May 212022

How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

Brisnet – Get to know the 2022 Belmont Stakes contenders

Sports Illustrated – Baccellieri – Nobody Did It Better Than Roger Angell

The great thing about catchers is that they do a lot of different things, and they’re basically overlooked.

Roger Angell

Seven Nation Army

TDN – Should the Triple Crown Be Changed? Veteran Industry Participants Weigh In

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Is It Time To Change Triple Crown Schedule?

Sal says that the cries for change to the Triple Crown overlook the most salient points – what to change and what to change it to. In retrospect Steve Asmussen would probably have liked both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to have been run at a 1 7/32 miles this year. Then Epicentre wouldn’t have been caught in the Derby and would have caught Early Voting in the Preakness and he’d be 2/3 of the way to the Triple Crown.

What a trainer and owner want varies year to year and race to race depending on the horses they’ve got in their barn.

Sal says that if you could get unanimous agreement amongst the 3 tracks, all jockeys, all trainers and all owners on how to change the Triple Crown, then the change should be made.

Sal says that rather than changing the timing of the Triple Crown races the tracks running in the spring need to run their 3 year old races for the betterment of their own racing product and the thoroughbred racing product rather than kowtowing to the Twin Spires.

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

T. S. Eliot

Sports Business Journal – Preakness down sharply without Derby winner

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Tahoma First Winner for Triple Crown Victor Justify

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Derby Winner Rich Strike Works at Churchill

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.

e. e. cummings

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – ‘Saint Gabriel’: Rich Strike’s Exercise Rider Known For So Much More Than His Skill With Horses

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – After Preakness, who will join Rich Strike in Belmont Stakes?

Paulick Report – Five Join Rich Strike On List Of Probable Starters For Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Preakness, New York Racing Share Strong Connection In Addition To Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Nevills – Preakness Winner Early Voting Was A Late Bloomer In Early Training For Brennan Team

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Brown Casts ‘Vote’ Against Belmont Stakes

TDN – Early Voting in Good Condition After Preakness Score, Will Skip Belmont

Bloodhorse – Porter – Early Voting’s Famed Female Virginia Branch

National Post – Brehaut – How a single Ukrainian grain made its way to Canada and launched Canadian wheat

Bloodhorse – Asmussen Earns Richest Preakness Weekend Trainer Bonus

Bloodhorse – Pletcher Breezes Belmont Stakes Week Prospects

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

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

Peppermint Patty

Paulick Report – Paulick –  ‘Beautiful When A Plan Comes Together’ Early Voting Defeats Favored Epicenter In 147th Preakness

 Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Early Voting Defeats Epicenter in Preakness

TDN – Early Voting Gives Gun Runner First Classic Winner in Preakness

Brisnet – Hanson – Patience pays off for Early Voting in Preakness

Sal says that Jose Ortiz gave Early Voting a superlative ride. Just did all the little things right. Drifted at start and then allowed Armangac to take lead. Stalked the leader patiently. Made the move to the lead at an opportune time and then shut off the rail.


DRF – Hegarty – Preakness betting declines 5 percent over last year

Los Angeles Times – Cherwa – Well-rested Early Voting upsets favored Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

TSN – CP – Early Voting wins the 147th Preakness Stakes

Bloodhorse – Scheinman – Pairing of Ortiz, Early Voting Yielded Classic Return

With technology, there is so much isolation with people now, that there are very few places where you can connect.

Mireille Guiliano

TDN – Derby Scratch Ethereal Road Romps in Sir Barton

Bloodhorse – Byron King – KY Derby Scratch Ethereal Road Rolls in Sir Barton

Brisnet – Scully – Ethereal Road Belmont-bound after romping in Sir Barton; Carotari leads all the way in Jim McKay

Sal says that Ethereal Road could win 6 more GIs as a three year old and 10 as a 4 year old and would still be know as the horse that scratched out of the Kentucky Derby and let the 81 – 1 longshot winner in.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dench Baaeed looks brilliant – but is he the new Frankel?



