Sal’s Countdown to the
2017 Kentucky Derby
There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.
Washington Post – Vargas – A baseball mystery: Did a teenage girl really strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Always Dreaming takes over the top spot on Scully’s Kentucky Derby Top 10
DRF – Derby Watch
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – April 11, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
TDN – WinStar TDN Derby Top 20 for Apr. 11
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Florida-Based Runners Dominating the Preps
sabato aprile 15
Bloodhorse – Weekend Stakes Rundown: Final Steps on the Derby Trail
TDN – DeRosa – Triple Crown Throwdown: Arkansas Derby & Lexington
TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Standing against Classic Empire in Arkansas Derby that’s not a must-win
TwinSpires Blog – Untrapped should get trip in Arkansas Derby
Bloodhorse -Litfin: Rockin Rudy for the Arkansas Derby Upset
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Last Stops on Triple Crown Road Saturday
Rudie Can’t Fail
TDN – DiDonato – ‘Classic’ Questions to Answer
TDN – EPM Diagnosis for Mo Town
Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis
TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Five things to know for the Arkansas Derby
TwinSpires Blog – Five things to know for the Lexington
Bloodhorse – Yates – Ron Moquett Seeks Derby Return With Petrov
Bloodhorse – Angst – Ever So Clever Rallies to First Stakes Win in Fantasy
US Racing – Brito – The Canonero II Adventure: Part I
Bloodhorse – Novak – American Patriot Steals Maker’s 46 Mile
Paulick Report – Thrilling Maker’s 46 Mile Gives Pletcher Record-Breaking Win With American Patriot
Piece of My Heart
ESPN – DRF – Rampellini – Stellar Wind back in style with Apple Blossom victory
Paulick Report – Stellar Wind Bounces Back In Apple Blossom; Curlin Daughters Fill Out Exacta
venerdi aprile 14
Bloodhorse – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report April 12: Irish War Cry rebounds, Blue Grass stunner puts favoritism up for grabs
John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Pletcher on verge of a first-time Derby experience
Bloodhorse – Johnson – Will Classic Empire Strike Back in the Arkansas Derby?
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Arkansas Derby, Lexington Previews
ESPN – DRF – Grening – Mo Town undergoing tests
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Why the Blue Grass result casts doubts over so much on the Road to the Kentucky Derby
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Will this turn out to be the high point for super-game Gormley?
Brisnet – Caldwell – La Coronel captures Appalachian
giovedi aprile 13
Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Can Classic Empire strike back?
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Classic Empire Aims to Regain Luster in Arkansas Derby
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Classic Empire down to his last chance for Kentucky Derby
Empire State of Mind
Bloodhorse – Consistently Inconsistent – By Evan Hammonds
Brisnet – Caldwell – Malagacy draws far outside post 12 in Arkansas Derby; Classic Empire breaks from stall 2
Paulick Report – Classic Empire Draws Post 2, Malagacy On Outside As 12 Set To Go In Arkansas Derby
TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five things I’m looking forward to at Oaklawn Park
Paulick Report – Paulick – New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?
Brisnet – Hanson – No Dozing looking to recapture best form in Lexington
TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – Kentucky Derby picture remains murky
TDN – Massam – Keeneland’s Inside the Winner’s Circle: Sailor’s Valentine
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Lady Eli Makes Seasonal Bow in Star-Studded Jenny Wiley
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – The world has a new number one jockey
TDN – Bianca – No Easy Paths in Stacked Appalachian
Paulick Report – Paulick – Vazquez Released From Custody After Theft Of Services Charge In Pennsylvania
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Scuba Looks to Continue Winning Ways in Ben Ali
Bloodhorse – Balan – Lady Aurelia Faces Elders in Giant’s Causeway
TDN – Thornton – TDN Roundtable: F-T Turf Showcase Sale
Horse Racing Alberta – McClellan – Horse Racing Alberta officially announces Backstretch Coordinator Position
Brisnet – Scully – Midnight Storm, Whitmore top draws on Arkansas Derby undercard
Bloodhorse – Reeder – Whitmore-Holy Boss Rematch in Count Fleet
mercoledi aprile 12
Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, a son of English Channel bred in Ontario by Darrell Bauder’s Red Hawk Ranch, heads into the eight-furlong Maker’s Mark Mile off a victory in the March 4 Canadian Turf Stakes GIIIT at Gulfstream Park looking to improve on his runner up status from 2016.
