Jun 092017

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Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

Angela Carter

A Day in the Life

National Post –  Mitchell – The well-travelled journeys of four lacrosse brothers and their family converge in Saskatoon this weekend

The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.
Walt Whitman

Bloodhorse – Novak and Balan – Epicharis Out of Belmont Stakes

Portobello Belle

National Post – O’Connor –  P.K. Subban faces off against the politics of the Old South still on display in Tennessee

US Racing – Ransom –  Twelve Eleven Take on Last Triple Crown Jewel in Belmont Stakes

Brisnet – DeRosa Epicharis Scratches From Belmont, Leaving Field of 11


TDN – Winstar TDN Belmont Preview

A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans.

Lady Gaga

Brisnet – Hanson –  Fenian a “wanted” Belmont winner for owner-breeder August Belmont

Brisnet – Hanson –  Path to 1905 Belmont Stakes victory was a unique route

Maybe I’m Amazed

NY Times – Hoppert and Drape – Belmont 2017: Our Predictions to Win, Place and Show.

Is That All There Is?

The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
Norman Mailer

TwinSpires Blog – Bull –  Who to Bet For A Belmont Stakes 2017 Return

This Is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Shapazian’s Belmont Day picks

Portobello Belle

Everything is change; and you cannot step twice into the same river.
Mary Renault

TwinSpires Blog – Scully –  $100 Budget Belmont Stakes Festival: Saturday All-Stakes Pick 4

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro’s Belmont Stakes Day Late Pick 4

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – $100 Budget Belmont Stakes Festival: Saturday Pick 5

Tiny Dancer

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

Paulick Report – Jagow –  NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Picks For The Big Day?

Under Pressure

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  Pedigree fun facts for 2017 Belmont Stakes

Dancing In The Street

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes –  Belmont Stakes Concludes Parity-Laden Classic Season

You Think You’re a Man

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  Horses of interest: Belmont Stakes Day edition

Bloodhorse –  Strong Start to Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Paulick Report –  Total Handle Up 32 Percent In First Two Days Of Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Bloodhorse – Shirreffs Gets Another Shot With Gormley in Belmont

Paulick Report –  Belmont Notes: Irish War Cry ‘Taking It All In Stride,’ Lookin at Lee Earns Asmussen’s ‘Respect’


If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit Awards.
Annie Proulx

TDN – Bianca – Songbird Returns at Long Last in Phipps

All My Loving

TDN –  Hard Spun Colt ‘Rockets’ Home to Earn Rising Star

Space Oddity

Garden and Gun – Heckert – An Oral History of the Bluebird Cafe

The Sound of Silence

TDN – Martini – Barretts Shifts Paddock Sale Date

Losing My Religion

Garden and Gun – Severson – How to Make Perfectly Fried Catfish

Street Fighting Man

Brisnet – Caldwell –  By the Moon holds on to defend Bed o’ Roses title

Where It’s At

Brisnet – DeRosa – Red Cardinal flies home in Belmont Gold Cup

Gold Dust Woman

Brisnet –  Roy H romps to upset victory in True North


Brisnet –  Hawksmoor steals the show in New York

Gold Dust Woman

Brisnet –  Tremont field smarts as He Hate Me loves Belmont

Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.
Truman Capote

Back to Black

Sal says that the Bull almost made it to the prime age for stars to fade away.

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Brisnet – Scully – Holy Bull dead at 26

Bloodhorse – Hangin Wih Haskin –

Farewell to a Friend: RIP Holy Bull

Show Must Go On

Northlands Park ShowVivor Contest

The contest begins on June 9th.

$2,500 to whomever has the longest streak ShowViving.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Karmel – The fight to protect the New York breeding industry against funding cuts

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Belmont Friday 2017 stakes picks

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Is that art or is that rubbish?

Sal says if the Belmont wants to have a signature drink it should decide on what it’s going to be and stick with it.

The original Belmont Breeze, the Belmont Breeze skinnied up by some chick who has a horse named after her father basically copied the White Carnation replaced the White Carnation only to be replaced by the The Woodford Reserve Belmont Jewel.

Sal says how about the Manhattan.

Gold Dust Woman

Bloodhorse – Novak – Patience Could Pay Off for Team Divisidero in Manhattan

Sal says that while Phil was able to read and post select writings from the NY Times – The Rail Blog all we’re left with today is the NY Times – Hoppert and Drape – Belmont 2017: Our Predictions to Win, Place and Show.

Sal doesn’t want to shatter your illusions that thoroughbred racing is prospering when the amount of landscape that thoroughbred racing retains in the major and minor newspapers’ sports sections couldn’t grow a handful of radishes.

Brisnet – Scully – 2017 Belmont Report Selections: Speculating upon Senior Investment


Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Belmont Analysis: End of a Long Odd Journey

DRF – Illman – Belmont Stakes a true puzzle

Horse Racing Nation – Gehrke – Belmont Stakes 2017 – Class and Who Will Get the Trip

NY Times – Lyall – Oracle Arena vs. Quicken Loans: Like Night and Day (or Warriors and Cavs)

Stadium Love

TwinSpires Blog – Belmont Stakes 2017 News & Notes

TDN – Sherack – Thursday’s Trackside Belmont Report

Bloodhorse – Balan – Epicharis Bypasses Training Again at Belmont Park

US Racing – Simon – Belmont Stakes: Rested Horse Rubbish

Brisnet – Caldwell – Irish War Cry, Gormley tour Belmont for the first time

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Twisted Tom Proving His Worth for Biszantz

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

1) Inside Straight (15-1) – This four-year-old son of Super Saver is a true unknown quantity. I’m not sure he is ready to make the same splash that Runhappy, also by Super Saver, made when he arrived in New York for the King’s Bishop of  2015, but color me intrigued. This New York-bred has won 7-of-20 all over North America, and he’s clearly in career best form. His last two at Oaklawn Park are very good, including a good looking win in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap. I think he’s turned the corner, and he’s working well at Belmont. A far-turn move from the middle of the pack could give him a real chance at a price. Improving Longshot

Horse Racing Nation – Zipse – Met Mile 2017: Odds and Analysis

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Tu Brutus Brings Hype Into Brooklyn

Brisnet – Caldwell – New Money Honey, Mississippi Delta score in Belmont turf stakes

Brisnet – DeRosa – I Still Miss You doesn’t miss a step in Astoria win

Should I Stay or Should I Go

NY Times – Castle and Erlanger – Theresa May, Despite U.K. Election Setback, Will Form a Minority Government

NY Times – Bennhold and Erlanger – A Perplexing Election Leaves U.K. Divided and Confused

The Globe and Mail – Saunders – Theresa May’s hubris cost the Conservatives dearly

National Post – Adam, Booth and Witte – Washington Post – Call for Theresa May to step down as early election gamble backfires for U.K. Conservatives

Dazed and Confused

National Post – CP – Christy Clark sworn in as B.C premier of province’s first minority government in 65 years

Vancouver Sun – Shaw – Liberals recall legislature June 22 for throne speech, confidence vote

This Mess We’re In

ESPN – DRF – Rampellini – Mike Smith loaded for bear on a Belmont Stakes day

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Lady and the Track – Perdue – A Visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum

TDN – DiDonato – One ‘Mor’ Belmont Day Chance for Baffert

TDN – DiDonato – ‘Anthem’ Comes East for Woody Stephens

God Bless America

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NY Times – Cacciola – Late Surge Puts Warriors One Step From Postseason Perfection

My Way

Bloodhorse – Novak – Epicharis Does Not Train After Lameness Treatment

I Want You To Want Me

TDN – 12 Enter Wide-Open Belmont Stakes

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Field set for 149th Belmont Stakes

NY Times – AP – Irish War Cry Moves Up to Belmont Favorite

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Irish War Cry 7-2 Morning-Line Pick for Belmont Stakes

Red Hill Mining Town

Paulick Report – Champion Songbird, G1 Winner Gormley Get Settled In At Belmont Park

When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.

Neil Simon

TDN – DiDonato – Flay, Looking for Back-to-Back Belmonts, Buys Into J Boys Echo

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – J Boys Echo Bought With Classics in Mind

Blood In The Cut

TwinSpires Blog – The 2017 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide FREE Download

2017 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide

Paulick Report – NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Training For And Riding Test Of The Champion?

Bloodhorse – Snierson – New England Horsemen Fight for Funding

Inside Straight took the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 15, while Virtual Machine was second in the Westchester following a pair of victories at Aqueduct earlier this year. Strong April 30 Belmont allowance winner Rally Cry completes the field.

Bloodhorse – Mor Spirit Steps Up in Wide Open Metropolitan Handicap

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Nathaniel beats Frankel to it as a golden crop of stallions looks to be emerging

Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

Angela Carter

Bloodhorse – Shulman – One Year Later, Lynch Having A Better Belmont Week

FiveThirtyEight – Bacon Jr. – The Bingo Card Guide To The Comey Testimony

FiveThirtyEight – Silver and Enten – The Three Scenarios For The U.K. Election

Won’t Get Fooled Again

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Northlands Park ShowVivor Contest

The contest begins on June 9th.

$2,500 to whomever has the longest streak ShowViving.

People in China say: ‘If you love your children, send them to New York. If you hate your children, also send them to New York.
Li Na


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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

Empire State Of Mind

Paulick Report – Abscess Knocks Classic Empire Out Of Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Champion Classic Empire to Miss Belmont Stakes

Brisnet – 2017 Belmont Stakes: past performances, news, analysis

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – When Testing a Champion, Everything Matters

TwinSpires – Scully – Analyzing run styles in Belmont Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Epicharis has strong credentials for the Belmont – and that’s a win-win for everyone

Paulick Report – ‘The Future Looks Bright’: Epicharis’ Presence In Belmont A Win For NYRA

Paulick Report – Pedulla – Could Belmont Run By Epicharis Be Start Of Something Big For NYRA?

I love New York City; I’ve got a gun.
Charles Barkley

Sal says that the rumour mill says that if the 88th running of the Canadian Derby will be the last at Northlands Park then the 89th running of the Canadian Derby may be at Enoch on their 5/8 mile track.

