The Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes –
Horse-racing’s Triple Crown;
You check the times to watch the shows;
You know what’s going down.
The shows are always hours long;
Three minutes is a race -
Like waiting for a cent’ry plant
To show one blossom’s face.
The interviews with the elite,
How things must be just so,
Are longer than the seconds that
We watch the horses go.
And then there are the fancy hats,
And all the fancy clothes.
You think a sports fan really wants
To hear you tell of those?
Parading horses to the gate
Lasts longer than the lap.
I want to turn the talking off
And take an hour nap.
There is a way to hedge your bets
And still trifecta win,
To have the prize within the box
That’s in the box and in….
Make thoroughbreds a quarter horse
By doing what we know,
And watch the final fifteen ticks -
The race a quarter show.
© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2012.