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Inclement weather has made for sloppy conditions this year at Mike Farner Downs in the annual Bullitt County Derby.
A strong field this season is led by the favorite, Road Pavey, an entry sponsored by Bullitt Fiscal Court and County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.
“He has a strong track record, plus he’s hard to catch,” Roberts said.
Many Bullitt municipalities have entries sponsored in this year’s race. The Mount Washington entry is Double Sewer, out of Raw Sewage. Mount Washington hopes for a repeat victory this year following last year’s winner, Stumped Buddy.
The Shepherdsville entry is the son of a former winner, Liquorbythedrink. This year Ol’ Shep is rooting for their latest entry, Liquorbythegolfer.
The city of Hillview brings a longshot but a crowd favorite, Burton’s Legacy, in honor of former council member James Burton.
Speed Hump is an oft-mentioned contender, sponsored by most of Bullitt County’s northern cities. The City of Fox Chases enters its own candidate, Road Stripe. Many believe Road Stripe will control the speed in this year’s race.
Lebanon Junction sponsors a late entry, Book Bonanza, in conjunction with the Bullitt County Library System.
Meth Raider, a solid entry, is sponsored by the Bullitt County Drug Task Force and Sheriff’s Office.
Close By, sponsored by the Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission, is the son of former winner What To See.
New Digs is a joint entry this year by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and the Bullitt County CASA Program.
Bullitt County Public Schools hopes to be in the money this year. They sponsor No More Cats, the son of Gone To The Dogs.
The Bullitt County Health Department also made a late entry this year with Swine Flew, son of When Pigs Fly.
Bullitt County Emergency Management looks strong with their contender, Ice Storm. Emergency Management made the field when the Bullitt County Fire Departments could not make a final decision on a joint entry.
The field entries include Lone Graver by the Bullitt County Historical Society, Octogenarian by the Multi-Purpose Senior Center, Full Mooney by the Bullitt County Clerks and Overnight Stay by Jewish Hospital Medical Center South.
Rounding out the field is Jailhouse Rock, sponsored by the Bullitt County Detention Center.
They’re in the gate… and they’re off! Jailhouse Rock breaks out like a riot, Book Bonanza marks a spot on the rail, while Double Sewer raises its rates toward the front of the pack.
Up the front stretch, Book Bonanza is bound on both sides by traffic. Road Stripe is now lining up the competition. Lone Graver is fenced in along the rail.
Around the first turn, Full Mooney is given a license to fly by the Clerks. Liquorbythegolfer is challenged by flying divots. Road Pavey is a real trooper on the outside.
Halfway home, and Ice Storm still lies heavy on the rail. No More Cats is still trying to build some momentum. Close By hangs near the action. Jailhouse Rock is under restraints and caged in.
Near the last turn, Speed Hump is bumped by Octogenarian, who is now producing more than an octomom. Meth Raider shows a great deal of progress but still has a lot of ground to cover. Overnight Stay may have been released too early.
They come to the stretch… Octogenarian hopes to make it to the finish. Ice Storm is beginning to overwhelm the field. Swine Flew is mounting a comeback of epidemic proportions. Double Sewer is swamped. Road Stripe has been tabled. No More Cats is still being tested.
And down the stretch they come!
Ice Storm is growing colder. Road Pavey hits a pothole. Full Mooney is done for the night. Out of nowhere comes Burton’s Legacy, ridden by new council member and James’ son, Greg Burton.
At the wire, it’s Burton’s Legacy with the honors. Octogenarian takes second by a cane, just ahead of Lone Graver, who lays to rest in third just over New Digs.
Meth Raider showed promise. Overnight Stay flatlined in the end.
Book Bonanza hit traffic along Highway 61, Ice Storm froze up and Road Pavey was handcuffed.
Road Stripe bumped Speed Hump. No More Cats looks for better scores in the future. Full Mooney was quartered.
Double Sewer finished at 17.5 percent out. Swine Flew hogged the rail and took 24 hours to complete. Liquorbythegolfer didn’t show until Sunday. Close By was nowhere near.
Jailhouse Rock was shackled and finished at the end of the chain gang. The Detention Center’s jockey was overheard at the wire shouting, “We’ll do it again in 2010!”