May 072017

Sal’s 2017 Kentucky Derby

Edizione Definitiva

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


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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

Suicide Blonde

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rolfes – Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has bloodline of champions

Under Pressure

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?

Dream Police

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.

Simple Man

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

Solsbury Hill

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

Jean-Luc Godard

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.

George Orwell

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

Hawthorne Sal

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