Jun 042022


Brisnet – Get to know the 2022 Belmont Stakes contenders

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

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

TDN – Post Times Set for Belmont Stakes Festival

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One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

Viggo Mortensen

Empire State Of Mind

Sal’s reprising Phil reprising Sal:

Sal says that while Phil was able to read and post select writings from the NY Times – The Rail Blog all we’re left with today is the NY Times – Hoppert and Drape – Belmont 2017: Our Predictions to Win, Place and Show.

Sal doesn’t want to shatter your illusions that thoroughbred racing is prospering when the amount of landscape that thoroughbred racing retains in the major and minor newspapers’ sports sections couldn’t grow a handful of radishes.

And in 2022 we may not even see as much as we did in 2017. And much of what we won’t see in 2022 is behind a internet pay wall where you pay with cash or personal information discouraging racing fans both new and old from reading it.

Sal’s reprising, but the message remains the same:

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – This racing industry is worth saving – but it will take a selfless, serious effort to do it

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.

Charles Darwin

Sal’s not going to feed you any purported Darwin quotes about survival of the fittest, cuz most of what people who’ve never read any Darwin say he said he never said. But Sal says that unless thoroughbred racing evolves, adapts and vigourously competes it will go the way of the Blockbuster store.

Gold Dust Woman

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.

Charles Dickens


2022 Belmont Stakes GI 154 pps

PP Silks Horse
Jockey m/l
1 We the People
R. Brisset
F. Prat 2-1
2 Skippylongstocking
S. Joseph, Jr.
M. Franco 20-1
3 Nest
T. Pletcher
J. Ortiz 8-1
4 Rich Strike
E. Reed
S. Leon 7-2
5 Creative Minister
K. McPeek
B. Hernandez, Jr. 6-1
6 Mo Donegal
T. Pletcher
I. Ortiz, Jr. 5-2
7 Golden Glider
M. Casse
D. Davis 20-1
8 Barber Road
J. Ortiz
J. Rosario 10-1


samedi 11 juin

I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings do to other real human beings.

Walter Jon Williams

Don’t Let Me Down

Sal says that Sal would have given you odds that no organization could make a bigger mess out of thoroughbred racing in Alberta than Edmonton Northlands, but Sal says he’d be paying out today. Sal popped into one of the local Edmonton OTBS to catch the Friday Belmont Festival of Racing. The OTB had 2 tracks showing on their TVs. Sal was advised that there had been problems with the signal for over 2 weeks. The OTB had had 4 tracks but on Friday they were down to 2 tracks. No interim solution like showing the HPI channel had been proposed to the OTB.

OTB staff said that Century told them there was an upgrade being made to server, but there were some problems in getting it done.

Sal says that you only needed one hand to count the number of players in an OTB that would normally be fairly full on the Friday of Belmont Festival of Racing.

Sal says that the offshore betting site thank their lucky stars for this kind of brutal incompetence.

And the beers cheaper at home.

Out Go The Lights

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.

Sam Walton

The Haiku Handicapper

Presented By NYRABets:

2022 Belmont Stakes

Joe Nevills

#1 – We the People
If he gets his way,
He could lead them around twice
What if he doesn’t?

#2 – Skippylongstocking
Shot his Preakness shot
And he was a non-factor
A level too high

#3 – Nest
A bottled-up Oaks
Has the blood for Big Sandy
But can she keep up?

#4 – Rich Strike
It’s the race they want
Will they get the pace they want?
Glass slipper fissures

#5 – Creative Minister
Meteoric rise
Has plenty of pedigree
One last rung to climb

#6 – Mo Donegal
The Pletcher playbook:
Derby, Belmont, hoist trophy
It might work this time

#7 – Golden Glider
Conjure Sir Winston
And then put that thought aside
Future also-ran

#8 – Barber Road
Outran Derby odds
You’ve gotta love his moxie
Honest, win or lose.

The climb continues
For Creative Minister
Six and one follow

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By NYRABets: 2022 Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Preview Show

This Is Horse Racing – Law – 2022 Belmont Stakes Day picks

Sports Illustrated – Taddeo – 2022 Belmont Stakes: Betting Profiles for Top Contenders, Value Long Shots

TDN – T. D. Thornton’s Belmont Predictions, Sponsored by Fasig-Tipton

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

ESPN – Betting guide for the 2022 Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup Presented By BetMakers: Belmont Bonanza

Final Top 10

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

The Distance

One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Conversation – White – Geraldine Brooks’s Horse is a richly detailed examination of the violence of America’s past

New York Times – In ‘Horse,’ Geraldine Brooks Sets a Consideration of Race at the Track

Running on Empty

Sal says that with petrol prices approaching $2.00 a litre in the cheapest parts of the world that could be the theme song for this summer.

Me and Julio

Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World: A History - Alexander, William

Garden and Gun – The Skillet – Clements – A New Orleans Nana’s Tomato Sauce

Serious Eats – Achitoff-Gray – How the Science of Salt Can Improve Your Tomatoes

Nothing feels quite so good as pouring salt in an open wound.

