May 182019

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
Frank Zappa


Bloodhorse – Crosby – War of Will Punches Back With Preakness Win

TDN – Bianca – War of Will Gets the Trip, Redemption in Preakness Win

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – War Of Will Vindicated; Casse Emotional After First Classic Victory

Bloodhorse – Crosby – War of Will ‘Great’ Morning After Preakness Win

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Preakness Win a ‘Dream Come True’ for Bussanich

LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Congratulations to Preakness winner War of Will

“We’re looking at ourselves all the time of what we can do to improve, what the sport can do to improve,” said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico and Santa Anita.

Ritvo knows the stakes are high, especially in California, where it takes just 600,000 signatures in a state of more than 39 million to get a ballot initiative before voters to decide if the sport should be banned.

“We were really devastated and close to seeing racing go away,” he said.

The record will show that War of Will earned a $990,000 first-place check for his owner, Gary Barber. He also rewarded his backers with $14.20 for a $2 bet.

Someone asked Casse how much weirder this Triple Crown season can get. Doesn’t he just want to take his horse, and his victory, and go home?

No, he said.

“I think we’ve covered bizarre already, so no, I’m not worried,” Casse said, adding that if War of Will is healthy, he is on to the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. “This is the life we live each and every day.”

NY Times – Drape – 2019 Preakness: War of Will Wins in Dramatic Rebound From Kentucky Derby Loss

Brisnet – Caldwell – War of Will rides the rail to Preakness 144 victory

ESPN – Dinich – ‘The horse deserved it’: War of Will’s Preakness win is Derby redemption

Redemption Song

I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.

Harriet Tubman

Brisnet – Reilly – War of Will’s Preakness performance can’t be retrofitted onto Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Nevills – Right Place, Right Time: Half-Brother To Preakness Winner War Of Will On Offer At Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

TDN – Bill Finley -Op/Ed: Deserving Preakness Win for a Classy Bunch

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – The Preakness Story Begins in Florida

Bloodhorse – Preakness Stakes 144

Brisnet – Balan – From Pimlico infield to neighborhood, a most memorable Preakness

It’s those moments, those odd moments that you look for and sometimes by creating this kind of loose atmosphere you find those little moments that somehow mean a lot to an audience when they really register right.

Barry Levinson

Brisnet – Balan – Spirit of The Dove still lingers at crumbling Pimlico’s “sunny spot”

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – David Hill – At Pimlico or Laurel, Core Racing Fans Deserve Better

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

TDN – War of Will Targeting Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Casse: ‘Extremely Good Shot’ War Of Will To Contest Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – West ‘Not Looking At The Belmont’ With Maximum Security; Haskell The ‘Primary Goal’

TDN – Bill Finley – The Rematch We All Want: Let’s Make It Happen

Kreidel and “Hunter” weaved through people and camera equipment at full speed to meet him. He evaded them, and the pair gave chase. It took them a couple of attempts to catch the colt — he slowed just short of the sixteenth pole and waited for her to catch up, then spun and took off in full flight again, back past the now-cowering crowd with Kreidel in hot pursuit before she was close enough to lean over, bobbing perilously out of the saddle for several strides, and snag his inside rein.

Paulick Report – Meet The Former Jockey Who Caught Bodexpress After A Wild Preakness

ESPN – Bodexpress runs entire Preakness without jockey

Brisnet – Bodexpress becomes social media sensation after completing Preakness riderless


Without deviation progress is not possible.

Frank Zappa


Painting by Michele Brewster.


The Last Time

The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.

Edgar Allan Poe

Bloodhorse – Haskin – For the Love of a Horse

TDN – Nearly $100M Handled on Preakness Day

Paulick Report – Record Preakness Day Wagering Just Shy of $100 Million

False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news.
Adrienne Rich

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Triumphant Return For Catholic Boy in Dixie Stakes

Paulick Report – Catholic Boy Makes Triumphant Turf Return In Dixie

Brisnet – Reilly – Catholic Boy returns triumphant in Dixie

Phil has a question:

If Catholic Boy commits a foul, or causes interference, if he confesses does he get absolved.

Since the emergence of well-known sires like A.P. Indy who are ridglings, Pierce says he doesn’t believe the status has any substantial impact on a horse’s potential stud value in today’s market.

Paulick Report – Voss – Something’s Missing Here: Explaining Ridglings

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Catholic Boy to Stud at Claiborne Upon Retirement

Hold Me Tight or Don’t

TDN – English Channel Half Sis to Derby Winner Makes the Grade on Preakness Day

Brisnet – Reilly – Mitchell Road, half-sister to Country House, wires Gallorette

I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.
Tom Clancy

TDN – Mollica – Op/Ed: Derby Lawsuit? Precedent Says No Chance

TDN – 2019 Derby Lawsuit

We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.