Bloodhorse – Heart to Heart Seeks Grade 1 Glory in Maker’s 46 Mile
Brisnet – Hanson – Heart to Heart looking to go one better in Maker’s 46 Mile
It’s been obvious for some time that Canadian hockey succeeds despite the league, rather than because of it. No other organizing body in the world works so hard at ignoring its base in order to reward people who’ve shown little or no interest in their sport.
The Globe and Mail – Kelly: Bettman, NHL lucky to have five Canadian teams in playoffs, but do they realize it?
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Classic Empire A ‘Happy Horse’ Heading Into the Arkansas Derby
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Pletcher: Malagacy’s ‘Lazy Side’ May Help Him Handle Arkansas Derby Distance
Paulick Report – Arkansas Derby: ‘Handful’ Silver Dust Demonstrates His Naughty Side At Oaklawn
Paulick Report – O’Neill, Reddam Look To ‘Give It A Roll’ With Rockin Rudy In Arkansas Derby
TDN – O’Neill Hoping for Another Shocker
TDN – Pletcher Talks Derby Prospects
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Wood Memorial, Blue Grass & Santa Anita Derby Recaps
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciopo – Last weekend’s real winners from Kentucky Derby prep races
TDN – Oppenheim: Five to One the Field
TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report April 11: Irish War & Gormley bounce back, Irap surprises
Horse Race Insider – Berner – Grade 2 Wood Puts On a Grade 1 Show
Bloodhorse – McCraken Joins Other Derby Hopefuls at Churchill
Bloodhorse – Yates – Langford Believes Untrapped his Most Talented Horse
Bloodhorse – Yates – L and N Racing on Fast Track With Lookin At Lee
Brisnet – Hanson – Benner Island ready to stamp Oaks ticket in Fantasy
Paulick Report – Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: The ‘Incomparable’ Tom Durkin
US Racing – Ransom – Stallion Stories: Grindstone
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Karmel – The pot of gold that gave so many New York breeding farms second lives
martedi aprile 11
Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Irap’s Pedigree Like Fine Wine?
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
The Globe and Mail – Shoalts – Rogers Media begins to reap reward in billion-dollar NHL broadcast deal
Sal says that Rogers and Bell are gouging Canadian hockey fans so that Gary Bettman can keep his ridiculous dream of hockey in the southern states alive. Sal says that you can get a pair of seasons tickets in some of the southern US cities for less than what a season of hockey on TV in Canada costs.
St. Catharines Standard – ‘It’s crazy what they are doing’: Small sports bars could be hit hard by Bell and Rogers’ demands
Bloodhorse – Balan – Paradise Woods Brings Mandella Back to Kentucky Oaks
TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Paradise Woods
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Irap Latest Sale Success for Dennis O’Neill
Paulick Report – Maragh’s Wood Memorial Comeback Earns Jockey Of The Week Title
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gorajec – Out-of-competition testing: after a decade of neglect, what’s next?
Paulick Report – Handle Declines, Attendance Up Slightly During Santa Anita Winter-Spring Meet
Southern Living – Shannon – The Prettiest Easter Pies We’ve Ever Seen
lunedi aprile 10
ESPN – Jury convicts gambler Billy Walters of insider trading
TDN – One Liner to Be Rested, Will Miss Arkansas/Kentucky Derbies
Brisnet – Reilly – One Liner out of Derby consideration; Girvin gets Mike Smith
Asbury Park Press – Edelman – Can a Kentucky Derby favorite help save New Jersey racing?
