May 042018

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Then came April 7 with Justify and Vino Rosso running in the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial, respectively, on both coasts. Tanya was in France watching the races on her iPhone at one o’clock in the morning, while John was watching with his buddies in The Derby Bar and Grill outside Vancouver. That’s where he goes to study the form and make a few bets.

Bloodhorse – Haskin –  “A Beast From Day One”

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – DERBY 144: Promises Fulfilled

US Racing – Ransom – Justify Defies, Makes History In Kentucky Derby 144

Bloodhorse – Hall – Derby Day Rain Doesn’t Dampen Record Betting

Sal says that if CDI is really deeply grateful then CDI needs to put their money where their mouth is and triple the purse for The Kentucky Derby. A purse of $2,000,000 for the Kentucky Derby is a joke. When 20 owners have to pay $25,000 to enter and $25,000 to start half of the purse comes from the owners’ pockets and CDI and its shareholders laugh merrily on their way to the bank.

LA Times – Cherwa – Triple Crown talk intensifies after Justify comes out of Kentucky Derby in great shape

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Dare we dream of two Triple Crowns?

TDN – “Phenomenal” Justify Eyes Middle Jewel

ESPN – Bettor at Texas’ Retama Park turns $18 Pick 5 Derby Day wager into $1.2M

Sal says that lady is one lucky duck.

TDN – Thornton – Favorites in Vogue After Long Derby Drought

TDN – ‘Different Level Of Intensity’: O’Brien Talks Disappointing Derby 144 With Mendelssohn

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Out of The Rain

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.

Bob Marley

NY Times – Hoppert – Justify Wins Kentucky Derby, Conquering Rain, Mud and a 136-Year Curse

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

ESPN – Terell – Justify ends ‘Curse of Apollo,’ and has goods to make more history


ESPN – Terrell – Justify wins Kentucky Derby 144

Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain.
Mae West

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Justify’s Victory Rewards Partnership Group

TDN – Carasso – ‘Just’ That Good: Justify Completes Meteoric Ascent in Derby


It is well known that the older a man grows, the faster he could run as a boy.
Red Smith

Brisnet – Caldwell – Justify prevails over mud, ‘Apollo Curse’ in Kentucky Derby 144

I Came To Dance

TDN – Guineas Glory For Deep Impact’s Saxon Warrior

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Dr Seuss

Century Mile Grandstand starting to take shape

View from QEII. Sal’s sources say that more steel has been erected to the south. Skeleton should be completed some time next week or so.


The natural habitat of the tongue is the left cheek.
Red Smith


Roy McClintock with Crypta, a granddaughter of Secretariat and Northern Dancer in Caroline, Alta., April 20, 2018.

Todd Korol/The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail – Klinkenberg – When it comes to horse racing, good genes don’t always mean success. Just ask Secretariat’s grandson

Maybe I’m Amazed

Brisnet – DeRosa – What Went Right & What Went Wrong: 2018 Kentucky Derby Edition

TDN – Yoshida Upsets Turf Classic

When the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.
Grantland Rice

Have you Ever Seen The Rain

Brisnet – This Duck indeed loves mud

TDN – Distorted Humor Colt Scores a Pat Day Mile Laugher at 39-1

We People Darker Than Blue

TDN – Maraud Attacks Late to Take American Turf

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

Grantland Rice

Pride of Man

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask ‘Where have I gone wrong’, then a voice says to me ‘This is going to take more than one night’.”

Charlie Brown

TDN – American Gal Splashes Away in Humana Distaff

Brisnet – Hanson – Limousine Liberal narrowly repeats in Churchill Downs

Brisnet – Reilly – Proctor’s Ledge wears down On Leave in Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

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This is It

John Jeremiah Sullivan Horseman Pass By_(secretariat)

Kentucky Derby: Rain to dampen Saturday’s ’Run for the Roses’

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Quality Runs Deep in Kentucky Derby Field

FiveThirtyEight – Catton and Wezerek – Nearly Half The Kentucky Derby Field Is Racing Against A Half-Brother

Bloomberg – Chellel – The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code

Ooh Ooh Las Vegas

Sal’s says that the sartorially splendid fashion plate knows.

Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Sharp Dressed Man

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.

Little Orphan Annie

You Wear It Well

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

Sal says that Sal was going to subtitle sabato’s post Sal’s case for every horse in the race, but then Sal says that even Matlock couldn’t make a case for every horse in the race.

Land of Confusion

Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.
Mike Krzyzewski
What do you do with someone who’s too stupid to play an instrument?

Give them two sticks and make them a percussionist.

What do you do with someone who’s too stupid to handle two sticks?

Take away one of the sticks and make them a conductor!

You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive

Bloodhorse – Litfin At Large: Lots of Good Options in Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby 144 Selections

I’ve Got Dreams To Remember

US Racing – Simon – 8 Things You MUST Avoid on Kentucky Derby Day

LA Times – Cherwa – Trainers say more horses in the Kentucky Derby doesn’t equal a strategic advantage

ESPN – Terrell – Justify facing long odds despite being Kentucky Derby favorite

TDN – deBernardis – Justify Set for Ultimate Test Beneath the Twin Spires

TDN – Sherack – TDN Q&A: Derby Talk With Gary Young

John Jeremiah Sullivan Horseman Pass By_(secretariat)

ESPN – Terrell – Horse racing only adding to Gayle Benson’s hectic weekend schedule

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard

Paulick Report – NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Names, Numbers And Feet?

