Apr 302022

Countdown to the

2022 Kentucky Derby 148


Guest Posted by Hawthorne Sal

America’s Best Racing – Curry – A Beginner’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby

John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By_(Secretariat)

Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved – Hunter_S_Thompson

Brisnet – Get to know the 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders

2022 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 6, 2022

TDN – Bill Finley – TDN Kentucky Oaks Top 10 for April 14

TDN – Thornton – TDN Kentucky Derby Top 20 For Apr. 26

Bloodhorse – King – Derby Dozen: Fast-Working Cyberknife on Rise in Derby Dozen Rankings

DRF – Derby Watch

Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders

Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Champagne –  The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Hurry Up And Wait After Final Prep

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Focusing On The Kentucky Oaks

le dimanche 1 mai

The Count Meets the Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster Cookies

Sal says it’s been a few years since Phil was flattened by the Battersea Omnibus and Phil was feeling a tad deflated so he asked Sal to sub for a while. While Sal will be guest posting the run-up to the 2022 Kentucky Derby 148 and a few other posts he may on the odd occasion borrow or reprise a few items from Phil or other sources. You can call it what you want but Sal calls it research.

Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism.

George A. Moore

Sal says that over the next week the media both social and unsocial will be publishing Kentucky Derby stories of varying degrees of merit and relevance . If you search deep enough you’ll probably be able to find a “special interest” story on the person who washed the first Kentucky Derby silks by beating them on a rock in the Kentucky River. Sal says that the serious horseplayers love those articles for the distraction and misinformation they provide to the masses.

Heart of Stone

The Conversation – White – Scientists are hoping to redefine the second – here’s why

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

Albert Einstein

The Dark Side of Time


Sacre Bleu

Sal says that he thinks he knows why and it’s to confuse the horseplayers more.

It won’t be: ‘They went the first quarter in 22 and 3’. It’ll be: ‘They went the first quarter in 22.6040505014990210104020807809802060710209030830840840804084809902030314203143… and the winner is:.’

Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is.

I don’t know anyone who curses the way they do on the Sopranos. Not in an Italian household. I never said the word hell in front of my mother.

Danny Aiello


Horse Racing Gold – Turn Time – The Hidden Fraction

Paulick Report – Lukas: ‘I Think No Matter How Those Horses Run, They’ll Be Bob’s’

Horse Racing Nation – Ryan – Watch: Taiba, half of Yakteen’s Derby ‘lottery ticket,’ drills 6f

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan – Bob Baffert was warned. Here’s what D. Wayne Lukas told him about fighting his suspension

Sal says that in Kentucky you can’t take the hick out of the judges.

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Hunter S. Thompson

1970 Kentucky Derby

America’s Best Racing – Tordjman – Meet the Jockeys for the 2022 Kentucky Derby

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Paulick Report –  Voss – NYRA Hearing Officer Recommends Two-Year Ban For Baffert

Keith Don’t Go

Bloodhorse – Taiba Turns in Lone Pre-Kentucky Derby Work

DRF – Andersen – Taiba in position to make Kentucky Derby history

Sal says that he heard that most Oilers fans are putting their money on Mike Smith this year.

Chances Are

2021 Kentucky Derby

Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.

Marge Kennedy

2020 Kentucky Derby

I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.

Steve Allen

2019 Kentucky Derby

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

H. L. Mencken

2018 Kentucky Derby

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

Aldous Huxley

2017 Kentucky Derby

Three keys to success: read, read, read.

Vladimir Lenin

Sal says that if you wistfully enjoyed remembering when while watching those recent Kentucky Derby replays you’ve got a brain the size of a walnut and you probably can’t remember when you last cashed a big ticket. Get out the historic pps and like Vlad said: read, read, read and you might find a hint that will help handicap the 2022 Kentucky Derby.

Sal says that you better pay attention as there may be a couple of hidden hints and cryptic clues over the next few days.

Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation.