NY Times – Cacciola -How the Cavaliers Might Scrape Together a Win in the Finals

The Hockey News – Campbell – Charles Barkley crashes Wayne Gretzky’s press conference, loves hockey


Philly is more East Coast than Pittsburgh. It’s closer to New Jersey and New York, so the vibe is way more fast-paced.

Wiz Khalifa

Randy Howg’s Inside Straight drew the one hole in Saturday’s Metropolitan Handicap GI going 1 mile on the Belmont dirt for $1,200,000.00 US. Conditioner Robertino Diodoro has Angel Arroyo in the irons.

LA Times – Cherwa – Tim Ritvo tackles his biggest challenge yet: Revitalizing racing at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – ‘This Is A Dream Job’: Ritvo Settles In For The Long Haul At Santa Anita

TDN –  Bill Finley – Op/Ed: Sad and Pathetic, Hialeah is “Racing” Again

Paulick Report – Epicharis, Senior Investment Turn In Final Works For Belmont Stakes

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Hat tip to NYRA for creating Belmont Stakes Day

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Why the new-look Belmont Festival is a winner even without a Triple Crown on the line

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – 25 Years Ago: A.P. Indy Gets His Classic

NY Times – Shetland Pony Grand National

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Sal Says where’s the Stanley Steamer.

And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.
Carl Yastrzemski

SportsNet – Robson – The powerful legacy of Canadian running legend Tom Longboat

Darling Be Home Soon

NY Times – Cacciolo – Celebrities Flock to Warriors. And We’re Talking About Practice.

Bloodhorse – Whitmore Tops True North Field

You Can’t Do That

There’s a man in Mobile who remembers that Honus Wagner hit a triple in Pittsburgh 46 years ago. That’s baseball.
Ernie Harwell

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – A look at how contenders are coming up to 2017 Belmont Stakes

TDN – Monday’s Belmont Report

TDN – Sherack – Tuesday’s Trackside Belmont Report

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – A look at how contenders are coming up to 2017 Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – Irish War Cry, Hollywood Handsome to Belmont

TDN – ‘Handsome’ Joins Belmont: ‘Lee’ Works

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Will the real Irish War Cry please stand up!

Dog Days are Over

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Sale Buy-Back Multiplier Now a Belmont Contender

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – BETS ‘N PIECES: Tripping Through a Saturday Notebook

Times Like These

Bloodhorse – Shulman – LaPenta Brings New York Flavor to Belmont Stakes

NY Times – McDougall – Running With the Herd

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Several Kentucky Derby runners return for Belmont

Comfortably Numb

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – Hollendorfer boasts limited sample of runners off six months rest as Songbird returns from extended break

Bloodhorse – Shulman – As Songbird Starts Season, Porter Starts New Treatment

Brisnet – Scully – Songbird looks to start new win streak in Ogden Phipps return

Paulick Report – Paulick – Coltimus Prime Gives Rene Douglas A Clásico Return To Panama

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Stability of Family Helps Hill Climb Mountain

TDN – Bill Finley – Aussie Jockey Shinn Set to Debut at Arlington

Hunger Strike

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – A Different Twist for One Belmont Starter

Racing Post – Mottershead – Godolphin in strife as Bin Suroor decides to reveal internal feud

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – John Ferguson Steps Down at Godolphin

Sometimes, all you can do is watch things burn, and wait for the ash to settle.

Jodi Picoult

I Fought The Law

TDN – Record Crowd For Swedish National Day

TDN – Del Gallo III – The 1917 Brooklyn: A Race for the Ages

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Wings Of Eagles

TDN – Bill Oppenheim: Two Classics Even Better Than One

I Fought The Law

Bloodhorse – Shea – Euro Invaders to Line Up for Belmont Gold Cup

Brisnet – Hanson – Celestine, Dickinson square off in deep Just a Game

With A Little Help From My Friends

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Hawksmoor, Dacita rematched in New York Stakes

Bloodhorse – LaRue – Sea Calisi, Hawksmoor Head Competitive New York Stakes

Angel From Montgomery

Brisnet – Scully – Abel Tasman brings late kick to Acorn cut back

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Haigh – Abel Tasman takes starring role as China Horse Club’s American dream gathers pace

Paulick Report – Gunnevera Ready To Resume Galloping At Gulfstream West; Sano Targeting Jim Dandy Stakes

Times Like These

Paulick Report – Wong Said Syringes, Injectables Found In Barn Search Result Of Set-Up

Paulick Report – High School Wrestling Helped Jockey Nik Juarez Develop His Riding Career

TDN – Martini – Miller Taking Race Riding in Stride

Man on the Moon

National Post – CP – Omand – B.C. legislature in ‘uncharted territory’ as no party wants to give up voting member to be speaker

7 chinEse bros

National Post – Blackwell – Experts dig up Covenanter tank in English vineyard, a rare piece of Canada’s D-Day history

TDN – Arrogate Pointed to Del Mar Campaign

Gimme Shelter

Hawthorne Sal

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