Sal says the the results of the Holy Bull, the Withers and the Robert B Lewis muddied the Kentucky Derby Trail, especially the Holy Bull.
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Lady and the Track – Laughter – Irish War Cry Bred for Derby Glory
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Holy Bull winner could be formidable over nine furlongs plus
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Stamina looks to be Royal Mo’s game
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Elegant El Areeb confirms that first impression
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Swale winner Favorable Outcome shapes like one to follow
TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – Top juvenile performers don’t always remain ahead of competition
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Classic Empire on the Mend After Foot Abscess
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap
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Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – February 7, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – A great-grandmother, a winning ride and a story that’s worth a lot more than 15 minutes
Paulick Report – Paulick – Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park
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The Sun – Pepper – Women jockeys weight allowance stirs up opinions in gender equality in racing
The Sun – Pepper – Turf Club against introducing female jockey weight allowance following controversial move by France Galop
Paulick Report – Sam F. Davis Probables Led By McCraken, Fact Finding
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Interesting Day for Kentucky Derby Hopefuls
US Racing – Ransom – Irish War Cry Wins Holy Bull Battle
Brisnet – Irish War Cry to target Gulfstream’s Kentucky Derby preps, Classic Empire likely to run elsewhere
Brisnet – Hanson – Why the Holy Bull loss historically hurts Classic Empire’s Kentucky Derby prospects
Brisnet – DeRosa – Evoking Afleet Alex, Funny Cide, and Real Quiet in the hopes of a Classic Empire rebound
Lady and the Track – Laughter – LATT’s Top Early Kentucky Derby Contenders
Bloodhorse – Balan – Unique Bella Untouchable in Las Virgenes
Brisnet – Caldwell – Unique Bella towers over Las Virgenes foes
Paulick Report – Unique Bella Never Asked In Easy Las Virgenes Victory
TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Should Unique Bella pursue the Kentucky Derby trail?
National Post – Stinson – A dynasty like no other: New England Patriots pull off 25-point comeback — the biggest in Super Bowl history
LA Times – Plaschke – With a record fifth Super Bowl win, Brady cements his legacy as the greatest ever
NY Times – Shpigel – Patriots Mount a Comeback for the Ages to Win a Fifth Super Bowl
ESPN – Robert Kraft calls fifth Super Bowl title ‘unequivocally the sweetest’
ESPN – Grazaino – ‘I don’t know how he caught it’: Inside Julian Edelman’s impossible grab
NY Times – Pareles – Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: No Controversy, Lots of Glitter
National Post – AP – A new low: Falcons’ Super Bowl loss the biggest flop in Atlanta’s sad sports history
FiveThirtyEight – The Pats’ Comeback Was Incredible — Even If You Think The Falcons Blew It
Sal says that all of the scribes who are second guessing Falcon’s play calling need to remember that the grey hoodie casts some sort of magical spell over the playing field and lady luck. If the Falcons would have kicked the field goal to go up 31 – 20 somehow the Patriots would have found a way to come back and score 2 touchdowns the first with a 2 point convert and still won the game 35 -31.
Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Tiznow and the Patriots: One More Time
NY Times – Maheshwari – Escapism Reigns in Super Bowl Commercials, but Politics Proves Inescapable
Brisnet – Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed catalog swells to 640
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Kid Silver Carries Perrones’ Hopes at Fasig-Tipton
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – What do you get when you breed a great mare and a great sire? With luck, it’ll be something like this little guy
ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Ralis retired to stud
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Personalities get behind Equestricon as countdown to historic new racing convention gets underway
Long Time Gone
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With the weekend’s major sporting events, the Holy Bull, the Withers and the Robert B Lewis, behind us if you find that you have not much to do this Sunday afternoon you can always catch the last NFL game of the season.
TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – 500 Things We Learned From Saturday’s Prep Races
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
DRF – McGee – Irish War Cry’s victory tweaks Kentucky Derby picture
TDN – Curlin’s Irish War Cry Stays Perfect in Holy Bull
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Irish War Cry Scores Upset in Holy Bull
ESPN – DRF – Trainer Motion rewarded for running Irish War Cry in Holy Bull
Brisnet – Scully – Irish War Cry rolls in Holy Bull, Classic Empire thir
Paulick Report – Irish War Cry Leads All The Way In Emphatic Holy Bull Victory
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Bloodhorse – Irish War Cry, Classic Empire Fine After Holy Bull
If ever you are to be visited by the Holy Ghost, you should make certain you’re sitting beside a fireman.Frank McCourt
One Tree Hill
TwinSpires Blog – Genaro – Withers romper El Areeb has ‘done everything we’ve asked of him, and then some’
Brisnet – Hanson – El Areeb dazzles again at the Big A in Withers
TDN – El Areeb Again in the Withers
Bloodhorse – Novak – El Areeb Too Good in Withers
ESPN – DRF – Grening – El Areeb wins on fast track in Withers at Aqueduct
Lady and the Track – Ransom – El Areeb Shows Mettle With Withers Win
Paulick Report – El Areeb Dominant Once Again In Withers
This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – El Areeb takes another step forward in Withers romp
Sal was impressed with True Timber who almost went down on his face breaking from the gate, nonetheless got to the front and gamely held on for second.