Spirit in the Night
TDN – Bill Finley – On Disappointing Saturday, “War Cry” Didn’t Disappoint
US Racing – Ransom – Irap Goes From Maiden Race To Kentucky Derby With Blue Grass Win
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Blue Grass Hero Irap in Good Order After Shocking Win
US Racing – Simon – Irish War Cry Wows ‘Em In Wood
Bloodhorse – Irish War Cry in Good Order After Wood
TDN – Irish War Cry Fine After Wood Victory
DRF – Watchmaker: Can Irish War Cry fire big back to back?
Brisnet – Caldwell – Irish War Cry, Miss Sky Warrior are Kentucky Derby, Oaks bound
US Racing – Ransom – Gormley Punches Derby Ticket With Santa Anita Derby Score
Brisnet – Reilly – Gormley’s tactical change works in Santa Anita Derby
Brisnet – Calswell – Stevens: ‘Royal Mo reminded me a lot of Silver Charm’
TDN – Irap to Remain at Keeneland, McCraken on to Churchill
Brisnet – Caldwell – Paradise Woods leaves her mark with record-setting Santa Anita Oaks win
Bloodhorse – Shea – Sweet Loretta Back to Form in Beaumont
DRF – Andersen – Union Strike provides Blanc with 1,000th win in Santa Paula
Bloodhorse – Balan – Union Strike Outclasses Santa Paula Field
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Grassick – What a gaping hole Thierry Jarnet’s exit has left in French racing!
TDN – Jenny Wiley Contenders Take to the Turf
Paulick Report – Golden – ‘Not The Dortmund He Used To Be’: Fan-Favorite Chestnut Retired To Stud
Paulick Report – Race Track Chaplaincy Of America Founder ‘Salty’ Roberts Dies At Age 85
domenica aprile 9
The Bitter Southerner – Rolfes – Drunk at the Seelbach Hotel
I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.
Mtl Blog – Hazan – The Gnocchi Poutine You Would Sell Your Soul For
Sal says that he also researched perogy poutine, but was rather disappointed with the lack of imagination and will not burden il nove with his disappointment.
The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it’s not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It’s because of Beyonce’s handbags.
National Post – Ahsan – Does pineapple belong on pizza? Masterchef Gordon Ramsay puts the not-so-delicious debate to rest
UouGov.UK – Smith – Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
CTV Vancouver Island – Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza?
Southern Living – Rogers – It’s Just Not Easter Without Pineapple Casserole
Southern Living – York – Why the Pineapple Became the Symbol of Hospitality
Sal says that anything that comes out of Ramsay’s mouth has to be taken with a grain of salt and anything from his kitchen with a bottle of HP. Ramsay follows the Khardasian school where it’s not talent, but controversy that keeps their lard asses in the media. Sal heard a rumour that the self correct for Khardasian on some Iphones is LARDASS.
Sal says that Ramsay doesn’t like pineapple on pizza as that obnoxious asshat is the symbol of inhospitality.
Somebody’s been putting pineapple juice in my pineapple juice!
W. C. Fields
Vivino – Smith – The Most Popular Wines in the US
When I started, they told me I only needed 3 chords and the truth… It turned out I could manage with 2 and some vague ideas.
NY Times – The Legend of King Solomon and the Passover Feast
National Post – Brehaut – Recipe recall: Gwyneth Paltrow, Giada De Laurentiis and Rachael Ray are offering bad food safety advice
The Globe and Mail – McGregor – The program meant everything to me
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
Baby I Need Your Loving
Paulick Report – Derby Leaderboard: Classic Empire May Need An On-The-Board Finish In Arkansas
Paulick Report – TwinSpires Misses ‘Geolocation’ Deadline, Loses California Signal To In-State Customers
Sal says that CHRB looks after their tracks and horsemen ensuring that they receive the percentages they should without the middle man take when the bet is made at the track.
Sal says that the use of account betting on-track not only hurts the tracks and horsemen when the middle men take their cuts, it also hurts tracks and horsemen when the money is not in the bettors pocket when they win. If the winnings remain in the ADW account what are the chances of the bettor buying their buds a jug of craft beer, or having a meal at the track restaurant (providing your not at Northlands Park where your food lickings are mighty slim) or most important stopping for a flutter at the slots.