Tammy Blackwell

Hard Sun

Bloodhorse – Leon Gets Acquainted With Belmont Park

TDN – Sherack – Prat in a New York State of Mind for Belmont Stakes Day

The Firebird

Music is the space between the notes

Claude Debussy


Garden and Gun – Nickens – Sporting Gifts for Dad

A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

Don Vito Corleone


The Globe and Mail – Shribman – Prime-time Jan. 6 hearing was gripping portrayal of Donald Trump as mastermind behind effort to overturn election

In non-democratic countries a failed coup gets the unsuccessful wannabe a bullet between the eyes.

Black Hole Sun

Sal says that Sal likes thinking like this:

And then we’ll leave you with this idea, which was floated to me by one mischievous observer but doesn’t sound completely off the wall:

“Why not trade them for each other? San Fran saves some money, Cleveland gets a better backup option than Brissett. Baker gets to work with Kyle [Shanahan] for a year and be next year’s [Mitchell] Trubisky.”

Who says no?

ESPN – Graziano – Baker Mayfield, Jimmy Garoppolo next NFL teams: Execs predict fits, trade timeline and outcome for Browns, 49ers quarterbacks

Comfortably Numb

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.

Branch Rickey

ESPN – Kein – Washington Commanders DC Jack Del Rio fined $100,000 for comments on U.S. Capitol invasion, protests after George Floyd’s murder

Supermassive Black Hole

Paulick Report – Paulick – It’s A Boy! Derby-Winning Trainer Reed Has Surprise Foal From Filly In Training At Belterra Park

Tougher Than The Rest

Times Like These

Sports Illustrated – Scott – MSG Bans Rangers Fan After ‘Abhorrent Assault’ of Lightning Fan in Video


It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. 

Henry Ford

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Jackie’s Warrior in a Class of His Own in True North

TDN – Champion Jackie’s Warrior Wins For Fun in True North


Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Bleecker Street Improves to 7-for-7 in New York Stakes

TDN – Quality Road’s Bleecker Street Comes Flying Late to Take the New York

Paulick Report – Second-Choice Bleecker Street Gives Brant, Brown New York Stakes Victory

Baker Street

National Post – Justin Bieber reveals he is stricken with facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Crimson and Clover

Bloodhorse – Angst – Bella Sofia Finds Way to Win Bed o’ Roses

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Bloodhorse – Angst – Loft Posts Course Record in Belmont Gold Cup

Man on the Moon

If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.

Conn Smythe

How Come You Don’t Call Me

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Corniche Records First Breeze Since Joining Pletcher

Mercury Blues

Canada’s National Observer – MOVIES: Jurassic World, too much, Hustle, a good one from Adam Sandler and Neptune Frost, Afro-Futurism and anticolonialism

Don’t Stop Me Now

TDN – Immaculately Bred Arrogate Colt Gets ‘Rising Star’ Nod

Mr. Brightside

Paulick Report – Nevills – Making Claims: Is The Moon Too Far Away To Matter In Today’s Marketplace?

Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.

Henry Ford


Bloodhorse – Caravel Shows the Way in Intercontinental

In The End

vendredi  10 juin

Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.

Dan Rather

Music made secretly wins no respect.


Orange Blossom Special

Sonata No. 10 in G major op. 96 – Part 1

Ghost Riders in The Sky

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E

It’s not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause.

Jack Benny

Los Angeles Times Plaschke – Column: Match made in heaven — celebrating a ‘little brother’ for life in Andrew Ladores


Comfortably Numb

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Rougir Tops Brant Quartet in New York

Eat all the junk food you want – as long as you cook it yourself. That way, it’ll be less junky, and you won’t eat it every day because it’s a lot of work.

Michael Pollan

Whole of the Moon

TwinSpires – Anderson – How to bet the Belmont 2-Day Pick 4

Sal says that the first requirement to bet the Belmont 2-day Pick 4 is to live in a jurisdiction that offers the wager to its customers.

This Is Horse Racing – Law – Belmont Friday stakes picks

Bloodhorse – Clement Sends Out Strong Pair in Intercontinental

Sal says that the Lethbridge crew will be cheering on Toby’s Heart owned by Terry Hamilton along with Gary Barber and trainer Brian A Lynch.

Alistair Roden

Bloodhorse – Meet the Field for the 154th Belmont Stakes

DRF – Welsch – 2022 Belmont Stakes clocker: School in session during rainy morning

Fell In Love With a Girl

You can write songs in New York because it’s not always perfect. To write a good song, things can’t be perfect.

Tom Odell

MSN – Washington Post – Greenberg – The filly that could beat the boys in the Belmont Stakes

The Lines – Gibbons – Fillies In The Belmont Stakes: Will Nest Defy History, Odds?

