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Any Questions? #36

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have mixed some mint juleps and studied the lyrics of "My Old Kentucky Home" in anticipation of this week's show, an ode to the Kentucky Derby and horse racing.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name "Babe Ruth." Change one letter to an "s", then rearrange the result to spell a thing and a person, both of which you might see at a ballpark. What are they?
Answer: The thing is a BAT and the person is an USHER.

On-air questions: May 4 and 5 are this year's dates for the running of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, respectively. So this week, we celebrate "the Sport of Kings" with a quiz about horse racing.

1. Term for a bet that predicts the horses that will come in first, second, and third places, in the correct order
2. 2003 Oscar-nominated film about a depression-era horse who becomes an unlikely champion, starring Tobey Maguire as the horse's jockey
3. Only race in horse racing's Triple Crown whose name contains part of the name of the track at which the race is run
4. Term for a type of horse race run on a course containing a series of obstacles – usually fences and ditches – over which the riders must maneuver their horses
5. Author who set a scene in his novel Diamonds are Forever at the Saratoga Race Course

Extra credit
1. Author of "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," an article widely believed to be the first instance of what came to be known as "gonzo journalism"
2. 1969 song by The Band featuring the lyrics "Good luck had just stung me / To the race track I did go /She bet on one horse to win /And I bet on another to show"

This week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word for an area often seen adjacent to a racetrack. Change the middle letter to an L, and the result will name something often used to keep an area secure. What is the area and what is the thing?

On-air questions
1. Trifecta
2. Seabiscuit
3. Belmont Stakes
4. Steeplechase
5. Ian Fleming

Extra credit
1. Hunter S. Thompson
2. "Up On Cripple Creek"

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.