Out on a neighborhood run this afternoon, I was surprised to hear and see how many people had gathered in homes and backyards to watch the Belmont Stakes and cheer on California Chrome. Hopes were dashed when the horse ended up not winning the Triple Crown. I have a feeling that people will get over the disappointment quickly though. You just don’t hear people talking about horse racing all that much. Actually, horse-related topics of any kind are rarely discussed. Still, it’s cool to see everyone come together on something like this, even if for a short time. To illustrate this, here’s a Google Trend chart of the search phrase “mint julep” from around the time of this year’s Kentucky Derby.