Apr 302017

Sal’s Countdown to the

2017 Kentucky Derby



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I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.
Muhammad Ali

The Greatest Love of All

Esquire – What I’ve learned – Joe Frazier

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – George Foreman

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Muhammad Ali

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby

TDN – WinStar TDN Derby Top 20 for May 2

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – May 2, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Overview of Kentucky Derby 143 Field Ranked by Qualifying Points

Southern Living – Beeler – Kentucky Derby Party Checklist

Sal’s Kentucky Derby Party Checklist

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My Old Kentucky Home

Plan Perfect Derby Party


Garden and Gun – Special Collection: Off to the Races

Food & Wine – Kentucky Derby Food Ideas

Tip Junkie – Kentucky Derby

Punch Bowl – Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Lady and the Track – A Fun, Festive & Tasty Kentucky Derby Party Is In Your Future

Kentucky Woman

Lady and The Track – Tips for Hosting an Amazing Kentucky Oaks Party

Louisville Courier-Journal – Miller – La Chasse menu for the Kentucky Derby is ‘high-end at its finest’

Louisville Courier-Journal – Miller – A locally-sourced Kentucky Derby menu from the chef at Harvest

Lost In The Supermarket

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: J Boys Echo

TwinSpires Blog – Gunnerva -Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Gunnevera

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Hence the Enigma

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Classic Empire

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Irish War Cry

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Always Dreaming

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: The Mighty McCraken

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Bloodhorse – Angst – Derby Crowd Begins to Arrive, Some Scratches of Note

NY Times – Drape – A Horse Racing Reporter Paces Himself for the ‘Greatest Two Minutes in Sport’

NY Times – Hoppert – It’s Kentucky Derby Day: Horses, Spectacle and Romance

Rocket Man

NY Times – Banks – I Have No Idea Who Will Win the Kentucky Derby

NY Times – Luttrell and Coffin – How Well Do You Know Your Kentucky Derby History?

NY Times – Drape – The Race to Save Mastery

NY Times – Sullivan – Custom Stalls and Air-Ride Suspension: How Derby Horses Travel in Style

The Load Out – Stay

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Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – ‘Wide-Open’ Derby Field Has Its Share of Class

TDN – Full Field Set for Classic Battle

NY Times – Drape and Hoppert – Kentucky Derby 2017: The Experts Make Their Picks

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Unanimous A.I. & TwinSpires Team To Bet the Kentucky Derby Superfecta

TwinSpires Blog – Kentucky Derby Day Late Pick 4s include turf longshots

Proud Mary

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Irish War Cry leads the charge in Kentucky Derby 143

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – In a wide-open Derby, 20-1 (or better) on Thunder Snow looks really attractive

Horse Race Insider – Pricci’s Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro’s wagering strategy for 2017 Kentucky Derby: Top four and two more

Lady and the Track – DaSilva – Kentucky Derby 143 Analysis and Selections

Bloodhorse – Yates – Travis Stone Set for Third Derby Call

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Kentucky Derby special: Javier Castellano and that big hole in his extraordinary record

TwinSpires Blog –  Reilly – Horses of interest on Kentucky Derby Day

TDN – Uncontested Cuts Back for Pay Day Mile

What’s Love Got To Do With It



Racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse this afternoon with a seven race program and the feature event is in race two as six $35,000 optional claiming mares do battle over six and a half furlongs. Oh, and by the way, there is a race going on at Churchill Downs that may strike some interest. The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled to go at 3:46 p.m. our time. The horse racing jackpot players will be greeted with a $1,454 Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 carryover that begins in race two.

On the inside is Peter Redekop’s CHEROKEE IN ME who was claimed out of her last race in January and have been given some time off and freshened up for her Hastings debut. She appears to be better at longer distances but her racing fitness must be respected. Enrique Gonzalez gets the call from trainer Phil Hall.

Cameron Hill’s SUSAN’S DAY closed out her 2016 campaign with an impressive victory at this same level. She has been working well in the a.m. for Dave Forster. The Hall-of-Fame trainer is in Kentucky watching the Derby and will be cheering for Lookin At Lee who is out one of his former Hastings pupils Langara Lass. Amadeo Perez will get a leg up from Dave’s wife Teresa Forster.

The Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ BONUS SPIN has been razor sharp in her preps for today’s race, her final work was a dazzling 59 4/5. The Rosann Anderson runner has been very competitive at this price in the past and is definitely a major player in this dash. Antonio Reyes will be aboard.

The Swift Thoroughbreds’ OMI could be the lone speed in this sprint and has proven to be dangerous when left alone early on the lead. Her only two subpar races were going long so she will be pleased to be cutting back to her best distance. Dave Lopez rides for trainer Dino Condilenios.

The Coyote Creek Racing Stable, Mel and Fran Snow’s FIRE BEAUTY has been a consistent mare that always runs well sprinting. She is up slightly in price but has speed and should be in a good early position. She shouldn’t be overlooked. Silvino Morales gets the riding assignment.

The Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ also own PRINCESS O’PRADO who has her lone victory at this distance but seems to be one that would prefer to go longer. She would need a speed duel to materialize to help her chances. Richard Hamel rides for Mike Anderson.

The first post for Hastings is at 1:50 p.m. and a reminder that the doors open earlier than usual for simulcasting from Churchill Downs.

Good luck everyone and enjoy a great afternoon of thoroughbred racing.

Race 1 5 – Halloween Queen
4 – Such a Bargin
7 – Yzitmyfault
4 – Such a Bargain
5 – Halloween Queen
7 – Yzitmyfault
Race 2 3 – Bonus Spin
4 – Omi
1 – Cherokee in Me
1 – Cherokee in Me
2 – Susan’s Day
3 – Bonus Spin
Race 3 4 – Imposing Cat
8 – Liquid Metal
7 – Jackson Teller
4 – Imposing Cat
7 – Jackson Teller
8 – Liquid Metal
Race 4 1 – Majestic Mark
2 – My Eye Candy
5 – Power to Believe
1 – Majestic Mark`
2 – My Eye Candy
5 – Power to Believe
Race 5 1 – Sunset Drive
2 – Mighty Mesa
7 – Omega Victory
2 – Mighty Mesa
6 – Hunters Appeal
4 – Ebony Warrior
Race 6 5 – Zygo
7 – Jazzed
4 – Touch of Green
5 – Zygo
7 – Jazzed
4 – Touch of Green
Race 7 3 – Similkameen Luke
7 – Ace Deuce
4 – Cross the Line
7 – Ace Deuce
3 – Similkameen Luke
1 – Wailea’s Command
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

NY Times – Hoppert – First, It’s Baby Steps for American Pharoah’s Progeny

TDN – Rain and ‘Abel’

US Racing Ransom – Abel Tasman Squishes To Kentucky Oaks Victory

Brisnet – Caldwell – Abel Tasman goes last-to-first in Kentucky Oaks 143

Paulick Report – Sans Derby Contender, Abel Tasman Gifts Baffert His Third Kentucky Oaks

Brisnet – Reilly – La Coronel tops Oxley/Casse exacta in Edgewood, prep for Coronation at Royal Ascot

Brisnet – Caldwell – Kentucky Oaks attendance drops but all-sources wagering second highest on Oaks Day

Bloodhorse – Green Mask Makes the Grade in Turf Sprint

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Sal says that even Tim Reid CEO of Edmonton Northlands thinks that horse racing moving from Northlands will benefit horse racing.

Edmonton Journal – Theobald -Northlands unveils explosion of summer events

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Soggy Start to Oaks Day; No Derby Scratches

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Classic Empire Showcases the Best of Team Casse

ESPN – Thompson – Spirit of Derby ambition lives beneath Kentucky bluegrass

Horse Race Insider – HRI Staff Oaks and Derby Selections

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Talent Pool Runs Deep in Kentucky Oaks

TwinSpires Blog – A longshot and a best bet on the Kentucky Oaks undercard

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson -Paradise Woods the key to Oaks Day Pick 4

TwinSpires Blog – Horses of interest: Kentucky Oaks Day edition

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National Post – Warzecha and Blackwell – Cancer Nation

Sal’s Star Wars day groaner:

Q: What do you call a potato that has gone over to the Dark Side?

A: A Vadertot.

New for this year, Brisnet.com is making its Premium Past Performances product FREE for every day of the Arlington meeting. These .pdf PPs include Speed and Pace Ratings, trainer stats, and https://www.brisnet.com/product/past-performances/FPPPrime Power. Check it out!

