144TH PREAKNESS STAKES
||War of Will
||Irad Ortiz Jr.
||D. Wayne Lukas
||Brian Hernandez Jr.
||Ricardo Santana Jr.
||Win Win Win
Accuweather – Elliott – Sunny day forecast ahead of 144th Preakness Stakes, but pop-up afternoon downpour can’t be ruled out
samedi 18 mai
LA Times – Cherwa – What time does the 2019 Preakness Stakes start?
25 or 6 to 4
Bloodhorse – Pimlico Focus of Saturday’s Graded Stakes Schedule
ESPN – Terrell – What to watch in the Preakness: Derby fallout and a wide-open field
TDN – Bianca – Lack of Star Power Begets Wealth of Opportunity in Preakness
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Preview: Road to Preakness Has Been Most Improbable
TDN – Bianca – Taking a Bad Beat As a ‘Signal’
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Preakness Win by Bodexpress Would Bolster Brick City
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Humphrey Seeks His Own ‘Triple Crown’ in Preakness
Fox News – ‘Black Mirror’ drops trailer with Miley Cyrus, sets Netflix premiere date
vendredi 17 mai
TDN – Catholic Boy Returns in Dixie
Bloodhorse – BackTrack: Tom Rolfe Stays Up After Preakness Objection
Slide by the Indy 500 (1:33) and the Preakness is there.
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – The Preakness, Now and Forever, a Classic
Baltimore Sun – Miller – Should the Preakness stay in Baltimore?
I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
“The white folks come up here once a year to gamble and get drunk. Some of them come across the street and buy a little weed or some crack. The police just sit there and don’t do nothin’ because they get paid off by the corner boys to look the other way,” said 51-year-old Ray Johnson, who grew up in the neighborhood. “When the race is over, they get outta here before it gets dark. They don’t give a f— about this neighborhood until the next year.”
Residents here joke that most viewers outside Baltimore probably have no clue that the Preakness happens “in the middle of the ‘hood” instead of beautiful horse country.
A number of residents like to put on their conspiratorial hat when they talk about what’s happened to the racetrack. Many residents believe that the owners let the track rot to justify a move to Laurel Park. The conditions at Pimlico symbolize how the city has neglected black communities for decades, and they see letting Pimlico and the rest of the neighborhood die as the start of gentrification.
Meanwhile, the latest news is that the Preakness will stay in Baltimore another year. But beyond 2020, the future of the race remains unclear.
The Undefeated – Patton – A black neighborhood’s complicated relationship with the home of the Preakness
It doesn’t matter which side of the tracks you’re from, the train still rolls the same.
Robert M. Hensel
TDN – Thornton – TDN Top Preakness Contenders, Presented by WinStar Farm
Baltimore Sun – Preakness Stakes 2019: Meet the horses
Bloodhorse – Scheinman – Preakness Stalwarts Savor Alibi Breakfast
TDN – Bianca – Byk, Ehalt, TAA Top Award Winners at Alibi Breakfast
Baltimore Sun – Markus – Kentucky Derby controversy puts eyes on jockey etiquette going into Preakness
Street Fighting Man
LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Jon White’s final look at the Preakness
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Looking For Signals in Wide-Open Preakness
Trainer: Blaine Wright Jockey: Jose Ortiz Odds: 6-1
Drape: He has three wins and two seconds in six starts and has been carefully handled by his Bay Area-based trainer. Here’s your winner.
Hoppert: The runner-up in the Sunland Derby and the Lexington Stakes picks up Ortiz as his rider, but that’s not likely to be enough.
NY Times – Drape and Hoppert – Preakness Stakes: Experts Pick Who Will Win
#12 Anothertwistafate: From a visual perspective, I’m not sure any three-year-old has made a greater impression on me this year than Anothertwistafate. This talented son of Scat Daddy has a professional, powerful way of running that can’t be discovered by a glance at his past performances. You have to see him in action to understand the potential he has.