Tony Soprano

Eli’s Coming

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Early Voting won’t run in Kentucky Derby; Pioneer of Medina now in the field

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Epicenter, Echo Zulu Smooth in Breezes for Derby, Oaks

TDN – Epicenter Puts in Final Derby Work

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Multiple Derby Starters Grow Not This Time’s Stature

TDN – Caravaggio’s First Hong Kong Starter a Winner

TDN – Busy Saturday Morning for Kentucky Derby and Oaks Workers

Paulick Report – Cyberknife, Zozos Among 11 KY Derby Hopefuls Completing Major Drills At Churchill

Bloodhorse – Pedulla – Kentucky Derby: Why Classic Causeway owners opted to enter

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Santa Anita Derby Winner Taiba Coming To Kentucky With Light Work Schedule; Was On Vet’s List After First Start

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From the Eighth Pole: When It’s The Kentucky Derby, ‘Nothing’ Can Mean Something

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Zandon, Simplification, Messier Post KY Derby Workouts

America’s Best Races – Reed – 2022 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet: Get to Know the Horses

Bloodhorse – Angst – Churchill Downs Inc. Pleased With Full Return of Derby

Bloodhorse – This is the Kentucky Derby! Unveiled at Museum April 27

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Nothing lost in translation: meet ‘Keiba Kate’, the Nashville girl at the Kentucky Derby – on behalf of Japan!

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Kentucky Derby Starter a Source of ‘Pride’ for Japan

Bloodhorse – Crown Pride Fires Bullet in Preparation for KY Derby

Bloodhorse – Churchill to Offer Derby Day Bets With 3YO, Dirt Focus

Domesticated males aren’t much use for adventure.

Jim Elliot

Bloodhorse – CDI, Nevada End Impasse Over Simulcasting Rights

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kentucky Derby: How the Secretariat family flame burns bright with Epicenter and Simplification – all thanks to Tweak

1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS

The Cut – Klein – Epiphany in the Baby-Food Aisle

And Then He Kissed Me

Copper Crowne Training Centre


Horse Racing Nation – DeRosa: Enigmatic Crown Pride makes Ky. Derby puzzle fun

Horse Racing Nation – Owner Jerry Crawford Chats Mo Donegal’s Development and Kentucky Derby Chances

Bloodhorse – Different Roads Take Wellman, Repole to Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – Kathleen O. Tests Churchill Track in Final KY Oaks Work

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Kearney Chases Win for the Ages With Kathleen O.

1998 Santa Anita Derby

Indian Charlie

Indian Charlie

Indian Charlie Back

Wile E. Coyote

I ain’t got much education, but I got some sense.

Loretta Lynn

Bloodhorse – Angst – Derby Hopeful Happy Jack Breezes Mile at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Shulman – O’Neill Looks to Happy Jack for Third Derby Victory

TDN – Repole Purchases Minority Interest in Mo Donegal

Paulick Report – Nevills – Preakness Berth-Holder Blackadder Goes To Clement Barn After Keeneland April Sale

Paulick Report – Voss – ‘This Is No Mistake’: Louisiana Commissioners Lengthen Penalties For Trainers In Zilpaterol Cases

Past The Wire – Costa – Jockey of the Kings

Horse Racing Nation – Expert Travis Stone projects Kentucky Derby 2022 odds

Horse Racing Nation – Must-use trend for selecting the 2022 Kentucky Derby winner


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Bates Motel: ‘If he’d been a human being, I think he would have ended up in federal prison’ – John Gosden

If you were a pedigree handicapper Bates Motel progeny paid off in the mud.

The Globe and Mail – Renzetti – Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the court of public opinion

Sal says the the progeny of Bates Motel through the Sir Ivor line proved quite adept at running in what Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are proving adept at slinging.