Brisnet – How to Play Arlington Park Using FREE Brisnet Premium PPs

TDN – BIanca – Nexus Racing Club Aims to Bridge Racing’s Youth Gap

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – How the Kentucky Derby 2017 horses got their names

NY Times – Mather – Kentucky Derby: Contenders, Long Shots and How to Watch

LA Times – Cherwa – What can go wrong getting a horse to the Kentucky Derby? How about everything

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – ‘If they beat us, they beat us’

Louisville Courier-Journal – 100 Years of Kentucky Derby Headlines

Bloodhorse – Shea – Gaffalione Unflappable Before First Derby

Paulick Report – A Dream Come True’: Gaffalione Excited To Be Riding In First Kentucky Derby

TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Trackside Derby/Oaks Report

TwinSpires Blog – Kentucky Derby News & Notes

Paulick Report – Derby Notes, May 3: Girvin Makes First Churchill Appearance As Field Is Drawn For 143rd KY Derby

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Plenty of twists and turns on way to Kentucky Derby

ESPN – DRF – Hersh – Derby favorite Classic Empire an enigmatic star

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – The data that shows Classic Empire has so much going for him

Check My Brain

ESPN – DRF- Nevills – Pedigree suggest Tapwrit has stamina edge in Ky. Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Greer – Saeed: Thunder Snow ‘a class horse,’ ready for Derby

Lady and the Track – Photo Gallery: Kentucky Derby Week Wednesday, 5/3/17 

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Possible wet track should play small role in picking your Kentucky Derby horse

TDN – Bill Finley – Can Bees Help Predict the Kentucky Derby Winner?

TwinSpires Blog – The 2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Guide FREE Download

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Vexatious’ Bumpy Ride to the Oaks

Bloodhorse – Shea – Denman’s Call Heads Churchill Downs Stakes Entries

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Oscar Performance Seeks Return to Form in American Turf

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Miss Temple City Makes 2017 Debut in Distaff Turf Mile

Bloodhorse – Paulassilverlining Enters Humana Distaff in Top Form

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Plenty of Questions in One-Turn Pat Day Mile

Paulick Report – Divisidero Faces 11 Challengers In Woodford Reserve Title Defense

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Horse Race Insider – Pricci – The 96-Hour Entry Box: Confident, Informed Players Bet More Money

PR WEB – Boudreau – Kentucky Derby Introduces a Modern Twist: Artificial Intelligence


TDN – Classic Empire Mildly Favored in Derby 143

Bloodhorse – Derby Draw: Classic Empire 4-1 Choice, Draws Post 14

Kentucky Derby May 6, 2017 6:46 PM EDT
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Lookin At Lee Corey Lanerie Steve Asmussen 20-1
2 Thunder Snow Christophe Soumillion Saeed bin Suroor 20-1
3 Fast and Accurate Channing Hill Mike Maker 50-1
4 Untrapped Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen 30-1
5 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 5-1
6 State of Honor Jose Lezcano Mark Casse 30-1
7 Girvin Mike Smith Joe Sharp 15-1
8 Hence Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen 15-1
9 Irap Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill 20-1
10 Gunnevera Javier Castellano Antonio Sano 15-1
11 Battle of Midway Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer 30-1
12 Sonneteer Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux 50-1
13 J Boys Echo Luis Saez Dale Romans 20-1
14 Classic Empire Julian Leparoux Mark Casse 4-1
15 McCraken Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes 5-1
16 Tapwrit Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher 20-1
17 Irish War Cry Rajiv Maragh Graham Motion 6-1
18 Gormley Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs 15-1
19 Practical Joke Joel Rosario Chad Brown 20-1
20 Patch Tyler Gaffalione Todd Pletcher 30-1
AE Royal Mo Gary Stevens John Shirreffs 20-1
AE Master Plan John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 50-1

TDN – Handle, Field Size Up for Spring Meet at Hawthorne

This is Horse Racing Tiller – Life on the Farm: Spring foaling

Bloodhorse – Angst – De Tomaso’s Irish War Cry a Shore Thing for the Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Jones – Bad Fountain of Youth is only knock on Kentucky Derby contender Irish War Cry


America’s Best Racing – Moore – Using Stats to Pick the 2017 Kentucky Derby Winner