Frederick Douglass

Eat That Question

Bloodhorse – West Issues $20M Challenge to Kentucky Derby Rivals

TDN – West Issues Challenge to Connections of Horses Involved in Derby Incident

Phil has a question:

Why only challenge 4, if you really believe your horse is that much superior why not challenge all of the Derby participants.

Are you as tired of Gary West’s sour grapes bullshit antics as Phil is.

Deciding not to decide is, of course, among the most important things done by the Supreme Court. It takes a lot of doing, but it can be done.
Thurgood Marshall

Brisnet – Scully – New York Central, King for a Day and Lexitonian among Preakness undercard stakes winners

Paulick Report – Lexitonian All Heart To Upset Chick Lang At 17-1

The key step for an infielder is the first one… but before the ball is hit.

Earl Weaver

TDN – Record Attendance and Handle for Black-Eyed Susan Day

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Point of Honor Blossoms in Black-Eyed Susan

TDN – Curlin’s Point of Honor Surges Late to Take the Black-Eyed Susan

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.

Branch Rickey

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Covfefe Sizzles Through Record-Setting Miss Preakness

TDN – Into Mischief’s Covfefe Sizzles in Miss Preakness Romp

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Stronach Group’s Ritvo Addresses Media at Preakness

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.

Frank Zappa

Forbes – Genaro – ‘Raced To Death’: HBO’s Real Sports Investigates Deaths In Thoroughbred Racing

NY Times – Drape – Horse Deaths at Santa Anita and Pimlico: Same Day, Same Track Owner

The public scrutiny surrounding the first 23 equine fatalities prompted an announcement of unprecedented changes by The Stronach Group, including restrictions on whip use, a phase-out of race-day furosemide, tighter restrictions on therapeutic drug use, and a greater investment in equine safety and medical equipment. Some of those proposed changes have been met with industry pushback.

Despite the six-week period of relative calm at Santa Anita, national media interest in the two deaths was significant. The breakdown of Commander Coil was reported by CNN, ESPN and NBC News, among others.

The death of Congrats Gal was also mentioned in coverage by Britain’s The Daily Mail, The New York Times, FOX News, and the Baltimore Sun.

Also on Friday, National Geographic published a story declaring the total number of Thoroughbreds who died at the races in 2018 came to 493, noting that, “Trainers have been accused of making an already risky situation worse by drugging horses with performance-enhancing substances or painkillers, animal welfare advocates say.”

The Stronach Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Ritvo, spoke to media in the Preakness press box Saturday afternoon and said “we feel this track is one of the safest racetracks in America right now with the protocols in place.”

“We’re looking at ourselves all the time to see what we can do to improve, what the sport can do to improve,” said Ritvo. “Unfortunately, percentage-wise, the last two months [at Santa Anita] were really good until yesterday. It’s an unfortunate incident that we’ll continue to study to see what we can do better.”

Paulick Report – A 24th Horse Dies At Santa Anita, And National Media Takes Notice

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.
Thurgood Marshall

Washington Post – Rarick – I train racehorses in France. They live long and love their jobs.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – U.S. racing can significantly reduce horse fatalities, but do we have the courage to do it?

Paulick Report – Santa Anita Officials Order Trainers Pender, Polanco To Vacate Stalls

It is that most modern of stories, with only a couple of lessons, each profoundly depressing.

The first is this: She who gets to social media first wins.

The other is this: When they come for you, whether it is with allegations of sexual assault or sexual harassment or even worse, racism, or worst of all, because there’s a hierarchy in racism too, anti-black racism, you are done like dinner.

Facts no longer matter.

Indeed, there are no facts any longer, only feelings.

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Facts no longer matter in hysteria of a school racism allegation

Garden and Gun – Rhodes – Ripe Ideas: Summer Berry Recipes


Southern Living – 19 Delicious New Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.

Mike Royko

NY Times – Weinstein – Recipes for Sprrrriiiiing!

LA Times – Scattergood – Food Bowl this week: A pizza party, plus wine and bowling

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
Yogi Berra

Never Explain Love

TDN – DeBernardis – From the TDN Look: At Summer Wind, It’s Always Triple Crown Season

The Bitter Southerner –  Purvis – Can ‘Ma’am’ Be Saved?

Globe and Mail – Bubbers – Were we just not smart enough for the Smart car?

National Post  – Rocketman does not shy away from Elton John’s excess

Tiny Dancer

NY Times – Thomas – In the Bronx, an Elite Chef Is Trying to Engineer a Better School Lunch

How can you think and hit at the same time?

Yogi Berra

LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Let’s start looking to big Santa Anita weekend

TDN – Riley – Le Havre Hits New Heights

Paulick Report – Carmouche ‘A Different Type Of Fit’ After Recovering From Leg Injury

TDN – Tacitus Works Towards Belmont

TDN – ‘Omaha’ Return to California On Hold


Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

The Belmont Stakes Tickets

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Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.

Anna Quindlen

Piece of My Heart

Stay Tuned for Belmont Preview

Phil M Stockmen

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