Paulick Report – Joe, Joy’s Rocket, Carotari Score Stakes Victories On Preakness Undercard

Bloodhorse – Joy’s Rocket Fires in Skipat, Joe Bests in James Murphy

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

Brisnet – Scully – Lightening Larry, Jaxon Traveler, Joy’s Rocket capture Preakness undercard sprint stakes

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Set Piece Rebounds With Dinner Party Score

Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Fool Yourself

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

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Pizza Bianca Punches Ticket to Royal Ascot

TDN – Pizza Bianca Punches Royal Ascot Ticket in the Hilltop

Immigrant Song

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

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

You are the music while the music lasts.

T. S. Eliot

Bad Guy

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

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.

T. S. Eliot

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

TDN – Bossinakis – Lady Scarlet Pounces Late in Miss Preakness

Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it.

Thom Yorke

TDN – Ross – Bennett Liebman: New Fifth Circuit Ruling ‘Uphill Fight’ for HISA

Forbes – Dellatto – Ringling Bros. Circus Returns—Without Animals—Five Years After Closing

Send In The Clowns

Bloodhorse – Rispoli to Resume Riding in California

To like an individual because he’s black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white.

e. e. cummings

The Globe and Mail – Cryderman, Walsh and Bailey – How Jason Kenney, once a leading light of the conservative movement, lost his spark

BBC – Bryant – Australia election: A great shock to the system

Sal says that Canadians of all political persuasions need to read election results like this and ask one question: Why do we have some many useless politicians. Australia with about 2/3 of Canada’s population has 151 seats. The US with 10 times Canada’s population has 435 seats. Canada will be increasing by 4 seats to 342 from 338 as early as 2024. Alberta has 87 seats in the Legislature.  The more seats you have the more useless bureaucrats you have the serve the useless politicians and the more pensions you pay to deadwood double dippers like the QKB.

You keep hearing the far right and not so far right types screaming their lungs out about big government, but Sal says that not a one of these so called conservatives has the balls to call for a reduction in the number of MPs and / or MLAs. Sal says that the Canadian Parliament should be trimmed to about 200 seats and the Alberta legislature to about 50. That would be a good start to reducing the size of government and the amount of taxpayer money wasted on excess bureaucracy and politicians.

Question Time


A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.

e. e. cummings

The Globe and Mail – Mercer – The secret life of fiddlehead pickers

Brisnet – Cellist finds a mile and a half ideal in Louisville

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

Caprice #24

The Globe and Mail – Anderssen – The great junk transfer is coming. A look at the burden (and big business) of decluttering as Canadians inherit piles of their parents’ stuff

Sal says that someplace somewhere B Wayne Hughes is beaming.

This Mess We’re In

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Financial Post – Edmiston – China ends ban on Canadian canola amid global shortage of cooking oils

Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.

Frank Zappa

Sports Illustrated – Orr – Ten Dream Candidates for an NFL Broadcast Booth

Some of the women who have accused Cleveland’s quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions while he was with the Houston Texans have been interviewed by HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Per a release from the network Friday, “several” of the women will “detail the alleged abuse they suffered and share their reactions to Watson’s record-breaking $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.” The show will air on Tuesday.

ESPN – AP – Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson caps busy week as NFL investigation continues

Sal says that Tony Buzbee must be salivating as he watches Deshuan Watson dig a deeper hole while the mutton brains that run the Cleveland Browns and his stupid agent just sit around and watch the tire fire burn brighter. Can you imagine a juror in one of the 22 cases hearing that Deshaun took his Browns buddies on a holiday to the Bahamas while his victim was sitting home in Houston going through therapy.

When a catcher has to use his thumb to give signs, that means the pitcher has more than four pitches.

Tim McCarver

ESPN – Gonzalez – Everything we know about Trevor Bauer’s grievance hearing against MLB

SportsNet – Avalanche’s Kadri thinks Binnington threw water bottle at him in TV interview

Sal says that while neither the Avalanche nor the Oilers have won the 2022 Stanley Cup they’re both getting stellar performances from ex-Maple Leafs – Kadri and Hyman. 🧂

ESPN – NHL head-coach firings, hirings and openings: Latest news, rumors, candidates for open jobs

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Fool Yourself

Sports Business Journal – Report: NFL owners frustrated with Snyder

The Ringer – Greiving – Vangelis’s Return Flight to the Cosmos

The Ringer – Harvilla – Harry Styles and the Art of Glamorous Mundanity

The Ringer – Halliwell – The Biggest Takeaways From Harry Styles’s New Album, ‘Harry’s House’

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.

Frank Zappa


Hawthorne Sal

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