Aug 202017

US Racing –  Baugh – The Holy Bull Story: Part II

Paulick Report – Lamoureux – ‘Holy Cow!’ The Improbable Tale of 1994 Travers Winner Holy Bull

1994 Travers

Bloodhorse – Shea –  Chief Know It All Digs in to Win Canadian Derby

Edmonton Journal – Appeal expected after close finish at Canadian Derby

DRF – Goulding – Chief Know It All survives inquiry in Canadian Derby

Sal says that the stewards were probably confused with the dead heat for second, not knowing what to do so they did nothing.

Sal says that Chief Know it All’s winning picture was so full it looked like the entire population of Enchant and its suburbs (Lethbridge) was there.

Sal says that Topo’s PC pick Aqua Frio never threatened in the Canadian Derby leaving Topo eating shavings rather than some Dark Horse and Josef.

Sal says that Robertino and his owners should thank Mike People for outbidding them on Monaco who out in another fly and die performance at Saratoga on Saturday.

Edmonton Sun – Cserniyk – Canadian Derby brings out fun fashion at Northlands

Sal says that the handle for Saturday at Northlands Park was down about $90,000 from 2016 with one more race in 2017 and down about $250,000 from 2015 when there was a 13 race card.

Sal says that the crowd was not as large and boisterous as usual.

Sal heard that there were tables available in Colours as late as Friday and if you looked over at the infield the stands were mostly empty.

The good news is that the dirt’s really flying at the Century Mile and you’ll be seeing cranes not of the whooping variety out there in the next few weeks getting the building erected.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sage –  The ’62 Travers: a mighty duel from gate to wire

1962 Travers

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary -Sage –  A rivalry for the ages that culminated in the 78 Travers

1978 Travers


Sal says thanks to the owners, trainers, grooms and other back stretch personnel who put on the post race barn parties on Canadian Derby Day and other stakes days. Sal oft times like he did on Saturday brings persons who have never been to the backstretch with him. Every year they are amazed at the friendliness of everyone on the backstretch and their willingness to share their knowledge of horses with the new fans even going as far as to point out when you have pizza on your face.

Sal says those people know who he is speaking of and Sal again says thanks.

Paulick Report – Rees – ‘We Thought We’d Just Won The Kentucky Derby’: $25,000 Yearling Brings Joy To First-Time Owner

National Post – Warnica – Inside rebel Media

National Post – Chris Selley: Why The Rebel ditched the cause after a woman died in Charlottesville

The Globe and Mail – Houpt –  Rebel Media co-founder quits over company’s perceived ties to right-wing groups

CBC News Calgary – Anderson – Ezra Levant’s ‘damage control’ not enough for UCP leadership hopeful taking on The Rebel

National Post –  Humphreys – ‘That’s just racist’: Ezra Levant distances The Rebel from alt-right as contributors resign

National Post – Brean, Hauen and Smith –  Rebel Media meltdown: Faith Goldy fired as politicians, contributors distance themselves

The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity – or it will move apart.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Do It Again

Paulick Report –  ‘The Guy Has Served His Time’: Biancone’s Kentucky License Reinstated

Bloodhorse – Hammonds –  Biancone Granted a Conditional License in Kentucky

The subject of criminal rehabilitation was debated recently in City Hall. It’s an appropriate place for this kind of discussion because the city has always employed so many ex-cons and future cons.
Mike Royko

Redemption Song


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Leaving home at an early age, Jack eventually came to live and work on the Reverend Call’s farm by the late 1850s, before Jack had reached his teenage years. It’s said Jack had a difficult relationship with his stepmother and that’s why he left home. The Call farm was located about five miles from Lynchburg, near Lois, Tennessee. On his farm, Call had a still and Jack quickly took interest in it. Now this was back in the days prior to the Civil War and Emancipation and the Call still was under the watch and care of an enslaved man named Nathan “Nearest” Green. The Reverend Call and his distiller, Nearest, taught Jack how to make whiskey. Most of that mentoring, however, fell to Nearest who worked side by side with Jack and taught the young distiller what would become his life’s passion.

After the Civil War, Reverend Call’s congregation and wife gave the preacher an ultimatum: walk away from making whiskey or walk away from his work as a minister. Call made the decision to sell his business to Jack. And so Nearest, now a free man, was hired by Jack and became the very first head distiller – or what we’d call a master distiller today – of the Jack Daniel Distillery. While slave labor was a part of life in the South prior to the Civil War’s close, Jack Daniel not only never owned slaves but he worked side-by-side with them as a hired hand to Dan Call. When it came time after the war to establish his own distillery, Jack’s crew were all hired men.

NY Times – Risen – When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

Sal says that Yanks always make fun of Canada for its use of the metric system yet most of their whiskey is now sold in ml or cl and they use the % of alcohol by volume rather than proof. Amazing how global trade makes countries adapt.

