May 152016

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Smashing Stories


Negli Archivi – Quindici


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Sal’s sorely disappointed. Rico Walcott wins the first 2 races at Northlands Park that damn Diamonds song that most all the other jockeys are sick and tired of hearing comes on and it’s still a recording. Couldn’t Rico find a new tune on the Lemonade 2016 album. Beyonce was just one LRT station away gearing up at Commonwealth Stadium so she could have easily made the jaunt over and never missed a bar of her show. What an intro for Rico’s new tune.

With temperatures hovering around 5°C and chilling Sal says that whatever winter clothing was still on the shelves in the stores in Edmonton went flying off. Sal says that the booties were shaking from the cold and misty drizzle.

Incredible is an understatement. There’s something about an outdoor show in less-than-ideal conditions that brings you closer to everyone in the stadium, makes you feel truly alive and all-mighty, like you can defeat anything in your way — from a ridiculous long lineup for the LRT to even a cheating lover.

The latter is the thrust of Bey’s latest album, Lemonade, and its songs provide the sweetest moments during her Formation World Tour. She opened Friday’s show, of course, with Formation, advancing slowly onto the stage with her dancers, all nodding their bolero-clad heads in time with the the songs’ sproingy beats.

Edmonton Journal – Sperounes – Beyonce dazzles in the drizzle at Commonwealth Stadium

Mike Tarp’s homebred Go Maggie Go contested the pace right from the gate and then pulled away down the lane for her second graded stakes win in the $250,000 GII Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Friday May 20, 2016.

Bloodhorse – Novak – Go Maggie Go Soars in Black-Eyed Susan

Romans said that Tarp, an owner who has been with him for 15 years, “is one of the best guys in Thoroughbred racing.”

“He’s had a little bout with illness,” Romans said. “I’m sure this will help him feel better.”

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Go Maggie Go wins Black-Eyed Susan for trainer Dale Romans

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Go Maggie Go Wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Only a fool would pick against the 3-to-5 Nyquist. Meet him: His name is atop the story.

So it’s not only a sport for fools. Dreamers, too, are welcome.

NY Times – Drape – At Laid-Back Pimlico, No Crown Weighs Heavy Yet

ESPN – DRF – Nyquist breathing rarefied air

Sal says that Hovdey forgot to mention that Majestic Prince was campaigned by Calgary businessman Frank McMahon.

ESPN – DRF – O’Neil – Nyquist carries hopes of a sport into Preakness

NY Times – Hoppert – Already Redeemed, Nyquist’s Jockey, Mario Gutierrez, Gets a Second Chance


Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Soggy Start to Preakness Day

Baltimore Weather

TwinSpires Blog – 2016 Preakness: All the news, notes, handicapping in one post

Horse Race Insider – Pricci –  All Stakes Late Pick 4 Preakness Fans

ESPN – DRF – Hogan – Inside the Preakness numbers

ESPN  – DRF – Nevills – Handicapping in haiku

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Preakness Stakes 2016 Picks and Predictions

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Here & There – Preakness Day

Bloodhorse – Balan – Ben’s Cat Does It Again in McKay Turf Sprint

TwinSpires Blog – Leatherbury on Ben’s Cat: ‘It brings tears to my eyes’

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Lost Raven closes fast to win Miss Preakness Stakes

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Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks and Program May 20

Northlands Park – Program May 20

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks and Program May 21

Northlands Park –  Program May 21

TheRacingBiz – Genaro – 10 years since Barbaro, laminitis still a challenging foe

ESPN – DRF  – Grening – Spots in Pegasus sell out quickly

Jim and Susan Hill’s Grand Arch will be making his first start of 2016 in Saturday’s Dixie on the Preakness undercard. Be especially beware if the turf is soft.

TwinSpires Blog – Grand Arch makes return in competitive Dixie

This Is Horse Racing – Black-Eyed Susan Day picks

Mike Tarp’s Go Maggie Go will be looking for a less eventful trip in the Black-Eyed Susan than she had in the Kentucky Oaks.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Often the bridesmaid, Land Over Sea the star of Black-Eyed Susan

Louisville Courier-Journal – Opportunistic Gutierrez confident in Nyquist

LA Times – Road to the Triple Crown

National Post – Ryan – Reddam team riding high with Nyquist’s success in pursuit of racing’s Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – Novak – Nyquist on Cruise Control for Preakness

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Nyquist brings same vibe to Preakness

ESPN – Privman – Slew of reasons Nyquist can keep it going in Preakness Stakes

Euthanized at age 16 in December 2011, Indian Charlie’s stud career was cut relatively short. But, if Uncle Mo’s phenomenal first crop is any indication, this rich vein of California gold will be passed on for some time to come.

Baffert added: “If Mike Pegram didn’t buy [In Excess], then we would have never bred [Soviet Sojourn] to him. Fate.”

