Oct 292017

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.

Woodrow Wilson

Still The One

And 1964 was also the year that Ali met The Beatles (from left) Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison

Lookin out for No 1

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Robert Frost

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That’s the great thing about a tractor. You can’t really hear the phone ring.
Jeff Foxworthy

The Last Saskatchewan Pirate

The Globe and Mail – CP – Richards –  ‘Just my heart exploded’

Bloodhorse- Breeder’s Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup 2017 Fields

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup 2017 News & Notes

Brisnet – Caldwell – Breeders’ Cup 2017 Pre-Entries

Brisnet – 2017 Breeders’ Cup Race Order and Wagering Menu

Brisnet – Breeders’ Cup 2017 News & Notes

DRF – Breeders’ Cup

Down the Stretch

TwinSpires Blog – 2017 Breeders’ Cup Betting Guide

DRF – Swavy – Free access expanded at DRF.com

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – O’Brien Resolute in Pursuit of the Classic

Bloodhorse – Diversify Leads Breeders’ Cup Works at Belmont

Brisnet – Caldwell – Diversify breezes bullet half-mile, connections still on the fence for Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Workout Report

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Breeders’ Cup countdown: echoes of the great stallions in Darby Dan’s exciting renaissance

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This is Horse Racing – Breeders’ Cup 2017 Saturday picks

Sal says that Tom Law was sharpest of any picker he saw on Friday.

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin -Selection Saturday: Bombs Away

Paulick Report – Jagow – Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Saturday Longshots, ‘Old Days In Del Mar’

Bloodhorse – Litfin At Large: Breeders’ Cup Key Horses, Price Plays

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup Selections

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro’s Pick 4 (Races 5-8) analysis for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo: Classic is all about Gun Runner and Baffert

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo: Juvenile Fillies ripe for a price, but Juvenile all about Bolt

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo: Breaking down the Filly & Mare Sprint and TwinSpires Sprint

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Winning Traits Presented By NYRA Bets: Championship Saturday Juveniles

Bloodhorse – Balan – Ulysses Scratched From Breeders’ Cup Turf

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Forever Unbridled Reigns in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

ESPN – DRF – Forever Unbridled concludes perfect season with Distaff win

TDN – Forever Unbridled Rallies Strongly To Win Longines Distaff

“The whole key was I wanted to save ground on the first turn and I was able to do that,” said winning rider John Velazquez. “I got her in a comfortable position where I thought she was going well. At the three-eighths pole I followed Jose Ortiz’s horse [Elate] and all of a sudden she stopped and I had to go a little sooner than I wanted to. I got to the lead a little too soon for me but, I mean, it was perfect.”

Paulick Report – Forever Unbridled Powers To Breeders’ Cup Distaff Win

TDN – Bill Finley – Breeders’ Cup Friday: Maybe They Should Have Had a Prep?

Paulick Report – Mendelssohn Gives O’Brien, Moore Fourth BC Juvenile Turf Victory

Bloodhorse – Mendelssohn Storms Home in BC Juvenile Turf

TDN – KEESEP Topper Mendelssohn Scoops the Juvenile Turf For Ballydoyle


Bloodhorse – Battle of Midway Breaks Through in BC Dirt Mile

TDN – ‘TDN Rising Star’ Battle of Midway Takes Dirt Mile Thriller

Bloodhorse – Novak-Crosby – Rushing Fall Strikes in BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

TDN – Rushing Fall Too Tough in Juvenile Fillies Turf

TDN – Blame’s Daisy Remains Unbeaten in the Tempted

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NY Times – Wagner – Astros’ George Springer, the Series M.V.P., Has Come a Long Way

TDN – Winx Signs Out For 2017

TDN – Carasso – Breeders’ Cup ‘Charge’-s Into Del Mar

TDN – Sainty – Record Aggregate Posted At Tatts

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: A ‘One In Two Million’ Opportunity

Sal says that Castellano must be honouring the silk colours.

