May 072022

Countdown to the

2022 Kentucky Derby 148

Kentucky Derby Day

Raging Bull

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WNKY – Stamps – What’s our Kentucky Derby weather forecast?

Louisville Weather

Equibase – Today’s Race Changes – Churchill Downs

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Man on The Moon

Front Office Sports – Gentrump – Kentucky Derby Looks To Hit Its Pre-Pandemic Stride

Greatest Love of All

Being an activist is about getting things done. It’s not about standing around shaking your fist in anger.

Christine Quinn

TDN – Carasso – Some Derby Day Fact ‘N Figs

Bloodhorse – Crosby and Byron King – Ethereal Road Out of KY Derby, Rich Strike Draws In

Taste – Rodriguez – A Better Pancake Is Possible

Sal says that May 7, 2022 the first Saturday in May is Kentucky Derby Day and May 8, 2022 the second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day.

Sweet Phi – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Sweet Phi – 30 Brunch Recipes to try this weekend

An adventure isn’t worth telling if there aren’t any dragons in it.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

TDN – McGrath – This Side Up: Hoping for a Weekend of Rejuvenation

Sal says if you’re looking for an inside tip Mike Smith may be getting a lifetime supply of canned vegetables if he wins the Derby.

Behind Blue Eyes


Sal says that’s the usual question.

Matching Food and Wine – Beckett – How to throw a hot dog party

Mel – Taylor – The Man Who Went Viral for Dipping His Hot Dogs in Beer Isn’t Sorry

Forever Young

A crook is a crook, and there’s something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks is the big politician.

Al Capone

Thistle Hills Farms – Sauerkraut

Sal says if you think $12.00 CDN is a tad steep for a Mason Jar of Sauerkraut look for the Holden Colony as they’re  $10.00 and their dill and bread n butter pickles are to die for.

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Sal says that Sal brought back a few empty jars a few years back and asked the kid behind the counter if they took them back for re-use. From the look he gave Sal Sal quickly understood that that was a pretty stupid question that no farm kid would ever ask.

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.

George Foreman

We’re Going Home

Serben Farms

Sal says that if you want some fancier sausages for your hot dog party or to serve with the pancakes for your Mother’s Day Breakfast try fresh local rather than grocery store over processed.

The country is making a big mistake not teaching kids to cook and raise a garden and build fires.

Loretta Lynn

The Air That I Breathe

Sports Illustrated – Forde – If You Gamble on Sports, You Must Place a Wager on the Kentucky Derby

Sports Illustrated – Taddeo – Kentucky Derby Best Bets: Messier Provides Strong Betting Opportunity

Sal says that if either Taiba or Messier win the 2022 Kentucky Derby 148 you’ll hear Bob’s my Uncle muttered more than once.

Speaking of Uncles Mark Messier’s Uncle Ray passed away a few days ago.

Edmonton Journal – Matheson – Oilers made memorable birthday visit to Muhammad Ali

You cannot be a successful horse player if you are going to get the worst of the price all the time.

Pittsburg Phil

​He doesn’t need to be reminded that Messier’s namesake was one of hockey’s greatest leaders and most spirited, hard-nosed competitors, a player known for elevating his game on the biggest stage.

​“I would say this horse is peaking at the right time, that he knows it’s his time and you can see that in his eyes and attitude. You can sense that he’s ready. I think this horse’s willingness and attitude stands out for me. His appetite for work is insatiable and his physique – how he’s developed from a yearling to a two-year-old to a three-year-old – is like going from junior hockey to the NHL. He’s really taken that step. He’s not in the farm league anymore. He’s got potential to be an all-star.”

Paulick Report – Woodbine – Lomon – ‘Canadian Connection’: Messier Could Become Third Canadian-Bred To Win Kentucky Derby

But what can’t be seen also makes Messier special.

“He has that intelligent look in his eye,” Ryan said. “People might underestimate intelligence in an animal but they shouldn’t, it’s very important.

“You need a horse that isn’t intimidated, you need a horse that enjoys racing, you need a horse that has the appetite to go through a hole that sometimes it needs to fight for. We see all of those things in Messier.”

CTV News – CP _ Ralph – Messier, the heralded racehorse, has many of the traits of his famous namesake

Come not between the dragon and his wrath.

William Shakespeare

I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory


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If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.

Louis Armstrong

Harlem Blues

Bloodhorse – Epicenter Favored in Early Kentucky Derby Wagering

Front Office Sports – Unlikely Kentucky Derby Favorite Zandon Eyes $1.9M Prize

A good jockey, a good horse, a good bet.

