Sal’s Countdown to the
2017 Kentucky Derby
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Paulick Report – McCraken Retains Top Spot In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – March 14, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
TDN – WinStar TDN Derby Top Twelve for Mar. 14
DRF – Derby Watch
Brisnet – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report March 15: Mastery sidelined, Tapwrit romps in Tampa
TwinSpires Blog – Battalion Runner joins Scully’s Kentucky Derby Top 10
National Post – Ottawa Citizen – Duffy – Unsolved in the Ottawa Valley, Part 1: The killing of Randy Rankin
Ottawa Citizen – Duffy – Unsolved in the Ottawa Valley, Part 2: The locals call it death row
Ottawa Citizen – Duffy – Unsolved in the Ottawa Valley, Part 3: The story of Jimmy Wise
Ottawa Citizen – Duffy – Unsolved in the Ottawa Valley, Part 4: Decades of pain and the hunt for justice
Ottawa Citizen – Top 50 Irish proverbs and sayings you should know for St. Patrick’s Day
2017 Dubai World Cup Form Guide
Odds Checker – 2017 Dubai World Cup – Win
TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival study guide
sabato marzo 18
TwinSpires Blog – Five things to know about the Rebel
Lady and the Track – Sigmon – California Shippers Hold Favoritism in Oaklawn’s Rebel
TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Uncontested a rebound pick in Rebel
TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Looking for a star-spangled result in Rebel
TDN – TwinSpires.com Triple Crown Throwdown: Rebel
TDN – Bianca – Opportunity Knocks in Wild Rebel
DRF – Aragona – TimeformUS Kentucky Derby prep analysis: Fast pace in Rebel could elevate longshot Silver Dust
NY Times – Tracy – For Some Basketball Coaches, Ties That Bind Are Better Off Left in the Closet
Yelling doesn’t win ball games. It doesn’t put any points on the scoreboard. And I don’t think words win ball games all the time. Players do. Preparation does.
Bloodhorse – El Areeb Likely Headed to Wood Memorial
Bloodhorse – Adolphson – Antonio Sano’s Faith Justified With Gunnevera
Lady and the Track – Brito – Gunnevera: The Hope of a Nation
TwinSpires Blog – How to bet the late Pick 4 on Santa Margarita day at Santa Anita
TDN – Bianca – ‘Dori’ vs. ‘City’ in Santa Margarita
Paulick Report – Arrogate ‘All Good So Far’ In Preparation For 14-Horse Dubai World Cup Field
ABC – Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien allowed to continue horse training after VCAT overturns cobalt doping bans
giorno di San Patrizio
venerdi marzo 17
National Post – Terence Corcoran: St. Patrick’s Day’s troubled history in Canada
Garden and Gun – Sprouse – The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven’t seen the joke yet.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gorajec – This simple initiative in transparency can help win back a skeptical racing public
Bloodhorse – Johnson – Handicapping a Deep Field in the Rebel Stakes
Horse Racing Nation – Zipse – Rebel Stakes 2017: Odds and Analysis
Brisnet – Hanson – Malagacy faces stern test stretching out in Rebel
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – The road to Louisville goes through Tampa
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
William Butler Yeats
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Rebel Stakes Preview
Bloodhorse – Mo Town Breezes for Possible Florida Derby Start
TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Catching up with 2016 OBS March Sale top sellers including Monaco, Master Plan
Lady and the Track – Perdue – From Hot Dogs to Hip Numbers: One Woman’s Journey Into Racehorse Ownership
Paulick Report – Stricter Regulations Announced For Canadian Horse Processing Facilities
Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.
giovedi marzo 16
NY Times – Victor – Lack of Oxford Comma Costs Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute
I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.
Sal says that the cell phone and other modern communication devices have robbed us of one of the greatest punctuation marks – slamming down the receiver.
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – American Anthem Carries Baffert’s Rebel Stakes Hopes
TDN – Baffert Back for More Rebel Glory
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – It’s a cruel blow that Mastery may not get to fulfil his racetrack destiny
Paulick Report – Voss – ‘You Don’t Want To End Up Like Me’: Former Jockey Suffering From Chronic Head Trauma Denied Financial Assistance
NY Times – Schonbrun and Mather – 2017 March Madness: What to Expect in the First Round
Garden and Gun – G&G’s Ultimate Dog Breed Bracket
National Post – McDowell – Death To The Chicken Finger
Paulick Report – Congrats Filly Tops Record OBS March Sale At $1.7 Million
TDN – Sherack and DiDonato – Million-Dollar Babies Propel OBS to Records
US Racing – Ransom – In the Breeding Game, Sometimes Love Is More Important Than Money
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith and Willoughby – A trio emerging as stallions of real importance
Standardbred Canada – Proposal To Root Out ‘Beard’ Trainers
NY Times – Berkman – U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Plans to Boycott World Championship Over Pay Dispute
TDN – Xpressbet Announces Preakness Big Bet
Nation’s Restaurant News – Maze – Goodbye Ruby Tuesday?
