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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – How Chrome’s ‘brutal’ Pegasus post position highlights a major issue
NY Times – Taylor and Correal – New Jersey Beaches Reopen, but Christie Catches More Heat
The Globe and Mail – Ha – Trademark jurisdiction becomes focus of Cleveland Indians’ Ontario court case
The Globe and Mail – Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB, alleging race discrimination
TDN – Bricks and Mortar Remains Unbeaten in Manila
TDN – Eight Straight for Fourstar Crook
Paulick Report -Gaffalione Ties Jerry Bailey’s Record Of Seven Winners In One Day At Gulfstream
Paulick Report – Willman – Curtain Comes Down On Successful Santa Anita Winter/Spring Meet
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Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Energetico to Dunvegan Stud in Alberta
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – The Fourth of July and the Horse: An American Metaphor
TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – Astute handicapping needed in Santa Anita closing day Late Pick 4
Bloodhorse – Woodbine to Add Second Turf Course for 2019 Season
Paulick Report – Golden – Apprentice Evin Roman Poised To Make History As Leading Rider At Santa Anita Park
Bloodhorse – Balan – Om Will Carry Emotion, Hope in American Stakes
Paulick Report – Independence Day Racing Action: Om Featured In American Stakes
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sage – Which is your favourite Travers Stakes poster?
Paulick Report – Mauritius: Two Jockeys Earn Lengthy Suspensions After Being Seen Socializing With Bookmaker
LA Times – Pearce – Once again, Trump tweets a meme linked to a brazen racist
Sal says that it’s no longer breaking news when Donald Trump sends out another moronic tweet. Breaking news would be that he didn’t.
NY Times – Easy Fourth of July Desserts
This is Horse Racing – Tiller – Simulator ready to roll at Hall of Fame
NY Times – Corasaniti – That’s Him’: Christie Goes to the Shore, and the Critics Pounce
NY Times – Schweber and Buettner – Standoff Ends in Budget Deal for New Jersey
The Globe and Mail – Duhatschek – No contract for old men: NHL faced with a free-agent frenzy of veterans
TDN – Shaman Ghost Set for Suburban
TDN – Martini – Surrender Now Heads to Sorrento
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The impressive winner is out of the Stormy Altlantic mare Surrender and was bred in Kentucky by Elaine MacPherson.
Bloodhorse – Larue – Surrender Now First Stakes Winner for Morning Line
Brisnet – Caldwell – Surrender Now dominates Landaluce
Sal says that when Topo gives the flock a young thoroughbred with Alberta Connections Randy Howg’s Gorgeous Ginny to watch and wager on just like a semi going the other way along comes another Albertan Elaine MacPherson who bred the winner in Kentucky to take the wind out of Topo’s Alberta sails.
Brisnet – Caldwell – Oscar Performance, Senior Investment ready for Belmont Derby
Bloodhorse – Balan – Holy Helena Sails Clear in Queen’s Plate
ESPN – DRF – Gierkink – Holy Helena shows her best in Queen’s Plate
US Racing – Ransom – Queen’s Plate Kicks off Canadian Triple Crown
TDN – Holy Helena Dominates Queen’s Plate
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Holy Helena Latest Breeding Success for Stronach
Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Hammer Time: My Wildest Assignment Ever
The Globe and Mail – Semeniul – Meet Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk, Canada’s newest astronauts
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Why France gives the Hollinsheads a chance British racing couldn’t deliver
Bloodhorse – Shea – Green Mask Powers to Highlander Score
Bloodhorse – Shea – Starship Jubilee, Rainha Da Bateria Win Dance Smartly
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Bloodhorse – Balan – Go Bro Upsets King Edward at 44-1
Bloodhorse – LaRue – Aldous Snow Gets Third Singspiel Victory
TDN – Speightstown Colt Game in Charlie Barley Victory
TDN – Bill Finley – Trainer Rojas Found Not Guilty on Most Serious Charges
Paulick report – Paulick – Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs
I Fought The Law
NY Times – Mallozzi – Soccer Academy Reaches Across Border to Nurture Young Players
National Post – Traikos – The GMs are learning: NHL teams favour stopgap solutions — and avoid salary-cap hell — in free agency
National Post – O’Connor – Hockey Parent Confidential
High School Confidential
Garden and Gun – Summer in the South: 20 Must-Try Recipes
Grub Street – Rainey – Hampton Creek Says It Will Start Selling Lab-Grown Meat in 2018
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
Wall Street has turned the economy into a giant asset-stripping scheme, one whose purpose is to suck the last bits of meat from the carcass of the middle class.
Southern Living – Sims – Last-Minute Gifts for Your 4th of July Hostess
Sal says these gifts will put a bigger smile on the host or hostess.
Generally when there’s a lot of smoke… there’s just a whole lot more smoke.