2007 Belmont Stakes

Sal says that Nest is a daughter of Curlin who battled down to the wire with Rags To Riches,  the last filly to win the Belmont Stakes.

Fat Bottomed Girls

Kentucky Derby – Kellie Reilly/Brisnet.com – Pedigree fun facts: 2022 Belmont Stakes

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

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Parallel Roads Took Mo Donegal and Nest to the Belmont

DRF – Russo – Rich Strike owner Dawson looks to conquer another world in the Belmont

DRF – Privman – Belmont Stakes: Once invisible, all eyes now squarely on Rich Strike

Sweater Weather

DRF – Privman – Belmont Stakes: We the People not your typical Belmont favorite

DRF – Grening – Belmont Stakes: Brisset’s knack with difficult horses has helped We the People flourish

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Brisset Could Follow Walden’s Belmont Training Success

Slip Away

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. 

William James

Round Here

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Connections Eager for Flightline’s Long-Awaited Return

Glory Days

Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.

Irving Berlin

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Texas Commission Airs HISA Concerns to CEO Lazarus

Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

Leopold Stokowski

Bloodhorse – Downey – Laoban Mortality Claim Denial Tied to Veterinary Care

Kiss and Say Goodbye

So exactly what is a flawless French fried potato? A perfect French fry is, above all, fresh, meaning the oblong has been cut from an absolutely fresh potato no more than a couple of hours before being deep fried in clean fat. A perfect French fry is thin, smooth and not crinkled, consistently golden brown in color, firm, crackly crisp on the outside with a slightly soft interior, and dry enough for most salt to fall off. Anyone who’s ever tasted delicious pommes frites in France or Belgium knows what I’m talking about and will agree that the fries in those countries are generally just the opposite of the soggy matchsticks or fat greasy tubers we have thrown at us in fast-food places and undistinguished restaurants. I’m not stating that the French and Belgians are the only ones aware of the difference between a good and bad potato, but they at least accord the same care and respect for the humble frites as for most other comestibles that grace their universally admired tables.

Esquire – Villas – How to Find the Flawless French Fry

Sal says that you won’t find many places cooking fries in animal fat anymore and most have forgotten how to use a salt shaker.

Burger Barn

Burger Barn Menu

Sal says that the Burger Barn fries are not quite as well salted as they used to be, but they understand that applying salt just as the fries come out of the fryer creates that to die for melding of salt, grease and fries. Add one of their burgers and an old fashioned milkshake, Sal’s favourite is licorice, and you’re set for the day.

Fat gives things flavor.

Julia Child


DRF – Form Finder

My Girl

A Family Feast – Sautéed Mushrooms with Bourbon

Whole of The Moon

TDN – Ross – Hollendorfer, Stronach Group Reach Legal Settlement

Twist and Shout


Song Remains the Same

Paulick Report – ‘In The Presence Of Something Great’: Flightline Settles In At Belmont For Met Mile Bid

So Real

Sports Illustrated – Turbow – Dylan, a Dancing Gopher and a Quart of Tequila: The Story of the ‘Caddyshack’ Theme Song

Twist and Shout

The Ringer – Harvilla and Charity – The White Rapper Roundtable

Dog Days are Over

Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.

Martin Heidegger

The Ringer – Nayman – ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Is a Cautionary Tale About Itself

Angel From Montgomery

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Cleveland City Council Calls for Name Change to Browns’ Stadium

Burning Down the House

Bloodhorse – Derby Pace Casualty Cyberknife Returns in Matt Winn

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

jeudi 9 juin

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

New York


Hickory Wind

Sal says that the most pressing question in the 2022 Belmont Stakes 154 is if Rich Strike is a one hit wonder or a late bloomer.

Come On Eileen

If you could change one thing in racing, what would it be? 

The sport has changed so much since I started out in the 1980s as a fan. My friends and I grew up in Maryland and we would travel from track-to-track all over the east coast to go to live racing. The tracks would be full of people, great characters, and there would be a buzz. The atmosphere was tremendous. With the advent of simulcasting and now ADWs, there’s less reason to go to the track. It’s easier to stay home and bet. With a few exceptions, track grandstands are empty.

I wish we could see a turnaround in live attendance and be able to sell that on-track experience, because there’s nothing like being there for live racing and seeing the horses and jockeys up close.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Larry Collmus: With a few exceptions, track grandstands are empty

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Belmont Stakes Brings Trainer Ortiz Home to Elmont

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Reed Follows Own Program for Rich Strike Into Belmont

TDN – Bill Finley – Rich Strike Was on Vet’s List, But Reed Says It’s No Big Deal

Twist n Shout

What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?

P.G. Wodehouse

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Creative Minister Making Believers Into Belmont

Big Yellow Taxi

Guys like you can’t escape the city. Hell, you a got a blood contract with this place. You’re married to the old girl.

Mickey Spillane

Paulick Report – Equibase Analysis: We The People Should Lead Belmont Stakes Field On Merry Chase

Sal says that We The People has lead in a couple of rather slow paced races, but Sal says he’s no Secretariat.