mercoledì marzo 15
Reuters – Binnie – ‘Blonde Bombshell’ racehorse stolen in Italy
NY Times – Waldstein – In Canada’s National Basketball Championship, the Madness Is Muted
DRF – Privman – Derby Watch: A pinch-hit home run? It’s happened before
DRF – Privman – Kentucky Derby: Who’s hot, who’s not for March 15
Mama Told Me Not to Come
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap: San Felipe & Tampa Bay Derby
TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report March 14: San Felipe post-race blues, Tapwrit ascends in Tampa Bay Derby
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Strong Demand at Top Fuels OBS Opener
TDN – Oppenheim: 2017–Big Winners So Far
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Archer – Okay, Winx is incredible – but is she really better than ‘the mare of the world’?
Paulick Report – Paulick – For His Strength, Record, Garrett Gomez Deserves Hall Of Fame
US Racing – Jockey Profile: Dylan Davis
Horse Race Insider – Berner – It’s Horse Racing But It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me
Paulick Report – Newly Proposed Legislation Limits Cuomo To Two Appointments On Privatized NYRA Board
Et tu, Brute?
ESPN – Gomez – Baseball is America’s pastime, but which America?
martedì marzo 14
Paulick Report – Voss – ‘I’m Screwed’: Maryland Case Of Missing Workers’ Comp Illustrates Problems With Costly System
Down The Stretch – 2017 $10,000,000 Group 1 Dubai World Cup Possible Runners
The National – Riddle – Dubai World Cup: Bob Baffert says top-rated Arrogate will arrive at Meydan ready to run
The National – Riddle – Dubai World Cup: Arrogate just part of an expected large contingent of US competitors
DRF – Rampellini – Pletcher trio arrives for Rebel Stakes card
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Tapwrit Brings Together Happy, Disparate Owners
Paulick Report – Pletcher Plans Another Start Before Derby For ‘Improving’ Tapwrit
TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Tapwrit
DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby: Tampa Bay Derby analysis
DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby: San Felipe Stakes analysis
DRF – Privman – Mastery back at barn after surgery on leg
Paulick Report – Golden – Iliad, Term Of Art Exit San Felipe Well, Point To Santa Anita Derby
Paulick Report – Battalion Runner Headed To Florida Derby, Benefits From ‘Added Time Between Races’
Bloodhorse – Hawthorne Race Course Joins NTRA
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – Breeders can’t get enough of him as it is – and that’s unlikely to change this week
NY Times – Ruiz – Willing to Blow the Whistle on Doping? New Legal Aid Group Wants to Help
The Globe and Mail – Mosby – We are what we ate: Canada’s history in cuisines
TDN – NYRA Expands Partnership with FOX Sports, Claiborne to Sponsor
lunedi marzo 13
NY Times – Asimov – How to Drink Wine
Sal always thought you poured it into a glass and tipped the glass into your mouth. Wonder what Asimov has up his sleeve.
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
Horse Racing Nation – Zipse – Kentucky Derby 2017: Who’s Hot // Who’s Not
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – This Game Tugs at Your Heart from Both Sides
ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – For a brief moment, search for Derby colt was over
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Mastery’s injury leaves trainer Bob Baffert ‘in shock’
TDN – Tapwrit Well After TB Derby Score
TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – It Tiz Well joins Road to the Kentucky Oaks
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Grassick – Why this is the week that counts the most for Joseph O’Brien
ESPN – Brennan – A full guide to every team in the 2017 NCAA tournament
ESPN – Fawkes – Odds for all 68 teams to win NCAA tournament
NY Times – Tracy, Schonbrun and Mather – 2017 N.C.A.A. Tournament Bracket: Who Has the Edge in Each Region?
