May 192022


1. Simplification, Antonio Sano, John Velazquez, 6-1

2. Creative Minister, Kenny McPeek, Brian Hernandez Jr., 10-1

3. Fenwick, Kevin McKathan, Florent Geroux, 50-1

4. Secret Oath, D. Wayne Lukas, Luis Saez, 9-2

5. Early Voting, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 7-2

6. Happy Jack, Doug O’Neill, Tyler Gaffalione, 30-1

7. Armagnac, Tim Yakteen, Irad Ortiz Jr., 12-1

8. Epicenter, Steve Assmussen, Joel Rosario, 6-5

9. Skippylongstocking, Saffie Joseph Jr., Junior Alvarado, 20-1.

Preakness 147

Bloodhorse – Meet the Field for the 147th Preakness Stakes

Brisnet – Get to know the 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders

TDN – Preakness LIVE Art/Music Festival to Highlight Preakness Weekend Events

Baltimore – Price – Megan Thee Stallion, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Brittney Spencer set to perform at new Preakness Live festival at Pimlico in Baltimore

Bloodhorse – Ralenkotter – Pre-Preakness Party a Significant Fundraiser for TAA

TDN – ABR Preakness Kick-Off Party to Benefit Aftercare

Paulick Report – Pimlico Will Serve Up Preakness Week’s Traditional Alibi Breakfast Thursday, May 19

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

TDN – DJ Pauly D to Headline 2022 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Entertainment

samedi 21 mai

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.

Carl Sagan

1989 Preakness


Stronach, mind you, is no nostalgist chasing the resurrection of the grand old days. Rather, TSG, branded as 1/ST in thoroughbred racing circles, is chasing new fans, not to mention a fresh generation of bettors, and the core pillars of her approach will be on display, for both racing fans and industry players, in north Baltimore for this weekend’s 147th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Think of it as Lollapalooza meets horses meets gambling. Once the hoopla dies down, the hope is that a few of those who came for the party might think about coming back again for the ponies, perhaps in person, but more likely online to place some more bets.

“Some of the things that Belinda is trying to do, time will tell if they work, but you have to give her credit, because she is bringing a new audience to our events and she is trying something new, and that can only be seen as a positive,” said Craig Bernick, an influential thoroughbred owner and heir to the Alberto-Culver fortune of Alberto V05 hair-care fame.

Financial Post – O’Connor – Belinda Stronach’s big bet on the sport of kings

Sports Business Journal – SBJ Unpacks: Preakness Stakes has hefty dose of new brand partners

BigThink – Gilberg – This 715-song playlist is scientifically verified to give you the chills, thanks to “frisson”

Spotify – Songs to Give You Chills


The Thrill Is Gone

Sports Illustrated – Forde – A Search for Family, a Love for Horses and How It All Led to Kentucky Derby Glory

Sal says that John Goodham, Kevin James or George Wendt would be excellent choices for Eric Reed for the Rich Strike movie.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.


RollingStone – Greene and Grow – Inside Taylor Hawkins’ Final Days as a Foo Fighter

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.

Dr. Seuss

Under Pressure

Glamorade – Shawah – Taylor Hawkins’ Fellow Drummers Incensed Over Report About His Death

YahooNews – Hirwani – Taylor Hawkins: Chad Smith and Matt Cameron apologise to Foo Fighters over drummer comments

CNN – Melas – Pearl Jam drummer walks back comments about Taylor Hawkins

Under Pressure

Education is not the learning of facts, it’s rather the training of the mind to think.

Albert Einstein

Bloodhorse – Bobo on Journey With Preakness Contender Simplification

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.

Bruce Lee

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Preakness Show Goes On Without Kentucky Derby Winner

The Show Must Go On

Los Angeles Times – Cherwa – What time does the 2022 Preakness Stakes start? What TV channel is it on?

Bloodhorse – Happy Jack, Fenwick Take First Spins Around Pimlico

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By NYRA Bets: 2022 Preakness Stakes

#1 – Simplification
Outran Derby odds
Clunkers are a rarity
Why should that stop now?

#2 – Creative Minister
Supplemented in
McPeek’s got him dialed in
Is he good enough?