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Breeders’ Cup deserves our undivided wagering attention

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Breeders’ Cup Friday: Spa and Surf

TDN – Sherack – Thursday’s Breeders’ Cup Trackside Report

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Beating favorites key to a successful Breeders’ Cup

Twin Spires Blog – Scully – Breeders’ Cup Friday Plays

This is Horse Racing Tom Law – Breeders’ Cup 2017 Friday picks

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Paulick Report – Jagow – Breeders’ Cup Winning Traits Presented By NYRA Bets: Turf Sprint, Dirt Mile

TwinSpires Blog – Contentious fields bolster exciting Breeders’ Cup Friday

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro’s Distaff-Classic Double

TDN – Riley –  Juddmonte On Top Of The World

Bloodhorse – Balan – Stellar Wind’s Finale Part of Journey for Connections

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Champagne Room Priciest Distaff Entrant Sold at Auction

TDN – DiDonato – Big Breeders’ Cup Connections to Hill ‘n’ Dale Consignment

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – The foal who grew up to win a ninth Breeders’ Cup for Mill Ridge Farm. And this weekend he could make it ten

TDN – DeBernardis – Baffert Seeks Fourth Straight Classic

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Participants Supporting New Vocations

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Breeders’ Cup hero Smith still going strong

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National Post – Hopper –  The one sport Canada utterly dominates: Corey Bellemore smashes beer mile world record again

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – The Astros Tanked Their Way To The Top

NY Times – Fernandez and Debenedetto – 9 Weeks After Harvey, Houston Celebrates World Series Win

NY Times – Kepner – Another Game 7 Provides a Perfect Ending for the Astros

LA Times – Shaikin – Never mind the pitching — the Dodgers lost Game 7 because they scored just one run

LA Times – Plaschke – Hopes of ending season with a title evaporate in a Game 7 flash

LA Times Baxter and Hiserman – World Series notes: With a tip and a nod, the Gurriel-Darvish exchange is over

That 2-year-old colt, Imperial Hint, is out of Royal Hint, a mare Mamone bred and raced to two wins in six starts in 2003. Mamone had given the mare to his friend Bert Pilcher Jr., who bred her to the Langfuhr  stallion Imperialism to get Imperial Hint.

Bloodhorse – Imperial Hint a Fortunate Impulse Buy for Connections

“Every trainer with five, eight, 10 horses, we are looking every day for a horse like Imperial Hint,” Carvajal said. “This is what keeps you going, hoping for something like this to happen.”

America’s Best Racing – Lowe – Imperial Hint, Owner’s Only Racehorse, Streaking into Breeders’ Cup

Imperial Hint is a son of Imperialism who stands in Alberta at Esquirol Farms.

Horse Racing Nation – Lynch thrilled with Breeders’ Cup 2017 hopeful Heart to Heart

Although not based at Woodbine, additional Canadian-bred horses headed to Breeders’ Cup include Heart to Heart (Mile), Flameaway (Juvenile Turf), Hemp Hemp Hurray (Juvenile Turf) and Ransom the Moon (Sprint).

Ontario Racing – Plenty of Can-Con for 2017 Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Winning Traits Presented By NYRA Bets: Sprint, Classic Trends

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Friday Races Have a Little Bit of Everything

TDN –  Wednesday Breeders’ Cup Workout Report

Paulick Report – Paulick – Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Final Thoughts

TDN – Murrietta – Well-Received Owner Conference Concludes

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Veterinary Issues, Claiming Game Discussed at OwnerView

Paulick Report – A Message From Eddie Olczyk To Horse Racing: Thank You

Bloodhorse – Angst – U S Navy Flag to Try Dirt, Mendelssohn Sticks With Turf

TwinSpires Blog – BC Internationals: Juvenile contender U S Navy Flag

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Gun Runner at his best for rematch with Arrogate in Classic

Paulick Report – Rees – Asmussen: Gun Runner ‘Allowed To Develop’ Into Legitimate Classic Contender

TDN – DeBernardis – Smith Looks to Continue Historic BC Run

Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Breeders’ Cup Morning Training Photos – 11/1/17

TDN – Sherack – On Top of the World

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Kodiac Ties Record for Single-Season Juvenile Winners

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Mount ‘Like A Dream’ For Indiana’s De La Cruz

Bloodhorse – Balan – ‘Street Fighter’ Skye Diamonds Blossoms into BC Role

US Racing – Stallion Stories: Remembering the First Breeders’ Cup Winner Ever

TDN – Trainer Scott Is California Dreaming

TDN – Martini – SF Bloodstock Loaded for November

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The Globe and Mail – CP – Dyck – B.C. doctor says Canadian-led heart valve surgery will ‘blow people’s minds’

Southern Living – 7 Candy Cakes That’ll Put Your Leftover Halloween Candy to Good Use

Sal says that Sal saved some lucky kid from Halloween disappointment when he opened a treat size box of Smarties to find 6 brown ones. The only kid who’d be happy with 6 brown smarties is Charlie and that’s only because they match his moniker.