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Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Unchained Melody Scores Righteous Win in Mother Goose
ESPN – DRF – Grening – Unchained Melody leads all the way in Mother Goose
You’ll Never Walk Alone
The Globe and Mail – Lehmann – Where the water takes us
Bloodhorse – Novak – Bigger Picture Dives to Record United Nations Score
Garden and Gun – Lotz – A Slice of Key Lime Pie History
Southern Living – 12 Non-Alcoholic Fourth of July Drinks
Southern Living – Fourth of July Quotes
Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup: Queen’s Plate Sunday
Somebody to Love
Bloodhorse – Balan – Enola Gray Speeds to Wilshire Win
LA Times – Vartabedian – 1,800 tons of radioactive waste has an ocean view and nowhere to go
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Fast Cash Saturday at Gulfstream
Louisville Courier-Journal – Lerner – For Louisville’s Dale Romans, Churchill Downs success has been decades in the making
ESPN – DRF – Hersh – Three Rules makes Carry Back first graded stakes win
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Chrome and Pharoah the big draws in a ‘whole new way to tell the story of the Thoroughbred’
TDN – Frary – Galileo’s Capri Conquers the Irish Derby
Paulick Report – Royal Ascot Demonstrates ‘Transparency,’ ‘Seriousness’ With Detailed Inquiry Coverage
sabato giorno del Canada
National Post – Conrad Black: How the rise of Canada is in some ways greater than even America’s
National Post – Charles Krauthammer: In sports, winning is everything, but losing is even worse
Edmonton Journal – Hills – Jelena Mrdjenovich to defend titles in France
NY Times – Cacciola – Paul George Is Said to Be Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder
FiveThirtyEight – Wagner – Paul George Makes The Thunder Contenders Again
Don’t Let Me Down
TDN – Thornton – Farm Labor Reform: A Never-Ending Chore
Come on Teacher
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
National Post – Platt – The King-Byng crisis of 1926 is still paying it forward nearly a century later
TDN – DeBernardis – Pletcher Seeks Sixth Mother Goose Win
Man can now fly in the air like a bird, swim under the ocean like a fish, he can burrow into the ground like a mole. Now if only he could walk the earth like a man, this would be paradise.
National Post – John Robson: Canadians feel for aboriginals, but our patience for too many insults has limits
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
National Post – Hopper – Railroad-building in the 19th century was an orgy of corruption. But hey, it built a country
At the 100th Meridian
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
TDN – DeBernardis – ‘Helena’ Attempts Oaks/Queen’s Plate Double
Paulick Report – DIRECTV To Offer First Ever Broadcast Of Queen’s Plate In 4K
Street Fighting Man
The Globe and Mail – Maki – Dave Semenko was the Great Protector on the Edmonton Oilers
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
TwinSpires Blog – Challenging Santa Anita Pick 4 has potential to pay well
LA Times – OpEd – Rosenblum – Donald Trump says mean girls like Mika Brzezinski are bullying him. He still can’t sit with us
SportsNet – Report: David Price, Dennis Eckersley have confrontation on team flight
In politics one has to do as one at sea with a sailing ship; not try, to go straight ahead, but reach one course having regard to prevailing winds.
I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory
NY Times – Kepner – Jim Bouton, Author and Former Pitcher, Struggles With Brain Disease
Have You Ever Loved A Woman
Paulick Report – Barn Buddies: ‘Have You Seen The Petting Zoo At Bruce Brown’s Barn?’
Bloodhorse – LaRue – Tower of Texas Set for Third King Edward
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
TDN – Ten City Remains Perfect in Bashford Manor
Bloodhorse – Balan – Ten City Bests Copper Bullet in Bashford Manor
Driving – Fletcher – 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 ever
Sal says if you’re a famous heart surgeon with a 911 your vanity plate can be Call 911.
venerdi Canada giorno di vigilia
TDN -Twenty Set For Africa’s Premier Race
NY Times – Austen – Canada Is Turning 150. Oh, to Be 100 Again, for Expo 67.
Edmonton Journal – Griwkowsky – Scenic Route to Alaska and Nuela Charles win big at Edmonton Music Awards
And just to show what a great corporate citizen they are for the city of Edmonton, Northlands Park is allowing Century Downs to feature Scenic Route to Alaska at their Canada Day show while Northlands Park will feature Costly Road to Oblivion.
Ignorance is not bliss – it is oblivion.
NY Times – Araton – Phil Jackson’s Beloved Triangle: A Symbol of Hubris
Sal says that il nove is probably wandering aloud why Sal used the octagon in a sport with 5 players rather than the pentagram when referring to Phil Jackson’s demise. Sal says il nove must remember that Duke has the patent on the pentagram.
