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That Horse Coulda Been A Contender!

By Mrstrongest @mrstrongarm

Every cartoonist knows there’s always one more desert island gag. This one was inspired by this year’s Kentucky Derby, won by Orb on a very wet and muddy track.

Part of the joke here keys off the fact that some horses run better than others on a wet track. Such a horse is referred to as a mudder.

cartoon inspired by Kentucky Derby horse on desert isle running around palm tree in rain splashing mud, fish observing that some horses run well on muddy track

More horse racing slang: in researching this post, I learned that this year’s Derby took place on a sloppy track, as opposed to a muddy track.

A muddy track is just wet. A sloppy track is so wet, it has standing water. Here’s a detail from the cartoon.

detail image from cartoon inspired by Kentucky Derby horse on desert isle running around palm tree in rain splashing mud, fish observing that some horses run well on muddy track

How muddy was it at this year’s Derby? Here’s a photo of winning horse and jockey as they crossed the finish line.

Orb was the favorite, but he had to come from far back to win. If you’d like to see the race, you can watch this 3-minute clip on YouTube.

racehorse Orb and jockey galloping on muddy sloppy track splattered with mud as they win 2013 Kentucky Derby horse race

Ever been to the Kentucky Derby?

Ever bet on a horse race and won some serious money?

Do you wear galoshes when you run in the mud??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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