I’ve learned a long time ago if you don’t have anything to hide, you shouldn’t be pleading the Fifth, and most Americans get it.
Tim Huelskamp

All talk of winning the people by appealing to their intelligence, of conquering them by impeccable syllogism, is so much moonshine.
H. L. Mencken

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

National Post – McConnell – The Important Questions: Is dipping sauce a pizza must, or an unforgivable sin?

Bloodhorse – Fierro – It Takes Only One

1973 Man o’ War

DRF – McGee – The Pizza Man retired with ankle chip

Five O’Clock World

Brisnet – Reilly –  Winx wins 18th straight in Warwick despite poor start

National Post – Washington Post – Abernathy – Forty years ago, public anguish over Elvis Presley’s death caught the media off-guard


My biggest weakness is my sensitivity. I am too sensitive a person.
Mike Tyson

NY Times – Tierney –  Iron Mike Smith Rides Less to Make More

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats

NY Times – Schonbrun – To Hit a Passer and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: Devon Kennard’s Two Sides

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Harper Lee

Reading University

Gold Dust Woman

DRF – Goulding –  Killin Me Smalls never threatened in Westerner Handicap

Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh’s Whiskey Bird stalked mid pack, took the lead and never looked back in the Marathon for conditioner Ernie Keller with Shannon Beauregard up. Command the Land got up for second with Never Everever closing for third.

TDN –  McCraken Drills for Travers

Paulick Report – Travers-Bound Irap ‘Coming Around At The Right Time’ For Trainer O’Neill

TDN – Travers Contenders Put in Final Breezes

Twist and Shout

Star Tribune – Blount – Horse breeding in Minnesota is a high-risk, high-reward business

TDN – John Berry – Freshman Sires Set For First Test

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Why the world rankings now rate Frankel even higher than Uncle Mo

TDN – Sue Finley – Perelle: The Passion of the Pursuit

Peter Redekop BC Ltd.s Anstrum stalked the pace in the Sonoma Stakes and just got her head in front of Parcam Cowgirl. The Daughter of Rosberg out of the Yes it’s True mare Archery covered the 1 1/16 mile in 1:46.55 for conditioner Monica Russell with Keishan Balgobin in the irons.

Parcam Cowgirl held on for place money with Saveitforarainyday closing for third.

Brisnet – Hanson –  Collected punches Breeders’ Cup ticket with Pacific Classic win over Arrogate

Bloodhorse – Balan –  Collected Outlasts Arrogate in Pacific Classic

ESPN – AP –  Collected holds off Arrogate to win $1 million Pacific Classic

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Arrogate: is Baffert nearly there with the world’s top racehorse?

Bloodhorse – Round Table Transcripts, Video Replay Available

The Jockey Club – Round Table

Paulick Report – Voss –  ‘The Public Has A Thirst For Knowledge’: Contessa To Host Public Clinics At Barn For Second Summer

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro –  Equestricon brings optimism, sweet music – and a sense of unity

TDN – Bianca – Equestricon Closes As a Big Success

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward –  Why this is the only chance for America’s broken regulatory system

TDN – Bianca –  Plenty of Substance at Equestricon Day One

Bloodhorse – Genaro – First Day of Equestricon Successful, Productive

This is Horse Racing – Pricci – Equestricon Breaks Quickly for the Fans, Less So For Players

Paulick Report – Voss –  Patience, Perseverance, And Microchips: Eight Aftercare Takeaways From Equestricon

Paulick Report – Mackay Elected President And Chairman Of TRF, Roche Named CEO

This is Horse Racing – Valvo – Special boss

The Almac Racing Stable, Rick Hedge and Samaree Muir connections took 2 of the 5 stakes at Northlands Park on Saturday starting with Sir Bronx wiring the field in the Timely Ruckus. The son of Bellamy Road out of the Tiznow mare Tiz de Mayo battled for the lead on the outside took over down the lane and held off Private Money Game doing the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.48 for his third straight victory at Northlands Park since coming over from Woodbine.

Private Money Game got up for second place money with Annie’s Candy getting third place money.

The Almac Racing Stable, Rick Hedge and Samaree Muir connection came back to win the City of Edmonton Distaff with Tara’s Way stalking the lead taking over drawing off and holding on over the closing Quality Lane. The daughter of Tizway out of the Speighstown mare She’s a Wow covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.34.

Quality Lane closed for second with Port Protection holding on for third.

Sal says that it’s nice to see the Alexander clan who have been long time supporters of the Alberta thoroughbred breeding and racing industry enjoy some success on Alberta’s biggest thoroughbred day of the year. Also nice to see Rick Hedge back in the stakes winners circle.

 Bloodhorse –  Lady Eli to be Offered at Keeneland November Sale

TDN – Walden Dispersing Bloodstock

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell –  Keep your eyes and ears open when it rains at Saratoga

We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.