Anothertwistafate first came to my attention when he dominated a one-mile allowance optional claiming race at Golden Gate Fields on January 4th, winning by five lengths in gate-to-wire fashion. This performance made him the favorite for the February 16th El Camino Real Derby going 1 1/8 miles, and once again he dominated on the front end, powering clear in the homestretch to defeat Bob Baffert’s next-out stakes winner Kingly by seven lengths.
What struck me most about Anothertwistafate’s performance wasn’t his eye-catching margin of victory or his solid 94 Beyer speed figure. It was the way he ran down the homestretch—straight as an arrow, focused and powerful, sprinting the final furlong in :12.08 seconds. He didn’t look wasn’t your typical El Camino Real Derby winner—he looked like something greater, something special.
Unfortunately, rating tactics backfired in the Sunland Derby (gr. III), though it wasn’t due to any shortcomings on Anothertwistafate’s part. The colt was perfectly content to settle behind the leaders, but unfortunately, he got boxed in behind horses and had to wait in traffic at a key point on the far turn, losing ground while the eventual winner Cutting Humor swept by unimpeded on the far outside. It was a discouraging bit of bad luck, but Anothertwistafate didn’t give up, shifting outside in the homestretch and charging through a final furlong in about :12 flat to fall just a neck short of catching Cutting Humor. Once again, Anothertwistafate ran straight and true down the homestretch—he just ran out of ground.
Three weeks later, Anothertwistafate tackled the Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland in a last-ditch effort to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, but if anything, he received a worse trip than in the Sunland Derby. On a day when the inside at Keeneland was noticeably dead, Anothertwistafate spent the entire race boxed in behind and between horses, running closer to the rail than most of his rivals while unable to settle into his own rhythm and put his stride to good use.
Once again, Anothertwistafate had to wait in traffic while the eventual winner (this time Owendale) swept to the front with a clean outside run on the far turn. When a seam opened up turning for home, Anothertwistafate actually shifted closer to the dead rail, where he had little chance to match the momentum of Owendale, who sprinted the final sixteenth of a mile in :06.09 seconds while remaining outside. But to Anothertwistafate’s credit, he did close the gap a little bit despite his unfortunate trip and posted a career-best 95 Beyer.
Perhaps Anothertwistafate’s luck will turn around on Saturday. He already received a bit of good fortune when he drew post twelve, which should ensure that he finally receives a clean outside trip and can run his own race without getting boxed in behind horses.
Call it an educated hunch (or just a crazy hunch if you prefer), but I’m siding with Anothertwistafate to win the Preakness Stakes. Simply put, he looks like a special horse and I don’t think we’ve seen the best he has to offer yet. I’m excited to see how he runs on Saturday.
Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s Preakness 144 Selections
Phil has a question:
If Anothertwistafate wins will the Derby roof be able to handle it.
Bloodhorse – Baffert’s Simple Method Leads to Preakness Success
Baltimore Sun – Prepping for Preakness 2019
Paulick Report – Preakness Notes, May 16: Favored Improbable Full Of Energy Thursday
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Preakness Favorite Improbable Takes to Track at Pimlico
TDN – Mollica – Op/Ed: Derby Lawsuit? Precedent Says No Chance
Lawyers, Guns and Money
TDN – Bill Finley – At Santa Anita, the Wounds Are Healing and Safety Rules
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – von Hoppel – Why the one horse who ran faster than Justify in the Preakness was only third
jeudi 16 mai
Brisnet – 2019 Preakness Stakes Field
TDN – Improbable Draws Four Slot Among Preakness Baker’s Dozen
Bloodhorse – Hammonds and Ehalt – Improbable Favored in Wide-Open Preakness
Baltimore Sun – Durbin – How to bet the 144th Preakness: Liam Durbin handicaps the second leg of the Triple Crown
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Preakness Contenders Warm Up at Pimlico
Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Everfast Added to Preakness Cast
Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Maiden Bodexpress Tries For History After ‘Very, Very Crazy’ Derby
Paulick Report – Former Educator Kelly Rubley’s Unique Career Path To The Preakness
Paulick Report – NBC Sports Preakness Coverage To Include Live Interview With Maximum Security Owner
You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.
