Mar 262017

Sal’s Countdown to the

2017 Kentucky Derby


An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
Red Auerbach

Brisnet – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report March 29: Three longshots qualify as final round of preps get underway

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – March 28, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

TDN – WinStar TDN Derby Top 20 for Mar. 28

TwinSpires Blog – Scully’s Kentucky Derby Top 10 staying steady ahead of major preps

TwinSpires Blog – Malagacy, One Liner earn spots in Scully’s Kentucky Derby Top 10

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Woodford Reserve

Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Apr 1, 2017 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Apr 1, 2017 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 15, 2017 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 15, 2017 10-4-2-1

 Road the the 2017 Kentucky Oaks

Gulfstream Park Oaks Gulfstream Park Apr 1, 2017 100-40-20-10
Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds Apr 1, 2017 100-40-20-10
Ashland Keeneland Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Oaks Santa Anita Park Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Gazelle Aqueduct Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Fantasy Oaklawn Park Apr 14, 2017 100-40-20-10
Beaumont Keeneland Apr 16, 2017 10-4-2-1

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Sal says that if you’re reading the sports section of your local newspaper while enjoying your bearclaw and double-double the headline about 5 Canadian teams making the NHL playoffs this year is not an April Fool’s prank as five Canadian NHL teams are on the cusp of making the NHL playoffs this year.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

Fool’s Overture

NY Times – Longman – Connecticut’s 111-Game Winning Streak Ends With Loss to Mississippi State

ESPN – Hayes – Mississippi State stands up to Connecticut in epic upset

NY Times – AP – South Carolina Defeats Stanford to Reach Its First Title Game

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

Groucho Marx

Liar, Liar

TDN – Finley – Leading Harness Driver to Become Jockey

The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.

Marilyn Monroe

Fool to Cry 

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – 14 Things You Should Know About Saturday’s Final Four

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Baltasar Gracian

Fool Yourself

“You know what pressure is?” Martin asked. “Thirty-five students, 27 desks, 18 textbooks, and you’ve got to educate every single kid in that classroom for 180 days.”

NY Times – Crouse – Frank Martin’s Formula for Success: ‘You Figure It Out’

Under Pressure

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Handicapping Profile of Florida Derby Runners

Lady and the Track – DaSilva – Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby Selections

Bloodhorse – Litfin: Handicapping South’s Big Oaks and Derby Preps

Bloodhorse – Johnson -Plenty of Options in Competitive Louisiana Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Race flows should help favorites as $25K Kentucky Dream Bet Final Round begins

TwinSpires Blog – Scully: Trying to beat imposing favorites in Florida and Louisiana

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa Kentucky Derby Prep Picks for the Florida and Louisiana Derbys

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.

Louis L’Amour

Fool on the Hill

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup: Can First Round Of 100-Point Preps Clarify This Muddy Derby Picture?

Dancing Fool

Bloodhorse – Pletcher Ships Lightly Raced Duo for Louisiana Derby

Bloodhorse – Ransom – Louisiana Derby Draws Nine in Search of History

Sal’s reprising his comment from Friday about Sal reviewing the pps for Saturday’s Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. Mike Smith may have been channelling his Zenyatta rides while piloting Arrogate to victory in last weeks Dubai World Cup, but for Monaco to have a chance Maragh will have to be channelling Mr. Monaco (Graham Hill not Mat), Lorenzo Bandini, Mario Andretti, Aryton Senna and Jaun Fangio and Monaco will have to be channelling Nearco, Enzo Ferrari and Federico Tesio.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Bloodhorse – Gunnevera: From Orphan to Classic Contender

TDN – DeBernardis –  Dialed In Colt Enters FL Derby ‘Guns’ Blazing

Please, Sir, I want some more.


What a Fool Believes

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Five things to know for Florida Derby

Fooled Around and Fell in Love

Lady and the track – Tequilita Tries Two Turns in Gulfstream Park Oaks

Fool in the Rain

FiveThirtyEight – Hickey – A Mistranslated Word Led To Some Of The Best Fake News Of The 20th Century

FiveThirtyEight – Hickey and Boyle – Mars Madness: 68 Cool Things About Mars Go Head-To-Head

Ship of Fools

LA Times – Khan – How did Mars lose so much of its atmosphere? MAVEN has an answer

Ghost Riders In The Sky

The experience reminds me that solitude among the buzz of a busy stadium is like a kind of meditation. Even when there are thousands of people around, it’s really just you, your thoughts, your favourite pitcher, and the nine men in your lineup.

