Feb 052017

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.

venerdì 10 febbraio

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

martedi 7 febbraio

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

lunedi  6 febbraio

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.

George S. Patton

Turn, Turn, Turn

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

domenica 5 febbraio

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.
Oscar Wilde

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.

William Butler Yeats


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?
Pablo Picasso

Click Here!

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.

Mario Puzo

Southern Living – The Best Valentine’s Day Treats

Cosmopolitan – The 20 Sexiest Cocktails to Sip On

All Apologies

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:

Quebec Nordiques Logo.svg

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.
Tommy Douglas

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

I’m Tired

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

I’m Tired

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.
Adam Driver

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Sal’s 2017 Holy Bull Weekend Review”


    CENTURY DOWNS announces short 6 week meet for thoroughbreds, but at what cost to the horse racing participants in terms of shipping, available help, housing, social economic.

    NORTHLANDS flip/flopping on live horse racing even caught the independent auditors will their racing pants down when GRANT THORNTON tabled under GROWING CONCERN ( dec 31/2015 financial statement) page 5 i quote. “Management is presently of the opinion that sufficient working capital will be obtained from future cash flows to meet the organization’s liabilities and commitments as they become payable”. SURPRISE SURPRISE they couldn’t meet September 15/2016 $2 million interest payment on their $48 million debt and went begging to city council, i hope the HBPA monitors their purse split!!!

    NORTHLANDS has a demand operating facility of $20 million, which no $$$ funds had been advanced up to Dec 31/2015, with the bank holding as collateral a FIRST priority security interest on all present and future property of the organization. I wonder what the city tax payers think, holding a $48 million debt payable as 2nd creditor, no response from city council with my nickel concerns put to them!!!

    TC loses 50-48 to ZERNON in a tight vote for OBRIEN AWARD OF HORSEMANSHIP , with no mention from HRA, ASHA with travis/ashley gone east $900k/$300k of 2016 purses will be redistributed in 2017.

    NICKELBACK goes on a summer tour, meaning that the FINAL FINAL CANADIAN DERBY concert band could be down to plain economics $$$ , look for TOMMY HUNTER or BOB STUPAC as replacements.

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