Baltimore Sun – Barker – ‘It’s very unfortunate,’ Frank Stronach, patriarch of company that owns Pimlico, says of track dispute
Baltimore Sun – Barker – ‘It would break my heart if this track closed’: Ahead of Preakness, trainers call Pimlico backstretch ‘home’
Baltimore – Schmuck – Schmuck: During Preakness week, unwanted sideshows overshadow Baltimore’s best showcase
Going, Going Gone
TDN – Thornton – Wests File Lawsuit Seeking Derby Overturn
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Wests Sue to Have Derby Disqualification Overturned
Bloodhorse – Spin Cities – By Evan Hammonds
mercredi 15 mai
Bloodhorse – Meet the Jockeys of the 2019 Preakness Stakes
The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.
Horse Race Insider – Pricci and Berner – 15 DAYS for SAEZ: Questions Abound
Bloodhorse – Ehalt – War of Will Kicks Off Preakness Activity at Pimlico
Paulick Report – ‘My Memory Is Pretty Short’: Casse Focused On Preakness Start For War Of Will
Bloodhorse – Preakness Week Radio and Television Coverage
Paulick Report – ‘We Weren’t Looking For A World-Beater’: Alwaysmining A Surprise For Bentleys
Paulick Report – Market King ‘Never Turned A Hair’ On Trip To Pimlico
Paulick Report – ‘First Horse’ Signalman Made Owner Crabtree ‘Off The Charts Lucky’
Paulick Report – Improbable Returns To Track For ‘Light Gallop,’ Barnes Says Colt ‘Ready To Go’
Baltimore Sun – Klingaman – A disputed winner in a Triple Crown race? 39 years ago, it happened at the Preakness
“At the end of the day,” Pearce said, “at least one person is going to think you’re an idiot.”
Baltimore Sun – Walker – If the Preakness ends controversially, these are the three stewards who might decide it
I have a different constitution. I have a different brain; I have a different heart; I got tiger blood, man.
ESPN – Maximum Security owners sue over Derby DQ
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Lawyers In Love
Southern Living – The Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2019
LA Times – Fleishman – Why Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22’ is a relevant antiwar satire in the age of Trump
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Globe and Mail – Supreme Court Justice Gascon releases a statement on his health after his disappearance
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – The infectious enthusiasm of the owner in the lurid kilt
Long time thoroughbred racing fan Norval Honey passed away on May 13, 2019
TDN – Berry – The Pat Smullen Column: Curragh Needs Chance To Put It Right
Paulick Report – ‘We Need To Continue To Do Better,’ But Santa Anita Has ‘Turned The Corner’
NY Times – Hoffman – 2019 N.B.A. Draft Lottery: Pelicans Win No. 1 Pick, and the Right to Select Zion Williamson
National Post – Edmiston – Tim Hortons testing line of Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches
Spare your breath to cool your porridge.
Miguel de Cervantes
Paulick Report – ‘All The X-Rays Were Negative’: Servis Prepared To Move Forward With Maximum Security
mardi 14 mai
TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Projected cast for 2019 Preakness: How the Middle Jewel is shaping up
TwinSpires Blog – Schiveley – Afleet Alex: Against All Odds
Paulick Report – Program Uses Retired Racehorses To Help Teens Cope Thanks To Funding From Chad Brown
Paulick Report – Ukrainian Test May Make Invasive Blood Draws A Thing Of The Past
TDN -Mack Foundation to Sponsor Sir Barton on Preakness Day
Paulick Report – 100 Years Ago: Virginia’s Audley Farm Preserves Memory Of First Triple Crown Winner Sir Barton
Sir Barton 100th Anniversary
Bloodhorse – Scheinman – Chasing a Dream Leads Rubley to the Triple Crown
Horse Racing Nation – Will Preakness Stakes new shooters back up their figures?
