I watched the Derby yesterday for the first time in years and holy shit is John right that the only thing whiter is a Klan rally (or a Republican convention), but the jockeys are a major exception. Lots of Latinos were riding, and the winning jockey, Mario Gutierrez, gave a nice shout out to his mom in Mexico. At one point, the local station showing the Derby inserted a Spanish-language National Guard ad. I can’t remember the last time I saw an ad in Spanish on a local station, so someone must think that the Derby is a big event for Hispanics.
Obviously, I know nothing about the sport of horse racing, so maybe this is common knowledge, but are Latinos big racing fans just to watch the jockeys? Also, too: the irony of having an immigrant ride the winner the biggest sporting event in one of the most anti-immigration states in the union seems to have been lost in all the commentary I saw.