Apr 262019

Phil’s Reprising The Countdown to the

Kentucky Derby 2019


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I am getting old, but it works in this job. I’m so slow now that I can’t get out of the way of the puck.
Jacques Plante

Head On

NY Times – Drape – Horse Deaths are Threatening the Racing Industry. Is the Sport Obsolete?

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain

Spin – Cush – Woodstock 50 Has Either Been Canceled or It Hasn’t

When You Were Young

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – The Triple Crown and the poignant story of lemonade girl Alex Scott

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

The Greatest Love of All

Esquire – What I’ve learned – Joe Frazier

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – George Foreman

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Muhammad Ali

The Boxer

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

ESPN – Harvey – CC 3K! The stories behind Sabathia’s most significant strikeouts

TSN – CP – Yankees’ Sabathia becomes 17th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts

NY Times – Kepner – C.C. Sabathia Nears 3,000 Strikeouts in a Triumph of Reinvention

Paulick Report – Nevills – Sunday Silence: Unwanted Youngster To Hall Of Famer

I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.
Babe Ruth

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Master Fencer a Dream Come True for Owner Yoshizawa

Paulick Report – Japanese Contender Master Fencer Adjusting To American Vibe At Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Angst – Japan’s Master Fencer Settles at Keeneland Before Derby

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Track Maintenance a Successful Science at Belmont Park

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

2019 Holybull.ca Kentucky Derby Contest

Throw a Derby Party

Tips for Throwing the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party

Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

Abbie Hoffman

Garden and Gun – Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

Garden and Gun – 15 Winning Kentucky Derby Recipes

Southern Living – Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

Southern Living – Tomato Sandwich

Phil has a question:

Who needs a recipe for a tomato sandwich.

Isn’t 2 slices of bread, butter (or Mayonnaise), sliced tomatoes and a touch of salt and / or pepper simple enough for the average southerner to enjoy.

Who needs a Tomato Tea Sandwich with all kinds of other crap that takes away from the taste of a farm fresh tomato.

If you add onions does it not become a tomato and onion sandwich.

If you add cucumbers does it not become a tomato and cucumber sandwich.

If you add onions and some kind of basil, parsley, mint, garlic pesto crap does it not become inedible.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

At the end of the day, you can’t compete with Mother Nature. If you’ve got a great tomato, just a pinch of sea salt is all you need.

Zac Posen

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hans Hofmann

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard

Simplicity is the glory of expression.

Walt Whitman

The difference between a bland tomato and great one is immense, much like the difference between a standard, sliced white bread and a crusty, aromatic sourdough.

Yotam Ottolenghi

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.

Oscar Wilde

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Brian O’Driscoll

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

I don’t care what anybody says: Nothing is better than a tomato you grow. There’s something about it that’s different than a tomato you can buy. It’s a great thing.

Tom Vilsack

Simple Man

National Post – Hornby – Same old story as Leafs again eliminated by Boston Bruins in first round Game 7

FiveThirtyEight – Planos – Apparently The Regular Season Is Irrelevant In The NHL

Phil has a question:

Which city has the most dejected hockey fans today – Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa or Montreal where the talking ass-hats at Toronto Sports Network continually derided their teams and their efforts during the final months of the 2018-2019 NHL season or Toronto or Calgary where the talking Ass-Hats at Toronto Sports Network already had fans mapping the Stanley Cup Parade or Winnipeg where the Jets just went up in a vapour trail.

Has any one told Toronto and Calgary city councils that they need to disband their 2019 Stanley Cup Parade Committees.

Are the fans in Calgary cheering for Dougie Hamilton and the other ex-Flames traded to Carolina last summer.

Will the Cup called Stanley ever be paraded through the Park called Stanley.

Have you noticed how much better the Bruins are in the NHL playoffs when they have a coach that can count.

Would you believe I never went to a hockey game when I was living in Canada?

Becky Lynch


Sports Network – Dixon – WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

NY Times – Longman – Court Bars Women With High Testosterone From Some Track Races

 2019 145th Kentucky Derby Ultimate Past Performances

Bloodhorse – Johnson – An Early Look at the 2019 Derby Pace Scenario

When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”

Esquire – Pierce – Richard Petty: What I’ve Learned

Killer is Me

Brisnet – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report: Possible pacesetters

When you call upon a Thoroughbred, he gives you all the speed, strength of heart and sinew in him. When you call on a jackass, he kicks.