Redemption Song

The Bitter Southerner – Reese, Turner and Lee – The Perpetual Unpleasantness

Buffalo Soldier

The general did, however, object to the idea of raising Confederate monuments, writing in 1869 that it would be wiser “not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife.”

NY Times –  Fortin – What Robert E. Lee Wrote to The Times About Slavery in 1858

LA Times – Fenno – Traveler, USC’s mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee’s horse

Sal says that the anti-Confederate sentiment in the US has just stooped to a sublimely ridiculous PC low.

Horse With No Name

Brisnet – Reilly – Proctor’s Ledge turns ‘Lake’ double at Saratoga

It is Manuel’s résumé that puts him in the company of so many of the men, women and children from all over the world who, since the beginning of the American experiment, left behind everyone and everything they knew to come to a place they had seen only in their dreams, in the desperate hope of building a life for themselves — and if not for themselves, then for their children. By working by their side, I came to know that these Americans by choice are some of the most inspiring Americans of all.

NY Times – OpEd  – Flake – Jeff Flake: We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.

Sal says that it sounds like Flake is gearing up their 2020 US Presidential campaign.

Sal says can you imagine a Republic nomination contest with a candidate named Flake and the incumbent who is a flake.

I don’t care if I was a ditch-digger at a dollar a day, I’d want to do my job better than the fellow next to me. I’d want to be the best at whatever I do.
Branch Rickey

NY Times – OpEd – Bruni –  The Week When President Trump Resigned

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

NY Times – Haberman – Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

NY Times – Continetti – Steve Bannon Is Overrated

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Breeders’ Cup clues in short supply in Europe so far – but that may all change next week

TDN –  Migliore Named Fasig New York Field Representative

TDN – Thornton –  Will Players Take a Hike over Takeout Hike

University of Bonn – Weber and Plassmann – Why expensive wine appears to taste better

Vine Repair – Burgess – We Aged Two Buck Chuck; Here’s What it Tasted Like

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Paulick Report –  Top 3-Year-Old? Turf Star Oscar Performance Could Sway Eclipse Voters

Brisnet – Hanson – Oscar Performance a title contender, David Whiteley RIP

NY Times – St. Fleur – An Eclipse Chaser’s Guide to Your First Eclipse


Brisnet – DeRosa –  Copper Bullet Remains Atop 2018 Kentucky Derby Poll


TDN –  Saratoga Dispatches

Paulick Report –  Bradley: Four Track Records In Chile Precipitated Dacita’s Purchase

Edmonton Journal –  Caught in the sensitive gaze of a greyhound: Alberta couple rescue former racing dogs in need of homes


Santa’s Little Helper

My Old Kentucky Home

NY Times – Berkow –  Sports of The Times; Where Did Happy Stand On Jackie?

LA Times –  ‘Happy’ Chandler Apologizes for Remark

LA Times – Loh – Happy Chandler Had to Approve Robinson’s Dodger Contract

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S Truman

This is Horse Racing – Tiller – ‘Big piggy bank’

Never Been to Spain

TDN –  Prince of Wales Winner Tries Turf in Breeders’

Paulick Report –  $0.40 Ticket Leads To $259,573 Payday In Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot

Bloodhorse – LaRue – March X Press Unleashed in Bolton Landing

Sal says he wanders if Mary’s favourite sire is Street Cry.

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell –  Smarty Jones Returning to Uruguay

LA Times – OpEd – Jackson – Take it from me as a former NFL player: For pain, pot is better than opioids

Don’t let the big pharmas hear that. The way that they jack up drug prices it will be a c-note bag.

TDN – Duckworth –  China Equine Cultural Festivals Kicks Off in Ordos

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Champion Classic Empire Back Training in Ocala

Paulick Report –  ‘Back To Basics’: Classic Empire Returns To Winding Oaks To Train

Bloodhorse – Novak – Elate Dominates Alabama Stakes

Brisnet – Elate hits new peak with Alabama romp

Brisnet – Genaro – The Barbarous Battalion in the Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Bloodhorse – Balan –  Dream Dancing Edges Beau Recall in Del Mar Oaks

NY Times –  Kepner – Derek Jeter’s Greatness Will Be Tested as Owner of a Losing Team

A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance.
Branch Rickey

ESPN – DRF – Andersen –  Hunt scores BC Turf berth with Del Mar handicap triumph

ESPN – DRF – Rampellini –  Tricky Escape scores first graded victory in Violet Stakes

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Bleacher Report – Zucker – Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James’ Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season

Leaving on a Jet Plane

TDN – Boyce – Fact Of The Week: At Any Price

National Post – Washington Post –  ‘Maps worldwide were changed’: How a novice explorer made his mark in the Arctic in 1860

The Globe and Mail – Hall Findlay – Canada’s supply management system for dairy is no longer defensible

TDN – Scat Daddy Colt Takes Rained-Off Skidmore

TDN – Frary – Society Rock’s Unfortunately Leads Home Morny One-Two For Burke

Hawthorne Sal

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