TDN – Sherack – Tuesday’s Trackside Derby Report

America’s Nest Racing – Curry – Three Heating Up, Three Cooling Down: 2017 Kentucky Derby Edition

Bloodhorse – Angst – Range of Experience Levels in 2017 Derby Hopefuls

TDN – Oppenheim: Showtime

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Paradise Woods Made Morning-Line Favorite for KY Oaks

ESPN – DRF – McGee – Paradise Woods made the 5-2 favorite in Kentucky Oaks

Paulick Report – Paradise Woods Draws Post Four, Installed As 5-2 Morning Line Favorite For Kentucky Oaks

Brisnet – Scully – Paradise Woods inexperienced but a strong favorite in 14-horse Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Jerry Moss Hopes for Derby Encore with Gormley

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Gormley leads West Coast’s Derby hopes

Don’s Stand So Close To Me

TDN – Caravaggio On Course For Poulains

Brisnet – Always Dreaming more relaxed; Irish War Cry, Thunder Snow, Gormley visit Churchill main track

Paulick Report – Report: Japan’s Epicharis Confirmed For Belmont Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – The vibes are good as Irap bids to give Team O’Neill its third Derby in six years

Good Vibrations

TDN – Sherack – Tapwrit a 2015 ‘Best Seller’ for Riggio

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Curlin Connection Vital in Irish War Cry Stud Deal

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Trainers’ Dinner Notes and Quotes

Lost in the Derby Oaks Hoopla is the re-emergence of American Pharoah’s full sister American Cleopatra in Friday’s 12th race at Churchill Downs, an OC $75,000.


Bloodhorse – Surging Honorable Duty Back at Churchill for Alysheba

Brisnet -Alysheba round two for Honorable Duty, Breaking Lucky

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Ghalia Heads Full Field of Fillies in Eight Belles

Bloodhorse – Wince Hughes – Champion Finest City Entered in La Troienne

Bloodhorse – Shea – Holding Gold Seeks Second Graded Win in Turf Sprint

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Paulick Report – NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Pre-Race Inspections, Fractionally Speaking

TDN – Sherack – Monday’s Trackside Derby Report

Paulick Report – Derby Notes, May 1: Always Dreaming Learns Valuable Lessons During Monday Training Hours

Bloodhorse – Asmussen Trio Turn in Final Pre-Derby Moves

Brisnet – Quartet record final Derby works on off going

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Derby scene never gets old for three-time winner Victor Espinoza

Bloodhorse – Tapwrit’s Purchase, Success Built Around Relationships

US Racing – Simon – 3 Things To Look For In A Kentucky Derby Winner

Brisnet – Florida’s hopes in 2017 Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – One-Eyed Patch Something Special in Pletcher Barn

Bloodhorse – Novak – ‘Maturing’ Sonneteer Fires Bullet for Derby

Paulick Report – Golden – Prat’s Confidence ‘Can Make A Difference’ In Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Dr. Kendall Hansen Relaxes with Longshot Derby Hope

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – This filly looked ‘something special’ from the start. This week she’s ready to prove it

TDN – Farrell Carries Chicago Hopes in Oaks

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: A Filly With A Derby Pedigree

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Sal says that when you’re having a bad day nothing goes right.

Heavily favored Syndergaard, off at 2-5, broke slowly from the rail under jockey John Velazquez, was steadied on the inside in the backstretch, and lacked a closing kick late. He finished fifth, 5 1/2 lengths behind the winner, but Velazquez claimed foul against second-place finisher Classic Cotton. After the backstretch incident was reviewed by the Churchill stewards, Classic Cotton was disqualified to fifth for interference and Syndergaard was elevated to fourth.

Bloodhorse – The Money Monster Cashes in William Walker

Four outs into his worst start of the season, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw a changeup to the Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, winced, pulled off his glove and grabbed his right armpit.

“It’s a bad feeling,” said catcher Rene Rivera, who met Syndergaard on the mound along with Manager Terry Collins and the head athletic trainer, Ray Ramirez. “He’s our horse, our No. 1 guy. Watching him going through that pain there is not easy.

NY Times – Wagner – An Injury for Noah Syndergaard, and an Indignity for the Mets

National Post – Smith – The Senate wrote a kids’ book: ‘Wise owls’ bring order to forest of bickering beavers and bears

Sal says the book would have been more believable if it was about hogs racing to the public trough.