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Get your Scorecard, the Travers Trail Has Begun
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Summit went to the top of racing quickly and has stayed there
More significant is Mr. Trump’s continued mistreatment of women. It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women. From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children. We were heartened to hear a number of Republican lawmakers call out Mr. Trump for his offensive words and can only hope that the women who are closest to him will follow their examples. It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim the mantle of women’s empowerment while allowing a family member to continue such abusive conduct.
Washington Post – Brzeziniski and Scarborough – Donald Trump is not well
TwinSpires Blog – Queen’s Plate betting Guide
TDN – TDN Q&A: Woodbine’s Jim Lawson
US Racing – Was Scratch of Horse at Charles Town Warranted?
Sal says that the stewards need to have a serious look at their rules of racing and the track rules if a horse can enter with one mediocre 4 furlong work.
The Globe and Mail – Hunter and Hager – B.C. NDP to form government, ending 16 years of Liberal rule
National Post – Shaw – NDP asked to form next B.C. government after Liberal defeat
Running Back to Saskatoon
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – The horse who could help take the Breeders’ Cup to the next level of globalisation
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The U.S. agency also thanked the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) for its assistance in the case.
However, its conclusions are not shared by the Calgary-based regulator. Alison Trollope, a spokeswoman for the ASC, said via e-mail Wednesday “our investigation led us to a different conclusion than that of the SEC.” She declined further comment.
The Globe and Mail – Cryderman – U.S. charges Obsidian, formerly Penn West, with accounting fraud
Sal says that it should not take the SEC to come to the rescue of Alberta and Canadian investors.
Sal says that what is most disappointing about the Notley regime in Alberta is its abject failure to take the broom and sweep out all the incompetent Tory patronage cronies.
Bloodhorse – Lights of Medina Leads Pletcher Trio in Mother Goose
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Archarcharch, Tizway to South Korea
NY Times – Powell – Zen Phil Is Gone, but All Is Not Lost for Knicks
NY Times – Barry – The Triangle Offense, a Simple Yet Perplexing System, Dies
Sal says that the Bulls with Pippen and Jordan and the Lakers with Bryant and O’Neill could have been playing an octagon offense and still won also those rings.
Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.
Paulick Report – Paulick – Trainer Beattie At Rojas Trial: ‘Almost Everybody’ Illegally Treated Horses On Race Day
National Post – Shaw – Clark to tell lieutenant-governor the NDP-Green alliance cannot offer stable government
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Is the battle of Thoroughbred racing’s superpowers really back on?
National Post – Billionaire Jimmy Pattison buys Marilyn Monroe’s dress for $6.3M, puts it in small Saskatchewan hometown
Candle In The Wind
Sal says that with Topo back in the fold Sal feels like he’s starting to channel early Phil.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
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Sal says that Topo must be speaking about the Alberta HBPA Executive Director who kept his financials al fagiolo. But who is the first best numbers guy in Alberta.
Is it somenone who can conteggio dei fagioli or is it someone who can run the numbers.
TDN – Bill Finley – Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Sports Betting Case
Bloodhorse – Angst – After 26 Stakes Wins, Fan Favorite Ben’s Cat Retired
Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing
Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Scat Daddy’s Legacy Lives On Royally
NY Times – Moskin – We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best.
Southern Living – Festive, No-Fuss 4th of July Appetizers
NY Times – Tepperman – Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy
Lady and the Track – Perdue – A Yank’s Reflections on Royal Ascot
Sal says that Topo may never get to Ascot as Topo knows that the pussycat’s been to London to see the Queen.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Superstars, spectacular partying and a ‘notorious’ sprint by naked men – it’s the unique vibe of Africa’s greatest raceday
Sal says to check with your local Hudson’s as some of the locations take Canadian Tire Money at par on Canada Day.
TDN – DiDonato – Small Stable, Full ‘Plate’
martedi 27 giugno
TDN – Harvey – Everest In Sight For Caravaggio
Brisnet – Reilly – Holy Helena consolidates Queen’s Plate favoritism after Monday work
Bloodhorse – Angst – Industry Groups Ask for Change in Parx Oaks Ruling
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Triple Crown Change? Time for Horsemen to Walk The Talk
ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Disappointing to see Jockey Club Gold Cup purse cut
ESPN – DRF – Purse on hold after suspended owner runs winning horse
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Why California Chrome is getting top marks for his work in the breeding shed
The Globe and Mail – Kelly: The Blue Jays are Schrodinger’s cat. So what’s in the box?
TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Galileo & Scat Daddy
TDN – Massam – Serengeti Has the Look of Lion
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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture
The Globe and Mail – AP – Dalton- Did Bob Dylan plagiarize his Nobel lecture from SparkNotes?
We all know where the answer is:
Blowin in the Wind
If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.