Paulick Report – Hometown Boy Dylan Davis ‘Excited’ For First Belmont Stakes Mount

Maybe I’m Amazed

And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.

Carl Yastrzemski

Los Angeles Times – Brown – Who is Ms. Marvel? Inside the revered backstory behind TV’s newest superhero

National Post – Washington Post – Betancourt – Toronto’s Iman Vellani was a Ms. Marvel fan as a teen. Now she plays her on TV

Bloodhorse –  Pletcher Sends Out Trio For June 11 Brooklyn Stakes


There’s a man in Mobile who remembers that Honus Wagner hit a triple in Pittsburgh 46 years ago. That’s baseball.

Ernie Harwell

ESPN – AP – National horse racing safety rules being implemented July 1

I sincerely hope the aptly-named Ms. Lazarus can bring racing back from the dead and I applaud the new transparency of publication of test results along with the accelerated hearing and adjudication timelines. A great step forward.

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Eric Ward

Paulick Report – Voss – The Change Ahead: What Hair Testing Of Thoroughbreds In Texas Tells Us About Out-Of-Competition Tests

Saw Lightning

If nothing in the Times report was new information to the Browns, they should come out and admit as much. If much of what surfaced in the Times report is new information to the Browns, they should come out and admit as much, even if they blew past the point of no return with a fawning press conference a few weeks ago. One would hope, with all the Ivy League brain power in their front office, that they considered the possibility that the Watson signing could end up looking worse, alongside their ideal scenario involving us forgetting the whole thing ever happened after watching Watson throw a few touchdown passes.

Sports Illustrated – Orr – NFL Needs to Bench Deshaun Watson After Latest Details Emerge

Sal says that when your owner stooped so low as to steal fuel discounts from hard working long haul truckers what more can you expect from the Browns. Sal heard a rumour that Crayola is starting a lawsuit to force the Browns to change their name.

ESPN – Barshop – Attorney Tony Buzbee: Houston Texans, others to be added as defendants in lawsuits against Deshaun Watson

A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans.

Lady Gaga

Top 10 Things Never Said Before on the Sopranos

Sports Illustrated – Coleman – Texans Provided NDAs, Facilities for Watson’s Massage Sessions, per Report

Sal says that Manfred’s handling of the Trevor Bauer sexual assault mess was exemplary compared to Goodell’s allowing the Deshaun Watson scandal to fester and grow.

Sal says that with the media doing all the digging Buzbee and his 24 and growing plaintiffs are saving millions on investigation fees.

The Mighty Quinn

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.

Frank Lloyd Wright

TDN – Terry Finley Previews Flightline’s Met Mile on the TDN Writers’ Room

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

Igor Stravinsky

Mustang Sally

TDN – Colonial Downs Lowers Pick 5 Takeout to 12%

Harlem Blues

The Globe and Mail – Cathal Kelly – LIV Golf Series’ assault on the PGA Tour is a lesson on money and power

Sal says that the LIV golf series completes the circle of oil money. The Arabs sell their bubbling crude to North Americans for outrageous profits, build golf courses in the desert where North American and European golfers take a chunk of that money back to their home countries.

When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.

Fran Lebowitz

The Boxer

Never make predictions, especially about the future.

Casey Stengel

Southern Living – Denenberg – Classic Summer Potluck Recipes Like Grandma Used To Make

Show Must Go On

TDN – Sherack – Stars Come Out on a Steamy Wednesday Morning at Belmont Park

Front Office Sports – Darvin Ham Leads LeBron-Approved Lakers Restoration

Me and Julio

As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.


The Ringer – Surrey and Schuster – The Definitive Ranking of Dinosaurs

The Ringer – Siegel – An Ode to Dr. Ian Malcolm

The Ringer – Dowd – The T. Rex Still Rules Over the Rest

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does.

Groucho Marx

Short Skirt / Long Jacket

Sports Business Journal – McCormick – Oak View Group launches new Canada division

Personal Jesus

mercredi 8 juin

Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.

Don Vito Corleone

NYC (disambiguation)

ESPN – AP – Derby winner Rich Strike morning line 3rd choice in Belmont, We the People is favorite

TDN – Sherack – Rail-Drawn We the People Favored for Belmont Stakes; Derby Winner Rich Strike Third Choice

Bloodhorse – Angst – Dan-O’s Seasoning Sponsors Derby Winner Rich Strike

I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.

Dylan Thomas

Undone – The Sweater song

DRF – Grening – Stars come out on loaded Belmont Stakes undercard

Smithsonian Magazine – Klass – The Real Story of Pinocchio Tells No Lies

Boys of Summer

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.

Igor Stravinsky

The Ringer – Harris – ‘Gone Girl,’ Still Here

You’re Going to Miss Me

Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

Angela Carter

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Silver – A lasting impact – tracing the Jewish influence on American horse racing

TDN – Thornton – $1.5m Zayat Settlement to Make Small Dent in Overall $19m Debt

Sal says that only thing the $1.5m settlement will make a dent in is the lawyers’ and accountants’ fees.

Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)

Sometimes, all you can do is watch things burn, and wait for the ash to settle.

Jodi Picoult

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – What 50 Years Of Title IX Has — And Hasn’t — Accomplished In Women’s Sports

SportsNet – Engels – The Canadiens scored big with Poulin — just ask the people that know her best

Because The Night

The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.

Martin Heidegger

NY Times – Wells – A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Stevens  – Flay Looking Ahead to Royal Ascot With Pizza Bianca

Pizza Rosso

Marcello Pizzeria

Sopra Sotto


People in China say: ‘If you love your children, send them to New York. If you hate your children, also send them to New York.

Li Na

Sports Business Journal – Lefton – SBJ Marketing: Little Caesars close to NFL league deal

Bloodhorse – Early Speed Favors We the People in Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Broadway Performers Added To Line-Up Of Entertainment For Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

The Evolution of Dance

History Today – Woolf – Goodbye to the Vikings


New York, you are an Egypt! But an Egypt turned inside out. For she erected pyramids of slavery to death, and you erect pyramids of democracy with the vertical organ-pipes of your skyscrapers all meeting at the point of infinity of liberty!

Salvador Dalí

DRF – Rampellini – Rebel Stakes winner Un Ojo moves to Diodoro’s stable

Paulick Report – Louw: As A Breeder, You Don’t Always Get The Horse You Want, But You Get The One You Need

Gimme Shelter

Bloodhorse – Perez – NBC’s Hyland Reflects as Network Prepares Final Belmont

I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy. 

Mitch Hedberg

Gimme Sympathy

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Chad Brown foursome seeks improvement in G1 Manhattan

Unchained Melody

The three toughest fighters I ever fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I’m surprised I’m not diabetic.

Jake LaMotta

Paulick Report – Martin – ‘Heavyweight Championship Bout’: Flightline Vs. Speaker’s Corner In Met Mile

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Speaker’s Corner, Flightline a ‘Championship-Type Bout’

Twist and Shout

Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.


Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Echo Zulu Primed to Regain Winning Form in Acorn

The gay world that flourished in the half-century between 1890 and the beginning of the Second World War, a highly visible, remark ably complex, and continually changing gay male world, took shape in New York City…. It is not supposed to have existed.

George Chauncey

Los Angeles Times – Elliot – Column: Lakers coach Darvin Ham brings a fresh perspective and a voice. Will players listen?

My Way

Bob Hope, like Mark Twain, had a sense of humor that was uniquely American, and like Twain, we’ll likely not see another like him.

Dick Van Dyke

New York Times – How the Texans and a Spa Enabled Deshaun Watson’s Troubling Behavior

New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.

Bob Dylan

I Am I Said

mardi 7 juin

The universe is hilarious! Like, Venus is 900 degrees. I could tell you it melts lead. But that’s not as fun as saying, ‘You can cook a pizza on the windowsill in nine seconds.’ And next time my fans eat pizza, they’re thinking of Venus!

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sports Business Journal – Keith – Closing Shot: Baseball’s Swing At Interleague Play

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Reed Rises From Ashes of the Past Towards Bright Future

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Creative Minister Keeps It Simple in Final Belmont Work

Paulick Report – Howling Time, Ethereal Road Out Of Belmont

Paulick Report – Shorter Gallop For Rich Strike, But Derby Winner Wanted More To Do

Front Office Sports – Long Beach Looks to Lure Angels After Anaheim Deal Falls Through

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: So, What Would It Take to Appease Animal Rights Activists?

Which group are we trying to appease – the animal lovers, the animal rights people, the animal activists or the jihadists of animal activism.

Sal says that the only way to appease the radical animal rights activists is to kill all the humans including them and leave the earth to the animals.

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Honore de Balzac

Hotel California

Bloodhorse – Flay Acquires Interest in We the People Before Belmont

Paulick Report – Economic Indicators: Wagering Down Slightly In May; Average Field Size Dips Below 7

Front Office Sports – Sports Betting Dips But Nevada Gambling Thrives in April

The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.

Norman Mailer

Garden and Gun – Liles – Hatching the South’s Rarest Fish

Southern Living – 35 Southern Porch Cocktails Begging To Be Your New House Drink

Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.

Johnny Carson

NY Times – Hunt – Everything a Drag Queen Taught Me About Parenthood

Darling Be Home Soon

The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.

Bill Russell

Losing My Religion

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Hip-hop goes clip-clop: rap star Jack Harlow goes viral at Churchill Downs

ESPN- Barshop and Trotter – Number of lawsuits vs. Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson now 24

Sal says that the reason that Deshaun can’t shut the fuck up is that his legal team can’t shut the fuck up. Sal says that Deshaun should have learned that you pay the painter to paint your fence, not by the hour.

Lawyers, Guns and Money

The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.