NY Times – Fitzsimmons – Key to Improving Subway Service in New York? Modern Signals

TDN – Bill Finley – Bode Miller Hopes to Revolutionize Training

Sal says that you can all start with your all downhill from here puns.

TwinSpires Blog – Kentucky Derby News & Notes

TDN – Sunday’s Trackside Kentucky Derby Report

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Derby News Update for April 30

Here is the full list of expected Kentucky Derby contenders and their riders, as of Sunday afternoon:

  • Always Dreaming (John Velazquez)
  • Battle of Midway (Flavien Prat)
  • Classic Empire (Julien Leparoux)
  • Fast and Accurate (Channing Hill)
  • Girvin (Mike Smith)
  • Gormley (Victor Espinoza)
  • Gunnevera (Javier Castellano)
  • Hence (Florent Geroux)
  • Irap (Mario Gutierrez)
  • Irish War Cry (Rajiv Maragh)
  • J Boys Echo (Luis Saez)
  • Lookin At Lee (Corey Lanerie)
  • McCraken (Brian Hernandez Jr.)
  • Patch (Tyler Gaffalione)
  • Practical Joke (Joel Rosario)
  • Sonneteer (Kent Desormeaux)
  • State of Honor (Jose Lezcano)
  • Tapwrit (Jose Ortiz)
  • Thunder Snow (Ire) (Christophe Soumillon)
  • Untrapped (Ricardo Santana Jr.).

Next up in order of preference: Royal Mo (Gary Stevens)

Paulick Report – Final Jockey Assignments Confirmed In 2017 Run For The Roses

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Wilkes Continues to Do Nafzger Proud

Paulick Report – Pletcher Hopes To Calm ‘Aggressive’ Always Dreaming With Rider, Equipment Change

Bloodhorse – Novak – Thunder Snow Enters Quarantine at Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – Yates – Horseman Mike Johnson Knows a Good One in McCraken

TDN – McCraken on Derby Work Tab

Brisnet – Caldwell – Irish War Cry breezes at Fair Hill; McCraken, Fast and Accurate work at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Why Irish War Cry is my choice for the Run for the Roses

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Irish War Cry

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Practical Joke Rewards Breeders’ Faith in His Dam

Brisnet – Caldwell – Ever So Clever, Torrent breeze ahead of Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Rashinskis Take Another Run at the Kentucky Oaks

Paulick Report – Lukas Donates Thoroughbred Memorabilia Collection To Kentucky Derby Museum

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Is this the world’s most versatile racehorse?

Bloodhorse – Balan – Grade 2 Winner Iliad Retired

US Racing – Ransom – Stallion Stories: Seattle Slew

Paulick Report – Evo Campo Earns First Graded Stakes Victory In Santa Barbara

Bloodhorse – Balan – Evo Campo Scores Santa Barbara Victory

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Sal says that during the lull from the last major Kentucky Derby prep to the Kentucky Derby it becomes painfully obvious that stories are like opinions everyone has one on every topic and there are few that are worthwhile listening to and fewer worth reading.

And if you listen to the touts you’ll find there’s more angles than stories. Sal says that most of the angles are too obtuse for Sal.

And if you listen to and read all the touts and pickers your Racing Form starts to look like you’re doing Chinese Math with Roman Numerals. Sal was wondering if the Kentucky Derby is I I/IV miles.

Reason To Believe

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Mark Twain

Sal says cuz he started from nove.

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Sal says that if you’re looking for one tip on handicapping:

When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Richard Petty

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.


Because The Night

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Derby News

America’s Best Racing – Triple Crown

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

Viggo Mortensen

Sal’s reprising:

Sal says that when he was thumbing through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal saw that Phil posed many questions.

Sal was most intrigued by:

Phil has a question:

When Phil puts in a quote, question, comment or song not intending any simple yet far-fetched, obtuse allusion, but just cuz Phil wants to put that quote, question, comment or song in and the reader in his own mind imagines an unintended complex, far-fetched, obtuse allusion can Phil take credit for that allusion.

Sal has an answer:

Il nove decides what Sal is positing or what Phil has posited.

And il nove credono in silenzio

and il nove knows that Sal sometimes posits to far ridere i polli.

Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Can’t Explain

Bloodhorse – Editors Call for Added Visual Materials From Tracks

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

Ansel Adams

Every Picture Tells a Story

NY Times – Nosrat – The Single Most Important Ingredient

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National Post – Colby Cosh: The ghost of a notion: can we abandon old ideas about dietary fat?


I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.

Bob Uecker

But like all lifestyle, fashion and food choices, beer has become yet another opportunity for self-expression. As craft beer has grown synonymous with “good” beer, is it possible that we’re afraid of what liking cheap beer says about us? It might taste better, but ordering Bud Light over a small batch microbrewery IPA feels a bit like announcing that you prefer shopping at Walmart over your local farmer’s market.

National Post – McNeilly – How cheap beer and its easy, crispy, inoffensive taste became the drink of choice

Leading by example is the most powerful advice you can give to anybody.

N. R. Narayana Murthy


Fox News -Buffalo chicken pizza is the secret to inducing labor, say North Carolina moms

NY Times – Klein – Hunting Mushrooms, and What Makes Some Glow in the Dark

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.

Will Rogers

National Post – Ahsan – The important lessons: Why brunch is nothing more than an expensive ‘declaration of leisure’

Come a Little Closer

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.

Maurice de Vlaminck

NY Times – Jacobs – China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

The Globe and Mail – A look back at The Globe’s April Moment in Times celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

Cowboy Wisdom

Sals says that Hip 759 sold for $80,000US at the recent Ocala Breeders has set the bar high for highest priced Alberta bred sold in 2017.

Craig Smith Racing stepped up for $52,000US for Hip No 1123 a Justin Phillips colt.

The Globe and Mail – McClachlan –  OIL KING

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan | Chalk it up: favorites rule under Derby points system

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Get to know the Kentucky Derby 2017 contenders with profiles of all 20 horses

Most ball games are lost, not won.

Casey Stengel

Cold, Cold, Cold

Paulick Report – Derby Notes, April 29: Workouts, Arrivals And Departures

US Racing – Simon – The Kentucky Derby Curse Of Apollo 

Frank and Jesse James

DRF – Privman – Pletcher’s Battalion Runner, Malagacy won’t run in Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Malagacy, Battalion Runner Out Of Derby; Lookin At Lee, Sonneteer Make Field

Lookin at Lee’s dame, Langara Lass won the Sonoma Handicap at Northlands Park and the Fantasy Stakes, Lassie Handicap and Timber Music Stakes at what was then called Hastings Park.

Speaking of the Sonoma Sal says that the purse for the Sonoma will be raised to $75,000 for 2017

Exit Music (for a Film)

Bloodhorse – Saez to Ride J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Business as Usual for J Boys Echo in Derby Breeze

Paulick Report – J Boys Echo Breezes At Churchill Downs; Girvin Back On Track At Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Trust in Tammy: Fox Taught J Boys Echo His Lessons Well

We talked the matter over and could have settled the war in thirty minutes had it been left to us.

Unknown Confederate Soldier referencing a meeting he had with a Union soldier between the lines.

The Night They Drove old Dixie Down

Horse Racing Nation – Tony Bada Bing – Cue the Kentucky Derby Entrance Songs

Sal says that neither Sal nor Phil before him gave no explanations for songs or quotes as il nove and the enead don’t need no explanations anyhow.

Sal says he’s not wasting good handicapping time nitpicking with Bada Bing’s banal Slim Pickens but Tony did miss the most obvious – J Boy.

Sweet Home Alabama

Bloodhorse – Shea – O’Neill Confident After Irap’s Mile Work

Comfortably Numb

A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde

DRF – Hovdey: For Moss, the hits just keep on coming

Lonely Bull

A figure with curves always offers a lot of interesting angles.

Wesley Ruggles

Bloodhorse – Angst – Fast Work Provides Relief for Girvin’s Connections

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Girvin impresses in workout, ‘on track’ for Derby

Paulick Report – Voss – Does A Z Bar Shoe Spell Derby Doom For Girvin? Not Necessarily

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

Ann Richards

Dixie Chicken

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Sano Star Gunnevera Goes Easy Five Furlongs

Long May You Run

A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.

Humphrey Bogart

TwinSpires Blog – Bull – Is There A Clear Kentucky Derby Favorite In 2017?