#3 – Fenwick
His graded debut
Swatted down, Mutombo-like
Facing a class gap

#4 – Secret Oath
Imposing Oaks win
Quieted distance concerns
Must be acknowledged

#5 – Early Voting
Smart to skip Churchill
But he still got caught going
Shorter than today

#6 – Happy Jack
When he can finish
Within 10 from the winner
I’ll pay attention

#7 – Armagnac
Can’t pronounce his name
Collmus won’t have to, either
When they hit the stretch

#8 – Epicenter
Ran a winning race
But did that disappointment
Empty his gas tank?

#9 – Skippylongstocking
Something positive:
He has a fun name to say
And that’s all I’ve got

If his blade’s still sharp,
Epicenter is the best
Four, five fill the tri

It never does to leave a live Dragon out of the equation.

Sports Business Journal – Fischer – No-show rate at Raiders games over 14% in 2021

In The Air Tonight

National Observer – Bennett and Derworiz – If Jason Kenney’s arch rival Brian Jean has his way, there will be no long goodbyes

Et tu, Brute

Julius Caesar

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The Atlantic – Tiffany – Why the Internet Hates Amber Heard

Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman

Sal says that the best solution for Heard and Depp would be for both to shut the fuck up.

Fire with Fire

Sports Illustrated – Scott – SEC Publicly Reprimands Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban Following Public Feud

Sal says let’s cut the hypocrisy out of college sports and call a spade a spade. The “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””student””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” athletes are nothing more than poorly paid professionals who generate billions of dollars for the universities and millions for the coaches and peanuts for the elephants. Time to share the wealth.

Ma’am? What kind of test are we having today? Multiple choice? Good! I choose not to take it.”

Peppermint Patty

I Can’t Dance

Bloodhorse – Crosby and Byron King – Super Quick, Lady Scarlet Make the Grade at Pimlico

The Space in Between

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Pizza Bianca Punches Ticket to Royal Ascot

TDN – Pizza Bianca Punches Royal Ascot Ticket in the Hilltop

The dragon teaches you that if you want to climb high, you have to do it against the wind.

Chinese Proverb


Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Interstatedaydream Drives Home in the Black-Eyed Susan

TDN – Bossinakis – ‘Interstate’ On Top in Black-Eyed Susan

Take Me Home

The Atlantic – Ahamed – America Has Never Really Understood India


Bloodhorse – Perez – Horse Racing a Deep-Rooted Passion for Alex Bregman

Bloodhorse – First Captain Rallies to Win Pimlico Special

Paulick Report – First Captain Rallies Late, Edges Pletcher Duo In Pimlico Special

TDN – Carasso – First Captain Turns In ‘Special’ Performance at Pimlico

Old Man Down The Road

TDN – Bossinakis – Lady Scarlet Pounces Late in Miss Preakness

Dumb Things

Paulick Report – Mo Donegal Tops Pletcher Trainees Pointing To Belmont Stakes Festival


How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

vendredi 20 mai

They won’t listen. Do you know why? Because they have certain fixed notions about the past. Any change would be blasphemy in their eyes, even if it were the truth. They don’t want the truth; they want their traditions.

Isaac Asimov

TDN – Bossinakis – Adare Manor Heads Black-Eyed Susan

TDN – Bossinakis – Happy Soul Looks to Make Amends in Miss Preakness

Sal says that the Black-Eyed Susan day card is a better bettor’s card than Preakness Day.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Dr. Seuss

Pink Panther Raspberry Witbier by Polar Park Brewing in Alberta, CanadaPink Panther


Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Scargill – Illegal Betting ‘Major Threat to Integrity of Racing’

Sal says that illegal betting and grey market betting are a much larger threat to racing’s bottom line than to racing’s integrity.

Eli’s Coming

TDN – Bossinakis – Preakness Alibi Breakfast Highlights Thursday

Bloodhorse – Crosby – The Fantastical Tale of Preakness Longshot Fenwick

Paulick Report – Rosario: Epicenter ‘Ran A Great Race’ Despite Kentucky Derby Defeat

TDN – Should the Triple Crown Be Changed? We Ask Trainers to Weigh In

Bloodhorse – Rich Strike Back at Churchill Training for Belmont

TDN – Mandatory Jockey Breeding Rights Discussed at CHRB Meeting

Sal says that’s a seductive headline.