Bloodhorse – Angst – Monomoy Girl Delivers Best for Geroux

Street Fighting Man

TwinSpires Blog -Caldwell – Monomoy Girl refuses to yield in Kentucky Oaks 144

Paulick Report – Monomoy Girl All Heart In Kentucky Oaks

Get Out of My Way

TDN – Monomoy Girl Refuses to Be Denied in KY Oaks

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Monomoy Girl Digs in to Win Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell –  Oaks Winner Monomoy Girl Was $100,000 Yearling Purchase

Bloodhorse – Toinette Takes Control in Edgewood

TDN – Scat Daddy’s Toinette Upsets Rushing Fall in Edgewood

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Backyard Heaven Takes Down Always Dreaming in Alysheba

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Salty Surges Past Competition in La Troienne

Bloodhorse – Angst – Mia Mischief Makes Grade in Eight Belles

National Post – O’Connor – Justice the horse sues Gwendolyn the human for $100,000

Two Of Us

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NY Times – Drape and Hoppert – Kentucky Derby 2018: Odds, Contenders and Experts’ Picks

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Audible the Company Hitches Ride With Audible the Horse

Glory Days

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Cox Tackles First KY Oaks With Talented Trio

She Drives Me Crazy

A full mind is an empty bat.

Branch Rickey
Horse Race Insider – The Double of 2018: Chaotic Oaks Meets Perfect Derby

Femme Fatale

Horse Race Insider – Derby of the Century; Hyperbolists Need Not Apply

Shrinking Man

ESPN – Darcy – Can legalized sports betting boost horse racing?

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Top 3 picks and longshots in the Kentucky Oaks

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s ‘Dreaming’ of big Pick 4 on Kentucky Oaks Day

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Longshots in the Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes

The most important thing in coaching is communication. It’s not what you say as much as what they absorb.
Red Auerbach

To Sir With Love

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Just how good is Justify, Bob Baffert’s new star Kentucky Derby horse?

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan – Kentucky Derby hopeful Mendelssohn has the look and genes of a winner

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lourim – Kentucky Derby contender Mendelssohn builds buzz in first workout

TDN – Sherack – Thursday’s Derby Report: Mendelssohn Announces His Presence

Kid Fears

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Owner wants to prove ‘you don’t have to be a prince’ to win Derby

US Racing – Simon – Using Running Styles To Identify Kentucky Derby Contenders & Pretenders

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: Who’s The Kentucky Derby Winner?

If things don’t come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.

Branch Rickey

NY Times – Holson – An Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard

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Bloodhorse – Haskin – A Super Duper Whopper of a Puzzler of a Derby

America’s Best Racing – Reed – 2018 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet


You can see and you can listen, but you have to have moments in which you feel.
Mike Krzyzewski


Bloodhorse – Yates – M & M Racing A New Force at Oaklawn

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

You can’t win the Kentucky Derby unless you’re on a thoroughbred.

Joe Torre

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – How every horse in the 2018 Kentucky Derby got its name

TDN Sherack – Wednesday’s Trackside Derby Report: Justify Embracing Leading Role

NY Times – Levine and Wolfe – New York Today: Audible, Our Kentucky Derby Star 

Paulick Report – Ruis: Suitcase Stuffed With Cash To Bet On Bolt d’Oro In Kentucky Derby

One after 909

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Launches Sweepstakes Ahead of Derby

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Ageless Smith Has Another Kentucky Derby in His Sights

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Scat Daddy a Rare Sire with Four KY Derby Starters

TDN – Sherack – It All Adds Up for Kentucky Derby Points System

Don’t Lose My Number

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Pletcher’s Balancing Act of Horses, Owners in Derby 144


TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Kentucky Derby draw analysis

Lady and The Track – Wallin – The Official US Racing Kentucky Derby Drinking Game

Take one drink if:

  • Someone mentions that no horse has ever won from post 17.

US Racing – Wallin – The ‘Curse’ of Post 17 in the Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Pedulla – ‘Scalded’ Pitino Will Watch His Kentucky Oaks Runner Coach Rocks From Gulfstream Park

Maybe Pitino was afraid that the fans would be calling his horse Coach Sucks.

