Jul 302017


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sage –  Lemon Drop Kid and the 1999 Travers

1999 Travers

2008 Travers

1994 Haskell

Mrs. Robinson

Opening day is always so cool to be a part of and to people watch. The Pacific Classic, which I’ve had the privilege of riding in a couple of times, is great. Every day at Del Mar is fantastic. I love the smells, working out on the beach, running the stairs. It’s just a healthy environment. I love it.
Chantal Sutherland

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sage – A Saudi prince, a tendon injury and a Big Red Train: the story of the 2001 Travers2001 Travers
Point Given looms large.

National Post –  What the man who introduced Canada’s income tax 100 years ago actually intended

Sal says that the reason the governments of the world can’t solve the drug problems is that they’re  afraid that if they can get the addicts unhooked from drugs then the public would expect them to use the same techniques to get the governments unhooked from their behemoth bureaucracies and walloping taxes.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P. J. O’Rourke

National Post –  Chris Selley: Rolling Stone’s Trudeau profile isn’t unusually fawning — it’s just late to the party

Cover of the Rolling Stone

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
Milton Friedman

Stop posing and start performing.

Canada has a 5 – 10 year window until single sports betting is legal in most US States. Change the laws in Canada to fill the border casinos with Yankees crossing to take advantage of legalized sports betting. Who knows we might even end up with a hockey team in Fort Erie.

Without gambling, I would not exist.

Hunter S. Thompson

One More Light

The Globe and Mail – Wente – How privileged are you? Take this test to find out

Here lies a wider contemporary problem: all emphasis in culture and politics seems to be of conflict avoidance, homogenization, washing out differences, avoiding judgments, and being attractive, inoffensive, trendily pleasing and completely insubstantial. It is hazardous to leap between great generalizations in apparently unrelated fields, but this is the nature of a great deal of current political discourse. The European project is largely one of homogenization — there will be one herniating mass of laws and regulations and heavy taxation and redistribution for all Europe.

National Post –  Conrad Black: On Dunkirk, Khadr and claptrap about our outgoing Governor General

Garden and Gun – Lotz and Portman – West Virginia’s Top Dogs

Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.

Hunter S. Thompson

NY Times – Tanis – Watermelon Grows Up

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Secretariat Still Omnipresent After 44 Years

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin –  Secretariat Photo Album

Sal’s favourite Secretariat Photo

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: how a dream came true for an ardent fan

My Hero

Suicide is Painless

Sal says that il nove knows you can never sell a Trapper short.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Saratoga Diary Prep: Spa Off to Blazing Start

NY Times –  Bondy – At Cooperstown, a Good Day for Bud Selig, but Not a Perfect One

NY Times – Bondy –  Tim Raines Is Enshrined as an Expo, and He’s Happy About It

TwinSpires Blog – Powell –  Main track produces slower times, race-riding tactics in spotlight during opening week at Saratoga

Sal says that the RRR will be sending us the real dirt on the track conditions at the Spa next weekend.

US Racing – Michaels –  Cash More Winning Tickets in Some of Saratoga’s Most Difficult Races

Sal says that the RRR will be sending us the real scoop on cashing winning tickets at the Spa.

Bloodhorse –  Weekend Stakes Rundown: Monmouth’s Big Day

Tomorrow’s Girls

Doug Blair’s Star Czar headed to the lead right from the gate and never looked back scoring his maiden win in the Edmonton Juvenile by 3 1/2 lengths over Stroll It. The Ontario bred son of Badge  of Silver covered the 6 furlongs in 1:14.98 for conditioner Joan Petrowski with Keishan Balgobin aboard. Kirwan’s Mountain got up for third.

Doug has a penchant for finding the bargain basement colts who turn out to be stakes winners.

TDN – Bill Finley –  Irish War Cry’s Dam Seeks Rare Triple at Monmouth

The Globe and Mail – Galloway – Canada lags in conservation efforts

NY Times – Perez- Pena – O.J. Simpson Wins Parole, Claiming He Has Led a ‘Conflict-Free Life’

The Globe and Mail – Kelly: In Trump’s America, an O.J. Simpson renaissance is inevitable

Sal says that with the NFL pension money he’s saved up and the wealth of knowledge he’s garnered during his stay at the crowbar hotel OJ should be well equipped to recommence the quest for the real killer(s).

