Why we watch
Ten days ago, Kenny Mayne & Co. were asking each other, who was the lock of mortal locks, the Lakers in the NBA Finals or Smarty Jones in the Belmont? Well, Smarty got beat, and after last night, the Lakers are on life support and not expected to recover. You could have gotten odds of 300-1 in Vegas on a Birdstone-Pistons parlay.
Shocking results were in plentiful supply this weekend. At Churchill Downs, Colonial Colony took the $1m Stephen Foster Handicap by a nose from Southern Image at 62-1. Colonial Colony had not won a race since the winter of 2003. Southern Image had been not been beaten since then, and had taken four Grade I races on the trot. Go figure.
Euro 2004 kicked off with Greece toppling the hosts Portugal in a stunning upset, 2-1. It was the first victory for Greece in a major competition – “their best ever win” – and it came at the expense of one of the most talented teams in the tournament. Yesterday, it was not France’s 2-1 victory over England that stunned a nation, but the manner in which it was achieved. England led 1-0 through 90 minutes before the furies swept in. “Within touching distance of Nirvana,” England left the field not in triumph, but in tears. They had been slain in injury time by two lightning bolts from Zinedine Zidane, one of the best players ever to lace up a soccer boot. Incredible.