Thousands who have faithfully supported Churchill Downs their entire lives have been on a waiting list for decades - and are still on the outside looking in.
Which is why I find it so troubling that a local businessman cited recently for scalping Derby tickets was found to have over 400 more still in his possession - many, if not most, in prime, high-priced areas of the track.
Churchill Downs claims they don't know where he could have gotten all these tickets, and I believe them. They can't control what happens to tickets once they get into private hands.
But I'm sure they can easily figure out exactly who received the right to buy these tickets in the first place. And unless outright theft was involved, I certainly hope any names matching these particular seat locations will be permanently banned from ever purchasing tickets to any future Derbies.
I understand the need to cater to well-heeled out-of-towners and celebrities on Derby Day. But if track management made more of an effort to weed out those ticket buyers who are only in it for the money, they could give that many more everyday race fans the chance to enjoy those seats.
It wouldn't cost Churchill Downs a penny. But it would buy them a ton of local goodwill they could certainly use the rest of the year.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.