It's the first Saturday in May, so you better be wearing a fancy hat, drinking a mint julip and prepping yourself for horse racing's main event, the Kentucky Derby. Jenny Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal joins Bill to talk about the field, whether trainer Todd Pletcher will change his 0-14 Derby luck and how Churchhill Downs will honor Barbaro.
Horse Racing's AstroTurf?
To prevent Barbaro-like catastrophic injuries some in the horse racing industry are lobbying for a switch to new synthetic racing surfaced called polytrack. Yet, not all members of the racing world are sold on the polytrack's benefits. Kathleen Adams of member station WUKY in Lexington, Kentucky reports.
Golden State Glory
Confetti, crowd-surfing and Snoop Dogg were all part of the festivities at Oracle Arena Thursday night as the Golden State Warriors made history. Not only were the Warriors the first No. 8 seed to defeat a No. 1 in a seven-game NBA playoff series, but it marks the first series win for the forgotten franchise since 1991. Oakland Tribune columnist Art Spander joins Bill to talk about the Warriors turn around.
Historically Black Baseball
At last year's NCAA Div. I College World Series just two percent of the players were black. Even universities with a historical mission to educate black students are dealing with a lack of modern African-American baseball players. Dave DeWitt reports from Durham, North Carolina on how one school to trying to reverse that trend.
Shrubbery and Sports
The story of Moses on Mt. Sinai includes one, as does the tale of Cyrano De Bergerac, in which the hero, hidden by a bush rhampsodizes to his beloved Roxanne. Commentator Elissa Ely offers another tale of talking shrubs and this time the topic is not love or faith but sports.
NBA upsets, calling fouls, the Queen and More with Charlie Pierce
Boston Globe columnist Charlie Pierce joins Bill to break down the Warriors winning ways, officiating and race in the NBA and more. Most importantly, just what kind of hat will the Her Royal Highness wear to today's Kentucky Derby?
"Not By A Long Shot"
T.D. Thorton chronicles a year in the life of East Boston's Suffolk Downs, the mid-level race track where Thorton worked in the public relations department.
This program aired on May 5, 2007.