Sal says that if you’re going to do a preview like Phil would have wanted, you better have a wrap.
Sal says he’s not back in the saddle again, but will sometimes suddenly surface and periodically post some salient comments and stories.
Sal will also periodically post Alberta thoroughbred announcements and employment opportunities.
domenica 6 novembre
I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
FiveThirtyEight – Arthur – Cubs Fans Finally Exit Purgatory After One Of Baseball’s Greatest Games
FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Theo Epstein’s Curse-Breakers
NY Times – Pennington – In the Cubs’ New Kingdom, Bliss and Wonder Reign at Every Level
How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
In Spite of Ourselves
Edmonton Journal – Licence extended for horse racing at Northlands
Horse Racing Alberta – Watts – Hoofprints – November 7th
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
New OTB opened in Cold Lake AB
Ruth’s Gaming Lounge
Best Western / Sawmill
The Horsemen’s Daily – Owner Conference Concludes with Enthusiastic Reviews from Attendees, Sponsors
Racing Future – Mills – The Reins of Transition of The Breeder’s Dream
The horses Germans want to breed
What makes their accomplishments most remarkable is that they have emerged from a country that produces no more than about 850 foals a year, and one in which racing has had to battle to preserve its position in a landscape where sports betting and soccer are pre-eminent.
While much of the rest of the world puts priority on speed, shorter races and precocity, German breeders and owners prefer to focus on producing Thoroughbreds that will prevail over longer tests and are sound enough to remain competitive for years. In large measure, that is the reason for their success.
“The Germans concentrate on one thing, basically — staying races,” observed Daniel Krüger, manager of the German Owners and Breeders Association (Besitzervereinigung) and a key executive for both German Thoroughbred Marketing and Gestut Fahrhof, the breeder of many top runners, including Sabiango and Arlington Million winner Silvano, who went on to be a champion sire in South Africa.
“From seven Group 1 races in Germany, there are five over 12 furlongs; the German Oaks is over 11 furlongs and there is only one over 10 furlongs,” noted Krüger, who also has been associated with American-based Team Valor International.
“So, that shows where our attention goes: to the classic, staying horse. And that is what Germans want to breed. We also give them time as 2-year-olds — we don’t push them or run them too soon — and those are the main reasons I would say Germany is so successful.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Why German-breds are sweeping all before them in the world’s most glamorous races
National Post – Schmidt – Who would destroy 250,000 litres of wine? Ontario police investigate million-dollar mischief case
Sal says that the 250,000 litres should have been saved and when they catch the culprit(s) make them drink every damn litre with no pee breaks allowed.
NY Times – Asimov – There Are No Wrong Thanksgiving Wines
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
LA Times – Slideshow: Photos from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup races
Twist and Shout
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Salute the mastery of Baffert as ‘relentless’ Arrogate achieves the seemingly impossible
NY Times – Drape – Breeders’ Cup: Arrogate’s Win Ends California Chrome’s Perfect Year
This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Arrogate catches California Chrome in Classic
Bloodhorse – Novak – Arrogate Upsets ‘Chrome’ in BC Classic
ESPN – Arrogate runs down California Chrome to win Breeders’ Cup Classic
TDN – Arrogate Up Late in BC Classic
Twist and Shout
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Classic Empire Holds On to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Score
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Classic Empire Reigns in BC Juvenile
TDN – Classic Empire Staves Off Not This Time in Juvenile
Twist and Shout
Bloodhorse – Attendance, Handle Up for BC Saturday
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Sal says that Phil wouldn’t want Sal to subject the Ennead to an emotionless strumpet with no talent who lacks rhythm, doesn’t understand that the words are supposed to go with the music and has no idea that there’s a difference between singing and screeching when the real thing is still on tape.
Somebody to Love
Somebody to Love
Somebody to Love
Fret not Morgan, Sal says that there must be some Last Place Little League team somewhere who needs a wailer to butcher the American National Anthem.