David Letterman Halloween Monologue


LA Times – McCullough – Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 to force a deciding Game 7 in the World Series

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Of Course This World Series Needs A Game 7

Sal says that after Darvish’s first pitch to Gurriel is low and outside you won’t see Gurriel digging in all night.

Baseball is a game of inches.

Branch Rickey

Diggy Liggy Lo

ESPN – Miller – Managing Game 7 is the most difficult coaching job in sports

Most ball games are lost, not won.
Casey Stengel

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Classic drama highlights Breeders’ Cup Saturday storylines

TDN – Boyce – Just Classic

Paulick Report – Paulick – Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Old Standbys And Recent Upstarts

TDN – DeBernardis – Ruis: Back And Better Than Ever

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – I LOVE MY…I LOVE MY…I LOVE MY XBTV

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: A Million Reasons

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Edgard Zayas Ready for First Breeders’ Cup Ride

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Winning Traits Presented By NYRA Bets: Distaff, F&M Turf

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Fipke Mulls Pegasus for Distaffer Forever Unbridled

Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes

TDN – Sherack – In Full Bloom

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Watch out for Bob Edwards: he’s won a Breeders’ Cup already, but he’s only just getting going

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Mandella hoping Retro can get into BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

TDN – DeBernardis – LaPenta Hopes Seven is His Lucky Number

Bloodhorse – Jeff Fager Gives OwnerView Conference Keynote

TDN – Murrietta – Thoroughbred Owners Conference Day 2 Recap

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Two turns the issue for Practical Joke in Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Sherack – Tuesday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report

Paulick Report – Churchill Unveils $32 Million Plan To Improve Parking, Transportation

US Racing – Simon – Race Profile: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

US Racing – Michaels – The Inside Dope on the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

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Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore —
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Monster Mash

The origin of Halloween lies in Celtic Ireland

Black Magic Woman

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Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

Louis D. Brandeis

Tonight, Tonight

The Bitter Southerner – Brooks – Ghosts in the Road

Ghosts In The Road

ESPN – Junod and Wickersham- Tom Brady’s Most Dangerous Game

ESPN – Bill Belichick: Reiss – Liked Jimmy Garoppolo but needed to resolve situation

Boston Globe – Finn – What to make of another blind-side hit from Bill Belichick?

Sal says that if Belichick didn’t think he had Colin Kaepernick as a backup plan this trade doesn’t get made.

My Generation

When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.
Mark Twain

The Globe and Mail –  Reuters – Wattie – Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on sex assault cases: ‘No one has the right to a particular verdict’

LA Times – Branson-Potts and Vives – For Dodger fans on the edge, it all comes down to a Halloween comeback

NY Times – Wagner – Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie. Washed Down With Champagne.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Lady Eli’s Swan Song in BC Filly & Mare Turf

Magna Carta is the Law: Let the King look out.”So it has always been with tyrants among our own people: when the King was tyrant, let him look out. And it has always been the same, and will be the same, whether the tyrant be the Barons, whether the tyrant be the Church, whether he be demagogue or dictator – let them look out.
Stanley Baldwin

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Breeders’ Cup: after Lady Eli and Collected, could more stars be on the way from remarkable Runnymede?

All art is based on nonconformity … Without nonconformity we would have had no Bill of Rights or Magna Carta, no public education system, no nation upon this continent, no continent, no science at all, no philosophy, and considerably fewer religions.
Ben Shahn

DRF – Hovdey: Harper invites world to step right up

Paulick Report – Paulick – Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: The Most Important Meal

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes Arrogate, Gun Runner Headline Classic Showdown

TDN – Arrogate and Gun Runner Sharpen for Classic Battle

Paulick Report – Arrogate Draws The Rail, Gun Runner Favorite For 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Three-year-olds face tough age hurdle in Breeder’s Cup Classic

Sal says the 3 year olds face an even taller hurdle in 2017 the mediocrity of the 2017 crop.

DRF – Privman – Baffert’s Classic quartet sets record for number of starters

Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, second in the Shadwell Turf Mile by half-length, also took the Keeneland route to Del Mar in pursuit of his long-awaited grade 1 victory, along with Donegal Racing’s Ballagh Rocks, third in the Shadwell Turf Mile by a head.   

