We who watched have seen too much; expectation, the glandular pressure, has been too high to long endure."
Comma to the Top will experience that kind of excitement only on the racetrack. But we'll get to experience it with him, for years to come.
Correction, May 6, 2011: This article originally described Comma to the Top as a bay colt. He is a gelding. (Return to corrected sentence.)