There have been some interesting stories about racing in various forms recently. First up, the sport of kings:
Dubai: Godolphin work mates Saeed Bin Surour and Mahmoud Al Zarouni are set to take on some of the best trainers on the planet as they bid to win today’s $10 million (Dh36.7 million) Dubai World Cup (Group 1), the richest and most highly anticipated race in the world.
That’ll buy a lot of oats. I also saw somewhere that the Duchess of Cornwall was scratched.
Next is a classic. The marathon, celebrating an event in ancient Greece where a dude ran 26.2 miles to deliver a very important message. Then died. How did they know it wasn’t 26.3 miles? One of the most recent marathon races was held in the Holy City, Jerusalem, for the first time.
It was also apparently the most heavily-armed marathon ever run. Kenyans won, placed, and showed, natch. But not without a bit of controversy:
Jerusalem’s first-ever marathon ended in amusing confusion on Friday, with a Kenyan runner, said to have taken a wrong turn, crossing the finish line for the half-marathon and still winning.
The Israeli team is not expected to finish until 2051.
Finally, we have:
Drag racing! The sport of queens.