The Globe and Mail – Fowles – Going to the ballpark alone: Seeking solitude in a social sport

Under Pressure

National Post – Rex Murphy: Actually, witchcraft is a pretty good explanation for all that’s happening in Ontario

All Apologies

National Post – Rougned Odor, who punched Jose Bautista in the face, gets two horses in his new deal with the Texas Rangers

Life on Mars

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TDN – Towers – Good Things Happen When Customers’ Bankrolls Grow

Bloodhorse – Baffert Could Send Three to Santa Anita Derby

US Racing – Sigmon – Gunnevera Seeks First Grade One Victory in Florida Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Knee Chip Knocks El Areeb Off Derby Trail

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Pletcher’s Master Plan worth keeping in mind for the Belmont after UAE run

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Interesting Malagacy has plenty of scope for improvement

Speaking of improvement Sal’s been reviewing the pps for Saturday’s Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. Mike Smith may have been channelling his Zenyatta rides while piloting Arrogate to victory in last weeks Dubai World Cup, but for Monaco to have a chance Maragh will have to be channelling Mr. Monaco (Graham Hill not Mat), Aryton Senna and Jaun Fangio and Monaco will have to be channelling Nearco, Enzo Ferrari and Federico Tesio.

NY Times – Asimov – Your Next Lesson: Lambrusco

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Florida Derby & Louisiana Derby Previews

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Gulfstream, Fair Grounds could produce a leader of 3YO pack

TDN – Massam – Girvin the One to Beat in LA Derby

Brisnet – Caldwell – Tequilita takes on Davona Dale trio in Gulfstream Park Oaks

TDN – Massam – Farrell Seeks Local Sweep in FG Oaks

Bloodhorse – Olorda Brings Back Class to Orchid Stakes

TDN – Massam – Pegasus Also-Rans Out to Make Amends in N.O. ‘Cap

US Racing – Simon – Is Bob Baffert Right About Arrogate?

National Post – Ferreira – Judge rejects McCain heiress’ attempt to delay annulment case because of upcoming album release

Sal says how do you download a frozen French Fry to your smart phone or Ipod.

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The Globe and Mail – Montreal baseball investors have met MLB’s conditions: source

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Asmussen shifts focus back to 3-year-olds

Brisnet – Scully – Gunnevera draws outside in Florida Derby

Bloodhorse – Novak – Sano’s Faith in Gunnevera Unwavering for Florida Derby

Paulick Report – Orphaned At Birth, Gunnevera ‘Probably Extra Spoiled’

Paulick Report – Musical Jockeys: New Pilots Planned For Several Top Derby Prospects

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report March 29: Hence gets big number

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo –  The Dubai Conundrum

Brisnet – Caldwell – El Areeb posts penultimate work for Wood Memorial

TDN – Classic Empire Confirmed for Arkansas Derby

Bloodhorse – Tequilita Hopes to Go Distance in Gulfstream Oaks

TDN – Bianca – Vexatious No Trouble for Drysdale

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Deep Impact replaces Galileo as the world’s top-ranked stallion

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Average Spikes at Barretts March Sale

Bloodhorse – Balan – Dortmund Looks to Regain Form in Santana Mile

Garden and Gun – Hutchinson – Man o’ War’s Lasting Legacy

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Horse Park to Celebrate Man ‘o War

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights – Arrogate the best I’ve seen

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Bloodhorse – McCraken, Gunnevera Top Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Paulick Report – Pletcher’s Derby Troop: Battalion Runner Won’t Ship For Santa Anita Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap: Spiral & Sunland Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Six things I’m looking forward to this week at the Louisiana Derby

Horse Race Insider – Berner – Arrogate in Dubai, a True Global View

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NY Times – Powell – The N.F.L. and the Business of Ripping Out the Heart of Oakland

LA Times – Montero – Las Vegas beats the odds, and its own past, in landing the Raiders

NY Times – Gierasimczuk – How a Team in Seattle, of All Places, Changed Hockey Forever

Bloodhorse – Angst – Classic Empire to Arkansas Derby After Solid Work

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – McCraken Stretches Out in Keeneland Work

Paulick Report – Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCracken’s Six-Furlong Work At Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Angst – Skychai Racing Purchases Interest in Fast and Accurate

Paulick Report – ‘Old Men And Their Dreams’: Skychai Buys Into Spiral Winner Fast And Accurate

Sal says that now Dr. Hansen has money to supplement this horse to the Derby.

Paulick Report – Gunnevera Heads Florida Derby Probables; Practical Joke Still On The Fence

What? Is Practical Joke going to be too busy pulling April Fool’s Day pranks to be ready for the Florida Derby.

