Ive Struck a Nerve, the 135-1 upset winner of the Feb. 23 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, sustained an ankle injury during a workout the morning of March 9 and will miss both the Louisiana Derby and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands? I like me some Kentucky Fried Chicken, but The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is one of the clunkiest things I've ever heard. And the exclamation point just reminds me of when Hamilton, Ohio changed its' name to Hamilton!. That was a rousing success:
On May 28, 1986, as part of a plan to increase publicity about Hamilton, the city council voted 5-1 in favor of adding an exclamation point to the city's name. Thus, Hamilton officially became Hamilton! While used extensively in the city's documents, letterheads, business cards and on local signage, "Hamilton!" was not successful in getting Rand McNally to use the new moniker on state maps and failed to be recognized by the Federal Board on Geographical Names. The city's website does not use the exclamation point.Anyway, enough about that. I will no longer include anything after Derby.