TDN – Thornton – California’s ‘Lens of Equity’ Could Benefit Jockeys

Another Cup of Coffee

The Ringer – Sayles – Chasing the Horse

Back To The Radio

Sal says that yes Virginia it’s okay to put oatmilk on your oatmeal.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – At Pimlico, Laurel, Redevelopment Is Still a Year Away

Canada’s National Observer – Smellie and Lowrie – Prince Charles acknowledges Canada’s ‘darker’ past and stresses need for reconciliation

Sal says that Prince Charles should shut his fucking mouth about Canada’s darker past when he’s from the country with one of the worst colonial records. When the fucking asshole opens his mouth like that Sal says it’s high time that Canadians told the royalty to fuck off and declared Canada a republic free from any British influence.

Over my lifetime, heavy usage has woefully eroded profanity’s power.

Lionel Shriver

First We Take Manhattan

1977 Preakness

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

Frederick Douglass

Scientific American – Can’t Buy Me Luck: The Role of Serendipity in the Beatles’ Success

Gold Dust Woman

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.

Harriet Tubman

National Post – Colby Cosh: Jason Kenney’s demise as Alberta premier was inevitable

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

Dr. Seuss

Everybody Knows

jeudi 19 mai

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines: Secret Oath Aims To Join Century-Old Sorority Of Preakness-Winning Fillies

Paulick Report – Scheinman – Pierre And George Lorillard: Kings Of The Preakness In The Gilded Age

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Weather Looms a Hot Topic for Preakness, Pimlico

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

TDN – Epicenter, Early Voting Take First Tour of Old Hilltop

Bloodhorse – Epicenter, Early Voting Get Acquainted With Pimlico

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Epicenter Capable Of ‘Brilliance,’ Skippy ‘Improving’ Each Race

TDN – Graham Motion Talks Importance of Taking Shots On Writers’ Room

Paulick Report – ‘A Big Deal For Me’: Veteran Horseman Kevin McKathan Talks Preakness Longshot Fenwick

Paulick Report – Janack – ‘I Think of Him Every Race’: Luna Belle Carries Late Breeder’s Legacy To Black-Eyed Susan

Southern Living – McDonald – 30 Quotes That Remind Us Why Southern Manners Are So Important

You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.

Margaret Thatcher

Nowhere Man et al

National Post – Dawson – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney resigns as UCP leader after getting 51.4% support in leadership review

The Globe and Mail – Tait and Graney – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to step down after winning slim majority in UCP leadership review

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.

Charlie Brown

Edmonton Journal – Breckenbridge – Who could replace Jason Kenney as UCP leader? Some possible contenders

Sal says that although he tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible he hopes that the UCPs find some fresh blood and stop recycling the has-been retreads.

Dumb Things

Sal says that the dumbest thing may have been naming the band Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls. Sal says changing the name to Paul Kelly and the Messengers was one of the least dumbest things.

Serious Eats – Lopez-Alt – Why Does Pepperoni Curl? | The Food Lab

Mashed – Pasche – The Real Reason Some Pepperoni Curls When Cooked

Mel – VanHooker – Does Every State Have Its Own Pizza Style Now? A Very Tasty Investigation

Mashed – Kelly – The Untold Truth Of Little Caesars

Leaving on A Jet Plane

The Ringer – Nelson – Oh, What a Difference a Year Has Made for Phil Mickelson

mercredi 18 mai

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

Isaac Asimov

Sports Illustrated – Forde – A Search for Family, a Love for Horses and How It All Led to Kentucky Derby Glory

Century Mile – Facebook- Admission Announcement

Showpass – Century Mile Admission

Sal says that many of the very few remaining live race fans in Alberta will make their announcement by staying home, ordering pizza delivery, drinking their own Growler of craft beer and wagering on a grey area offshore account with 00.00% of the betting revenue going to the track and the horsemen and 00.00% of the food and beverage revenue going to the track.

Sal says that tickets to the minor league baseball games in Edmonton, Calgary, Okotoks, Spruce Grove, Sylvan Lake and other cost peanuts. But once you’re in the gate a couple of $9.99 beers and a dog and some peanuts and pretty quick you’ve spent half a c-note.

Sal says that’s what you call marketing.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Light Morning at Pimlico for Preakness Starters

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Secret Oath ‘Has A Devastating Kick,’ Inside Draw Won’t Bother Creative Minister

Paulick Report – Starr – Equibase Analysis: Secret Oath Could Become Seventh Filly To Win Preakness Stakes

Champs of The Track – Bartholomew – Rich Strike: The Underdog Kentucky Derby Win that Racing Needed

The New Yorker – Elie – Nobody Plays Guitar Like Bill Frisell

Going, Going, Gone

Bloodhorse – Cox Fined, Suspended for Bute Overage in Stephen Foster

96 Tears

Brisnet – Scully – Ethereal Road, Old Homestead top Preakness Day undercard dirt stakes

Bloodhorse – Ethereal Road Aims for Redemption in Sir Barton Stakes

TDN – Cazoo Derby Features Desert Crown Among 21 Remaining

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘She continued to try so darn hard’ – Jay Hovdey on Fran’s Valentine

Front Office Sports – Gentrup – Federal Funds Find Way to Auto and Horse Race Tracks

Going, Going Gone

It doesn’t matter which side of the tracks you’re from, the train still rolls the same.

Robert M. Hensel

As for coaching the Leafs, possibly my hockey ignorance would produce better results than we’ve seen since Paul Martin was prime minister … or Lester Pearson. But on politics, I can state firmly that if they’re telling lies so boring you can’t get mad, and you vote for them anyway, you’re ready to write “How Not To Be A Citizen” and sell a million copies. Even if you don’t have a cool name.

National Post – John Robson: Winning ways to achieve mediocrity in sports and politics

Los Angeles Times – Vognar – How a father-son battle spawned Hollywood’s classic monsters

Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Ringer – Thompson – The Mystery of America’s Missing Baby Formula

SportsNet – Report: Arizona State can kick Coyotes out for poor behaviour

ESPN – Trotter – Source: Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson begins meetings with NFL in Texas

mardi 17 mai

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.

Emily Post

Raging Bull

Front Office Sports – Spike Lee Returns as Mars Blackmon for Nike’s 50th Anniversary

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Favored Epicenter Draws Post 8 for Preakness

ESPN – AP – Epicenter opens as 6-5 favorite for Preakness without Rich Strike

TDN – Epicenter Draws Eight as 6-5 Preakness Favorite; Secret Oath Gets 4-Hole

Brisnet – Adare Manor among baker’s dozen in Black-Eyed Susan

Sal says that speaking of baker’s dozens last Friday, May 13, 2022 Sal asked the young lady at one of the national doughnut purveyors if they were selling their doughnuts in a baker’s dozen on Friday the 13th. Sal says that the response he received was far too typical these days – I don’t know and I don’t care. Sal says that disdain would have been more appreciated.

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Derby Produces Windfall for Ontario Breeder

Canadian Thoroughbred – 147th Preakness; Niagara Falls’ Jeremia Rudan Living a Dream

Sal says that Fenwick has about as much chance of winning the Preakness as an 80-1 longshot in post 20 does of winning the Kentucky Derby.

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Burton – Frankie Dettori to ride Piz Badile in Derby at Epsom

Bloodhorse – The Jockey Club Publishes Fact Book Racing Chronicle

TDN – UK Quarterback Will Levis and Walker Hancock Join ‘Catching Up with Katie’

ESPN -Barron – Stephen Curry graduates from Davidson, joins ranks of athletes who returned for college degrees

National Post – Rex Murphy: Don Cherry’s cruel exclusion from the Order of Canada

Southern Living – The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Playlist for Your Next Road Trip

Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.

Peter Sellers

Front Office Sports – Women Joining Sports Betting Apps at Faster Rate Than Men

Canadian Thoroughbred – Horse Racing Could Be on Ontario’s iGaming Platforms This Summer

Sal says that Lawson probably told them that the reason that horse racing is late to the sports betting app party is that some dumb ass from Woodbine convinced the Federal government that horse racing should not have fixed odds wagering.

Sal says that if Jason Kenney wasn’t so busy trying to hang on to the power in Alberta that he lost because he was always too busy hanging onto power to run the province that maybe Alberta would have some competition in the online betting market including horse racing.

Sal’s reprising Phil:

What does the Undertaker do.

The New Yorker – Simon and Mahoney – How China’s Response to COVID-19 Set the Stage for a Worldwide Wave of Censorship

Sal says that a Smarties sharing block that comes wrapped in ecofriendly recyclable paper sounds like a pretty smart idea, but why. Smarties already come in a cardboard box that’s recyclable. Smarties are individual candies so sharing a few with friends and family is simple. Nestle can use the same natural colouring and sourcing for regular Smarties. But the real problem with Smarties in a chocolate block is how do you eat the red ones last.

Lunatic Fringe

Paulick Report – Watch: Flightline Learning To ‘Relax’ In Latest Drill Toward Met Mile

Sports Business Journal – Battle of Alberta headlines second round of NHL playoffs

Sal says that the most relieved person is Alberta is Jason Kenney as he’s hoping the series goes 7 games to distract the Alberta populace from his beleaguered leadership.

A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself for the group, for the good of the group — that’s teamwork.

John Wooden

Sal says that maybe the reds are team players losing themselves in the chocolate to make the whole block great.

Sports Illustrated – Mannix – Once Again Bounced From the Playoffs, the 76ers Must Solve the James Harden Problem

The main ingredient of stardom, is the rest of the team.

John Wooden

The woman, who has a one-month-old child with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia that she did not feel threatened during the incident and made contact with authorities to “monitor the situation,” The Denver Post reported.

Sports Illustrated – AP – Jerry Jeudy’s Girlfriend Asks for Case Against Him to Be Dismissed

Sal says that if she didn’t feel threatened and contacted the police to monitor the situation, then the police should send her a monitoring fee bill and the Courts should send her a bill for the court costs.

TSN – Golden Knights fire head coach DeBoer

Sal says that Las Vegas needs a salary cap juggling contortionist more than Barry Trotz.

I heard Tonya Harding is calling herself the Charles Barkley of figure skating. I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.

Charles Barkley

Toronto SportsNet – Fox – Six big questions the Maple Leafs must answer this off-season

Sal says that for a split infinitive of a second Sal almost felt for the Leafs getting the Tavares goal called back on a shadowy interference call, but then Sal remembered that in western Canada we are so incessantly inundated with Maple Laff drivel by Toronto Sports Network and Toronto SportsNet that as far as the Maple Laffs are concerned, Calgarians would rather cheer for the Oilers and Edmontonians would rather cheer for the Flames than for the Maple Laffs.

Sal heard that the Maple syrup shortage is cause by the Maple trees starting to choke like the Leafs.

96 Tears

Why should I put a bunch of Cadillacs on the ice, when I can sell out with a bunch of volkswagens.

Harold Ballard

National Post – Warmington – Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner carjacked at gunpoint in Toronto

Toronto Star – CP – Multiple reports say Marner’s SUV was stolen in an armed carjacking in west Toronto

Sal says lets hope that’s not a disgruntled Leafs fan trying to force a trade.

The Ringer – Murdock – The Suns Have Questions to Answer Before They Can Rise Again

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

lundi 16 mai

Hypersensitivity has become a weapon.

Lionel Shriver

Bloodhorse – Grade 2 Winner Un Ojo Will Not Run in the Preakness

Bloodhorse – The Jockey Club Publishes Fact Book Racing Chronicle

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Brown, Klarman Hope for Deja Vu With Early Voting

Bloodhorse – Shake Em Loose to Skip Preakness

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Rennie – Modern Games Victorious in French Two Thousand Guineas

Games Without Frontiers

TDN – Epicenter Sitting on Go for Preakness

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Epicenter ‘Pretty Sharp’ Ahead Of Preakness, Secret Oath To Depart For Baltimore Monday

Times Like These

CENTURY DOWNS seeks anthem singers

TDN – LNJ Foxwoods Re-Focuses Stable

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – LNJ Foxwoods Announces Southern California Departure

Southern Living – Denenberg – 50 Bread Jokes and Puns That Definitely Aren’t Crumby

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

Paulick Report – Brisset: We The People ‘Got His Confidence Back’ In Peter Pan Romp, Western River Also Possible For Belmont

Taste – The Utopian Promises and Novelty Cheese of a Discount Grocery Store

Aldi – Toronto

The New Yorker – Owen – The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.
About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch’s oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

’til the Rivers All Run Dry

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett-Atkinson – When wheat never dies

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Milnes – Kelleway Continues Ukrainian Rescue Mission

Paulick Report – McCarthy: Breakthrough Grade 1 Win In Man o’ War Felt Like Early Birthday Gift

ESPN – Lopez – Grant Williams leads Boston Celtics past Milwaukee Bucks in convincing Game 7 victory

Sal says that the gods of playoff basketball pissed all over the Milwaukee Bucks and their fans for the fans abysmal behaviour commemorating a game six loss to the Celtics with a shootout at the No K corral.

There is no normal life, there’s just life. Get on with it.

Doc Holliday

ESPN – Getzenberg – Buffalo Bills’ Micah Hyde to donate portion of proceeds from charity softball game to support shooting victims

Garden and Gun – Blount Jr.Roy Blount Jr. Grabs Life by the Collards

WJZ – Pam Smith – 5 Must-Read Books By Baltimore Authors


Front Office Sports – Perez – Crypto Crash Could Impact Pace of New Sports Deals

le dimanche 15 mai

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

Babe Ruth


Bloodhorse – Rich Strike to Bypass Preakness, Point for Belmont

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Preakness no-go: Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike to miss Pimlico in favor of Belmont

Paulick Report – Reed Still Relishing Rich Strike’s Sensational Kentucky Derby Upset; ‘Preakness Didn’t Line Up For Him’

TDN – Derby Winner Rich Strike To Bypass Preakness

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter: What does Rich Strike’s exit from Preakness really mean?

Sal says that when the gods of horse racing hand you a gift horse you should not look the gift horse in the mouth ere you may call the wrath of the gods of horse racing upon yourself.

Borders Racing is owned by Alberta’s Hazel Bennett, who has been raising and racing Thoroughbreds for several decades and she races in her home province as well as Ontario and in the U.S.

Rondure was making his first start as a 3-year-old, first with Lasix and making his first start for Vassilieva. The Borders Racing horses had been trained by Dan Vella for many years and Rondure had two deceptively pleasing runs for Vella last year as a juvenile.

The son of Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow (Awesome Again) from Bennett’s mare Carat Weight (Trajectory), who was foaled at Susan Foreman‘s farm in Orangeville, was prepped this past winter at CamHaven Farm in Caledon this winter.

He is the second foal to race for Carat Weight whom Bennett purchased from breeder Richard Day for $14,046 (US) at the CTHS Ontario yearling sale in 2011 through consignor Beth Hancock. Carat Weight is from the mare Simply Precious,, a stakes placed dam of stakes winner Bear’s Gem and stakes placed Peggy O.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – Woodbine Saturday: Rondure Rolls Into Queen’s Plate Picture

TDN – Bill Finley – Fixed-Odds Era Begins at Monmouth

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Because The Night

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Sports Betting Revenue Hit Record-Setting $4.3B in 2021

Quanta – Strogatz – Where Do Space, Time and Gravity Come From?

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Albert Einstein

Black Hole Sun

CBC Mortillaro – Astronomers reveal first photograph of a monster black hole at the heart of our galaxy

CNN – Poindexter –  First image of supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy revealed

Man On The Moon

The AstroPhysical Journal Letters – First Sagittarius A* Event Horizon Telescope Results. I. The Shadow of the Supermassive Black Hole in the Center of the Milky Way

The AstroPhysical Journal Letters – First Sagittarius A* Event Horizon Telescope Results. I. The Shadow of the Supermassive Black Hole in the Center of the Milky Way – PDF

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

Yogi Berra

Cygnus X-1 – Book One – The Voyage

National Post – Amadike – Giant asteroid set to make close approach to Earth

Mr. Spaceman

Taste – Quittner – There’s No Brownie Like a Cosmic Brownie

Paulick Report – Joe Clancy Honored With 2022 Old Hilltop Award

TDN – Smith, MacAdam To Be Honored At Alibi


Horse Racing Nation – Elbadwi – Top rider Prat begins a full-time presence at Belmont Park

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – On the road again: record-breaker Mickaelle Michel joins French jockey exodus to US

2009 Preakness

Sal says that D Wayne Lukas is looking for history to repeat itself.

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Armagnac Newest Contender, Simplification Thriving, Zandon Out

Bloodhorse – Secret Oath on Track for Preakness, Early Voting Works

TDN – Early Voting Puts in Final Preakness Prep

Paulick Report – Brown: ‘A Lot Of Similarities’ Between Early Voting, 2017 Preakness Winner Cloud Computing

TDN – Epicenter, Secret Oath Confirmed for Preakness

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Winchell Counting On Epicenter For A First, Creative Minister Needs To ‘Put Big-Boy Pants On’

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: ‘Distance’ Should Suit Skippylongstocking, O’Neill-Trained Happy Jack Joins Cast

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

ESPN – Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Sonny Leon serving 4-day suspension

I Got You Babe

TDN – Petrunyak – Another Sonny Day at Belterra Park

Brisnet – Scully – We the People sharp in Peter Pan romp

TDN – Constitution’s We the People Takes Flight in Peter Pan

National Post – Hopper – One of them really likes Amy Winehouse: The parts you may have missed at the Conservative leadership debate

Won’t Get Fooled Again

I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.

John Wooden

Sports Illustrated – Beck – Does the NBA Have a $@&!*% Problem?

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

Mark Twain

The Ringer – Ahlman – The Perfect Place to Drop One F-bomb in Every MCU Movie

TSN – CP – Cheverie helping speed up timeline on NHL’s first female coach

ESPN – Wyshynski – New York Islanders fire coach Barry Trotz after missing playoffs

Aren’t all coaches just interim coaches.

Kenny Schinkel

Going, Going Gone

The Hockey News – Richardson – Who Replaces Barry Trotz as Islanders’ Head Coach?

Sal says that you’ll know that females have arrived in the upper echelons of pro sports management and coaching when they start to get fired and recycled.

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.

Gordie Howe

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Simplification First to Arrive Ahead of Preakness

Baltimore Sun Journal – AP – Graves – Rich Strike’s team considering Preakness options after upset

Baltimore Sun – Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike begins preparations for Preakness as field slowly takes shape

Bloodhorse – $100K Trainer Bonus Returns for Preakness Weekend

Bloodhorse – Un Ojo, Simplification Pointing to Preakness Stakes

AndScape – Tinsley – For Allen Iverson, it was never just about ‘practice’

The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.


Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – Reed, Rich Strike regroup and look ahead at Lexington farm

CTV News – Rosen – ‘An incredible story’: The Manitoba connection to the Kentucky Derby winner

TDN – Seattle Slew License Plate Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Baltimore Sun – Baltimore union representing hospitality workers at Pimlico, Laurel Park demands ‘good jobs’ from The Stronach Group

Paulick Report – Another Claimer-Turned-Stakes-Winner, Shake Em Loose Under Consideration For Preakness Stakes

Paulick Report – Allowance Winner Creative Minister Confirmed For Preakness; Decisions Pending For Epicenter, Lukas Trainees

TDN – Derby, Oaks Post-Race Tests Clear

I love profanity, but I think if it’s used too much, it just sounds a little trashy. I think it’s more effective when it’s dropped intelligently. I like intelligent profanity.

Katie Aselton

Edmonton Journal – Garth Brooks adds new opening night show in Edmonton, June 24

Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.

Frank Zappa

Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy

Washingtonian – The Untold Story of the White House’s Weirdly Hip Record Collection

She’s Falling in Love Again

The Globe and Mail – Singing bye-bye to Don McLean’s American Pie


Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Echo Zulu Targets Acorn; Likely to Focus on Sprints

Paulick Report – Golden – Yakteen Regrouping After Kentucky Derby Defeats Of Taiba, Messier

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.

Miguel de Cervantes

The Guardian –  Belton – ‘Ten years ago this was science fiction’: the rise of weedkilling robots

Sal says he’s waiting to see the drone weed killers plying the sky like Snoopy and Billy Bishop.

