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Posted on 05/06/2018 11:34:59 AM PDT by NOBO2012
Along with everyone else I was betting on Justify to win the run for the roses. And win he did, by an impressive two and a half lengths in the mud no less! This was only his 4th race and hes won all of them.
In the stretch, with nobody breathing down his neck
Although the truth is whether you win by a length or by a nose, its still a win. Just ask Donald Trump.
The real reason I was hoping this Kentucky bred beauty would win is so I could speculate if he was named after the Justified TV series also set in Kentucky. It was one of my winter binge-watching obsessions. Its a six season series (2010-15) about a somewhat rogue U.S. Marshall based in Harlan county Kentucky. I suspect the residents of Kentucky are not fond of the way their state is portrayed as a viper filled pit of crime, neo-Nazis, meth dealers, born again charlatans and strip mining, but it is cinema, after all. And the show contains plenty of gun work, Raylan is involved in at least one violent confrontation per show.
Now Im not normally a fan of the crime genre but as I made Raj watch The Crown (which he surprisingly enjoyed almost as much as I did), Justified was his pick. And as it turned out, it was a fine one; well crafted and well written, the show provided many long winter evenings worth of entertainment.
Timothy Olyphant stars as the Kentucky born laconic U. S. Marshall Raylan Gibbons, a man who seems not so much flawed, although he is, as he does incomplete. The Raylan character is the creation of the brilliant Elmore Leonard a renowned literary crime writer sometimes known as the Dickens of Detroit because so many of his prolific good guy/bad guy sagas are based in his native Detroit. Both Raylan and his nemesis, Boyd Crowder brilliantly played by Walton Goggins, are based on a novella titled Fire in the Hole. Leonard remained very involved in the series until his death in 2013.
Olyphants Raylan, left, Goggins Boyd, right
If youre unfamiliar with Leonards work, or remember only some very badly adapted films based on his work, check out Christopher Orrs Atlantic article. He was another of Detroits treasures now part of its history.
Full disclosure: Leonard was a good friend of my old boss. That however would auger against my admiration, IYKWIMAITYD.
And now, because were talking about horses and cowboys, check out these little guys: they could grow up to be a either a winning Kentucky Derby jockey or a U.S. Marshall based in Kentucky.
Yall can provide your favorite version of Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be a Cowboy. And have a great Sunday. Well still be on the road.
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
I could speculate if he was named after the Justified TV series...
..was thinking the same
"Walden said the name doesnt have any particular significance. We do work hard at names, Walden said. We think theyre important. We look at it like, If this horse wins the Kentucky Derby, would this be a cool name? I dont want Jim Bobs Corvette. That why weve had names like Commissioner, Constitution, Creator, names that mean something. We dont look at mother and father like a lot of people do.
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