Paulick Report – TOC Says TwinSpires Now In Compliance With Geolocation Tracking, Restores Signal
The future is unwritten.
Horse Racing Alberta 2017 – 2019 Business Plan
2017-2019 Horse Racing Alberta Business Plan
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
All Along The Watchtower
The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association of Alberta (HBPA), a not for profit entity representing the business interests of Thoroughbred Horsemen racing at ‘A” licensed racetracks in Alberta is seeking a Manager/Executive Director on a part time, contract basis. Northlands Park located in Edmonton and Century Downs at Balzac are classified as an “A” racetrack Facilities. The HBPA’s office is currently located in Calgary, however could be moved to Edmonton if required.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will be responsible for: managing the day to day affairs of the Association, providing vision and leadership, for having common sense and business experience, for having the required technical skills, for providing sound advice and strategic guidance to the Board and for planning, organizing, and directing all facets of the operations of the HBPA of Alberta within the guidelines established by the Board.
Specific responsibilities will include:
- Preparation for and attendance of all Board meetings and recording of the minutes of such meetings.
- Supervision of the Office Administrator who is responsible for the Association’s administration and accounting function.
- Monitoring the adequacy of internal controls and the reporting on the financial condition of the Association to the Directors and members. Preparation of annual budgets, ensuring the accuracy of accounting data received from industry stakeholders, funding requirements and cash management.
- Liaises with the Association’s lawyers and oversees all legal matters incidental to the functioning of the Association.
- Develops and maintains business relationships including the negotiation and execution of Contracts with industry stakeholders.
- Prepares all necessary correspondence and communication from the Association to Members, track operators, industry partners and others.
- Ensures that the Association makes all filings as required by law in a timely fashion.
- Ensures that all policies of insurance which the Association holds are maintained and are reviewed annually for competitiveness and suitability.
Knowledge of the thoroughbred industry would be both beneficial and preferred. The role currently requires an average of 60 hours per month. To ensure a seamless transition, any training that may be required will be provided by the incumbent. The successful candidate would assume the position independently in June, 2017. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience.
Please submit your resumes in confidence via e-mail to: email@example.com no later than April 15, 2017. The office is physically located located at #205 – 5925 – 12 Street S.E. Calgary, and for additional information you are welcomed to visit the website at www.hbpaalberta.ca .
We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interview will be contacted.
The legal action filed by Cipriani, a professional gambler, does not name Katz or Gelmon as defendants. Instead the lawsuit is directed at G.F. Bunting & Co., a San Francisco-based public relations firm, and its founder Glenn Bunting.
National Post – Quan – ‘Indecent proposal’: Brazilian model claims Edmonton Oilers owner offered ‘millions of dollars’ for sex
Sal says if Silver, Manfred or Goodell was commish of the NHL there would be a big “For Sale” sign hanging outside Rogers Place in Edmonton during the playoffs.
Convenient timing to file this lawsuit just days before the Edmonton Oilers make their way back into the NHL playoffs after a decade of drought.
Sal’s tip for all the philanderers out there:
A Guide For the Married Man
Guide For the Married Man
National Post – Quan – High-end call girl convicted in overdose death of Google executive ordered back to Canada
NY Times – Bondy – With a New Breed of Fans, Even the Yankees Must Adapt
Fortune – Huddleston Jr. – NBC Is Finally Ditching Tape Delays for the Olympics
Bloodhorse – Eclipse Awards Moving to Thursday Before Pegasus
All Along The Watchtower
Bloodhorse – Kentucky HBPA Endorses EquiLottery
There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about anyway.