This is Horse racing – Joe Clancy – Ten minutes with a horse
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Maryland’s Best Hope: Alwaysmining
An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers.
Brisnet – Reilly – Improbable breezes ‘really easy’ half-mile for Preakness
Bloodhorse – Improbable, Laughing Fox Breeze Before Preakness
Paulick Report – Improbable ‘Hitting On All Cylinders’ In Easy Work Before Preakness
Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Velazquez To Ride Bodexpress, Market King ‘Taking A Shot’
Paulick Report – Bourbon War To Try Out ‘Short-Cup Blinkers’ In 144th Preakness
Brisnet – Hanson – Always Shopping aims to give Pletcher record fifth Black-Eyed Susan
Bloodhorse – Oser – Pletcher Enters Two in Lengthened Pimlico Special
ESPN – Judge suppresses video in Kraft solicitation case
TDN – Bill Finley – Saez Handed 15-Day Suspension for Derby Ride
Horse Racing Nation – Report: Maximum Security X-rays negative; ‘needs some time’
Southern Living – 35
Memorial Day Victoria Day Recipes You Can Make in Your 13 x 9
The Bitter Southerner – Brock – The Chef Who Lost His Name
lundi 13 mai
Bloodhorse – Market King Confirmed for Preakness Stakes
TDN – Owendale, Signalman Top Preakness Workers
Bloodhorse – Oser – Always Shopping Tops Competitive Black-Eyed Susan Field
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McCarron – Chris McCarron: the thrill of that first Kentucky Derby win just grows over the years
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Bloodhorse – Angst – Jockey Luis Saez Suspended 15 Days for Derby Infraction
As a result of Derby 145, I no longer am in the Category 1 camp and now believe, as do most U.S. jurisdictions that a foul is a foul when any impactful interference occurs. Who among us is equipped to say where a bothered horse would have finished with certitude? Only God knows and what technology can show. The rest is heated conversation.
Putting fairness aside for the moment, times have changed for horse racing in America. It’s a sport under a Griffith-sized microscope. For all its wealth and influence, racing has powerful enemies. It cannot send the message that because it’s an important race, anything goes.
Horse racing is a dangerous sport, a fact that everyone recognizes but one that nobody wants to have a serious two-way conversation about. Shaking up the status quo always means a different set of winners and losers. The devil you know is not always the best way to proceed.
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Derby 145 Aftermath: What Bad Publicity?
I know I said I was tired about talking about the Kentucky Derby ruling. But, a high-ranking racing executive, who doesn’t want their name tied to this controversy, posed this theory about Maximum Security.
If Maximum Security were really that good, why wouldn’t you run him back in the Preakness and if he wins, the Belmont? Can you imagine the notoriety of being the first ever “unofficial” Triple Crown winner?
Wow, that’s a pretty smart strategy. Instead, Gary and Mary West are playing a game of “I’ll take my ball and go home” and then litigating an outcome. I’ve got to say that very few journalists have gotten close to the Wests. My colleague and friend, Bryce Miller, from our sister paper the San Diego Union-Tribune, is one of the few. Before the Derby, he told me how classy, friendly and good people the Wests were. Plus, they have a chandelier in one of their guest bathrooms.
Immediately after the race, Gary West told Bryce there would be no appeal.
I’m disappointed how Gary West has come off on television and his media releases. Hope he’s listening to all the right people, even though I might have given him some different crisis management advice.
LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! One more thought on the Kentucky Derby DQ
Phil has a question:
Who’s the high-ranking racing executive that agrees with Phil.