Patricia Neal

Chariots of Fire

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Get to know the 20 horses in the field for the 2019 Kentucky Derby

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Five things to know about the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Brisnet – Get to know the 2019 Kentucky Derby contenders

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
George Santayana

America’s Best Racing – Moore -Twelve Things You Might Not Know About the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Winston Churchill

Bloodhorse – Oser – Bellafina Named 2-1 Morning Line Favorite at Oaks Draw

TDN – Bellafina Tabbed Morning-Line Oaks Favorite

2019 145TH Kentucky Oaks

1 Out for a Spin Dallas Stewart Irad Ortiz Jr. 15-1
2 Chocolate Kisses Mark Casse Julien Leparoux 20-1
3 Lady Apple Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana Jr. 20-1
4 Bellafina Simon Callaghan Flavien Prat 2-1
5 Flor de La Mar Bob Baffert Joel Rosario 20-1
6 Positive Spirit Rodolphe Brisset Manuel Franco 30-1
7 Jaywalk John Servis Javier Castellano 8-1
8 Motion Emotion Thomas Van Berg Mike Smith 15-1
9 Liora Wayne Catalano Channing Hill 20-1
10 Champagne Anyone Ian Wilkes Chris Landeros 6-1
11 Jeltrin Alesix Delgado Luis Saez 15-1
12 Street Band Larry Jones Sophie Doyle 15-1
13 Serengeti Empress Tom Amoss Jose Ortiz 8-1
14 Restless Rider Kenny McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr. 6-1
AE Dunbar Road Chad Brown 5-1
AE Point of Honor George Weaver 30-1

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Kentucky Oaks: It’s About Time

Bloodhorse – Oser –  Pimentel, Doyle to Ride in First Kentucky Derby, Oaks

Paulick Report – Oaks Favorite Bellafina’s Trainer, Simon Callaghan, Dislocates Shoulder In Fall

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Bellafina Will Have Pace to Chase in Kentucky Oaks

Paulick Report – Bellafina Draws Post Four, 2-1 Favorite In Full-Field Kentucky Oaks

2019 145th Kentucky Derby

KENTUCKY DERBY – GI, $3,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/4m, Post Time: 6:46 p.m. ET 4:46 MDT

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Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 War of Will Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse 20-1
2 Tax Junior Alvarado Danny Gargan 20-1
3 By My Standards Gabriel Saez Bret Calhoun 20-1
4 Gray Magician Drayden Van Dyke Peter Miller 50-1
5 Improbable Irad Ortiz Jr. Bob Baffert 6-1
6 Vekoma Javier Castellano George Weaver 20-1
7 Maximum Security Luis Saez Jason Servis 10-1
8 Tacitus Jose Ortiz Bill Mott 10-1
9 Plus Que Parfait Ricardo Santana Jr. Brendan Walsh 30-1
10 Cutting Humor Corey Lanerie Todd Pletcher 30-1
11 Haikal Rajiv Maragh Kiaran McLaughlin 30-1
12 Omaha Beach Mike Smith Richard Mandella 4-1
13 Code of Honor John Velazquez Shug McGaughey 15-1
14 Win Win Win Julian Pimentel Mike Trombetta 15-1
15 Master Fencer Julien Leparoux Koichi Tsunoda 50-1
16 Game Winner Joel Rosario Bob Baffert 5-1
17 Roadster Florent Geroux Bob Baffert 6-1
18 Long Range Toddy Jon Court Steve Asmussen 30-1
19 Spinoff Manny Franco Todd Pletcher 30-1
20 Country House Flavien Prat Bill Mott 30-1
21 Bodexpress Chris Landeros Gustavo Delgado 30-1

Bodexpress moves into Post 20 and 13 – 19 move in one post position. Numbers remain the same.

Horses 13 – 21 move in one Post Position.

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby 145 Selections

America’s Best Racing

Ehalt – How to Win Big Betting the 2019 Kentucky Derby Favorite

Three Live Longshots to Consider for Kentucky Derby
Which Derby Runners Should Benefit From a Wet Track?

Paul Lo Duca Dishes Out Derby Picks


Which Races Have Been Best Springboards to Derby Success?


