The second leg of racing’s Triple Crown gives entrée to bring up the only golf tournament ever named for the Triple Crown’s first leg. According to the crack Grey Goatee Research Team, there really was a Kentucky Derby Open on the PGA Tour, contested for three years in the late 1950s at Seneca Golf Course in Louisville. It was played in its brief life in late May or early June, maybe so it wouldn’t have to compete with the world’s most famous horse race early in May.
Billy Casper won the first Kentucky Derby Open in 1957, Gary Player won in 1958, and Don Whitt claimed the third and last title in 1959.
As far as the crack Grey Goatee Research Team can uncover, there’s never been a golf tournament named for the Preakness Stakes. Fortunately, we have the real thing, the 141st running, this Saturday at Pimlico. Hot tip: Bet on Collected, the Baffert horse, listed at 10-1 as of Wednesday.
Nyquist, the Derby winner, is gonna lose. Yeah, you read it right, and you read it right here.
Update, May 21: Nyquist is a loser … you read it here nowhere near first.