Bloodhorse – Novak-Crosby – Ribchester Takes on Breeders’ Cup Mile in Farewell Bow

DRF – Hersh – Ballagh Rocks stands to move up in BC Mile

TDN – “Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup” Off and Running

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Positives of Partnerships Discussed at OwnerView

TDN – Murrietta – Thoroughbred Owners Conference Starts With a ‘Bing’

TDN – Big Breeders’ Cup For Cheveley Park

TDN – Sherack – Trackside Del Mar: Guns Blazing

Bloodhorse – Angst – Unbeaten Bolt d’Oro Takes Aim at Juvenile, Championship

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Mendelssohn Heads Deep Euro Contingent in Juvenile Turf

Paulick Report – Jagow – Breeders’ Cup Winning Traits Presented By NYRA Bets: Juveniles On The Grass?

Bloodhorse – Shea – Lady Aurelia, Marsha Meet Again in BC Turf Sprint

While Mind Your Biscuits needs to return to top form, there are plenty of runners entered off big wins, including

and Imperial Hint, who extended his win streak to five when he won the Donald LeVine Memorial Stakes Sept. 4 at Parx Racing under wraps.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Baffert, Drefong Back in Search of Another Sprint Win

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Highland Reel Aims to Defend BC Turf Against Deep Field

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Forever Unbridled, Stellar Wind Battle Sophs in Distaff

TDN – Caravaggio Leads Trio Retiring to Coolmore Ireland

DRF – McGee – Casse trio set for Juvenile Fillies

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TDN – Berry – The Weekly Wrap

DRF – Privman – CHRB investigating timing of shock-wave treatment for Imperative


Bloodhorse – Johnson – A Few Thoughts on the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Bar None Ranches Ltd.’s Remarkable Vintage contested the early pace took over and then edged away from his rivals winning the Canadian Juvenile Stakes at Century Downs on Sunday October 29, 2017 covering the 7 furlongs in 1:24.18 for conditioner Ron Grieves with Larry Munoz in the irons. The home bred son of Schramsberg out of the Allen’s Prospect mare  Prospective Miss kept his record perfect at 2 for 2. Regal Max contested the pace but was no match for the winner. Shimshine stalked the pace and appeared poised to close but flattened out down the lane.

Post Time favourite Weekend Wizard stumbled badly coming out of the gate, moved into contention but wilted.

DRF – Goulding – Remarkable Vogue scores in Canadian Juvenile

Brisnet – Scully – Four stakes highlight ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ opener at Churchill Downs

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Five things to know about Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet


Racing Post – Melrose – Peerless O’Brien on top of the world as Saxon Warrior seals Group 1 record

Brisnet – Hanson -O’Brien breaks tie with Frankel, earns 26th Group 1 win in Racing Post Trophy

The Guardian – Cook – Aidan O’Brien hits record 26th Group One win of year with Saxon Warrior

TDN – Frary – It’s O’Brien’s Record As Deep Impact’s Saxon Warrior Takes the Trophy

FiveThirtyEight – Arthur – This Astros-Dodgers World Series Is Already One Of The Best Ever

LA Times – McCullough – Astros are one win from World Series title after outslugging Dodgers 13-12 in Game 5

NY Times – Witz – Astros Down the Dodgers in a Dramatic and Dizzying Slugfest

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – The theatre, the emotion, and the sheer togetherness of a moment in racing history

Bloodhorse – Shea – Diversify to Skip Breeders’ Cup Classic

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Old Firsts And New Ones

Paulick Report – Paulick – Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Coastal Bliss

Bloodhorse – Balan – Lull Makes the Grade in Autumn Miss

TDN – Shanghai Bobby Colt Game to Capture Street Sense

Bloodhorse – Fight On, Sultry Take Spendthrift Stallion Stakes

TDN – Malibu Moon’s Sultry Upsets Spendthrift Juvenile Fillies

TDN – Into Mischief Colt Wins Spendthrift Juvenile for Spendthrift

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – With Win and You’re In, More Is Better

TDN – Tapizar Filly Stays Unbeaten in Rags to Riches Romp

NY Times – Sharma – When You’re the Bad Guest

Paulick Report – Williams – Handle, Attendance, Field Size All Up At Santa Anita Autumn Meet

Paulick Report – Average Handle Up 36 Percent At Close Of Monmouth-At-Meadowlands Meeting

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Don Danard and Brad Auger’s Suzette recovered from a bad break, contested and took over the lead easily winning the Freedom of the City Stakes at Century Downs on Saturday, October 28, 2017 covering the 7 furlongs in 1:24.84 with Rico Walcott in the irons for conditioner Greg Tracy. The Kentucky bred daughter of Overanalyze out of the Sharp Humor mare Anna Bird Rulez won her second stake in a row improving her record for 2017 to 3 wins from 4 races. Pure Rose was gaining late but never threatened the winner. Dreaming Ez contested the early pace before fading and holding on for third place money.

