The Russian combination of Gennadi Dorochenko and owner Vladimir Kazakov, who recently won a stakes race on the Arlington Million undercard, may eventually change the perception of Russian racehorses as more than low-level performers, but for now they are strictly second-class citizens on the international stage. Sunday’s Russian Derby at the Moscow Hippodrome, won by a Russian-bred horse by a US-based sire, didn’t change perceptions, either. But Russian racehorses are very much a part of the lexicon of young, urban America—as is the Kentucky Derby, and the concept of a “glue truck.” Who would have thought so?
The 2002 movie “Friday After Next,” directed by Marcus Raboy and starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps, features a line, “I gotta piss like a Russian racehorse at the Kentucky Derby with a glue truck behind it,” that’s now standard slang with a part of the population that probably doesn’t frequent the racetrack much. I collected some references on Twitter from a just the past few days, which you can read by clicking here.
Hear the line from the movie in the clip below, at 1:56 into it. Racing is hip, after all!