On Broadway

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard Shaw

NJ Breds

I Came To Dance

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: Always Dreaming

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Seven Kentucky Derby Horses in Seven Days: The Mighty McCraken

DRF – Russo – Calumet Farm horses bask in Kentucky Derby limelight while owner prefers privacy

The Boxer

Brisnet – Reilly – Godolphin’s Thunder Snow confirmed for Kentucky Derby

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Jake Lamotta 

Boom Boom Mancini

Paulick Report – Golden – Pace Makes … The Work? Espinoza Watches Derby Mount Gormley While Riding Ziconic

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gormley Puts in Unconventional Final Derby Work

National Post – Brean – Behind Ernest Hemingway’s suicide, nine concussions that incapacitated his brain, forensic psychiatrist concludes

I’m probably better known for boxing with Hemingway than for anything I’ve written.

Morley Callaghan

I’m Your Man

Paulick Report – ‘Happy’ McCraken, ‘Beautiful’ Irish War Cry Post Final Breezes For Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Novak – Irish War Cry Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – The breeders who keep making the impossible happen (and they may have two shots at Kentucky Derby glory)

Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.

Will Rogers

National Post – Rex Murphy: The elder Trudeau had it almost right. Now, Canada must be aware of the elephant’s every tweet

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.

George Foreman

Rick and George Chuvalo

Bloodhorse – Balan – Churchill Downs Inc. Purchases ADW BetAmerica

Toronto Sun – Mauntah – ‘Beauty of the horse’ at core of Woodbine development

Bloodhorse – Angst – NTRA Staying Busy in Washington

I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes.

Jake LaMotta

Psycho Killer

Brisnet – Caldwell – Kentucky Derby quartet work in Kentucky, California one week out from race

LA Times – Fenno – Friends swore he would be the next Derek Jeter. Now Brandon Martin is charged in three killings

Self Esteem

Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Emphasizes Racing Safety, Integrity

Bloodhorse – Churchill Considers Historic Gaming Machines

Hard To Explain

DRF – Hersh – Prairie Meadows opens with focus on boosting field size


Fast And Accurate Graphic

Title and Registration

Sal’s snippets from the Alberta HBPA General membership meeting.

Best attended Alberta HBPA meeting Sal’s ever been at and from Phil’s rabbit-eared archives Sal garners it was best attendance in a long time.

Sandwiches were just barely okay, but the cookies and desserts were excellent.

Scott Sinclair from Northlands Park couldn’t make it to the meeting for a presentation and questions. Sal says that was most unfortunate as Sal’s sure that most of the members were at the meeting to learn what’s being done to fix the track for racing in 2017.

Paul Ryneveld, Geoff Smith and Tim Lawson from Century Downs and Century Casinos spoke about the Century Mile and thoroughbred racing at Century Downs. Century Mile will naturally be a Mile thoroughbred track with a 7 furlong chute. The crowd was not pleased when it was disclosed that the jiggies would also be running on the same surface. Century was asked to see if they could find it in their budget to build a separate jiggie track. Barn and grandstand design are still be worked on. The Grandstand building will be 3 stories and at least 50% larger than Century Downs. Slot floor will start with 550 slots.

Slots at Century Downs are presently averaging a tad more than $11.00 win per hour.

16 days of thoroughbred racing at Century Downs this year, Saturdays and Sundays commencing September 23, 2017.

Sal was wandering if Max will be buying beer on the tarmac.

Century Downs will have about 340 barn stalls and 60 temporary stalls for thoroughbred racing. The rail is at Century Downs and will be installed. Jockey quarters, paddock and temporary outdoor venues will be ready for thoroughbred racing. Steve Woods from Trackmaster has been hired to consult on the track and surface.  Doc Cundy visits Century Downs regularly and will be keep the Board apprised of the progress.

President Steve Smith advised that overnight purses at Northlands Park will be up this year. Stake purses will be about the same with the Sonoma being increased to $75,000.

There will be incentives for lower claiming races and the waiver claiming rule will be in force again in 2017.

The long barn has been shuttered for 2017. The horse population on the grounds now has not filled the other barns.

