In the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby, a lot of people were wondering if the sport would be better served with a bigger, better, and better-organized event.
But the Kentucky derby, the premier race in the state, is arguably not as big or more important as some people seem to think.
“I think we should just keep the track,” said NASCAR Hall of Famer Jimmie Johnson, a longtime Kentucky Derby winner who owns a shop in Louisville, Ky.
“I think that the whole thing is pretty cool, but we should try to keep it smaller and smaller.
I mean, we don’t want to have people complaining about it.”
Johnson, who won three races in a row from 1984 to 1988, was asked if the Kentucky race should be expanded to include more events in the fall and winter months.
“Maybe,” he said, “but it’s not going to happen.
They’re not going [to expand] out of Kentucky, and it’s too expensive for the state to do that.”
Johnson also said it’s “probably a good idea” to try to expand the Kentucky state fair in Louisville.
He added that he doesn’t mind a little bit of extra revenue, but he thinks it’s worth trying to keep things small.
As far as the other three races going on around the country, Johnson said the state fair should be moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., and added that a number of smaller events would be a good option.
“There’s a lot to do in the East Coast,” Johnson said.
“It’s kind of a great market.
There are a lot [of] great races, and there are a few smaller ones, too.
I’d like to come down there. “
The thing I would really like to see is a state fair there in New York.
I’d like to come down there.
We’d have a lot more fun, and we’d have more people.
A number of Kentucky Derby fans think it would be beneficial for the sport to move the state race closer to New York and New Jersey, where it’s a big part of the calendar. “
A lot of it depends on the organizers and what they want to do.”
A number of Kentucky Derby fans think it would be beneficial for the sport to move the state race closer to New York and New Jersey, where it’s a big part of the calendar.
“New York is one of the best markets for racing in the U.S.,” said Kentucky Derby supporter and New York resident Mark Babbitt.
Another supporter of expanding the Kentucky event said it would make sense to expand some of the smaller events in states like California, which has been hit hard by the recession and has a lot less of the top-tier racing in that state. “
But I think it’s very important to have a fair in the West Coast, and I think we need to make sure that the states that are bigger are more representative of the whole country.”
Another supporter of expanding the Kentucky event said it would make sense to expand some of the smaller events in states like California, which has been hit hard by the recession and has a lot less of the top-tier racing in that state.
In addition to a state contest, there are also two other events planned in Kentucky for the fall: a NASCAR “Sprint Cup” race in Louisville and a Kentucky Derby meet and greet at the Kentucky Speedway.
Johnson, who has owned a shop on Main Street in Louisville for decades, said he thinks expanding the state events would also make a lot sense.
“When I started, I just had a great passion for the Derby,” Johnson told The Sport Book.
“As you grow up, you get more and more interested in the sport.
It’s the kind of thing that we’re just doing.
We’re just a small business here, so it would not hurt us at all.”
The last time Johnson won the Kentucky crown was in 1979, when he won the event with his teammate Joe Gibbs.
Babbitt said he’s a huge fan of the Derby, but that it’s still one of his favorite races.
“My dad is a big fan, too,” Babbit said.
According to Babbits son, he also plans to buy tickets to the Derby in 2020, and said he would buy some tickets for his dad.
“He would be pretty excited about it,” he added.
This story was produced by The Sportbook.