TDN – Thornton – The Week in Review: Derby Litigation Circus Could be a Long Ride
TDN – Connections Mull Options for Global Campaign
Paulick Report – Global Campaign’s Peter Pan Win Could Put ‘Talented Horse’ In Belmont Mix
Paulick Report – ‘He’ll Run All Day’: Late-Running Sir Winston Possible For Belmont Stakes
NY Times – Mather – Clang. Clang. Clang. Clang. Swish! All About Kawhi Leonard’s Buzzer-Beater
ESPN – Arnovitz – Kawhi ousts Sixers with unprecedented shot
NY Times – Deb – Kawhi Leonard’s Buzzer-Beater Puts Raptors in Eastern Conference Finals
ESPN – McMenamin – Emotional Embiid ‘can’t explain’ Game 7 loss
Globe and Mail – Kelly – Kawhi Leonard delivers on Toronto’s gamble – and exorcises the ghost of Vince Carter – with series-winning shot over 76ers
National Post – Scott Stinson: Kawhi Leonard’s miracle shot sends Toronto Raptors into Game 7 elation
Going, Going Gone
dimanche 12 mai
Globe and Mail – Hoang – My mother isn’t perfect, but she still inspires me
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Paulick Report – ‘Long-Striding’ Anothertwistafate Fires Six-Furlong Bullet Toward Preakness
Bloodhorse – Trio of Preakness Contenders Work at Churchill Downs
Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
I Am Not A Farmer
Bloodhorse – Global Campaign Gallops to Peter Pan Score
TDN – Curlin Colt Stalks and Pounces to Peter Pan Score
Paulick Report – Global Campaign Scores Graded Win In Peter Pan
He has laid out nearly 80 policy proposals on his website, including his call for the NCAA to pay college athletes, and free marriage counseling for all. At the center of Yang’s campaign is what he calls the “Freedom Dividend,” a form of universal basic income that would give $1,000 each month to every American between ages 18 and 64. It has generated enough attention that voters have forced better-known candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) to take a position. (They both opposed it.)
Washington Post – Bailey – Who is that guy? Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign draws crowds, money and an expected spot on the Democratic debate stage.
Phil has a question:
How much of the $1,000.00 per person would come from savings when the government got rid of all the condescending social worker bureaucrats that make the welfare recipients jump through 27 hoops a week to ensure that the condescending social worker bureaucrats keep their jobs.
Where would you get all your unbiased obscure news if Phil didn’t dig it out.
Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Omaha Beach, Monomoy Girl Progress on Comeback Trail
Going, Going Gone
LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! A free offer from Ciaran Thornton
A growing body of research shows that students are affected by more than just the quality of a lesson plan. They also respond to the passion of their teachers and the engagement of their peers, and they seek a sense of purpose. They benefit from specific instructions, constant feedback and a culture of learning that encourages resilience in the face of failure — not unlike a football practice. There are many ways to be an effective teacher, just as there are many ways to be an effective coach. But all good teachers, like good coaches, communicate that they care about your goals.
NY Times – Op Ed – Urschel – Math Teachers Should Be More Like Football Coaches
To Sir With Love
A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.
Phil’s photo of the week from one of Phil’s many news hounds:
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Because The Night
ESPN – Wojnarowski – Sources: Vogel to coach Lakers with Kidd on staff
NY Times – Cacciola and Stein – Frank Vogel Set to Be Lakers Head Coach; Kidd Tapped as Assistant
Aren’t all coaches just interim coaches.
TDN – Oaks Winner Targeting Acorn
Paulick Report – ‘Special’ Kentucky Oaks Winner Serengeti Empress Targets Acorn
DENNIS TERRY PASSES
samedi 11 mai
LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Preakness countdown starts with entrants in flux
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Garden and Gun – Garden and Gun – May 2019 Reading List
To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.
Bloodhorse – Angst – Luis Saez Camp Argues Rivals Caused Derby Foul
TDN – Derby DQ: West Calls New Video ‘Indisputable Evidence’ Stewards Made Wrong Call
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Back In The USSR
The Guardian – Vladimir Putin scores at least eight goals in hockey exhibition, then falls on face
Phil has a question:
Were they playing the Washington Generals.
