If you are tired of election news and want a break from reading about the Breeders' Cup races, there is a treat in store tonight (U.S. time) from Australia.
This is the annual Melbourne Cup, known as "the race that stops a nation," It is the biggest thoroughbred race of the year in Australia and held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
Scheduled post is 3:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and thus 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday night in the United States.
The race is 3200 meters (about two miles) on turf for 3-YO and up. The purse is $8 million Australian Dollars, about $5.5 million U.S.
There are 24 entrants, and 23 will run due to the scratch of King Leogrance. The runners are from Australia, Europe and Asia
The Melbourne Cup and other races at Flemington are on most U.S. ADW sites. In some cases, the Past Performances are totally free and in other cases require you have to just make one bet on a race card.
Among the likely favorites are Anthony Van Dyck and Tiger Moth, two sons of Galileo that have been racing in Ireland for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
The Internet has lots of free preview stories and free handicapping.
Melbourne Cup Day is a state holiday in Victoria, of which Melbourne is the largest city. Many businesses around the country take the day off.
In "normal" years, the Melbourne Cup has crowds and color similar to the Kentucky Derby.
But like on most of this year's major U.S. race days, Flemington is not open for spectators due to COVID-19 precautions.
Still. like the past several years, around 10:15 I'll take a break to do some reading-up and then make a small bet and watch the Melbourne Cup.
C'mon and join in the fun, mates.