Handle for the 11 race card on a blustery fall day was a respectable $264,198 aided by a bridge jumper show bet of about $50,000 on Suzette.

DRF – Goulding – Suzette brushes off stumble, wins Freedom of the City

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 over $250.00 to win was wagered  early on the 4 horse in the second race at Northlands Park. The horse immediately became the favourite and remained so until just seconds before post time when that wager was removed and the eventual winner 5 became the favourite.

Sal says that both Northlands Park management and the judges sitting on the arses are asleep at the wheel. Allowing odds manipulation of this sort hurts the betting fans and in the long run hurts the handle and the sport.

Paulick Report – On The Fence: Speed Of Rivals Poses Classic Dilemma For Diversify’s Connections

NY Times – Asimov – From Crozes-Hermitage, an Extra Dimension After Delicious

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov

Independent – Stolworthy – Halloween 2017: 27 horror films that will actually terrify you from The Exorcist and Paranormal Activity to The Witch

On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me.

Rodney Dangerfield

NY Times – Oliver – Spooked by Real Life? Bring On the Halloween Frights


NY Times – Belson – Texans Owner Bob McNair Apologizes Again and Meets With His Team

TDN – Frary – Saint-Cloud Card Off After Protest

NY Times – Kenny – Streaming Halloween: Canon Classics and New Movies to Scream With

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

W. Somerset Maugham

It’s My Party

Just in time for your Breeders’ Cup Party Planning

NY Times – Hamilton – The Art Of The Dinner Party 

NY Times – Nosrat – The All Hands on Deck Dumpling Party

NY Times – Rao – The Fondue Party

NY Times – Sifton – The Expandable Feast

NY Times – Hamilton – The Old-School Dinner Party

NY Times – Greenspan – The Evening in Paris Party

Epicurious – A Southern Summer Cocktail Party

Kitchn – A Winter Glam Cocktail Party: The Party Plan and Menu

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.

P. J. O’Rourke

It’s My Party

US Racing -Michaels – Del Mar Ready to Host First Breeders’ Cup

To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.


LA Times -Read Sen. Jeff Flake’s speech announcing he will not seek reelection: ‘I will not be complicit

NY Times – Stolberg – Jeff Flake, a Fierce Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-election for Senate

Sal says that Flake’s strategy sounds like Flake wants to remain unscathed for a 2020 Presidential Race.

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

George Bernard Shaw

Sympathy For The Devil

DRF – Dunleavy – Belmont cancels final-day card due to weather

LA Times – OpEd – Kipen – Hate baseball? There are still seven reasons to watch the World Series

You can observe a lot by watching.
Yogi Berra

NY Times – Greenwood – How Beets Became Beet-Red

It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.

Erin Morgenstern

Blueberry Hill

Bloodhorse – Angst – Keeneland Reports Decline in Total Handle at Fall Meet

Paulick Report – Solid Attendance And Record Purse Money But Declining Handle During Keeneland Fall Meet

FiveThirtyEight – Hickey – The Ultimate Halloween Candy Power Ranking

National Post – Einstein scribbled his theory of happiness in place of a tip. It just sold for more than $1 million

Rock N Roll Music

National Post – ‘It all started to feel like a dream’: Visits, an original Halloween story by Robert J. Wiersema

No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

Ernest Hemingway

NY Times – OPED- Castaneda – What Is Che Guevara’s Legacy 50 Years After His Death?

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.

Che Guevara

Children of the Revolution

TDN – Carasso – Japanese-Based Into Mischief Colt Could Try Derby Trail

Before The Devil Knows We’re Dead

Science is magic that works.
Kurt Vonnegut

Paulick Report – Voss – Lost And Found: Former Jockey Now Enjoying Racing From The Ground

The Bitter Southerner – Blumetti – Florida: Why Panic?

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

19 Crimes

19th Cork

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.

Max Stirner

Walk Like An Egyptian

NY Times – Barry – The Lost Children of Tuam

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.

Mary Shelley

Sympathy For The Devil

Paulick Report – NYRA Chaplaincy, PDJF Set To Honor Angel Cordero On Night Of Champions

Gimme Shelter


Paulick Report – New Ownership, New Ideas: Ruidoso Downs Announces New Purse Increases, New Incentives

Paulick Report – New Ruidoso Downs Owners Lay Out Strict Rules For Participation

In The Air Tonight

Things come to you without you necessarily knowing what they mean.