Three Budgets, Three Kentucky Derby Betting Strategies


Belle’s Best Bets: Kentucky Derby Prop Bets


2019 Kentucky Derby Post Positions by the Numbers


Five Questions to be Answered in the 2019 Kentucky Derby


Dan’s Double: Bombs Away on Derby Day


Debunking the ‘Eliminate Cheap Speed’ Derby Handicapping Theory

Bloodhorse – CRosby – Once More, With Feeling for McGaughey at Derby

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: ‘We’re All On Pins And Needles The Whole Way’

TDN – Sherack – Thursday’s Trackside Derby Report

TDN – Sherack – Derby Update: Haikal Scratched; Mike Smith to Ride Cutting Humor

Bloodhorse – Ron MItchell – Mike Smith to Ride Cutting Humor in Kentucky Derby

ESPN – AP – Haikal (30-1) scratched from Kentucky Derby

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Kentucky Derby Prep School: so who is top of the class now Omaha Beach is out?

Phil has a question:

Have you been following Willoughby’s Derby Prep School.

Is he finally going to come close to getting a pick correct or can you use his latest for your throwouts.

ESPN – Terrell – 2019 Kentucky Derby preview: With Omaha Beach out, field is wide open

First We Take Manhattan

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
Lao Tzu

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Louisville Native Gargan Aims to Claim Some Derby Glory

Levi Stubbs Tears

Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Here is my principle: Taxes shall be evaded according to ability to pay lawyers and accountants. That is the only American principle.

The Current President’s Thinking

TDN – Sherack – Omaha Beach Update: Throat Surgery Scheduled for Thursday Afternoon

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Crosby and Angst – Favored Omaha Beach Out of Kentucky Derby

TDN – Omaha Beach Out of Derby With Entrapped Epiglottis

Paulick Report – Favored Omaha Beach Out Of Derby With Entrapped Epiglottis

Phil has a question:

Which scribe commented that there hadn’t been any defections.

Doesn’t he or she realize you never curse a shutout, no hitter or perfect game by commenting on them.

If Omaha Beach was an old time hockey player wouldn’t they have taken him into the dressing room stitched him up with a broken skate lace and sent him out to run.

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Omaha Beach Defection a Terrible Blow

There are lots of racetrack cliches trainers use in response to most any question. At times, trainerspeak is embarrassing. But when a horseman says “all we have to do between now and raceday is keep the horse happy and healthy,” this is not idle messaging.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Tough Game

Phil has a tough question:

Which is worse – the agony of defeat or the agony of not being able to compete.

Atlantic City

Horse Racing Nation – Macatangay – How will Omaha Beach’s scratch affect the Kentucky Derby pace?

Horse Racing Nation – Derby Daily: Key questions on Omaha Beach’s defection

Horse Racing Nation – Lintner – Haikal misses training; Kentucky Derby 2019 status uncertain

Bloodhorse – Vekoma Brings Weaver Back Home for Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Derby/Oaks Notes: Master Fencer Works Five Furlongs

Horse Racing Nation – Lintner – ‘Majority’ of 2019 Kentucky Derby jockeys to use new whip

ESPN – Terrell – Kentucky Derby 2019: The lapsed fan’s guide

TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Trackside Derby Report

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Kentucky Derby Prep School: so who graduates top of the class?


TDN – Sherack – First Impressions: Kentucky Derby 145

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Pletcher Takes Unorthodox Approach to Derby 145

Bloodhorse – Get The Money – By Evan Hammonds

Horse Racing Nation – Pugh – 2019 Kentucky Derby post position draw winners and losers

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
Will Rogers

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Field set for Kentucky Derby 145

Paulick Report – Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Post Position Fortunes?

LA Times – Houston Mitchell – The Sports Report: The Kentucky Derby post positions are announced

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Morning-Line Derby Favorite Omaha Beach Lands Post 12

TDN – Omaha Beach Favored From Gate Twelve in Derby 145

Horse Race insider – Pricci – Perfect Post for Derby Favorite

Horse Racing Nation – Zipse: How I plan to bet the 2019 Kentucky Derby

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
Will Rogers

Horse Racing Nation – Macatangay – That figures: 3 Derby horses poised to out-run their numbers

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
Will Rogers

Horse Racing Nation –  Zipse and Shifman – HorseCenter: Talking Kentucky Derby picks, suggested wagers

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
Will Rogers

Bottle of Smoke

Garden and Gun – Peterson Smith – A Look Inside Air Horse One

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Why your horse can and can’t win the 2019 Kentucky Derby