Sal says that if you still don’t understand how OJ was not convicted of murder just look at his trial in football parlance.

With the plethora of DNA and other evidence Marcia Clark’s team started first and goal on OJ’s one yard line. Think of OJ’s legal team as Bill Belichek. Think of Marcia Clark’s legal team as Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn. What would Belichek do. Exactly like OJ’s team did. Let the other side implode on their overconfidence.

I Fought The Law

The Daily Beast –  How O.J. Simpson Gave Us the Kardashians

Sal says that if the Parole Board would have considered OJ’s  worst crime against humanity unleashing the Kardashians it would have been solitary confinement  for the full extent of his sentence with 50 TVs forever tuned into that crap the Kardashians misnamed reality TV.

Killing In The Name of

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

Sir Isaac Newton

Also breaking her maiden in a Stakes race Dennis, Lora and Wendy Barton’ Emma Jean Too closed huge giving her sire Big Lightning his maiden stakes winner. The daughter of Big Lightning out of the Left Banker mare Come Hither was bred in Alberta by Pierre Esquirol where Big Lightning, a son or Bernadini currently stands.  Emma Jean Too covered the 6 furlong in the Princess Margaret in 1:14.15  for emerging trainer Jennifer Hunt with Shamaree  Muir aboard.

Future State lost the bob for the win with Street Made finishing third.

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell –  Big Lightning Runners Striking Fast in Alberta

TDN –  Arch’s Nyaleti Destroys Princess Margaret Rivals

National Post – Maddeaux – In defence of the gold digger and the fight for class, economic and gender equality

Gold Dust Woman

National Post – Humphreys – Exclusive: This man went to jail rather than pay his ex-wife $10 million in epic divorce battle

Divorce is one of the most financially traumatic things you can go through. Money spent on getting mad or getting even is money wasted.
Richard Wagner

TDN – Wickes – Letter to the Editor: Where’s the Swamp?

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – John Henry, Phil Marino, and Early Cajun Days

Legend of John Henry

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.
Bob Newhart

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Flame of Hirsch and Haskell still alight in major stakes

Breaking The Habit

Alberta Derby at Evergreen Park S.

Grande Prairie STAKES

Purse $50,000. One And One Sixteenth Miles.

P# PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Big Kaz (AB) 3/G S Sterr 120 R Rycroft 5/1
2 Real Quality (KY) 3/G R W Walcott 120 D L Saunders 7/5
3 Makealittlenoise (AB) 3/G K Balgobin 120 C R Smith 7/2
4 Saveitforarainyday (AB) 3/F S Williams 115 R Rycroft 3/1

Dale Saunders, M. and P. Equipment Ltd. and Met Set Consulting Inc.’s Real Quality headed right to the front and never looked back setting a new track record of 1:44.86 for the 1 1/16 mile distance in the $50,000.00 Alberta Derby at Evergreen Park with Rico Walcott in the irons for conditioner Dale Saunders. Big Kaz got up for second with the filly Saveitforarainyday getting third place money.

Brisnet – Hanson –  And the leader of the three-year-old males is…No one

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes –  Girvin Gets it Done in Haskell Invitational

ESPN – DRF –  Girvin surges late for nose victory in Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt –  Girvin shows the best may be yet to come in America’s classic generation

TDN –  Girvin Claims Last-Gasp Haskell Win

Paulick Report –  Girvin Flies Last-To-First, Noses Out McCraken In Haskell Invitational

The Best Is Yet To Come

ESPN – DRF – Girvin flourishing just in time for Haskell Invitational

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – More and more, the eyes of the world are on racing in New York

Southern Living – Blumberg – The Great American Barbecue Bucket List

What A Wonderful World

Paulick Report – Del Mar: CHRB To Investigate After Late-Announced Gelding Wins On Opening Weekend

Edmonton Journal –  Jason Gregor: Inquiry into Tim Hague’s death must remain objective

Edmonton Journal – Barnes – Death in the ring: Passing of Tim Hague shows risks of boxing remain despite regulations

Sal says if they want the job done right better call Da Vinci.