TDN – Op/Ed – Karlsson – Belmont Stakes Reflections
TDN – Letter to the Editor: Time to Fill the Lake
NY Times – Aaron – Before and After OK Computer
This Mess We’re in
The Guardian – Cook – Are you ready for your Royal Ascot procession close-up, your majesty?
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Cheery Bye to Royal Ascot’s Jolly Good Show
TDN – Johnson – Letter from Ascot: Up the Stretch Awards
Sal was wandering if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men could put Phil Stockmen back together again.
To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Tony Morris’s 100 shapers of the breed: the story of Djebel
Sound of Silence
The Bitter Southerner – Reese – The Bitter Southerner No. 8
TDN – DeBernardis – Down the Shedrow with Christophe Clement
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – Great fillies, Breeders’ Cup stars, a 190-1 winner and Northern Dancer: who’s next on this amazing roll of honour?
Leaving on a Jet Plane
TDN – Frary – Tin Man All Heart in Diamond Jubilee
National Post – Rex Murphy: The grand acts of moose and fine men
The Globe and Mail – Kelly: The Mayweather-McGregor ‘joke’ is on us
Lay Down Sally
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – The shy grandmother who is Todd Pletcher’s director of operations for Royal Ascot (among other places)
Paulick Report – ‘Drawn To Horses’ From The Start, Pletcher Assistant DePasquale ‘Can’t Imagine Doing Anything Else’
NY Times – Kepner – Give Baseball Scouts a (Perfect) 80 for Tradition
TDN – Massam – Coalition Launches to Repeal Sports Betting Ban
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – They’re back! Cries for longer Triple Crown gaps arise again
Still Crazy after all these Years
Horse Race Insider – Indulto – RITVO: “…Give them a level playing field…”
TDN – Oppenheim: Belmont Festival Sires
National Post – BreHaut – Attack of the killer potatoes: French fries and other fried spuds associated with a doubled risk of death
Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.
TDN – Bill Finley – Immigration Policies Creating Havoc for Horsemen
Bird On Wire
Paulick Report – Pennsylvania: Businessman Scraps Plans For Racino Near Gettysburg
Dance Me To The End of Love
TDN – Grevelis – ‘Split Second Reaction’: The Anatomy Of A Jockey’s Fall
Racing Post – McGrath – New regime at Godolphin has the chance for a fresh start with Coolmore
Paulick Report – Paulick – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed
Fat Bottomed Girls
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Which Royal Ascot G1 winner is this?
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – California Chrome, second careers and the lure of the polo field
Bloodhorse – Balan – ‘Hermaphrodite’ Reported Before Race at Santa Anita
The Sound of Silence
TDN – Racing Community Mourn Loss of ‘Big Ivan’ Puhich
The Bitter Southerner – Kornegay – Friends to Strangers
Seven Army Nation
“Field size is the biggest factor, more important than takeout,” he said. “And the 50-cent increment is more important than the takeout. A lot of people can win (the 50-cent Pick 5), whereas the Pick 6 (a $2 minimum bet) usually is won by people that can afford (big tickets) because of the two dollars.
“The biggest driver in handle is field size. Anybody who wants to argue that doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about. If somebody asked me if I’d rather have 12 horses in a $20,000 claimer than three horses in a Grade I race, as far as wagering is concerned, I would. You gotta have a product, you’ve got to give people some value. In order to have value, you’ve got to have field size.”
Liebau also disagrees with those who believe the Thoroughbred Owners of California wield too much power in the state. The saying goes that if you want to get something done, whether it be a reduction in takeout or any type of rule change, the TOC must sign off on it.
“I think the most power in California belongs to The Stronach Group,” he said. “They own the facility. It is a partnership. You can’t have racing unless you got owners and trainers and a facility, but if you asked me who was the most powerful factor, it’s The Stronach Group. But having the power and being able to get things done and improve things don’t go hand in hand. You gotta have everybody in the bag.
“Everybody started blaming the tracks, track management, for what’s perceived as racing being in dire straits. There are other segments of the industry that have just as big a stake, maybe a bigger stake like the owners and trainers, organized labor … and you would hope that everybody would work together.
“I have to say that over time racing probably has been viewed as somewhat dysfunctional. I think even among the tracks at times there is a certain amount of dysfunctionality.”
On that, many would agree.
Los Angeles Daily News – Wilson – Takeout at the racetrack prompts varying points of view
While waiting for a Moses to lead us into the promised land, we have forgotten how to walk.
NY Times – Longman – In Pursuit of Millennials, More Fun in Sports. But Still No Twerking.
The Globe and Mail – Lehmann – CFL mounts fan blitz to reverse ticket slump
TDN – NYRA Announces Partnership with ReplyBuy
NY Times – Strom – Food & Wine Magazine Will Leave New York for Alabama
Sweet Home Alabama
TDN Thornton – The Week in Review
Driving – Details leak over Aston Martin’s upcoming hypercar
Show me How to Live