Sal’s 2017 Kentucky Derby
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot
NY Times – Friedman – The World’s Most Beautiful Mathematical Equation
Sometime Around Midnight
NY Times – Drape – At Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming Produces a Winner’s Circle Reunion Party
Bloodhorse – Angst – Always Dreaming True in Kentucky Derby Win
DRF – Privman – Always Dreaming becomes fifth straight favorite to win Kentucky Derby
DRF – Watchmaker: Always Dreaming ran hard all the way
DRF – Grening – Velazquez, Pletcher proud to achieve elusive goal together
US Racing – Ransom – Kentucky Derby Winner Living Proof ‘Dreams’ Really Do Come True
Brisnet – Caldwell – Pletcher lives the Kentucky Derby dream with Always Dreaming
TDN – A Derby ‘Dream’ Come True
LA Times – Cherwa – Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Pletcher’s Always Dreaming Storms To Dominant Kentucky Derby Victory
Louisville Courier-Journal – Rolfes – Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has bloodline of champions
Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – A Derby celebration: Peppermints, a truck and White Castles
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Could Always Dreaming be the horse of Todd Pletcher’s lifetime?
TDN – Bill Finley – Good For You, Todd
I’ve Got Dreams to remember
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Always Dreaming In Good Order After Derby Triumph
Louisville Courier-Journal – Jones – Derby dreams come true for lifelong Brooklyn friends Vincent Viola, Anthony Bonomo
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Todd Pletcher by any other name: “Carnac the Magnificent”
Brisnet – DeRosa – Way more wrong than right in 2017 Kentucky Derby
TwinSpires Blog – Inside paths seemingly a key to Kentucky Derby success
Bloodhorse – Hall – Kentucky Derby and Derby Day Handle Hit Record Highs
DRF – Hegarty – Churchill Downs exceeds $200 million handle, including record total for Kentucky Derby
Sal says that the increase in handle may improve CDI’s bottom line, but when the host tracks jack up their fees for major race days the way that CDI does all the tracks and ADWS end up subsidizing CDI.
Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Aftermath: The Road To Baltimore
Sal says that Pletcher’s playoff beard will remain for now.
Paulick Report – NBC Kentucky Derby Broadcast Improves Overnight Rating By Double Digits
Paulick Report – Sutherland Celebrates 1,000th Victory At Santa Anita On Kentucky Derby Saturday
NY Times – Drape – The Race to Save Mastery
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
DRF – Hersh – Thunder Snow unhurt in Kentucky Derby incident
Sal says that HBPA Alberta has completed the interview process for their Executive Director to replace Mat Monaco effective June 1, 2017. Watch the Alberta HBPA site for the announcement.
Sal says that Horse Racing Alberta has extended Shirley McClellan’s contract until June 30, 2018. Watch the HRA site for the announcement.
TDN – Churchill Gives O’Brien a Record Eighth 2000 Guineas
TDN – Paulassilverlining Holds On in the Humana
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Arklow Upsets American Turf Stakes
TDN – Arch Colt Springs Double-Digit Upset in American Turf
Harness mules and oxen, but give a horse a chance to run.
Wild Bill Hickok
Games Without Frontiers
TDN – Limousine Liberal Scores First Graded Win at CD
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
W. C. Fields
NY Times – Hoppert – First, It’s Baby Steps for American Pharoah’s Progeny
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
TDN – Divisidero Registers Third Straight Derby Day Win
TDN – Connect Returns with Dominant Westchester Win
Brisnet – Hanson – Wild Shot thrives on cut back in Pat Day Mile
TDN – Trappe Shot Colt Runs Away With Pat Day Mile
Bloodhorse – Reeder – Sea Calisi Successful in Sheepshead Bay
Bloodhorse – Undefeated Sircat Sally Cruises in Senorita
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Roca Rojo Wins Churchill Distaff Turf Mile by a Nose
TDN – Roca Rojo Scores Narrowly in CD Distaff Turf Mile
“I’m so very proud of Lee,” said an enthused Asmussen, who had a giant smile on his face despite the Kentucky Derby remaining the only really significant item missing on his Hall of Fame résumé. “That’s just who he is. He just did what he always does, the way he performed out there today.
“He’s the first horse in 20 years to run in the top three in the Derby from the 1 hole. All the variables you worry about in a horse going in here, I don’t worry about with Lee. He’s shown up every time. He earns your respect by overcoming, not making excuses.”
DRF – Welsch – Asmussen, still chasing elusive Derby win, proud of Lookin At Lee’s effort
Louisville Courier-Journal – Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee defies odds in ‘blue-collar effort’
ESPN – Thompson – Classic Empire trainer Casse must continue wait for ultimate glory
TDN – Kitten’s Joy ‘Miss’ Remains Perfect in Honey Ryder
Doug Blair’s Go Max trained by Debbie O’Brien and ridden by Scott Stevens wore down Jim McFadyen’s Blue Bomber for an All Alberta Exactor in Sunday’s Hasta La Vista Handicap at Turf Paradise.
DRF – Haggerty – Go Max pulls upset in Hasta La Vista Handicap
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
What a Wonderful World
This is Horse Racing – Cox – Home cooking marks Oaks undercard
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
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Benner Island Holds On in Eight Belles
Bloodhorse – By the Moon Breaks Through in Vagrancy
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
Bloodhorse – Novak – Bird Song Skips to Alysheba Victory
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Big World Delivers in La Troienne
NY Times – Boxing Struggles, but It Has a Culture in Its Corner
NY Times – AP – Canelo Álvarez Thrashes Julio César Chávez Jr.
Where It’s At