Bloodhorse – Balan – Royal Mo Runs Away in Lewis Victory
Bloodhorse – Ransom – Royal Mo Wins Lewis, Officially on Derby Trail
Brisnet – Hanson – Royal Mo enters Derby picture with Lewis win
Paulick Report – Royal Mo Repels Challengers In Robert B. Lewis
TDN – Uncle Mo Colt Wire to Wire in the Lewis
ESPN – DRF – Welsch – Favorable Outcome outlasts Three Rules in Swale
Brisnet – Scully – Favorable Outcome earns first stakes win in Swale
TDN – Flatter Colt Sweeps to Victory in the Swale
Paulick Report – ‘Everything In Play’: Battalion Runner Cruises Toward Kentucky Derby Trail
TDN – NY Times: Viola Withdraws Name For Army Post
The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Gotta give Frank credit.
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
Bloodhorse – Century Downs Adds Thoroughbred Meet for 2017
Canadain Thoroughbred – Field – Century’s Paul Ryneveld Talks New Edmonton Track
Sal says that if the return of thoroughbreds to Calgary creates a buzz wait until the Century Mile is completed and racing in Edmonton is under the auspices of a company that cares about customers and wants to improve and grow the horse racing industry.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Prat completes four-win day in San Marcos Stakes
Bloodhorse – Isotherm Jumps Up in San Marcos
Prat’s 4 race wins were the last 4 of the day giving him a Prat Pick 4.
Whiskey In A Jar
Bloodhorse – Canada’s Trillium, Delta Colleen, Receive Listed Status
Bloodhorse – Precious – Cuomo Rejects NYRA Restructuring Bill
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
Southern Living – The Best Valentine’s Day Treats
Cosmopolitan – The 20 Sexiest Cocktails to Sip On
National Post – Washington Post – Wootson Jr. – British police spent months trying to identify a lost Alzheimer’s patient. The answer broke their hearts
FiveThirtyEight – Silver – Is It Time To Bring Back The Hartford Whalers?
Sal says one of his favourite logos has always been:
Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing in the Maritimes.
Mental Floss – 25 Things Hiding in Sports Logos
TDN – Kitten’s Cat Tributes His Sire in the Kitten’s Joy
NY Times – Severson – Late to the Game, Football Stadiums Aim for Better Food
And you can wash your better food down with a $12.50 beer that tastes like crap not craft.
Garden and Gun – Portman – Super Bowl Snacks from Texas
The Globe and Mail – NY Times – Mather – Everything you need to know about Super Bowl 51
NY Times – Sifton – How to Cook for a Dinner Party Without Ignoring Your Guests
NY Times – Awkward Handoff of Lombardi Trophy Has Roots in Renegade Raiders
TDN – Rymska Gives Brown Sixth Straight Sweetest Chant
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Sal’s reminded of a joke
A conductor was having a lot of trouble with a drummer.
He constantly gave this guy personal attention and much advice, but his performance simply didn’t improve.
Finally, before the whole orchestra, he took a critical jab at the drummer, “When a musician just can’t handle his instrument and doesn’t improve when given help, they take away the instrument, give him two sticks, and make him a drummer, which must be why you play the drums.”
A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section, “And if he can’t handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor.”
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Children of Secretariat: the son who ran 144 times – and is still thriving at 31
Paulick Report – Paulick – Name Similar To ‘Blazing Saddles’ Character Too Hot For The Jockey Club
TDN – Union Rags’ Tequilita Moves ‘Forward’ at Gulfstream
Bloodhorse – Wincze – Hughes Tequilita Makes Matz Proud in Forward Gal
Brisnet – Caldwell – Tequilita denies Pretty City Dancer for Forward Gal victory
The Globe and Mail – Saunders – Is Putin scoring political goals on Europe’s empty net?
Bloodhorse – St. Joe Bay Digs in to Win Palos Verdes
ESPN – DRF – Andersen – St. Joe Bay wins second straight graded stakes
National Post – Are you nuts?’: N.S. couple accused of backing out of verbal deal to split $100K prize with four people
Sal says that Solomon would say the the agreement among the contestants vitiated their participation in the contest and none of them is entitled to the prize money.
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Gulfstream To Offer 50-Cent Pick 3s
Holiday in Cambodia
Even on your hiatus, you feel like you need to keep the character in the back of your brain.