Don Vito Corleone

FiveThirtyEight – Koerth – Suicide Prevention Could Prevent Mass Shootings

Sports Illustrated – Orr – 100 Bold Predictions for the 2022 NFL Season

Under Pressure

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

Rock N Roll Music

Canada’s National Observer – Donovan – Glyphosate spraying in N.B. akin to ‘eco-genocide,’ Indigenous communities say

The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.

Walt Whitman


Rolling Stone – Sepinwall – ‘The Wire’: (Too) Often Imitated, Never Duplicated — Because It’s Impossible

On Broadway

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – Jockeys in the Bush: how three female riders are making the most of it

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.

Djuna Barnes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Jose Ortiz back at Royal Ascot with high hopes for Pizza Bianca

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

National Post – Brean – Which came first, the chicken or the rice? New research suggests rice

Werewolves of London

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

Kurt Vonnegut

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They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.

Casey Stengel

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘And down the stretch they come!’ – the story of Dave Johnson and racing’s most famous catch phrase

Bloodhorse – Golden Glider Posts Final Belmont Breeze

TDN – Golden Glider Works for Belmont

TDN – Letter to the Editor: E.H. Beau Lane

Sal says it’s not a crisis it’s the new reality.

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Miller Fined $10K, Suspended Seven Days

TDN – Peter Miller Fined, Suspended for Alleged Program Training

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How I won the Derby on Desert Crown – Epsom hero Richard Kingscote in his own words

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.

Charles Dickens

I Sing The Body Electric

TDN – More Than Ready’s Emmanuel Takes Turf Debut in Pennine Ridge

TDN – Randy Moss Makes Case for More Triple Crown Spacing On Writers’ Room

TDN – Chad Brown Talks Preakness, Triple Crown Spacing On Writers’ Room

You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.

Bruce Lee

Sound of Silence

Paulick Report – ‘He’s Definitely Enjoying Himself And Came Back Really Perky’: Rich Strike Focused In Sunday Gallop At Belmont

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Prat Makes Smooth Transition to New York

Paulick Report – ‘I Was Loving The Way He Was Moving Today’: Rich Strike Gallops Two Miles at Belmont

Paulick Report – Mo Donegal, Nest, We The People Among Workers For Belmont Stakes

TDN – DeBernardis – Pompa’s Legacy Lives On

Whatever It Takes

If they think we’ve got an edge, we’ve got an edge.

Red Auerbach

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: World Traveler, Female Jockey Michel Will Prove She Belongs At Churchill

TDN – Report: Classic Causeway Transferred To McPeek

How can you think and hit at the same time?

Yogi Berra


Las Vegas Review-Journal – Newberg – Gruden’s lawsuit against NFL allowed to proceed

Bloodhorse – French Riders Leaving Their Mark at Churchill Downs

Paulick Report – Chantal Sutherland: ‘I’m Living My Dream Again’ At Gulfstream Park

In The Air Tonight

LA Times – McNamara – Column: ‘Top Gun’ casts Tom Cruise as the hero in the film and at the box office

The Ringer – Kring-Schreifels – Welcome to Tom Cruise’s Flight School for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

We have these weapons of mass destruction on every street corner, and they’re called donuts, cheeseburgers, French fries, potato chips, junk food. Our kids are living on a junk food diet.

Joel Fuhrman

Canada’s National Observer – Richter – MOVIES: New from Cronenberg, a charmer from France and Patrick Stewart’s side trip from space

Bloodhorse – Tiz the Bomb Targets Caesars Turf Triple Series

In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.

John F. Kennedy

Garden and Gun – Clements – A New Orleans Nana’s Tomato Sauce

I once took a ride to the beach in L.A., and all along the shore there were all these so-called jazz places. And I saw these college guys and session players playing this fusion Muzak stuff. It was just a lot of notes, and the more notes they played, the more it kept them from expressing anything. So I came back home and got out my Zeppelin albums.

Jeff Buckley

Mr. Spaceman

TDN – Top Contenders Put in Final Belmont Breezes

The Bitter Southerner – Johnson – Less Alone

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

Albert Einstein

Have you Ever Really Loved A Woman

Southern Living – What’s the Difference Between a Biscuit and a Scone?

Comfortably Numb

Sports Business Journal – Silverman – Oilers fans flocking to Ice District Plaza


The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

Dante Alighierile

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I think it is very important that films make people look at what they’ve forgotten.

Spike LeeRock N Roll Music

ALL THE INVISIBLE CHILDREN What’s special about Sundays is that’s really the only time the whole family is together. We all sit down to eat at 7. Tonya cooks. We talk — what’s happening with everybody, what’s happening in the world. Then dinner’s over, we got to clean up, put dishes in the dishwasher. Satchel and Jackson, they go out again. Most times Tonya and I are in bed before they come back home. I don’t know where they are; I don’t want to know.