First weekends races have all been shortened to III I/II furlongs as the weather and the track at Northlands Park have limited training and workout times. Ron Grift has been hired to attempt to fix the track and O’Hanlon Paving will be working to repair 2 of the worst holes. Second and maybe even third weekend races may also have to be shortened to III I/II furlongs.

Mat Monaco will be leaving as Executive Director effective May 31, 2017. His replacement has not yet been determined.

Curtis Landry advised that the Alberta Thoroughbred Racing Club will be aiming for 250 members at $300.00 in 2017. Northlands Park is cooperating with Alberta HBPA this year. The Club will have 3 horses and Rod Cone and Craig Smith will again be training.

Sal says that at lot more was discussed, but if you want more information show up at the meetings.

The Horse – Barn Air Quality Affects Horses’ Breathing

The basic rule is simple: Roll a number — other than two, three or 12 — and then roll that number again before rolling a seven. Between that, there are a lot of bets that can be made on individual numbers, and as long as a seven doesn’t end the roll, bettors covering numbers can make money each time that number comes up. It’s not easy to roll a lot before crapping out. A shooter has to roll at least 25 times to even qualify for the Golden Arm tournament. Most don’t come close.


“Seven out!” the stickman called.

Shoulders sagged. Chips were scooped up by the dealers. It was like watching Ted Williams ground into a double play.

LA Times – Montero – A method to their magic: Golden Arms of craps swear it’s more mystique than math at the tables in Vegas

Superstition is the poetry of life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ooh Ooh Las Vegas

Bloodhorse – Balan – Farhaan Makes the Grade in Thunder Road

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Farhaan pulls 8-1 upset in Thunder Road Stakes

ESPN – DRF – Welsch – War Correspondent ends long drought in Miami Mile

TDN – War Front’s War Correspondent Too Tough in Miami Mile


Bloodhorse – Shea – Alert Bay Repeats in San Francisco Mile

ESPN – DRF – Dybdal – Alert Bay repeats in San Francisco Mile

Sal says that scant minutes later Peter Redekop’s Uncle Mo 3 year old colt Absolutely Stylish held on to break his maiden at Santa Anita Park going 1 mile in 137.10 for trainer Eddie Truman with Flavien Prat aboard.

TDN – Uncle Mo Colt Dead Game in Frontrunning Graduation

Bloodhorse – Reeder – McErin, Five Fillies Take on Kentucky Juvenile Stakes

Bloodhorse – Angst – Official Veterinary Team From China Visits Kentucky

TDN – Colonist Finds Land of Opportunity in Arcadia

National Post – Zeisberger – New Jersey Devils win NHL draft lottery, Vancouver Canucks shunted down to No. 5 again

Forever Young

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

Albert Einstein

Hawthorne Sal

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    HOLLYBULL.CA domain Registration expires May 31,2017 after a 10 year website name licensing agreement with go.daddy.ca, will it continue for accountability in Alberta horse racing, possible scenarios!

    1. Version of a go fund to be set up opening weekend at NP, with donations such as cash, uncashed slot vouchers or race tickets and feedback to holy bull rep outside tarmac race office entrance to continue?

    2. Website expires with no license agreement if Tenile gets replaced or resigns by end of may (250k cash cow compensation) doubtful!

    3. Hawhorne Sal becomes HBPA executive director and shutsdown website to avoid conflict of interest?

    4. ASHA/HRA in a joint venture acquire licensing rights to holy bull.ca and retires it to end positive criticism?

    NORTHLANDS seeks high school candidates for bee keeping club as a version of the killer bees returns?

    CALGARY FLAMES have plan B for new rink with the parking lot north being considered, its a version of Northlands plan D(dead) for new rink with a racetrack south that failed. ISLANDERS consider Belmont race track for new venue, didn’t they get a copy of VISION 2020?

    TENILE’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT, in the HRA financial vertigo pages with a purse grant drop of 960k in 2017, and a 5% racino agreement decrease in 2018. The thoroughbred dates will go from 68/17 to 70/18 with a head scratching 100 days in 2019 with the same budgeted purse grant, we should be screaming TENILE TO THE TEST BARN with this leadership folly!!!!

    HARNESS shows 87 A track days, but in the smoke and dagger vertigo pages it explains 19 days at B track purses run at A tracks, for a total of 106, simple math with a twist of salt and lime, pass the tequila, Tenile!!

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