TDN – DeBernardis – May 1 Insights: Seven-Figure Shadwell Buy Debuts

TDN – Thornton – West Virginia in Limbo Over HISA

Bloodhorse  – Wrong Color, Power Surge Top F-T April Digital Sale

Bloodhorse – Churchill Paddock to Undergo $185-$200M Redesign

TDN – New Wagering and Dining Options Debut at Monmouth

The Bitter Southerner -House – The Articulation of Longing

Los Angeles Times – Elliott – Column: Baseball nerd Jessica Mendoza has been a happy revelation on Dodgers broadcasts

RDNewsNow – Spackman – Jackpot Casino looking to move to Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre

Red Deer Advocate – Michelin – Red Deerians come out to watch the last days of the Black Knight Inn

Description of the Morel Project

ESPN – Keim – Virginia attorney general’s office to investigate Washington Commanders’ alleged financial improprieties

Sal says that you’d expect the other 31 NFL owners to be clamouring at the top of their lungs for an investigation of the Washington Commanders finances since they are the ones owed the visitor’s share of the gate, but instead you could hear a first round pin drop. Sal says that’s the most telling aspect of the business ethics of the 32 NFL owners.

Garden and Gun – Top Hits: Our Most Clicked-on Stories of All Time

Southern Living – Nunn – Lost Salads of the South

Sal says that north of the 49th we don’t call tomatoes and crackers a salad.

Los Angeles Times – Jason Clarke’s controversial Jerry West aims for truth: ‘He’s notorious’


National Post – Meat prices are up, but plant-based alternatives still cost way more, study finds

The Ringer – What Lies Ahead for Streaming After Netflix and CNN’s Bad Week?

Vanity Fair – Press – The Netflix Nightmare: What Happens When an Industry Becomes a Squid Game

Sal says that just once Sal would love to see the headline: What Lies Ahead for Customers – Twice the Selection – 50% Price Reduction.

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Analyzing the Kentucky Derby Contender Birth Dates


Fans can also participate in the Horseplayer Car Giveaway by picking up a free horse to toss. Horses can be picked up at the Players Club desk or Horseplay table in front of the Winner’s Circle. Participants attempt to throw their numbered horse into the window of a moving car. A winner, randomly chosen from all the horses that make it into the car, will receive a $100 betting voucher. Each night’s winner will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a brand new 2022 Toyota Corolla LE on Friday, Aug. 5. After the horse toss each night, children get to pick up all the horses left on the track and receive a free ice cream from The Cafe.

Standardbred Canada – Meadowlands To Offer Derby Day Promos

MelMagazine – Lecklitner – A Gooey and Delicious History of Mac and Cheese, a Meal Once Fit for a King

Delilah’s 7 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Sal says that Samson would not have called Velveeta cheese.

KD and Lunch Meat

Food & Wine – Winslow – Classic Macaroni and Cheese with Potato Chip Crumble

Matching Food and Wine – Beckett – The best wine – and other drinks – to pair with macaroni cheese

Sports Business Journal – Karp – NHL viewership up around 18% year-over-year with Disney, Turner

Sports Illustrated – Epstein – MLB Suspends Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer for 324 Games

ATTACHMENT 52 Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual … – MLB.com

ESPN – Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer suspended for two seasons

Los Angeles Times – Hernandez – Column: Dodgers knew Trevor Bauer was a risk, and now they’re paying the price

The Ringer – Kelly – The Ringer’s 2022 NFL Draft First-Round Grades

Sal says that some of those moves you saw Goodell use during the 2022 NFL Draft are what he’s been practicing for his plan to sidestep the NFL Domestic Violence Policy when it comes time to suspend Deshaun Watson.

Sal says that Deshaun Watson’s victims would probably agree that he gets the same length of suspension as Bauer – 324 games.

The Ringer – Ruiz – Malik Willis Is the New Face of the NFL’s QB Evaluation Debate

Front Office Sports – Gentrup – Las Vegas Betting On High Turnout for the NFL Draft

ESPN – Wagoner – San Francisco 49ers pick Iowa State QB Brock Purdy with last pick in NFL draft

ESPN – Kiper Jr. – NFL draft grades: Mel Kiper Jr. picks steals, sleepers and favorite 2022 classes from all 32 teams

Hawthorne Sal

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