TwinSpires Blog – 2019 Kentucky Derby News & Notes

America’s Best Racing – Reed – 2019 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

Horse Racing Nation – Lintner – Six horses nab top votes in final 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll

Bloodhorse – Hall – 2019 Kentucky Derby First to be Simulcast Into Japan

TDN – Spendthrift Acquires Breeding Rights to Omaha Beach

TDN – Kentucky Derby Doings: Long Range Toddy Tunes Up

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – The Monday Special – April 29

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.
Cesar Chavez

Business Insider – Meet the Wertheimers, the secretive French brothers worth $42 billion who control Chanel, own vineyards in France and Napa Valley, and breed racehorses

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.     


St. Supery

Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Kentucky Woman

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Louisville Kentucky Weather

Kentucky Rain

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.

Saint Basil

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lerner –  How to bet and win money (hopefully) at the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Goalies are three sandwiches shy of a picnic.

Jim Taylor

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – April 30, 2019 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

TDN – TDN Derby Top 20

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Finding Value

Paulick Report – ‘Works Are Key’ To Final Rankings For Kentucky Derby Media Poll

Twinspires Blog – Hanson – Thoughts On The Kentucky Derby Top 25

Horse Race insider – Jicha –  Omaha Beach holds No. 1, could break Derby streak

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Six-Race Win Streak of Derby Favorites Ends on Saturday

My wife never knew I was a drunk till the night I came home sober.

Esquire – Fussman – Jake LaMotta: What I’ve Learned

Kentucky Woman

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Sun Tzu

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Churchill Downs announces new safety initiatives, including $8 million medical center

Bloodhorse – Angst – Churchill to Offer Oaks Day-Derby Day Pick 6

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Bloodhorse – Oaks/Derby Notes: All Kentucky Derby Horses Arrive

Bloodhorse – Derby/Oaks Notes: Final Arrivals Approaching

TDN – Derby/Oaks Bulletin: Tuesday, Apr. 23

NY Times – Bennhold – A Fairy-Tale Baddie, the Wolf, Is Back in Germany, and Anti-Migrant Forces Pounce

Be happy, but never satisfied.

Bruce Lee

Paulick Report – Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Weirdos And Wise Guys

Bloodhorse – Meet the Jockeys of the 2019 Kentucky Derby

America’s Best Racing – 2019 Kentucky Derby Horses and Their Celebrity Counterparts

Bad Luck

The catcher is a groundhog. He’s a guy squatting down, digging for the ball in the dirt, and sweating under a pile of uncomfortable protective gear while his knees creak.
Joe Garagiola


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Class reunion: SIX horses raised by the same farm are due race each other in the Kentucky Derby

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.

Bloodhorse – Code of Honor Arrives at Churchill for Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Oser – Win Win Win Brings Derby Buzz Back for Trombetta

TDN – Kentucky Derby Doings: Unexpected Company for Tacitus, Country House

Bloodhorse – Win Win Win Joins Tacitus, Country House in Work

Paulick Report – High-Traffic Derby Workout Pits Win Win Win Against Tacitus, Country House

TDN – Gary Stevens: Who Would You Ride in the Derby?

TDN – So, Who Would You Ride in the Derby: Eddie Delahoussaye

TDN – So, Who Would You Ride in the Derby: Sandy Hawley

TDN – So Who Would You Ride in the Derby: Pat Day

TDN – So, Who Would You Ride in the Derby: Alex Solis

Bloodhorse – Gray Magician Set for Kentucky Derby Trip After Work

Bloodhorse – Crosby – War of Will Impresses in Bullet Work for Kentucky Derby

TDN – Kentucky Derby Doings: War Front Duo Drill at the Downs

Paulick Report – Casse: War Of Will ‘Especially Loves’ Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – Oser – ‘Still Improving’ Plus Que Parfait Turns in Derby Work

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Walsh Preps First KY Derby Starter in Plus Que Parfait

Bloodhorse – Angst – Omaha Beach Delivers Flawless Work at Churchill Downs

Paulick Report – Mandella: Omaha Beach ‘Acts Like A Professional Racehorse’

Paulick Report – ‘Push-Button’ Tax Has Alvarado Excited For Third Derby Mount

America’s Best Racing – Curry – Analyzing Vekoma’s Chances in 2019 Kentucky Derby

In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.