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights – Pedigree Insights: Thunder Snow

Paulick Report – Hence, Conquest Mo Money Under Consideration For Additional Preps Before Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Unique Bella Sidelined Indefinitely Due To Shin Injury

Paulick Report – Full Sister To Destin, Creative Cause Steps Up In Fair Grounds Oaks

Brisnet – Hanson – Farrell seeks fourth in a row in Fair Grounds Oaks

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Who could fail to fall for this daughter of one of racing’s greatest mares?

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Arrogate provides fitting climax to Dubai World Cup night drama

DRF – Hovdey: Assessing greatness requires history’s lessons

Brisnet – Hanson – Arrogate’s rise to greatness historically unconventional, but true

Brisnet – Hanson – Noble Bird, Better Lucky look to rebound in New Orleans

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NY Times – Tracy – A Final Four That Illustrates the Sport’s Constant: Unpredictability

NY Times – Cacciola – North Carolina Vindicates Roy Williams’s Trust With Last-Second Win

NY Times – Schonbrun – Resilient South Carolina Ascends Into the Basketball Ether

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Four absolute certainties about Arrogate … or are they?

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Arrogreatest of All Time?

Paulick Report – Arrogate ‘Wasn’t Really Tired’ After Dubai World Cup, Will Have A Break Before Next Start

Paulick Report – World’s Richest Horse Race: Sheikh Mohammed Plans Purse Increase For Dubai World Cup

Paulick Report – Hansen Will Put Up $200,000 Late Nomination Fee For Spiral Winner Fast And Accurate

Bloodhorse – Balan – Hence Springs Upset in Sunland Derby

TDN – Hence Shows ‘Em Who’s ‘Boss’

Brisnet – Caldwell – Hence powers to Sunland Derby victory

Bloodhorse – Shea – Undefeated Ghalia Takes Sunland Park Oaks

TDN – Ghalia Stays Perfect in Sunland Oaks

Brisnet – Caldwell – Ghalia remains unbeaten with Sunland Park Oaks triumph

Bloodhorse – Balan – Girvin Heads Louisiana Derby Field

Bloodhorse – Shea – Farrell Poised for Next Test in Fair Grounds Oaks

Bloodhorse – Dortmund Back to Dirt in Next Start

TDN – I. Ortiz, Rodriguez and Jacobson Take Big A Inner Titles

National Post – Garrioch – Sidney Crosby unfazed by broadside from Ottawa Senators owner: ‘He just likes to hear himself talk’

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The Globe and Mail – John Doyle: What Would Sal Do? Be crude, dumb and very funny

Sal says that Sal’s sick and tired of those micro breweries that brew trendy concoctions that taste nothing like beer. Sal says to let the oenophiles sniff their wine and pretend they know what they’re talking about when all they’re doing is regurgitating some other wine snob’s opinion. Sal wants beer with a back beat that you can’t lose.

Sal says the truest quote he ever heard about the aroma of liquor came from Brian Panowich’s Bull-Mountain:

Smells like oak, vanilla and bad decisions. 

Sal was rather pleased to find a microbrewery that actually makes beer that tastes like beer, but better than the pee water we get from Labatt’s and Molson’s and all the faux Yankee concoctions.

Sal says he heard that they grow the grain just outside of the megalopolis of Wanham.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Albert Einstein

25 or 6 to 4

National Post – Fast food week: How to embrace pizza as the cornerstone of your life

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom.

Bob Hope


Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five.

Paul Harvey



NY Times – Tracy – Oregon Topples Kansas for First Final Four Appearance Since 1939

NY Times – Shpigel – Gonzaga Marches Into Its First Final Four by Routing Xavier

Bloodhorse – Six Late Nominations to Triple Crown

Please Come to Boston

Monaco in the Louisiana Derby 

Bloodhorse – Fields Set for Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds Oaks

Rose Coloured Blues

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Classic Empire, Meet Tiznow, Broad Brush, and Fu Peg

Bloodhorse – El Areeb Works at Laurel Toward Wood Memorial

Bloodhorse – Novak – Irish War Cry Works With Wood Memorial Bid Likely

Bloodhorse – Gunnevera Leads Busy Sophomore Work Slate

TDN – Florida Derby Hopefuls Tune Up

Feelin Alright

Bloodhorse – Angst – Fast and Accurate Scores Spiral Upset

ESPN – DRF – McGee – Fast and Accurate pulls surprise to win Spiral Stakes

TDN – Hansen Colt Delivers in the Spiral

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Golden – O’Neill Has Four Under Consideration For Santa Anita Derby

Something in the Air

DRF – Hersh – Thunder Snow narrowly beats Epicharis in fast UAE Derby

TDN – UAE Derby Goes To Helmet’s Thunder Snow

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer –  Thunder Snow Gets Up in UAE Derby