Ass Covering Day

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci

The Globe and Mail – Crosariol –  Hurrah for B.C. syrah: Eight wonderful wine choices from recent vintages of Canadian red


Bloodhorse –  Z Capital Partners Purchases Parent Company of DRF

Bloodhorse – Snierson – Stronach Group Explores Expansion into Massachusetts

Please Come To Boston

Bar None Ranches Port Protection scored her second stakes win of 2017 in the Duchess of York Handicap. The Florida bred daughter of Wilburn covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.02 with a stalking trip under Shannon Beauregard for trainer Ron Grieves. Shannon maintained perfect position just off the pacesetter Tara’s Way before striking for the front and holding off the hard charging Curlish Figure who got up for second over Tara’s Way.

Sal always lauds the clever named horses and one of Sal’s new favoruites is the stakes winning daughter of WilburnWilburnmoney.

Bloodhorse – Precious –  Bidding on Belmont Land Allowed; NHL Team Interested

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Court Gives FL Breeders Right to Challenge Awards Plan

TDN – Caulfield –  Pedigree Insights: Unfortunately

TDN – Boyce – Fact: 10 of the Best

LA Times –  OpEd – Reicholz – Don’t believe the American Heart Assn. — butter, steak and coconut oil aren’t likely to kill you

Everything In Its Right Place

DMTC – Williams –  Victor Espinoza: Sights Were Set, Now the Dream Is Realized

With the scratch of Blue Dancer from the Don Getty Stake Ed Welsh and Deltin Stables’ Killin Me Smalls had the front end all to himself and cruised to a 9 1/4 length win under Keishan Balgobin for conditioner Ernie Keller. Zippity Zap got a perfect stalking trip but was no match for Killin Me Smalls when the latter was in his favourite position.  Royal Warrior closed for third.

Unhurried through the 1 1/16 miles Killin Me Smalls got home in 1:43.55 less than a second slower than Chilcoton Blaze’s longstanding track record for the distance.

Gotta give Matt Jukich a lot of credit for getting to the winner’s circle as quickly as he does to interview the connections after he finishes calling the race. Unfortunately as too often happen at Northlands Park Matt’s efforts are almost completely wasted when the sound in Colours and other parts of the building is turned so low that you can’t hear a word that Matt says including the race call. You’d think that with all the managers strutting around in Colours and various other parts of the bulding at least one would notice that you couldn’t hear the live call of the races or Matt’s interviews with the connections or Matt’s pre-race rundown.

Might as well be in a Funeral Parlour which Northlands Park will soon become with work progressing on the Century Mile site. Sal’s eye in the sky or pick up truck on Highway II says that there was plenty of dust being kicked up as the ground work has commenced. In a few more weeks you’ll start to see the steel for the building being erected.

National Post – Taunton – The important lessons: Why the grocery store is ‘like no other store in the world’

Paulick Report –  Del Mar: Business Remains Strong Through Week Two Of Meet

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Flores to retire from saddle, become trainer

TDN –  Jockey Club Appoints Chairmen

Comfortably Numb

ESPN – DRF –  Good Samaritan an intriguing new face

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Good Samaritan Springs Jim Dandy Upset

TDN –  Samaritan’ Proves Too ‘Good’ in Jim Dandy

Sal had a theory on why Always Dreaming lost the Preakness, but after watching both Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing fail to capitalize on what appeared to be easy trips Sal’s theory went right out the window and Sal says that none of the 2017 crop of three year olds has done anything to distinguish themselves on the race track.

TDN –  ‘Ice’ Poised for Whitney Showdown

Sal says that the RRR will be reporting from Saratoga on the Whitney weekend so we’ll be getting the straight goods on what’s happening at the Spa.

Paulick Report –  Gun Runner Wraps Up Final Whitney Preparations; Asmussen Watching The Weather

Sal says that if Asmussen wants the real weather reports he needs to stay tuned to the RRR.

The Weather

Bloodhorse – Balan – Million-Dollar Purchase Tatters to Riches Wins Debut

TDN –  Million-Dollar Union Rags Baby Graduates First Out at Del Mar

TDN –  Stay Thirsty’s Coal Front Remains Perfect in Amsterdam

NY Times – Caramanica –  Chester Bennington Brought Rock Ferocity to Linkin Park’s Innovations

Sign Of The Times

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.

