Episode 13: The Sport of Kings

For this decadent and depraved episode Grandstand is joined by Sarah Horserider to discuss some of the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the Sport of Kings. Last year’s celebrated Triple Crown accomplishment by American Pharaoh has the horse spectating spectacle buzzing and wanting more.  Yet despite the Triple Crown’s bump the Sport of Kings is in peril. The newfangled artisanal bourbon drinking millennial crowds in the grandstand don’t seem to want to place bets, but is their short attention span ripe for the picking by the fastest and most glorious two minutes in the sport spectating spectacle? Tune in and find out the Professor has a very serious proposition for the horse racing world.

Check out Hunter S. Thompson's essay - The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved - which is mentioned in this episode, and introduced readers to what is now known as Gonzo style journalism: