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• The undefeated Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby - the first leg of the Triple Crown - on Saturday, beating Exaggerator by 1 ¼-lengths. The official winning time was 2:01.31, which was almost two seconds faster than last year's Derby winner, American Pharoah, which went on to win all three legs of the Triple Crown.


• On Saturday afternoon, New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon - just a couple of weeks shy of his 43rd birthday and currently in his 19th season as a major league baseball player - hit his first home run of the year in a game against the San Diego Padres. It was also the first home run of his career - and he instantly became the oldest player to hit his first home run.
KC's View:
I didn't watch the Kentucky Derby, but I did see Colon's home run ... and it was one of the real highlights of a still-young baseball season.

There also was a story over the weekend from ESPN that used the Colon home run to illustrate how technology has changed a once-staid business - it said that a baseball card memorializing Colon's feat "is being produced as part of the Topps Now line, in which the classic company takes memorable moments from the 2016 MLB season and turns them around into instant cards that are available for purchase for just 24 hours."

That's extraordinary. It highlights once again how consumer expectations are being reshaped by technology and companies that understand that they need to remake themselves in the image of what consumers now need and want. And at some level, it affects every company in every business and every venue.