Sir Isaac Newton

TDN – Harvey –  All Good With Lady Aurelia

TDN – Harvey –  Permian Likely For Secretariat

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  A tale of two superstar favorites: Lady Eli lives up to billing, Arrogate flops

Paulick Report – Paulick –  View From The Eighth Pole: They Don’t Always Bring Their ‘A’ Game

Paulick Report –  Baffert ‘Disappointed,’ But Assures Fans Arrogate Will Be Ready For Pacific Classic

TDN – Massam –  Arrogate “In Good Shape” in San Diego Aftermath

TDN – Thornton – Baffert Reflects on Roller Coaster Weekend

TDN – Powell – San Diego proved a perfect spot for ‘bridgejumpers’

US Racing – Simon –  Arrogate Teaches Bettors and Fans Valuable Lesson

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

Aldous Huxley

Bloodhorse –  Ransom the Moon Wins Wild Bing Crosby

TDN –  Ransom the Moon Upsets Bing Crosby After Drefong Throws Smith

Paulick Report –  ‘A Million Reasons To Get Beat’: Drefong Fine After Eventful Bing Crosby

Sal says that Bob Baffert and Mike Smith must be listening to Frank croon at track where the surf meets the turf rather than Bing as they they were riding high in the spring but have been shot down in July.

But it’s the racebook–and getting newcomers into the action–that is really at the center of it all at Striders, which is situated approximately 20 miles south of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

“Horse racing is fun for everybody, and I think Del Mar does a great job emphasizing that with the 4 o’clock Fridays, the beer events, the concerts,” Fink said. “Horse racing is going to die unless you bring some fun into it and introduce a new generation to the sport, showing them some of the fundamentals of the game.”

That is the impetus behind the “Betting 101” classes held at Striders. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and during happy hour on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m., restaurant patrons can enjoy bites, beers and cocktails while learning how to wager from Striders’ team of pro handicappers. Classes can accommodate up to 60 guests and everything is taught from wager types, how to read the program, proper lingo and terms, wagering strategies and more.

The pros then will walk guests upstairs to Striders’ Turf Club Lounge–their Las Vegas style lounge where people can wager on any horse race happening at the time and watch live on one of the 8,200 square foot venue’s 150 HD TVs.

TDN –  Striders Up


Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes –  Miss Temple City Set for U.S. Return in Matchmaker

National Post –  Meet the rookie Toronto police horse named after slain officer Sgt. Ryan Russell

TDN – Karlsson – Recognizing the Industry’s Unsung Heroes

So Alive

TDN – Martini –  Four-Year Vet Study Enters Phase Three

ESPN – DRF –  Dunleavy – Sharp Azteca sets course record with Monmouth Cup win

ESPN – DRF – Dunleavy – Money’soncharlotte takes them all the way to win Molly Pitcher

NY Times –  10 New Books We Recommend This Week

National Post –  Ahsan – Jane Austen fans furious at banknote blunder

National Post – Lindores – A roof of one’s own: On the residences and feminism of Jane Austen on the bicentenary of her death

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Southern Summer Reads

Garden and Gun – Burke – A Taste for Books

US Racing – Ransom –  The Pact: Garret Gomez’s Greatest Legacy Part I

US Racing – Ransom –  The Pact: Garret Gomez’s Greatest Legacy Part II

Save The Last Dance For Me

The men have not always been winners. They were shut out the first time they entered the national pie competition five years ago. They had designed their pies for flavor. But when they saw their offerings among the hand-stenciled fruit pie toppings and the tricked-out cream pies, they realized that simply making a delicious blueberry pie wasn’t going to cut it.

“We got pretty quickly that this was all about decorating,” Dr. Taylor said.

They have learned a few tricks over the years, like putting a glob of piping gel in the whipped cream to help it hold its shape. And they work on their names. Names are very important.

“It can’t just be a sweet potato pie,” Dr. Taylor said. “It has to be Aunt Pam’s sweet potato pie. I started making up relatives a few years ago.”

NY Times – Severson –  A Match Made in Baking and Blue Ribbons

Paulick Report – Voss –  Veterinarian: Ben’s Cat Colic A Complex Condition, Unrelated To Retirement

Paulick Report –  ‘He Was Just Unbelievable’: Laurel Horsemen Pay Tribute To Ben’s Cat

Racing Post – Forristal –  Horse hit by drone in ‘reckless’ parade ring incident at Killarney

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes –  Irish War Cry Morning-Line Pick in Wide-Open Haskell

Paulick Report –  ‘House Horse’ Irish War Cry Draws Rail, Installed As Morning Line Favorite For G1 Haskell

TDN – Carasso –  A Far Thing From a Far ‘Cry’

Paulick Report –  Haskell A ‘Family’ Affair For De Tomaso, Irish War Cry

Paulick Report –  ‘They Really Do Have A Rapport’: Maragh, Irish War Cry In Sync & Ready For The Haskell

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell –  Bloodlines: Lasting Influence Of Sadler’s Wells Shines Through Top Fillies Songbird, Enable

Paulick Report –  Dept. Of Homeland Security To Allow 15,000 Additional H-2B Immigration Visas

Devil’s Haircut

FiveThirtyEight –  Paine – Baseball’s Best Teams Are Too Damn Good

“You can be anti-institution all you want, but you have to know not just how to run a government, but how to run a governing coalition,” said Republican strategist Rob Stutzman. “It would appear this is beyond, so far beyond, the president’s grasp. This is the danger of having someone as president who has never played in politics.”

LA Times – Gov. Jerry Brown shows President Trump the upside of experience

In The End

Daily Bulletin – Rodriguez – The end of horse racing at Pomona’s Fairplex has given birth to something ‘phenomenal’

Sal says that with the mammoth festival business slowly going the way of the woolly one maybe there’s hope for Northlands Park after all.

Volvo Driving Soccer Mom

Paulick Report –  ‘The Ship Is Sinking’: CHRB Members Argue For Fewer Race Dates

Paulick Report –  Los Alamitos Asks CHRB To Investigate Former Clerk Of Scales

TDN –  Wrong Horse Wins At Yarmouth

TDN –  BHA To Work On New Stewarding Model

Paulick Report – ‘A Unique Culinary Experience’ Taste Of Breeders’ Cup: San Diego Set For Del Mar Nov. 3-4


Pork and Beans

Thoroughbred racing Commentary – Manning – The ex-nurse who has given horses ‘a voice’ when they don’t feel well and can’t tell you what’s wrong

National Post – Ahsan – The money pit: How Arcade Fire has spent a decade creating a single music video with director Terry Gilliam

You Are My Sunshine

Brisnet – Hanson – Legacy of Drumtop lives on early in Saratoga meet

Beat Goes On

National Post – Former tennis player Boris Becker bankrupt after he ‘invested in Nigerian oil’

Sal says that now you see why your office keeps receiving those idiotic faxes from the Nigerian Prince.

National Post – Colby Cosh: Doctor Who fans welcome any kind of Doctor, except a woman

Dr. Who

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby –  Does weight-for-age give 3-year-olds an unfair advantage? Decide for yourself

Southern Living – Sims – Sheet Pan Chicken Suppers for Every Night of the Week

Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
Leonardo da Vinci

NY Times – Longman – Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary –  How genetic testing is helping to change the idea of what’s possible in breeding racehorses

TDN –  “Zenyatta, ‘Queen of Racing’” to Premier Saturday at Del Mar

Bloodhorse – Angst –  Cool Catomine Rolls Late in Prince of Wales Upset

Bloodhorse – Wincze – Outplay Outclasses Competition in Curlin Stakes

TDN – Bernardini Colt Dominates Curlin S.

Bloodhorse – Spendthrift Australia Schedules Stallion Parades

DRF – Russo – Pharoah, Chrome head to Southern Hemisphere for breeding season

Brisnet – Scully – Troubling pattern for Songbird resembles past 3-year-old filly champions

My Back Pages

TDN – Sue Finley –  Mack Purchases Racing Rights in Melbourne Cup Prospect

One More Cup of Coffee

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith –  War Front and Kitten’s Joy pick a good time to show their quality

Paulick Report – Hackbarth –  Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Putting ‘A Face To The Hero’

Paulick Report – Biancone Granted Conditional License By KY Horse Racing Commission

Do It Again

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Hunter S. Thompson

TDN –  Banned Trainer Rick Dutrow’s Debts Discharged

Adam’s Song

TDN – Kane –  Racing and Its Fans Return to Saratoga

Bloodhorse – Queen’s Plate Winner Holy Helena Aiming for Alabama

Deacon Blues

Millennials, who tend to get blamed for a lot of things, are often identified as the key to golf’s current struggles, mostly because they don’t much want to play it: it takes too long, it’s expensive, and it generally requires a car or access to one. Studies in Canada and the United States have for years reflected the declining interest in golf among young people, and a Sports Business Journal study of television-viewing habits published in June found that of all major sports, golf had the oldest viewership. The median viewer for a PGA Tour broadcast was 64 years old, which was an increase of five years over the past decade. (As an indicator of that, this year TSN and CTV’s live coverage of the British Open was just for the weekend rounds; Bell Media left early-round coverage in this country to the Golf Channel.)