Pittsburgh Phil

Drawing the Big Straw by Visiting Little Straw Winery – Winecouverites

Radar Love

Bloodhorse – Angst – In Baffert’s Absence, Trainers Seek Derby Breakthrough

The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

J. R. R. Tolkien

City of Angels


ESPN – Betting tips for the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby

New Dork Reviews

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Cowboy Wisdom

It’s everything else that the song became: a mainstay of minstrel shows produced and performed by white people in blackface, a symbol of the romanticized “Lost Cause” version of the Confederacy, a one-size-fits-all prop for patriotism, and the underpinning of a Kentucky state park and tourist attraction based almost entirely on fraudulent narrative.

“In South Africa they don’t sing songs about apartheid before a cricket game,” Bingham says. “In Germany they don’t sing songs about the Holocaust before a soccer match. How did it come to have this kind of weight in our sport and our state?”

Sports Illustrated – Forde – Once Again, Churchill Downs Will Ignore The Racist Ties To ‘My Old Kentucky Home’

Sports Business Journal – Louisville Courier-Journal – Upshaw – Kentucky Derby approaching normalcy after two pandemic-impacted races

Sports Business Journal – Lefton – Progressive to sponsor 10 jockeys in Kentucky Derby

TDN – Record Handle On Oaks Day

The activist is not the person who says the river is dirty. The activist is the person who cleans up the river.

H. Ross Perot

Paulick Report – Coached To Perfection, Secret Oath Impressive In 148th Kentucky Oaks

TDN – Carasso – It’s ‘Oath‘ and Coach in the Oaks

Sal says that the Coach made a smart call on the switch to Saez.

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

Thomas Jefferson

NY Times – Draper and Hoppert – Expert Picks: Who Will Win the 2022 Kentucky Derby

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.

George Gershwin

GQ – Pappadamas – The True Story of Dogstar, Keanu Reeves’ Mediocre ’90s Rock Band That Toured the World

So What

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.

Paul Whiteman

Mel – Shonfeld – The Mysterious Jewish Roots of Yosemite Sam

Know when to put a good bet down and when not to. Don’t temper your bet to the price.

Pittsburg Phil

The Globe and Mail – Mattea Roach on being in the spotlight, shifting generational divide of Jeopardy! after record-breaking run

National Post – Canadian Mattea Roach’s ‘dream’ Jeopardy! winning streak ends at 23

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

Isaac Asimov

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Dusty Baker Was An All-Time Great Manager Long Before His 2,000th Win

The Ringer – Walker – All You Have to Do Is Plunge In

Paulick Report – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By NYRA Bets: 2022 Kentucky Derby

#1 – Mo Donegal
Copy/paste Zandon
Pretty much the same thing here
But less intriguing

#2 – Happy Jack
Least resistant path
To a stall in the big gate
He’s gonna get thwomped

#3 – Epicenter
Best of Bourbon Street
Crushed this season’s deepest prep
A “must” on tickets

#4 – Summer Is Tomorrow
Brave run in Dubai
But he hit a hard ceiling
Doubt he stays the trip

#5 – Smile Happy
Trending the right way
Feels more like a Preakness threat
But should run fine here

#6 – Messier
Did the class catch up
In his So-Cal second place
Or did he need one?

#7 – Crown Pride
Whether Dubai win
Or hometown Hyacinth dud
I’ve yet to be wowed

#8 – Charge It
Maturing quickly
But he fits the profile of
A Belmont winner

#9 – Tiz the Bomb
If Churchill burns down
And they move this to Turfway
He’d be worth a look

#10 – Zandon
Love his bravery
Tough race for a deep closer
If clear, he hits board

#11 – Pioneer of Medina
Needed defections
But Fair Grounds was deep this year
Could sneak a small check

#12 – Taiba
Hey, remember when
Zedan said he wouldn’t run
If Bob wasn’t here?

#13 – Simplification
A versatile style
But his class, distance limits
Are well short of this

#14 – Barber Road
Has some closing jets
That never have enough gas
He’d be an upset

#15 – White Abarrio
Unmatched at Gulfstream
Not sure how deep that group was
Foresee a step back

#16 – Cyberknife
He’s grown up a lot
From his wide-run Lecomte dud
Worth examining

#17 – Classic Causeway
Came back from the bench
To run about as well as
The horse he nudged out

#18 – Tawny Port
Solved the dirt riddle
Not sure he’s good enough here
But he’ll win plenty

#19 – Zozos
He held on gamely
Once Epicenter blew by
Grits into top half

#20 – Ethereal Road
Third start in five weeks
Each harder, none on the board
He shouldn’t be here

#21AE – Rich Strike
Hung on the fringes
In a weak Turfway platoon
An allowance horse

#22AE – Rattle N Roll
The wheels have come off
After such promise last year
It’s not happening

Epicenter is
Who everyone thought he was
Ten, twelve fill the tri

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

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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: Epicenter Tops Zandon in Closing 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: Playing ‘Good Trip, Bad Trip’ For Each Kentucky Derby Runner

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

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