Are Americans who voted for Donald Trump allowed to comment on Putin’s antics.
How many Maple Leaf scouts were in attendance.
If Donald Trump wanted to play in an exhibition basketball game how long would the lineup be to play on the opposing team.
If Donald Trump wanted to play in an exhibition football game how long would the lineup be to play on the opposing team.
Does Donald Trump cheat at any sports besides golf.
Do the Americans who voted for Trump and laugh at Putin realize they were being manipulated by Putin.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
NY Times – Stein – ‘This One Hurts.’ Rockets Despair After Warriors Eliminate Them From Playoffs
NY Times – Branch – The End of the Warriors as We Know Them
Leaving on A Jet Plane
Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.
Paulick Report – Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont
Education is not the learning of facts, it’s rather the training of the mind to think.
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – New Year’s Day Headed to Japan
vendredi 10 mai
NY Times – Gopnik – ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and the Man Who Made That
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
USA Today – Shaq wore a beautiful ascot on TNT broadcast and everybody had jokes
Everybody wants to talk about black and white, when the situation is really about rich people against poor people.
TDN – McGrath – This Side Up: Better Late Than…Well, Maybe Any Other Time
How did it get so late so soon?
Times Like These
LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Our first Preakness rankings
Baltimore Sun – Walker – Preakness 2019: Five storylines to watch
Bloodhorse – Alwaysmining ‘Aggressive’ in Breeze Ahead of Preakness
TDN – Alwaysmining ‘Aggressive’ in Final Preakness Prep; Win Win Win Confirmed for Middle Jewel
Paulick Report – Plus Que Parfait, Tax Under Consideration For Belmont Stakes Starts
Baltimore Sun – Donovan – Preakness bettors have left millions in winning tickets unclaimed. Here’s how to avoid being one of them.
Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Decision Day Friday For Bodexpress; War Of Will ‘Full Of Himself’
Paulick Report – Oaklawn Allowance Winner Warrior’s Charge To Be Supplemented To Preakness
Bloodhorse – Bourbon War Works for Preakness
Paulick Report – ‘Preakness Is A Go’ For Oaklawn Invitational Winner Laughing Fox
Bloodhorse – Fitness No Problem as War of Will Begins Preakness Prep
TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – An early look at the 2019 Preakness “new shooters”
2019 Preakness Contenders pps.
TDN – Wednesday’s Preakness Updates
TDN – Bianca – Country House Out of Preakness With Fever
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Let’s Not Forget Country House
Times Like These
TDN – Sue Finley – West on Today: Churchill `Greedy,’ No Preakness, We’ll Appeal
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.
Paulick Report – Crossley – Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Years After He Hung Up His Tack, Hawley Still Haunts Woodbine
Globe and Mail – Hall Findlay – Alberta is mad – and people who care about how Canada is supposed to work should be, too
Brisnet – Get to know the 2019 Preakness contenders
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Racing’s ‘social license’ to operate: what can we do to keep it sustainable?
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Bloodhorse – Yates – MMA Fighter Bailey Has Race-Riding Career in Mind
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.
Edmonton Journal – CP – Hold your horses: Alberta court to review disqualification in Canadian Derby
TDN – Bourbon War Joins Preakness Cast
Paulick Report – Williams – Mike Smith: Preakness Mount Improbable ‘Has Better Races In Him’
Paulick Report – Mike Smith To Ride Improbable In 144th Preakness
Bloodhorse – Preakness Notes: Win Win Win Possible for Middle Jewel
Paulick Report – Mott Praises Stewards’ ‘Integrity’; Country House To Target Preakness, Tacitus Belmont
Bloodhorse – Oser – Preakness Decision Looms for Country House After Derby
TDN – Country House In Good Shape After Derby Win, Preakness Status Undecided
Bloodhorse – Oser – Preakness Decision Looms for Country House After Derby
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken
TDN – Bill Finley – Derby Winner Will Face Fresh, Dangerous Challenger at Pimlico
It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
H. L. Mencken
Bloodhorse – Laughing Fox Earns Preakness Bid at Oaklawn Park
I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.
Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Mr. Money Splits Rivals to Win Pat Day Mile
Baltimore Sun – Preakness 2019: 268 horses nominated for undercard at Pimlico Race Course
TDN – Instagrand Sidelined with Sesamoid Fracture
TDN – Bill Finley – He’s Bred Exactly One Horse, And She Won the Kentucky Oaks
Bloodhorse – Maryland Jockey Club Seeks to Dismiss Baltimore Lawsuit
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.
Paulick Report – Pimlico Officials Close Oldest Section Of Grandstand A Month Before Preakness
Baltimore Sun – Donovan – Pimlico Race Course to close nearly 7,000 seats a month before thousands arrive for Preakness Stakes
Baltimore Sun – Wood – Stronach Group disputes Mayor Catherine Pugh’s claim that there was a plan to keep Preakness in Baltimore
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Bloodhorse – Haskins – Prat Falls into Kentucky Derby Winner
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
Edgar Allan Poe
Paulick Report – South Dakota Horse Racing Pipeline That Produced Bill Mott May Be Shut Down
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – An opportunity missed – but it’s still not too late to trumpet such good news for racing
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Reinventing Pennsylvania’s racing image: the plan is out of the gate
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – DQ is justifiable but still a terrible decision
Bloodhorse – Angst – KY Stewards’ Report: Prat’s Objection Came From Track
Bloodhorse – Angst – Saez Review Continued as Wests Consider Legal Options
We believe that with a just and proper hearing of our case Maximum Security will be restored as the rightful winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby.’
TDN – Wests Issue Another Statement on Derby DQ
Phil has a question:
If Gary West believes that with a just and proper hearing of their case Maximum Security will be restored as the rightful winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby then why is he skipping the Preakness and denying Maximum Security’s Triple Crown bid.
In response, Barber issued the following statement:
“It has recently been brought to my attention that Mr. Gary West stated on Fox News that my horse War of Will caused the infraction in the Derby. I categorically deny this false accusation. The video evidence irrefutably shows that his horse, Maximum Security, caused a major infraction that almost led to a catastrophe and in doing so, denied my horse and others of a better placing.
“The facts are Maximum Security is a great horse that crossed the line first in the Derby, but unfortunately committed a major infraction that denied him a Derby victory. I empathize with Mr. West on this fact and feel the pain of losing out, but Mr. West’s horse, and not mine nor my jockey Tyler Gaffalione, denied him the Derby victory and it is wrong for him to deflect blame anywhere else.
“I am very disappointed that War of Will was deprived of the opportunity to show his best because of Maximum Security, but I painfully accepted that as part of horse racing. Thankfully, I am glad both War of Will and Maximum Security survived the day unscathed and will be good to race another day!”
ESPN – AP – Owner: West wrong to ‘deflect’ Derby DQ blame
TDN – Sue Finley – Gary Barber Answers West’s War of Will Claim
Paulick Report – Gaffalione Responds To West’s Allegations: ‘Never Did I Bump Or Push Anyone’
Paulick Report – Casse: If Anything, Maximum Security Bothered War Of Will Not Once, But Twice
Paulick Report – Trainer: Bodexpress Could Have Hit Derby Board If Not For Maximum Security; Preakness Status ‘Day By Day’
I heard Tonya Harding is calling herself the Charles Barkley of figure skating. I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.
Washington Post – Jenkins – Forget Maximum Security’s misstep; the whole of horse racing is a foul
Horse Race Insider – Berner – Politics and Racing: Not a Good Look
Garden and Gun – Gidick – Exhibit Recalls Hunter S. Thompson’s Run for Sheriff
None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
LA Times – Pamela Anderson visits Julian Assange in prison, calls him ‘world’s most innocent man’
Fool To Cry
Phil M Stockmen