It’s all of those factors that have led places to consider alternatives to traditional golf, whether it’s short courses, or courses with bigger holes, or courses where you can kick around a soccer ball instead of trying to square a clubface against a ball that never seems to go where you are aiming. The New York Times recently profiled a Scot, appropriately named Calum McPherson, who, having witnessed a sharp decline in junior golf enrolment, designed a set of clubs intended for kid use: lighter, with a bigger sweet spot. A fine idea, but unlikely to sweep the globe.

Amid all the talk of ways to reverse trends and get a new generation of people interested in golf, there is one voice with an even more radical idea. It’s a voice that commands considerable respect in golf circles: Jack Nicklaus says golf needs to change the ball. The sport’s greatest player said late last year that the rash of course closings was “thanks in great part to changes to the golf ball and the distance it travels.”

National Post – Stinson –  As courses close and millennials turn their backs, golf reckons with uncertain future

Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Mark Twain


In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Yogi Berra

NY Times – Keh – Finland Has a Sports Screw Loose

NY Times – Ward, Williams and Manchester – 110 N.F.L. Brains

The Globe and Mail – Maki – Studying CTE and its effect on former CFL players could pave way for safer future

The Globe and Mail – Tator – CTE is a serious problem in sports, but it’s not too late to save most games

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – How Katie Potter found an answer to the worst equine virus problem in 30 years

Bloodhorse –  Balan – Paid Up Subscriber Romps by 32 1/2 Lengths in Shuvee

National Post – NP – Radiohead does controversial Tel Aviv show, ignoring calls for Israel boycott: ‘In the end we played some music’

Paulick Report –  Santana Hoping To Stay In A New York State Of Mind Following Saratoga Meet

Bloodhorse – Balan –  Accelerate Pointing for Pacific Classic

Bloodhorse – Balan – Stellar Wind Edges Vale Dori Again in Clement L. Hirsch

TDN –  Stellar Wind Gusts to Hirsch Triumph

LA Times – Erskine –  Welcome to the Super Bowl of Sausage, and the ultimate tribute to life’s underdogs

National Post – NY Times – He’s still Bond, James Bond: Daniel Craig on board for next film

You don’t think I enjoyed what we did this evening, do you? What I did tonight was for Queen and country!

James Bond

FiveThirtyEight – Skibba – The Next Step In The Search For Aliens Is A Huge Telescope And A Ton Of Math

Motorway to Rowsell

I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.
Stephen Hawking

ESPN – Smith – Kyrie Irving got tired of being ‘son’ to LeBron

NY Times – Araton – In Kyrie Irving’s Revelation, a Moment of Reflection

FiveThirtyEight – Kyrie Irving Wants To Be A No. 1, But He’s Better As A Sidekick

ESPN –  Young – The more you know about Kevin Durant, the more you can see how his star ascended

Sal says that before Irving goes spouting off he needs to walk the talk.

National Post –  Rex Murphy: One man and his staircase is a threat no city bureaucrat could abide

An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.

Mitch Hedberg

Stairway to Heaven

Bloodhorse – Shea – Wekeela Wins Matchmaker over Miss Temple City

TDN –  Dr. Patty Hogan to Give Seminar on When to Retire Racehorse

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith –  Why Ascot’s King George may hold a key to what happens at Del Mar in November

TDN – Frary –  Cakewalk For Nathaniel’s Enable In the King George

TDN –  Munnings’s El Deal Dominates in Vanderbilt

NY Times – Mather – Michael Phelps ‘Raced’ a ‘Shark,’ Kind Of. Not Really.

Bloodhorse –  Money Multiplier Breaks Through in Monmouth Stakes

Mrs. Robinson

Hawthorne Sal

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