Bruce Lee

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Notes: Friday’s Workout Action In Florida, California

Bloodhorse – Oser – Improbable Rounds Out Baffert’s Kentucky Derby Works

TDN – Baffert Duo Breeze at Santa Anita for Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Golden – Roadster ‘Pretty Fit,’ Game Winner ‘Awesome’ In Final Works

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Lyon Rides Wave of Breeding Success Toward KY Derby

TDN – Chris McGrath – This Side Up: The Ned Evans Engine in Roadster

Paulick Report – Golden – Clocker Harrington: Game Winner Should ‘Show Up,’ Roadster ‘Just Keeps Coming At You’

Show Me How to Live

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell and Angst – Trio of Derby Hopefuls Work at Palm Beach Downs

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: Pletcher Pair ‘All Systems Go,’ Master Fencer Takes A Tour Of Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Derby Contenders Haikal, Tax Breeze at Belmont Park

Paulick Report – McLaughlin On Gotham Winner Haikal: ‘I Loved What I Saw This Morning”

Paulick Report – Wood Runner-Up Tax Has ‘Tremendous’ Work At Belmont Before Heading To Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – Churchill Anticipates Another Strong Derby Performance

Bloodhorse – Derby/Oaks Notes: Roadster, Game Winner Set to Arrive

Bloodhorse – Derby/Oaks Notes: Win Win Win Arrives at Churchill

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Dosage as a tool and not the rule

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Kentucky Derby field foaling date and Dosage Index

Soul Man

I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up.
Lenny Bruce

Paulick Report – Nevills – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Bodexpress, Plus Que Parfait, Vekoma,Tacitus

Paulick Report – Nevills – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Game Winner, Maximum Security, By My Standards, Roadster

Paulick Report – Nevills – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Win Win Win, Cutting Humor, Tax, and Long Range Toddy

Paulick Report – Nevills – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: War of Will, Improbable, Haikal, Code of Honor

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Win Win Win

TwinSpires Blog -Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Country House

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Gray Magician

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Spinoff

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Roadster

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Plus Que Parfait

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: War Of  Will

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile:Omaha Beach

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Vekoma

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Maximum Security

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Tacitus

Kentucky Derby® Race Day Coffee

One More Cup of Coffee

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Oaks

TDN – Sentient Jet Renews Derby Partnership

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Trio of Oaks Fillies Drill at Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Out for a Spin Drives for Kentucky Oaks Glory

Horse Racing Nation – Gehrke – HRN Division Rankings: Bellafina an Oaks favorite on a familiar tear

Phil has a question:

Why is there such a dearth of Kentucky Oaks coverage in 2019.

Paulick Report – Champion Jaywalk ‘Like A Bear’ In Final Breeze Before Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – Jaywalk Breezes Five Furlongs to Prep for Kentucky Oaks

TDN – Churchill To Hold 50/50 Raffles

To be able to buy a plant and plant it, that’s a luxury to me.

Zac Posen

Garden and Gun – Blount Jr. – How Does One Correctly Use the Term “Y’all?”

Garden and Gun – Martin – Kentucky Trifecta

Ready To Let Go

NY Times – Tracy and Blinder – Virginia Men’s Basketball Will Not Go to the White House

The Raiders of old were vicious and crazy and cruel. Hanging around their locker room was like hanging around the weight room at Folsom Prison.

Hunter S. Thompson

NY Times – Rashbaum – For First Time, Pharmaceutical Distributor Faces Federal Criminal Charges Over Opioid Crisis

We’re all humans living on this tiny little rock, floating through space at, like, thousands of miles an hour. We should all just get along.

Finn Balor

National Post – ‘People could have died’: Dozens of homes in Montreal suburb destroyed after flood waters breach dike

Phil has a question:

How many more transfer payment dollars will it cost Alberta to fix the dikes.

National Post – Financial Post -A report reveals the massive fortune Canadians just lost thanks to pipeline shortages Opinion: Heavy-oil producers lost a staggering $20.6 billion in forgone revenues last year, a Fraser Institute study finds

Hard Sun

Paulick Report – Candid Conversation With Richard Baltas: ‘Stay Tuned For The Miracle’

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: In Stronach Feud, Did Frank Fight Fair?

Bloodhorse – Frank Stronach Suggests Putting Tracks Into a Trust

Phil has a question:

Would Frank be suggesting putting the tracks into a trust if he was in charge and not Belinda.