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

Ghost Riders in The Sky

Garden and Gun – Portman – Garden & Gun’s Fried Chicken Bucket List

Paulick Report – Non-Derby Wagering Record Set On Rebel Day; Oaklawn Handled $10.7 Million

Sympathy for the Devil

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Stretching back out can help one contender in Sunland Derby

TDN – Evenly Matched Bunch for Sunland Derby

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey –  For Stevens, most everything old is new again

With A Little Help From My Friends

TDN – Bluegrass Cat Filly Salutes in Cicada

TDN – Author Laura Hillenbrand is This Week’s Podcast Guest

ESPN – DRF – King – Purely a Dream the best in Boubonette Oaks

Bloodhorse – Novak – Purely a Dream Leads Bourbonette Exacta for McPeek

TDN – Purely a Dream Scores in Bourbonette

In the Air Tonight

The Globe and Mail – Brown – In searching for the real Godot, a time out from Trump

“I can’t have her running the No. 1 piston of economic growth in Canada into the ground,” O’Leary told his Newfoundland audience. “The transfer payments out of Alberta in the last 35 years funded practically every province. And it’s broken.”

So is that how a leading candidate for the federal Conservatives sees Alberta? As a cash cow, whose role it is to underwrite the rest of the country, without murmur — while he can threaten to cut off transfer payments here, if he doesn’t happen to agree with a provincial environmental or economic policy? Does he imagine the prime minister as the feudal overlord of Canada, and the provinces as vassal states, meekly tithing to Ottawa?

National Post – Paula Simons: O’Leary’s ‘vicious poisonous toxic’ attack on Alberta self-determination should offend us all

Sal says Phil would pose a question:

Why doesn’t Kevin O’Leary or any other politico ever pick on Quebec.

I’m On Fire

Bloodhorse – Haskin – I Thought I had Seen it All

Sal says so did he. Until driving home the other evening and I notice the female person in the vehicle next to me with her hands on the steering wheel in textbook position with a cellphone in each hand talking on one and using her thumb to scroll and text on the other.

TDN – Riley – ‘A’ Is For Absolute Superstar Arrogate

Paulick Report – ‘The Greatest Horse I’ve Ever Seen’: Arrogate Misses The Break, Then Circles The Field In Dubai World Cup

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Arrogate Last to First in Dubai World Cup

TDN – Arrogate Awesome In World Cup Win

US Racing – Ransom – Arrogate Rolls to Become Richest Racehorse in Dubai World Cup

Every job is good if you do your best and work hard. A man who works hard stinks only to the ones that have nothing to do but smell.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Smells Like Teen Spirit

TDN – BIll Finley – Arrogate v. Pharoah? It’s Arrogate

Bloodhorse – Wincze– Hughes –  Second Summer catches Sharp Azteca in Godolphin Mile

TDN – Second Summer Hands Watson Another Mile

Rock n Roll Music

TDN – Manduro’s Vazirabad Defends Gold Cup Title

TDN – Lope De Vega’s The Right Man Takes The Al Quoz

TDN – Mind Your Biscuits Supreme in the Golden Shaheen

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer –  Mind Your Biscuits Rises to Occasion in Golden Shaheen

Sal says the pun was punny first time Sal saw it not in reprise.

Paulick Report – Mind Your Biscuits Dominates Dubai Golden Shaheen, Gives Summers First Victory

Losing My Religion

TDN – Magic Man Conjures Turf Win For Japan

Magic Man

TDN – Jack Hobbs Too Good in the Sheema Classic

National Post – Hopper ‘Indescribably sad and depressing’: A gallery of letters from Canadian pioneers and immigrants who absolutely hated it here

NY Times – Kantor and Einhorn – Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’

When America’s early pioneers first turned their eyes toward the West, they did not demand that somebody take care of them if they got ill or got old. They did not demand maximum pay for minimum work, and even pay for no work at all.

Paul Harvey

ESPN – Joakim Noah gets 20-game suspension for banned supplement

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Even in family court, this litigant stood out as ‘callously conniving’

Bloodhorse – National Treasure – By Evan Hammonds

DRF – LIvingston – Chasing Man o’ War’s ghost

Unchained Melody

NY Times – Asimov – 12 Wine Grapes Worth Discovering

Paulick Report – Itsinthepost Scores Black Type In San Luis Rey

TDN – Bill Finley – OTTB Makes Girl’s Dream Come True

TDN – Tattersalls To Disperse Bulk of Ballymacoll Stock

Man Who Sold The World

Bitter Southerner – Martin – The New Orleans Sazerac

Political discourse has become so rotten that it’s no longer possible to tell the stench of one presidential candidate from the stink of another.

P. J. O’Rourke

Sometime After Midnight

Hawthorne Sal

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