Thursday, November 05, 2009

Horse senseless

I know it's traditional for people to drink mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby, but I'm pretty sure most of them exercise a certain degree of moderation. And I'm almost positive that the jockeys don't guzzle them before the race:
Despite a drinking ban mayhem erupted at a traditional Mayan horse race on Sunday with riders falling off their horses and drunken spectators stumbling through the mountain village.

Hundreds of tourists and locals gathered for the annual spectacle in Todo Santos Cuchumatan on Sunday to cheer the dozens of riders charging back and forth along a 330-foot (100-meter) length of road for up to seven hours.

But the macho test of stamina was marred, as it has been in the past, by the copious amount of homemade spirits the riders consume, sometimes for days before the race.

At least two Mayan riders fell off their horses during this year's race, and one was carried away by bystanders after being trampled in the mud. Another man walked away from the track with a bloody face.
Um, is it just me, or does that sound pretty awesome? I mean, people go to NASCAR races for the crashes, right?

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