The Preakness is coming up tomorrow, which means you’re probably already sick of hearing the phrase “tight turns”. The bad news is, I haven’t yet been able to reliably trace the origin of that horse racing myth.
The good news is, I found some funny invocations of that idea during that wild goose chase, and I wrote about them at Railbird Style.
Today, Jessica Chapel and I launched Railbird Style, a guide to style and usage in turf writing. Jessica wrote an introduction to our project. And, since the term has been ubiquitous in Kentucky Derby discourse, I took a deep dive into the history of the Curse of Apollo in the world of horse racing.
To keep following Railbird Style, make sure to follow @railbirdstyle on Twitter — we plan to have content to interest both turf writers as well as any reader curious about the language in turf writing.