I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky and I learned, early on, that Habitual Domination was a natural way of life.
Hunter S. Thompson
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Bloodhorse – Pletcher, Ram Truck Reach Sponsorship Agreement

Pletch can keep his Ram’s Sal’s still partial to:

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Garden and Gun – Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

LA Times – Cherwa – My Boy Jack could sneak into the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle virtually unnoticed

LA Times – Cherwa – Favorites get good post positions in Kentucky Derby draw

I’m On Fire

I’m On Fire

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Ladies First

It Ain’t Me Babe

It Ain’t Me Babe

NY Times – Hoppert – Kentucky Derby Draw 2018: Odds, Post Positions and Contenders

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Meet the new half-sister to Beholder and Mendelssohn, and their remarkable mother

You Really Got Me

TDN – Sherack – Tuesday’s Trackside Derby Report: ‘Justifying’ the Hype

Paulick Report – 2018 – Kentucky Derby Special Report May 1

Cigarette Dreams 

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TDN – Carasso – Lucky Seven For Justify in Kentucky Derby 144

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

Seven and Seven Is

Seven and Seven Is

Rondo Capriccioso


Paulick Report – Reed: Marriage Of Horseracing And Bourbon In Kentucky And At The Derby

Alabama Song

Paulick Report – Paulick – NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: What’s The Story With Derby 144?

TDN – Sherack – Monday’s Trackside Derby Report: Pletcher Quartet Enjoy the Spotlight

TDN – Sherack – First Impressions: Kentucky Derby

Brisnet – Reilly – Justify in the house for Kentucky Derby: Mendelssohn takes detour through Indianapolis

TwinSpires Blog –  Jockeys in the 2018 Kentucky Derby

TwinSpires Blog – 144th Kentucky Oaks Field

Brisnet – Reilly – Kentucky Derby contender Combatant breezes; Mott invokes Apollo Curse

Kentucky Avenue

Louisville Courier – Frakes – ‘I can’t talk him into it’: Dale Romans says Rick Pitino won’t come to Kentucky Oaks

This is Horse racing – Law – Derby Diary: Mendelssohn en route

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – von Hippel, Basaly, Frandell and Santos The stats prove Kentucky Derby post positions hardly matter – if at all

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Muhammad Ali

TwinSpires Blog – When and where to watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – THE HIGHS, and lows, OF DERBY WEEK 144

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Kentucky Derby a Tribute to the Best of Scat Daddy

Bloodhorse – Shulman –  The Wives Know All About My Boy Jack Going to KY Derby

TDN – Durkin – Derby Memories From the Tunnel

TDN – Hofburg, Solomini, Instilled Regard Drill

Paulick Report – Monday Activity: Combatant Goes An Easy Half Mile; Justify, Mendelssohn Set To Arrive

Paulick Report – Golden – Instilled Regard First Derby Mount For Louisville Native Van Dyke

House Of The Rising Sun

Horse Racing Nation – Derby Daily

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I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

Babe Ruth

2018 Kentucky Oaks PPs

Edmonton Sun – Mills – Jelena Mrdjenovich wins by unanimous decision in milestone 50th fight

The Boxer

Bloodhorse – Angst – Florida Derby Moves to Top of Prep Races

The Boxer

Paulick Report – Voss –  ‘So Grateful’: After Public Outcry, Churchill Offers Credential To Bredar

It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.
Mark Twain

The Rose

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.


People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.

Albert Einstein

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Throw a Derby Party

I Sing The Body Electric

Lady and the Track – A Fun, Festive & Tasty Kentucky Derby Party Is In Your Future

Shop Derby

Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.

Daniel Boone

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Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Great stories abound in this year’s Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Justify

Paulick Report – Jagow – Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: A Case For The Pace?

Run Run Run

US Racing – Simon – Do Speed Figures Matter In The Kentucky Derby?

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Derby Quotables: Big Three Talk Big Seven

When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings.

W. E. B. Du Bois

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

Paulick Report – Jagow – Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: The Case Of The Derby Whodunnit?

It just happened. As though a moment comes when it’s both necessary and natural to make a decision that has long since been made.
Georges Simenon

TDN – Bill Finley – The Best Kentucky Derby Field Ever?

Brisnet – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report – Prep season yields much-anticipated Derby

Kentucky Derby Works

Duke is an ugly word in Kentucky. Nothing in the world compares to the joy of beating those hateful swine from Duke.
Hunter S. Thompson


Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen May 1 2018 Presented by Shadwell Farm

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Don’t Worry, Run Happy

TwinSpires Blog – 2018 Kentucky Derby Oaks – Expert Picks

TDN – TDN Derby Top 30 for May 3

DRF – 2018 Derby Watch

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Derby 2018 Contenders

2018 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

The Rose

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.

George Bernard Shaw

My Old Kentucky Home

Bloodhorse –  Crosby – ‘Tough’ Bravazo Out Early for Lukas in Final Derby Spin

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Kumin Sends out Trio in Search of Derby Glory

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – The Curse of the Apollo looms over two Kentucky Derby 2018 contenders. Can it be broken?

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – With ‘a little luck,’ Flameaway could give trainer Mark Casse first Kentucky Derby victory


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Why the resentment won’t go away over the 1968 Run for the Roses

TDN – Friday’s Kentucky Derby Report

Paulick Report –  Good Magic, My Boy Jack Top Saturday’s Derby Workers At Churchill

TDN – Good Magic Among Many Derby Workers

Darling Be Home Soon

Paulick Report – Bolt D’Oro ‘Better And Better’ Through Final Derby Preparations

Hawthorne Sal

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