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Carpenter – The breeding of Nyquist: a little twist of fate that led to pure gold

Questo è per Charlie:

Devil Inside

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Updates on 2016 Preakness Stakes Horses

Louisville Courier-Journal – Exaggerator soaking in Preakness attention

Bloodhorse – Last Preakness Runners Arrive at Pimlico

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Preakness Picks 2016 (Rain Expected)

Horse Race Insider – Jicha- Saturday’s Preakness a great show but a poor bet

NY Times – Hoppert and Drape – Preakness Stakes 2016: Here’s Who We Think Will Win

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Preakness odds questions: How low for Nyquist, Exaggerator and who’s 3rd choice?

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell: Preakness figures to unfold very differently from Derby for Nyquist

Brooklyn Backstretch – Brian Nadeau’s Preakness Analysis

Maryland Jockey Club photo

Sal says if Uncle Lino can run as fast as how good he looks he’s got a shot.

This Is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Connections of Uncle Lino happy under the radar

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Preakness 2016: Pedigree Endorses Uncle Lino

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – Preakness Questions Abound…Or do They?

This Is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Driving Mr. Lani: Alexander the man for the job

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – As Usual, Weather Forecast Breakfast Topic

Baltimore Weather

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Guillot ever confident in maiden Laoban

Lady and the Track – Stradivari Looks to Hit High Note in Preakness Stakes

Sal says he’s taking a flyer on the Vancouver connection Exactor Box: Uncle Lino, Nyquist and Stradivari.

Bloodhorse – Heart and Ability – by Evan Hammonds

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Luck – It’s the year of the super filly – but what does that demand of the trainer?

Bloodhorse – Salutos Amigos Tops Maryland Sprint Handicap

TwinSpires Blog – Leatherbury: Ben’s Cat ‘doesn’t seem to get older’

Bloodhorse – Scheinman – Page McKenney a ‘Special’ Story

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Older Fillies and Mares to Contest Gallorette

TwinSpires Blog – Kent Desormeaux credits Vance, Hadry for launching his riding career

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Twelve Already Committed to Pegasus World Cup

Louisville Courier-Journal – Nyquist, Chrome owners buy into new World Cup

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Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks and Program May 20

Northlands Park – Program May 20

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks and Program May 21

Northlands Park –  Program May 21

NY Times – Pedulla – Battle Lines Form Over Plan to Take Preakness From Pimlico

ESPN – DRF – Preakness staying where it is

Bloodhorse – Balan – Nyquist Draws Post 3 for Preakness

NY Times – Hoppert – Nyquist Draws Post 3 and Is Made the Preakness Favorite

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Desormeaux, Baffert Trying to Defeat Nyquist

Lady and the Track – Japan’s Lani Tries Again in Preakness 2016

ESPN – DRF – Stradivari lacks experience but not talent for Preakness Stakes

ESPN – DRF –  Hovdey – Owner Fluor brings Collected to Pimlico for Preakness

ESPN – DRF – New factors likely to change little in Saturday’s Preakness

Bloodhorse  – Balan –Danzing Candy Moves to Baffert Barn

Des Moines Register – Clayworth – Prairie Meadows won’t say why it lost non-profit status

ESPN – DRF – Hegarty – Trainer Umarov ejected from Churchill Downs

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Bloodhorse – Dual-Registered Filly Tries Evangeline Turf

Paulick Report – Paint Thoroughbred Filly Runs Thursday At Evangeline Downs

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – May 18

Northlands Park – Program – May 18

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Big Event Mentality Dulls Preakness Stakes Buzz

Bloodhorse – NBC, HRRN Set Preakness Week Coverage

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Updates on 2016 Preakness Horses

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Preakness Update | News, notes on every horse

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Ranking the Preakness competition for Nyquist

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Why each of Nyquist’s Preakness foes could win

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Preakness 2016: Pimlico Not Tight-Turned, Speed-Favoring

Bloodhorse – Novak – Abiding Star Gets All Clear for Preakness

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Possibility of an off track no concern for trainer O’Neill

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell –  Nyquist Will Be Saddled Indoors for Preakness

TwinSpires Blog – Awesome Speed, Abiding Star work; Lani enjoying quiet of Belmont

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Pletcher takes aim at Preakness with Stradivari

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Porter – Have Nyquist, Pharoah and Co. transformed the U.S. classics into ‘extended sprints’?

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – A Dubious Challenge to the Dubai World Cup

Bloodhorse – NYRA ADW Will Be Available Throughout U.S.

ESPN – The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

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HBPA Alberta – Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club

Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club Application

Sal again says thanks to Curtis Landry for the effort he is putting into the Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club.