NY Times – Mayer Robinson – How Spike Lee Spends His Sundays

The Bitter Southerner – Law – 2022 Summer Reading Roundup

The Globe and Mail – Donaldson – Summer books preview: 38 reads to escape with this season

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.

Joseph Heller

Rock N Roll Music

Paulick Report – Canadian Trainer Suspended 20 Years, Fined $100,000 For Non-Therapeutic Drug Positive


ou Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Sports Illustrated – Selbe – ESPN Anchor Elle Duncan Shares Powerful Message After Texas Shooting

Sports Business Journal – Rays, Yankees make statement by forgoing game tweets for gun violence facts

Show Me How To Live

Bloodhorse – Attendance Over 5,000 at Fort Erie on Opening Day

Fort Erie – Live Racing

Record Breaking Handle Kicks off 65th ASD Meeting

Dixie Chicken

Steal a chicken if you get a chance, Huck, because if you don’t want it, someone else does and a good deed ain’t never forgotten.

Mark Twain

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

Bloodhorse – Joseph Believes Belmont Distance Should Suit ‘Skippy’

Ramblin Man

Bloodhorse – Pletcher Contenders Lead Busy Belmont Work Tab

TDN – Pletcher Stars, Including Potential Belmont S. duo, Highlight Busy Worktab

Paulick Report – Nest, Mo Donegal Post ‘Stamina-Building’ Breeze For Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – We The People ‘Maturing At The Right Time’ For Third Jewel Of Triple Crown

Doesn’t Remind Me

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘I was a heroin addict and a crackhead, coupled with severe alcoholism’ – trainer on the long road to recovery


Bloodhorse – Brigadier General to Pass Belmont; Rich Strike Gallops

Paulick Report – ‘I Think He Knows He’s Done Something’: Rich Strike Reveling In Attention At Belmont

Bloodhorse – Downey – Challenge to HISA Fails in Kentucky-Based Federal Court

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Crunch Time For HISA Launch

TDN – HISA CEO Addresses Registration Issues in Letter to Industry

TDN – Ross – HISA Questions and Answers

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Getting Ready For HISA

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – HISA, Texas Clashing Over Regulatory Lines

Paulick Report – Paulick – Texas Racing Commission Threatens To Shut Down Racing Over HISA Oversight

Sal says that unlike Diego Maradona and his Hand of God Blake Coleman didn’t have a Foot of God.

Sal says that the Toronto Sports Network and Toronto SportsNet and Toronto fans can watch the Avalanche and Oilers series to cheer on ex-Maple Laffs playing their way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Pizzeria Libretto

Dunnenzies Pizza

Summer Dress

Bloodhorse – Derby Winner Rich Strike Stretches Legs Upon NY Arrival

Paulick Report – Rich Strike Trains At Belmont: ‘The Farther He Went The Better He Accepted The Pony’

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Rich Strike Puts In Final Work Ahead of Belmont Stakes

TDN – Rich Strike Breezes Bullet Five Furlongs

Paulick Report – Belmont-Bound Derby Winner Rich Strike Dazzles In Churchill Breeze Between Races

Bloodhorse – Precious – Fixed-Odds Wagering Fails to Advance in New York

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Jennings – Desert Crown Remains Undefeated in Cazoo Derby

Bloodhorse – Bloodhorse – Emmanuel Aces Turf Debut in Pennine Ridge

The Ringer – Harvilla – Ray Liotta Made ‘Goodfellas’ As Much As It Made Him

The Ringer – Nayman – The Stupid Brilliance of ‘Top Gun’

You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin

The Ringer – Gittell – The Last Action Hero

76 Trombones

The Ringer – Princiotti – Harry Styles Is Starting to Sound Like Harry Styles. What Comes Next Will Be the Interesting Part.

Jazz, to me, is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America: the eternal tom-tom beating in the Negro soul – the tom-tom of revolt against weariness in a white world, a world of subway trains, and work, work, work; the tom-tom of joy and laughter, and pain swallowed in a smile.

Langston Hughes

ESPN – Wilson – Women’s College World Series: Home run balls, vigilant ushers and the souvenir of a lifetime

Ichiro’s Theme

ESPN – Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson’s wife, family for ‘Jackie’ remark to Tim Anderson

Front Office Sports – Gentrup – Why Dan Snyder’s Ouster as Commanders Owner Will Take Time

Washington Post – Maske – Some NFL owners support ‘tough suspension,’ wary of forcing out Snyder

Sal says that the couched actions of the other 31 owners show that they’re far more concerned with their own teams and companies coming under scrutiny for financial improprieties than about a few million dollars that Snyder stole from them.

