Horse Racing – 1987 – ABCs Al Michaels Covers The Odds + Post Positions For The Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE: Betting on horse racing or horse betting commonly occurs at many horse races tracks….as gamblers can stake money on the final placement of the horses taking part in a race. Gambling on horses is, however, prohibited at some racetracks…..but where gambling is allowed….most tracks offer parimutuel betting where gamblers’ money is pooled and shared proportionally among the winners…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABC Sports Kentucky Derby Special – Singing Of My Old Kentucky Home

DOG ASIDE: “My Old Kentucky Home“ is an anti-slavery ballad originally as written by Stephen Foster in 1852. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm called Federal Hill. Today, the song My Old Kentucky Home remains an important composition due…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABCs Al Michaels + Dave Johnson Cover The Favorites & Odds For Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE: Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster…who initially joined ABC as the back-up announcer on Monday Night Baseball in 1976. The following year, he was promoted to the network on a full-time basis….as he became the lead announcer replacing Keith Jackson in 1983.  Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide…

Music – 1986 – The Stephen Foster Singers – My Old Kentucky Home At The Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE:    My Old Kentucky Home is an anti-slavery ballad originally written and composed in 1852  by Stephen Foster….which was published in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York….as Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm…

Horse Racing – 1986 – 112th Kentucky Derby – Winner Willie Shoemaker On Ferdinand

DOG COMMENTARY:    This day at the 112th Running of the Kentucky Derby belonged to trainer D Wayne Lukas….a three year-old named Ferdinand….and a man known by many as The Shoe….as legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker won his last of his 11 Triple Crown race victories. William Lee “Bill” Shoemaker was an American thoroughbred jockey….who for 29 years held the world record…

Horse Racing – 1986 – ESPNs Kentucky Derby Pre Race Festivities – Host Greg Gumbel + Sharon Smith

DOG ASIDE:   The 1986 Kentucky Derby was the 112th running of the race….which took place on May 3, 1986….as this ESPN Pre-Race Special was aired live at Churchill Downs the day before the race….featuring hosts Greg Gumbel and Sharon Smith in a program that is highlighted by Derby betting line expert, Mike Battaglia…. who provides the betting…

Horse Racing – 1986 – ABC Special – A Look Inside D Wayne Lucas Training – Host Jim McKay

DOG COMMENTARY:    D Wayne Lukas is an American horse trainer and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee…..who holds the record for the most Triple Crown race wins with fourteen….while having won twenty Breeders’ Cup races….and received five Eclipse Awards for his accomplishments….while his horses have won 25 year-end Eclipse Awards.    Lukas grew up with an interest in horses after being born and raised…

Special – 1981 – Sports Year In Review – Host George Plimpton

DOG ASIDE: In this George Plimpton special, he looks at the year 1981 in sports….while providing the viewer with some awesome highlights of the accomplishments of many athletes and several teams to include Alpine Skiing World Cup overall champ USA Phil Mahre….with women’s overall champ Marie-Theres Nadig of Switzerland….along with cycling’s Bernard Hinault of France win in the Tour…