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Frank Stronach talks a great game but that’s likely to be all it is

Horse Race Insider – Berner and Pricci – Can Divided Stronachs Unite the Thoroughbred Industry?

TDN – Ross – Stronach Talks Stakeholder-Controlled Trust, Bitter Family Feud

Paulick Report – Stronach Takes Family Feud Public; Wants Santa Anita Put In Trust

Paulick Report – Voss – Commentary: Fact Checking Opponents Of Safety And Welfare Reform

This Mess We’re In

Paulick Report – Gorajec – Commentary: The Performance-Enhancing Effects Of Lasix

Bloodhorse – Precious – New York Regulator Considers Lasix Ban or Restrictions

TDN – Thornton – NYSGC Votes in 3 Rules, Prepares for Possible Lasix Debate

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – America has a serious Lasix problem – and we need to solve it now

Paulick Report – Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: Industry Must Come Together On Lasix Issue

Bloodhorse – Maybe It’s Time – By Evan Hammonds

TDN – Bill Finley – Woodbine Not Ready to Join Movement to Cut Down On Lasix

Phil has a question:

Would you expect anything other than buzzword blather vacillation from an Executive whose organization scams money from bettors throughout the rest of Canada to subsidize their base in the big road apple.

What are the minions at Horse Racing Alberta doing to prevent Alberta bettors from being gouged by Woodbine and HPI.

Neighbourhood #2

Paulick Report – Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

National Post – Washington Post – Yahr – The frighteningly talented James Holzhauer is breaking Jeopardy! Does it matter?

NY Times – Jacobs – ‘Jeopardy!’ Phenom James Holzhauer Smashes Through $1 Million Mark

Fugue for Tinhorns

The Bitter Southerner – Hirsch – Losing the Realest Burger in New Orleans

TDN – Martini and DeBernardis – Another Record-Setting OBS April Sale Concludes

TDN – Martini and DeBernardis – Liam’s Map Colt Sparks OBS Thursday

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell and Daugherty – Liam’s Map Colt Electrifies Third Session at OBS

TDN – Martini and DeBernardis – Million-Dollar Quality Road Filly Tops OBSAPR Day 2

Horse Talk – Study findings raise possibility of therapies to target equine obesity

Plos One – Coleman, Whitfield-Cargile, Madrigal and Cohen – Comparison of the microbiome, metabolome, and lipidome of obese and non-obese horses

Phil has a question:

Will this work for homo sapiens.

The power of the Internet is also its limitation – it provides access to large amounts of information without providing guidance on how to sort out what is credible and what is not.

Dean Ornish

Paulick Report – Paco Lopez Has 60-Day ‘Continuous Careless Riding’ Suspension Cut In Half

I Can’t Drive 55

NY Times – Weinstein – What a Cookbook Author Actually Eats for Dinner

The Weight

TDN – Taste of Derby to be Held for 10th Year

TDN – Keeneland, Lane’s End Present Bluegrass Breakfast

NY Times – Ayres – Yakutsk is one of the coldest cities on Earth. It’s producing some of Russia’s hottest punk rock

На части” (официальное видео)

Hollywood Reporter – Levy – The Night John Belushi Died: Exclusive Book Excerpt Reveals New Details of a Tragic End at the Chateau Marmont

Born Losers

It leads me to wonder if there is any aspect of university education that isn’t open to self-degradation, to the ruin of the once genuine prestige that accompanied graduation from what was always referred to as an “institution of higher learning.” In many of today’s university offerings, the “higher learning” has long been jettisoned, the politics of grievance, feminism, “white privilege” and the plague of various “studies” their meretricious replacements. In reality these are not studies, but exercises in predetermined and fixed mini-ideologies, meant to ratify “identity,” under the iron laws of political correctness.

National Post – Rex Murphy: The worst crime in the university admissions scandal? Harlotry

What is the world coming to, when you can’t trust a whore named Snake?
Edward Conlon



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Opening Day

Sunday April 28, 2019 1:45 PM

DRF – Goulding – Alberta’s new racetrack, Century Mile, opens Sunday

Edmonton Sun – JONES: Century Mile opens for business with thoroughbred racing

Edmonton Sun – JONES: Jockey Rico Walcott recovering after removal of brain tumor

Edmonton Sun – JONES: Northlands track in the past as Century Mile the horse racing future

The Weight

You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive

Phil M Stockmen

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