God Bless America
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Champagne Room Takes Juvenile Fillies
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Champagne Room Pops Winning Cork in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Tourist Upsets Tepin in Breeders’ Cup Mile
Reelin In The Years
TDN – No ‘Reel’-ing In Irish Invader in Turf
Bloodhorse – Balan – Highland Reel Speeds to BC Turf Rout
I Came to Dance
The Irish Times – O’Connor – Seamus Heffernan aiming to break Breeders’ Cup duck
Twist and Shout
Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Queen’s Trust Nails Lady Eli at the Wire in a Record-Setting Performance
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Queen’s Trust Delivers in Filly & Mare Turf
TDN – Drefong Duels, Keeps Going in Sprint Score
Bloodhorse – Novak – Drefong Gives Baffert Fifth BC Sprint
ESPN – DRF – Drefong gives Bob Baffert fifth Breeders’ Cup Sprint win
Bloodhorse – Angst – Veteran Obviously Scores in Turf Sprint
The Man Who Sold the World
I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.
ESPN – DRF – McGee – Finest City holds off Wavell Avenue in Filly & Mare Sprint
LA Times – Anderson – Did a fisherman fairly catch a prizewinning marlin? A judge will decide, and $2.8 million is at stake
Sal says that if you gotta take a polygraph to win a fishing contest why not one for every politician running for office.
Something So Right
“The more the prevention-through-deterrence paradigm has become strained by proof of its inefficacy,” she writes, “the more object-oriented it has become: more layers of triple fencing, more sophisticated military equipment such as remote sensors and unmanned aircraft.”
In George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic adapted as the TV series “Game of Thrones,” the 700-foot-high wall of ice — impenetrable, tall, northern — is protected by ancient sorcery. But all walls are built with an element of magical thinking. For what is a wall but wish fulfillment made concrete?
NY Times – Vanderbilt – The Walls in Our Heads
Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
George S. Patton
TDN – Finley – Beholder: Why It Pays to Keep Running Them
TDN – Beholder Outbobs Songbird in Distaff
This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Behold Beholder’s moment in Distaff
Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Noses Out Songbird in BC Distaff
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Songbird Loses Nothing in Defeat
LA Times – Posner – Beholder noses out Songbird in Breeders’ Cup Distaff
NY Times – AP – Breeders’ Cup Distaff Features a First Loss and a Final Win
ESPN – DRF – Free – Beholder by a nose over Songbird in thrilling Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Bloodhorse – Balan – Mandella: Beholder is Unlike Any Other
My Opening Farewell
Bitter Southerner – Bernstein – The Big Old Goofy World of John Prine
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Oscar Performance Shows Winning Ways in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Bloodhorse – Angst – Oscar Performance Golden in Juvenile Turf
ESPN – DRF -Hersh – Oscar Performance takes a bow in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
TwinSpires Blog – Flatter – Oscar Performance, New Money Honey take New York road to Breeders’ Cup success
Angel From Montgomery
Lady and the Track – Pugh – Tamarkuz Annexes Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Bloodhorse – Novak – Tamarkuz Upsets Dirt Mile
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Tamarkuz gets his Grade 1 win in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – New Money Honey Cashes Juvenile Fillies Turf
ESPN – DRF – Andersen – New Money Honey takes BC Juvenile Fillies Turf
Kiss Them For Me
Bloodhorse – Precious – Records-Based Trainer Ruling Overturned
Near to the Wild Heart of Life
What did Bobby Allen Do Now
Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Conquest Dispersal Has Unique Flavor
Bloodhorse – Phipps Reduction Part of Keeneland Sale
Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
Bloodhorse – Kiss to Remember Takes Chilukki at Churchill
Street Fighting Man
Globe and Mail – Wente – Why is the U.S. election so close?
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
National Post – Andrew Coyne: U.S. presidential election headed for the second-worst possible conclusion
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Questo è per Sal da Phil
Still Crazy After All These Years
Some may never live, but the crazy never die.
Hunter S. Thompson