Maurice Sendak

Gold Rush

Many found Gurriel’s antics as juvenile and insulting as they were sadly familiar.

“It just felt like, ‘Man, again?’ Like, we’re so used to this,” Jason Chu, a Chinese American rapper based in Los Angeles. “People don’t even pause. They think that this is acceptable, socially, to target Asian Americans in this way, or Asians in general.”

Chu said trash talk is a routine part of competition, but Gurriel’s behavior was offensive because it mocked Darvish for being Asian.

LA Times – Branson-Potts, Castillo,  Shaikin and Khan – Yuli Gurriel’s offensive gesture sparks World Series debate about respect, racism and political correctness

The Globe And Mail – AP – Reiken – Houston Astros’ Gurriel may face punishment after racial gesture during World Series

ESPN – Lauber – MLB mulls discipline after Yuli Gurriel’s insensitive gesture

LA Times – Some look askew at Yuli Gurriel’s dugout squint

Sal says that Gurriel better hope the Astros don’t face a pissed off Darvish in the 7th game. Gurriel may learn a thing or three about chin music.

Negroes are not barred from organized baseball by the commissioner and never have been during the twenty-one years I have served. If Durocher, or any other manager, or all of them, want to sign one, or twenty-five, Negro players, it is all right with me. It is the business of the managers and the club owners.

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

TDN – Freud’s Therapist Remains Perfect in Awad S.

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.

Howard Thurman

Gold Dust Woman


KFC Colonel Sanders Costume

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

Sweet Dreams

1 WITCH.  Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
       2 WITCH.  Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
       3 WITCH.  Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
       1 WITCH.  Round about the caldron go;
    In the poison’d entrails throw.—
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and nights has thirty-one;
    Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       2 WITCH.  Fillet of a fenny snake,
    In the caldron boil and bake;
    Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       3 WITCH.  Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
    Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
    Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
    Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
    Liver of blaspheming Jew;
    Gall of goat, and slips of yew
    Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
    Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
    Finger of birth-strangled babe
    Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
    Make the gruel thick and slab:
    Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
    For the ingrediants of our caldron.
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       2 WITCH.  Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.

William Shakespeare

Paint it Black

Bloodhorse – Novak-Crosby – Sharp Samurai Sharper Than Ever in Twilight Derby

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Sharp Samurai extends win streak to four in Twilight Derby

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Amy Sedaris on Humor, Hospitality, and Greased Watermelons


DRF – Hegarty – Leading Quarter Horse trainer Judd Kearl suspended for 19 years

Five Thirty Eight – Koerth0Baker – What Would Happen If There Were No Number 6?

Make Your Costume - Womens Minnie Mouse #3

Lampshades on Fire

Garden and Gun – Lotz – A Ghoulish Pop-Up Bar Gives Back

Sal’s All Hallowed Eve Drink and a Flick:

Vampire Kiss

Kiss Of The Spiderwoman


Bloodhorse – Novak-Crosby – Eskenformoney Goes Out a Winner in Turnback the Alarm

Brisnet – Caldwell – Tom’s Ready rallies for Bold Ruler victory; Eskenformoney captures Turnback the Alarm

Bloodhorse – Off Limits Holds Strong Late to win Athenia

Because the Night

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes –  The Player Does Bradley Clan Proud With Fayette Win

ESPN –  DRF – Russo – Borel pilots The Player to meaningful victory in Fayette

LA Times – McCullough – Dodgers pull even in World Series by defeating Astros 6-2 in Game 4

Sometime Around Midnight

Bloodhorse – Shea – Tom’s Ready Catches Stallwalkin’ Dude in Bold Ruler

Mr. Brightside

Bloodhorse – Balan – Top of the Game Takes Comma to the Top Stakes


Eater NY – Tudor – Bobby Flay’s Midtown Bistro Bar Americain to Close

East Bay Times – Sciacca – What does Green Day coffee taste like?

Boulevard of Broken Beans

Bloodhorse – Battaglia Retires as Keeneland On-Air Analyst

Bloodhorse – Balan – McKinzie Wins Emotional Debut for Baffert

TDN – Street Sense Colt Romps to Rising Stardom for Baffert

ESPN – DRF – Gierkink – Moonlit Promise holds sway in Ontario Fashion Stakes

Hawthorne Sal

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