Bloodhorse – Precious – New York Racing Association Privatization Plan Approved
Bloodhorse – Precious – NYRA Deal Stalled After Budget Bills Fall Apart
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Bloodhorse – Wincze Highes – Dancing Rags Kicks Off Season in Beaumont Stakes
Bloodhorse – Angst – Thunder Snow and Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby Starters
Who Am I
TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – The Weekend That Wasn’t: More Questions Than Answers After Wood, Blue Grass, & Santa Anita Derby
Sal says that Charles Manson has dedicated his theme song to the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Oaks fields.
Bloodhorse – Wincze Highes – Classic Empire Puts in Final Move for Arkansas Derby
Among the more curious aspects of America’s foremost horse race is that even some of its most accomplished participants have a hard time picking the right horse. Mike Smith chose Talking Man over Thunder Gulch in 1995. Two years later, Chris McCarron abandoned Silver Charm before the Santa Anita Derby for a horse called Hello.
Both times, Gary Stevens stepped into the breach and wound up in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs. If you were to rank racing luck, Stevens’ Derby windfall would rank close behind the fabled coin flip that enabled Penny Chenery to own Secretariat.
Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan | Irap’s win leaves decision for jockey Julien Leparoux
Save The Last Dance For Me
Bloodhorse – Winzce Hughes – Irap Holds off Practical Joke in Blue Grass Shocker
ESPN – DRF – McGee – Irap secures elusive first career victory in Blue Grass Stakes
Bloodhorse – Wincze Highes – Wilkes Retains Confidence After Blue Grass Loss
Paulick Report – Maiden No More, Irap Holds Off Practical Joke In Blue Grass
TDN – Irap Breaks Maiden in Toyota Blue Grass
Bloodhorse – Angst – Keeneland’s Blue Grass Day Attendance Spikes
Bloodhorse – Balan – Gormley Outlasts Rivals in Santa Anita Derby
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Gormley bounces back with Santa Anita Derby win
TDN – Gormley Outlasts Pacesetters in SA Derby
Bloodhorse – Irish War Cry Rebounds in Wood Memorial
ESPN – DRF – Grening – Irish War Cry rebounds with Wood Memorial triumph
America’s Best Racing – Johnson – What’s in a (Race) Name? A Memorial for Eugene Wood
TwinSpires Blog – Genaro – Irish War Cry re-establishes Derby credentials in Wood
Bloodhorse – After Life-Threatening Fall, Alderson Looks Forward
TDN – Jockey Darren Jones Killed In Race Fall
Don’t Let Me Down
Sal says that even Paul had a playoff beard.
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
TDN – Union Rags Rising Star Crushes Foes in SA Oaks
Bloodhorse – Balan – Paradise Woods Romps in Santa Anita Oaks
Paulick Report – Paradise Woods Crushes Santa Anita Oaks Foes In Stakes Debut
Bloodhorse – Angst – Sailor’s Valentine Delivers Ashland Upset
Bloodhorse – Angst – Miss Sky Warrior Extends Win Streak in Gazelle
The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.
TDN – Quality Road Colt Makes the Grade in Bay Shore
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Visiting Ours – By Lenny Shulman
Bloodhorse – Shea – Sircat Sally Stays Undefeated With Providencia Victory
There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio.What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same.
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Sal says his recipe has step 4.1 – Drizzle 1/4 cup of bourbon into a glass with a couple of ice cubes and consume while waiting for the brownies to bake.
I would rather make my name than inherit it.
William Makepeace Thackeray
TDN – Sue Finley – Ercel Ellis Talks Man o’ War on this week’s TDN Podcast
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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Pitt- When mighty Citation had to give way to a filly he grew up with
There She Goes Again
Life’s full of tricky snakes and ladders.
ESPN – DRF – Russo – Paulassilverlining captures Madison in first start for Brown
One Day In Your Life
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Nakatani guides Hillhouse High to Royal Heroine upset
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Awesome Slew Rallies in Commonwealth
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Holding Gold Holds Sway in Shakertown
Paulick Report – Central Kentucky Riding For Hope’s ‘Chico’ Selected As Therapy Horse Of The Year
Paulick Report – Send It In Nails Chilean Import Tu Brutus In Deep Stretch To Win Excelsior