NY Times – Mather – At Indianapolis 500, Innovation Began With a Look Back

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Remembering Barbaro 10 Years Later

Bloodhorse – Ben’s Cat Seeks Fifth McKay Turf Sprint Win

TDN – Pletcher Mulls Options for Stanford

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Land Over Sea Holds Edge in Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Bloodhorse – First Clockwise Trial Held on Woodbine Turf

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Preakness Update | News, notes on every horse

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Nyquist faces new shooters in the Preakness Stakes

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Schools in Paddock, Gate

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Nyquist ‘a total pro’ in Preakness preparations

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Nyquist forces name-check

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Desormeaux: what we WON’T do with Exaggerator to try to beat Nyquist

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Another Uncle Mo colt considered for Preakness

Bloodhorse – Dazzling Gem Confirmed for Sir Barton

This is Horse Racing – Preakness preview bucket returns: Hansel 25 years later

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Bloodhorse –  Exaggerator Arrives at Pimlico

Lady and The Track – Hammer – Exaggerator Arrives at Pimlico for Preakness Stakes 2016

DRF – Watchmaker – Nyquist tough to look past in Preakness Stakes

DRF – Dunleavy – Nyquist looks good in gallop

TwinSpires Blog – New shooters Stradivari, Uncle Lino just needed time to shine

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Fiddler on the Hoof

TwinSpires Blog – Gun Runner to breeze Monday with Preakness status pending; Dazzling Gem still on fence after Sunday work

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Promoting Greed Hurting Bettors and Bet-Takers

TwinSpires Blog – Frosted to Met Mile, Cavorting to Ogden Phipps, Mohaymen to Saratoga

TwinSpires Blog – Peter Pan one-two Unified, Governor Malibu keeping all options on the table

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – CT Classic Rematch in Pimlico Special?

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Oaks Runners Back for Black-Eyed Susan


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: extraordinary daughter who left a major legacy

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The Globe and Mail – THE SECRET OF SERVICE

“Horse racing isn’t dead,” Sinatra said. “We just have to do a better job.”

TDN – Finley – At Laurel, New Life, New Facility and Renewed Hope

Washington Post – Merry – Another inspirational horse-racing movie, but ‘Dark Horse’ is worth the ride

Sal says that this is the difference between Canada and the USA.

National Post – Morton – Woman who suffered deflated breast implant at Coquitlam, B.C. Ikea has suit dismissed

In the USA this lady would have received $500,000,000,000.00 from IKEA and in Canada she gets told to be more careful next time.

Racing To Help Poster

NY Times – Gillis and Fountain – Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest

The Globe and Mail – Mason – After the Fort Mac fire, a frank talk is needed

National Post – Hopper – After Fort McMurray fire, Alberta copes with ‘second disaster’ of misguided donations

Bloodhorse – Balan – Cavorting Dominant in Ruffian Stakes

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Cavorting clear Ruffian winner

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Cavorting back to her best, wins Ruffian by five

Courier-Journal – Lintner – CJ buys into racehorse through Churchill club

The Guardian – Cook – Jim Best conviction to be quashed following BHA climbdown

Bloodhorse – Angst – Wake Forest Surges Past Rivals in Man o’War

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Wake Forest cuts them down in Man o’ War

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Preakness Stakes 2016: Can Anyone Take Down the Champ?

Bloodhorse –Stradivari, Uncle Lino Breeze for Preakness

“You got to be an idiot nowadays to rule anything out because things change overnight in this business with the horses,” Jerkens said. “It’s improbable but not impossible.”

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Unified takes Peter Pan Stakes

Bloodhorse – Novak – Unified Stays Perfect in Peter Pan

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Unified stretches out successfully, remains unbeaten in Peter Pan

TwinSpires Blog – Exaggerator to van to Pimlico, unlikely to breeze before Preakness

Bloodhorse – Novak – Preakness: Abiding Star Needs Quarantine Lift

Louisville Courier-Journal – Preakness runner Cherry Wine all in the family

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Cherry Wine Steady in Preakness Work

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Charmer strikes in Beaugay

Bloodhorse – Angst – Strike Charmer Rallies to Victory in Beaugay

FiveThirtyEight – Can You Solve The Puzzle Of The Overflowing Martini Glass?

Sal’s solution is simple: drink the martini.

Bloodhorse – Fierro – The King Who Did Not Get the Throne

The Globe and Mail – Marotte – A tax reformer with a righteous song

Bloodhorse – Angst – Rawnaq Protects Home Turf in Iroquois Hurdle

FiveThirtyEight – Casselman – Americans Don’t Miss Manufacturing — They Miss Unions

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Pegasus Cup could have issues out of the gate

Louisville Courier – Lintner – Chrome’s next race named; could he run at 6?

Bloodhorse – Balan – I Will Score Game in Barrera Victory

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – I Will Score wins by a neck

Bloodhorse – Thatlookonyerface Upsets Marine at 32-1

Garden and Gun – Portman – The Easiest Biscuits You’ll Ever Make

NY Times – Ruiz – Mystery in Sochi Doping Case Lies With Tamper-Proof Bottle

NY Times – MacFarquhar – Russia Denies Doping at Sochi Olympics

FiveThirtyEight – Hobson – Theranos Is Wrong: We Don’t Need More Blood Tests

Bloodhorse – Novak – Casse Hits 2,000 Mark, Gears Up for Pimlico


Italian Tribune Wine Made By Sting on His Tuscan Estate Recognized As One of Italy’s Finest

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson –  Acapulco scores easily in Royal Ascot prep

National Post – AP – This couple owns vegan restaurants in California. They started eating meat and their clientele is furious

National Post – Kevin Libin: The CBC screwed up big on Jian Ghomeshi — and it still doesn’t realize it

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