Sep 062020

Phil’s Phinal Wrap of the 2020 Kentucky Derby 146

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens

The Distance

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Derby Win Rewards Hughes on Multiple Levels

TDN – McGrath – An Authentic Milestone in the Hughes Adventure – Authentic: Kentucky Derby Winner

Bloodhorse – Derby Most-Watched Sporting Event Since Super Bowl

TDN – Thornton – TDN Top-to-Bottom Derby Rundown

LA Times – Cherwa – Bob Baffert victorious again at Kentucky Derby with Authentic


NY Times – Drape – Authentic Wins the Kentucky Derby, Run Without Fans

Bloodhorse – King – Authentic Turns Back Tiz the Law to Win Kentucky Derby

DRF – McGee – Kentucky Derby: Authentic turns back Tiz the Law to give Baffert record-tying sixth victory

ESPN – Authentic stuns Tiz the Law in wire-to-wire Kentucky Derby win

Brisnet – Hanson – Authentic gives emotional Baffert a record-equaling sixth Kentucky Derby win

TDN – DiDonato – More Baffert Magic in Derby 146

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Roller Coaster Year: Authentic Goes The Distance In Historic Kentucky Derby

Horse Racing Nation – Stephens – Authentic holds off Tiz the Law, wins Kentucky Derby

Horse Racing Nation – Stephens – ‘Come and get me:’ Johnny V spectacular aboard Authentic

Hawkmoon – Authentic: Kentucky Derby Winner

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Ryan and Lanni Selected Derby Winner at Keeneland Sale

Authentic through his sire Into Mischief, his grand-sire Harlan’s Holiday and his Great- Grand-sire Harlan trace back to better days for thoroughbred horse racing in Alberta when pioneers like Hal Yerxa raced quality thoroughbreds in Alberta like Country Romance, Harlan’s dam.  Notwithstanding R. Harlan Smith’s country roots and relationship with Yerxa Phil thinks Harlan was named for the county in Kentucky and not the singer.

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The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.

Charles Dickens

Horse Racing Nation – For surprising Mr. Big News, Kentucky Derby the right choice

Bloodhorse – King – A Surreal Kentucky Derby Day Inside Churchill Downs

Horse Racing Nation – Silence: Strange atmosphere dominates 2020 Kentucky Derby weekend

Somebody To Love

Paulick Report – Baffert: ‘The Most Crazy 30 Minutes I’ve Had In Racing’

Paulick Report – Ny Traffic Lost Shoe In Kentucky Derby; Colt May Target Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes

Horse Racing Nation – Stahl – Connections disappointed after ‘unbeatable’ Tiz the Law falls

DRF – Russo – Great expectations evaporate into disappointment for the Sackatoga team

TDN – Sue Finley – Protests Not An Issue On An Unusual Derby Day

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – What’s Going On Here: Change Needs to be Authentic

Bloodhorse – King – Authentic, Thousand Words in Good Order After Derby

TDN – Derby Wrap: Authentic ‘Not Even Tired’, On to Preakness

Horse Racing Nation – Stephens – Authentic, Thousand Words to both target Preakness Stakes

Paulick Report – Preakness Next Stop For Authentic: ‘We Want To Give Him Every Opportunity’

Horse Racing Nation – Tagg says Tiz the Law likely will aim for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Horse Racing Nation – Preakness 2020 Field

Paulick Report – Spectator-less Kentucky Oaks-Derby Day Wagering Down Nearly 50%, Lowest Since 2002.


ESPN – Bloodlines

Short Skirt Long Jacket

Phil M Stockmen

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