Snoopy v. The Red Baron

There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say.


Paulick Report – Preakness: John Velazquez Picks Up Simplification Mount, Jose Ortiz Committed To Early Voting

The Middle

DRF – Rampellini – Oaklawn using recently completed meet as a template for next season

A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.

Humphrey Bogart

Grey Horse Candle Company

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: Exclusive: Jeanie Buss says she isn’t happy, vows ‘I’ve got to make it better’

Everybody wants to talk about black and white, when the situation is really about rich people against poor people.

Charles Barkley

Sports Illustrated – Chabkin – Lakers Get Permission to Interview Kenny Atkinson for Coaching Vacancy, per Report

Sal says that the Los Angeles Lakers position should be advertised truthfully – Assistant coach to Coach and GM Lebron James.

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

John Wooden

Sports Illustrated – Mannix – Once Again Bounced From the Playoffs, the 76ers Must Solve the James Harden Problem

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

John Wooden

Sal says same problem in Phillie as in LaLaLand – only 1 ball.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – ‘The Russians don’t seem to like anything that lives in Ukraine’ – London hospitality exec helps equine rescue effort

Paulick Report – HISA Reportedly To Delay Implementation Of Racetrack Shoeing Rules

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Going, Going Gone

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Trader Nicks Lands Longshot Mare in Gold Strike

The Bitter Southerner – Kessler – The Kitchen That Keeps on Giving

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

All The Small Things

The Globe and Mail – MacDonald and Moore – The highway that disappeared

Be Who You Are

Front Office Sports – Kuc – Under Armour Unveils Plans For Global Headquarters In Baltimore

The Ringer – Curtis and Shoemaker – Instant Reactions to Tom Brady Signing With Fox

Sports Business Journal – Tom Brady joining Fox after retiring, expected to call games with Burkhardt

Sports Illustrated – Traina – Tom Brady Joining Fox Sports: Winners, Fallout, Analysis

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.

H. L. Mencken

Solsbury Hill

Sal says that professional sports teams should check to see what music and books their prospective coaches and GMs listen to and read, music especially. Sal says that sometimes the stage just isn’t big enough.


National Post – The Telegraph – Meghan Markle would be ‘good presidential candidate’, says Joe Biden’s sister

Sal  says that it must have been a slow news day in Washington for such drivel to hit the press. Meghan Markle is a mediocre actor at best and social media influencer at worst who got into a bitch fight with a more powerful bitch got pushed off the stage and came running home with her tail between her legs.

Markle makes demented Donald look like a mediative conciliator.

Sal says that if you can’t find a word that fits make one up.

The Globe and Mail – Elon Musk says he prefers ‘less divisive’ candidate than Donald Trump in 2024

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

High Hopes

The Ringer – Belloni and Fennessey – Does Marvel Have a Quality Problem?

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

Dwight D. Eisenhower


The Ringer – Devine – Jimmy Butler Lets the Sixers Know They Picked the Wrong Guy

To me, the ugliest sight in the world is an empty dog dish!


Radio Free Europe – So. Central Rain

Food Navigator – Askew – PepsiCo sees oat genome unlocking gains for nutrition and sustainability: ‘The mighty oat can play a big role in nutrition

To Sir With Love

The Ringer – Harvilla – The Jack Harlow Problem Isn’t Black or White

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein

Fool To Cry

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “2022 Preakness 147 Preview”

  1. CENTURY DOWNS facebook post seeks anthem singers coming soon to the mile. Hot rumour is that in order to charge fans a ridiculous $10 admission fee, some musical entertainment must be provided.(musical ride n/a)

    Candidates shortlist
    1. Trainers: Rod Cone, Dave Nicholson, Kenny Tingle
    2. Officials: Yves Turcotte (french version) or Bob Garigan
    3. Agents: Bob Fowlis or John Heath
    4. Jockeys: any bug not riding the first race
    5. Grooms: Fish Brother, Bear, Kelly Robinson
    6. Gate crew: any member with a better voice than Turton
    7. General public: any race fan wishing to avoid admission fee, Century winners Edge points, free non alcoholic beverage and entry to Canadian Idol

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