Happy Derby Day! And, the Science of the Stride

The Run of the Roses! Happy 137th Derby!

Photo by me at Keeneland May 6, 2010

I went out to Keeneland track  in Lexington early Friday morning to watch the horses being breezed; it was wonderful to watch the training, including adjusting strides, switching leads, etc.
The grounds were beautiful, the horses pampered, and we even saw Bob Baffert!

I thought this clip (below) would be interesting to all of you, it is part of the science of how the Derby Thoroughbreds will maintain their stride and pace for the duration of the race.  While many lawyers joke they went into law because they failed at science, in fact, there is often quite a bit of scientific knowledge required when handling a case.

For example, we had a speaker at the Equine Conference who is a patent prosecution attorney in Washington D.C.  She helps establish patents for horse blankets and for pharmaceutical drugs.  Both those include an understanding of the natural and physical sciences and math.

Hope you can don your hats and sip your juleps today!