NY Times – Tracy – N.C.A.A. Tournament: Familiar Favorites and Compelling Underdogs
NY Times – Tracy – Think the N.C.A.A. Bracket’s Too Easy? Try One of These Pools
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Zuccoli – Racing in Italy in 2017: a (true) story to make you laugh – or cry
Paulick Report – ‘Undesireable State Of Affairs’: Program Training In Italian Case Of Stefano Botti
Red Hill Mining Town
National Post – A fresh indignity for Canada’s smallest province: P.E.I. wiped off several maps
Brisnet – Reilly – Arrogate ‘just cruised’ another seven furlongs for Dubai World Cup
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Today’s average American is more apt to rebel against a tennis shoe not coming in the right color than against the slow erosion of our democratic freedom.
These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Sal says that if Phil could trudge this gem out every Rebel so can Sal:
A racetrack, a killing, and the history of organized crime in Hot Springs, Arkansas – Grantland
NY Times – Tracy – The N.C.A.A Tournament Challenge: Determining Who’s In and What’s Their Seed
Sporting News – Fagan – March Madness 2017: NCAA Tournament bracket projections update
NY Times – Macur – Another Woman at the March Madness Mike? That Only Took 2 Decades
LA Times – Woike – Prop wagers for March Madness? You can bet on it
I’ll watch the kids play, have a big steak with my friends, stay in a nice hotel, sign a lot of autographs, then go back to Vegas and tell my alumni how tough recruiting is.
USA Today – Lawler – 5 things to binge-watch to get ready for March Madness
Sal’s always been partial to:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Rebel Without a Cause
Twist n Shout
NY Times – Tracy – Mike Krzyzewski’s Secret to Staying Relevant: Bitmoji
Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard
The spirit of rebellion can only exist in a society where a theoretical equality conceals great factual inequalities. The problem of rebellion, therefore, has no meaning except within our own Western society.
Paulick Report – Albanese – The Quiet Man: Mandella Lets His Horses Do The Talking (First Of Four Parts)
Paulick Report – Albanese – The Quiet Man: Mandella’s Bad ‘N Big Beginnings (Part Two)
Paulick Report – Albanese – The Quiet Man: ‘I Don’t Think You Ever Stop Learning’ (Part Three)
Paulick Report – Albanese – The Quiet Man: Mandella And His Horses Find Their Comfort Zone (Last Of Four Parts)
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Paulick Report – Petrov, Silver Dust, Uncontested All Prep For ‘Real, Real Tough’ Rebel Stakes
Bloodhorse – Rebel Prospects Turn in Oaklawn Works
A full mind is an empty bat.
DRF – Standardbred trainer suspended for 15 years after allegedly beating horse
Paulick Report – Indiana Trainer Suspended For 15 Years For Severely Abusing Horse
Bloodhorse – Angst – Too Many Holes in Racing’s Rule Net
This Mess We’re In
NY Times – Asimov – Irish Whiskeys Rise Above the Annual Celebration
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Don’t Let Me Down
Brisnet – Neulist – A Day at the Races: A Hawthorne Homecoming
One Tree Hill
The Globe and Mail – Duhatschek – Hockey’s biggest shift: Fifty years of evolution in NHL coaching
If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.
Girl Next Door
National Post – McParland – Kelly McParland: Big Daddy Bettman just can’t shake his unrequited love for Arizona
The more your players have to think on the basketball court, the slower their feet get.
The Globe and Mail – Wheeler – Hello Destroyer: A vulnerable story that’s not your typical hockey film
Girl Next Door
Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.
The Bitter Southerner – Gallant – Delicious Birds, Dangerous Times
Once smaller tracks have delivered their product through modern mediums with a precise gambling message, then I believe it’s time to work on the gamble itself.
First, most –even those with small on-track crowds– continually want to race on weekend afternoons, competing directly with large tracks. If this does not make particular economic sense (or there’s a hard and fast reason for it), why not race when others are not? A small track carding their deepest, most-bettable card when others are not racing can be fruitful.
Second, if a track–like so many–has poor on-track handle and higher than average takeout, why not lower it? A signal fee of, for example, 4%, means the venue (and their horsemen) receive 4 cents of each dollar bet whether the top-line juice is 25% or 15%. Is there a huge downside in going with a lower number?
Third, a lot of smaller tracks try to copy the blockbuster track experience with big stakes races and big days. Horsemen usually sign-off on this tactic and have for some time. Instead, why not offer some of this money out in seeded pools? At large tracks, seeded pools–i.e. carryovers–increase handle because they create value via a takeout reduction. At smaller tracks, it’s more than that, because even a small carryover can boost pool size, which is very important to gamblers.
TDN – Towers – For Smaller Tracks, It’s About the Deliverables & The Gamble
An urban reserve is a chance for a First Nation to purchase and control land within a city while agreeing to abide by city bylaws and pay equivalent property taxes in exchange for city services. Enoch says it’s hoping for land near the river valley.
Edmonton Journal – Urban reserve in Edmonton one step closer after Enoch agreement signed
Sal says that Mayor Iveson should take this opportunity to kill 2 birds with one kidney stones throw away from the North Saskatchewan. Lease the land that Edmonton Northlands presently misoccupies to Enoch for the property tax equivalent that is one hell of a lot more than the bungling behemoth’s $1 per year and have Enoch assume the debt on the great white woolly mammoth. The old Rexall Place is circular and could form the base of a giant teepee entertainment centre that Enoch could fill given their experience at River Cree.
Sal says that given the opportunity Sal’s sure that Enoch could have the great white mammoth so busy that they would have to expand and make this city proud of what has come to be the taxpayer’s financial albatross.
Sal’s had a tour of the barns and track at Enoch and will say that they make the barns at Northlands Park look like they’ve had no repairs since Hurricane Benny blew through them.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Apparently, Coliseum Steaks and Pizza is an institution unto itself, with or without the Oilers.
We quickly saw why. Unlike Northlands management, who have proposed their “Vision 2020” to rejuvenate the former arena and its grounds, this Coliseum’s owners are from the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of management.
Edmonton Journal – Gold – Dining out: Coliseum Steaks and Pizza remains at top of its game
Sal says that Gold needs to do a tad more research and see what Edmonton city council has said about Edmonton Northlands Vision 2020 folly.
The city reviewed the proposal and said Northlands’ plan to overhaul the arena, EXPO Centre and horse racing track overestimated the amount of revenue the changes would bring in, and underestimated the cost of the massive overhaul.
Additionally, city staff said there’s not enough demand for an additional six rinks throughout the year. In the winter, there would be demand, but not in the summer.
INews 880 – Kornik – City council may change the bylaw around Northlands’ debt payments
Edmonton Journal – Stolte – Edmonton moves to grant further Northlands debt relief
Garden and Gun – Horn – A Spring Bourbon Tonic
TDN – Rees – Aftercare Discussion Kicks off NHBPA Convention
Bloodhorse – Johnsen Calls on Tracks, Horsemen to Work Together
Paulick Report – Rees – ‘ADW Growth And What It Means For Our Future’ The Topic On Day 2 Of National HBPA Convention
Bloodhorse – National HBPA Panel Discusses ADW Wagering
TDN – Rees – National HBPA Out of Competition and Hair Testing Panel
TDN – DeBernardis – New Partners Unite for Noble Freud
There’s as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said – he’d rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.
Brisnet – Acully – Gutting aftermath to San Felipe
US Racing – Ransom – Mastery Wins San Felipe, Derby Dreams End with Condylar Fracture
Bloodhorse – Balan – Mastery Dominates San Felipe, Sustains Injury After
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Mastery’s victory overshadowed by condylar fracture
TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – The highs and lows of Mastery’s San Felipe
Paulick Report – Mastery Suffers Condylar Fracture After Dominating San Felipe
TDN – Mastery Injured in San Felipe Romp
Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Tapwrit Shows His Class in Tampa Bay Derby
ESPN – DRF – Fortuna – Tapwrit’s win in Tampa Bay Derby sets stakes 1 1/16-mile record
TDN – Tapwrit Gives Pletcher Another Tampa Bay Derby
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Champion Classic Empire Back on the Worktab
Paulick Report – Battalion Runner Headed To Florida Derby, Benefits From ‘Added Time Between Races’
Paulick Report – ‘Talented’ Untrapped Completes Final Preparations For Rebel Stakes
Bloodhorse – Shea – It Tiz Well Makes The Grade in Honeybee
TDN – Arch ‘Rising Star’ Stings Foes in Honeybee
Bloodhorse – Novak – Fifty Five Sets Stakes Record in Florida Oaks
ESPN – DRF – Fortuna – Fifty Five overtakes La Coronel to win Florida Oaks
Brisnet – Caldwell – Shaman Ghost scary good in Santa Anita Handicap
Bloodhorse – Balan – Shaman Ghost Wears Down Midnight Storm in Big ‘Cap
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
LA Times – Mehta – Schwarzenegger says he’s not running for U.S. Senate
ESPN – DRF – McGee – Stanford captures Challenger Stakes in track-record time
National Post – Chris Selley: Signs of Toronto’s glorious past are returning, two spinning records at a time
National Post – All In God’s Time
TDN – Bal a Bali Gets His American Grade I
If the human body recognized agony and frustration, people would never run marathons, have babies, or play baseball.