Sound of Silence

Front Office Sports – NFL Owners ‘Surprised’ By $232.5M in Rams Settlement Charges

ESPN – Trotter – Two women suing Cleveland Browns’ Deshaun Watson appalled by QB’s $230M guaranteed contract

Sports Illustrated – Coleman – Watson Plaintiff Thinks ‘He’s Being Rewarded for Bad Behavior’ With New ContractLiar, Liar

Sports Illustrated – Coleman – Deshaun Watson Faces New, 23rd Active Lawsuit Detailing Assault

Sports Illustrated – Salvador – Lovie Smith on Deshaun Watson Trade: ‘Sometimes Divorce is Good’

Sports Illustrated – Deshaun Watson Offered Plaintiffs $100,000 Each, Lawsuit Says

Sal says that the Miami Dolphins appear to have a touch more class than the corrupt Haslam Browns. Miami wanted Watson’s sexual assault mess swept under a rug rather than openly festering.

SportsNet – CP – Canadian government not closing book on Hockey Canada’s settled lawsui

tIf a manager of mine ever said someone was indispensable, I’d fire him.

Charlie O. Finley

Sports Illustrated – Orr – Public Reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s Raiders Workout Will Determine Everything

Sal says that in the NFL a quarterback can sexually assault as many innocent women as he wants and get rewarded with a record contract, but if they kneel down to protest the police shootings of innocent black people they get blackballed from the league.

For The Win – Korman – Colin Kaepernick didn’t sell out

ESPN – Purdum – Cory Zeidman arrested on charges of fraud, money laundering related to $25 million sports betting scheme

Sal says that sometimes you need to ask yourself a question: Why are these guys selling me this inside info if they could use it to bet themselves and make millions.

I Hear Motion

The Guardian – Rose – ‘I promised Brando I would not touch his Oscar’: the secret life of Sacheen Littlefeather

Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty

!Don Vito Corleone

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – ‘We think he is special’ – Wayne Catalano targets Royal Ascot with Keeneland scorer Andthewinneris

Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!

Walt Whitman


Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett-Atkinson – Turning soil to gold

We need to take vegetables out of the role of side dish, even in low-fat, vegetarian diets, whose calories are generally derived mainly from grains and other starches.

Joel Fuhrman

Hardest Button to Button

TDN – Summer Front’s Wow Whata Summer Upsets Penn Mile

TDN – Haughty Dusts Rivals in Penn OaksRooster

Los Angeles Times – Winton – How Johnny Depp was victorious against Amber Heard and what it means

Insider – Jury finds both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard liable for defaming each other, awards millions to both

Down on the Farm

Los Angeles Times – Reed – The verdict is in: Here’s how Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s long trial played out

You Oughta Know

The New Yorker – The Johnny Depp–Amber Heard Trial Is Not as Complicated as You May Think

Sal says that Sal has 12 words of advice to both Johnny and Amber:

Shut the fuck up. Shut the fuck up. Shut the fuck up.

Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.Don Vito Corleone

Sal says that Johnny should take the advice.

Have you ever really loved a woman.

Sal says that if you watched any of Amber’s testimony it does not speak well of her acting skills.

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.

Joseph Heller

MSN – Melendez – Elon Musk Weighs in on Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Defamation Trial

Somebody That I Used To Know

The Ringer – MacMullan – How Ime Udoka’s Brutal Honesty Turned the Celtics Into Contenders

TSN – ESPN – Wojnarowski – Report: Lakers hire Bucks assistant Ham as next head coachI do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse.Dr. Seuss

His path from high school to the NBA as a role player and longtime assistant gives him a wide base of knowledge as he’s carved out a career in professional basketball.

Los Angeles Times – Woike and Turner – How Darvin Ham landed the Lakers’ head coaching job

Sports Illustrated – Watch: Warriors Fans Throw Things at Charles Barkley On-Air, Prompting Confrontation

Sal says that all Charles Barkley saw when the Warriors fans were throwing things at him was the $$$$$ from the added publicity. Barkley should have taken the T-shirts thrown at him autographed them and gave them to a charity to auction.

Sal says the Warriors fans are too smart to throw any $250US jerseys.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Bloodhorse – Barber Road, Bell’s the One Work at Churchill

New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.

David Letterman

SportsNet – Sachdeva – Arshdeep Bains dreams of repping hometown Canucks: ‘I couldn’t even imagine’

I Fought The Law

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Breeders’ Cup beckoning? Saudi Cup hero Emblem Road set for overseas campaign

Le sacre du printemps

Bloodhorse – Creative Minister Records First Work at Belmont Park

The Ringer – The Ringer Guide to Streaming in June

You can observe a lot by watching.

Yogi Berra

Los Angeles Times – Granderson – Column: Republicans use ‘God’ to turn tragedies into talking points

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Career U-turn for Rispoli leads to G1 triumph for Qatar Racing

Bloodhorse – Byron King -Complaint Alleges Miller Continued Training Duties

TDN – Bill Finley – CHRB Charges That Miller Was Actively Training During His Hiatus

Paulick Report – CHRB Files Complaint Alleging Peter Miller ‘Engaged In Behavior Consistent With The Duties Of A Trainer

Simple Man

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Sisterson to Head West to Del Mar With Public Stable

TSN – Valji – Flames face a challenging road back to contentionSports

Business Journal – Silverman – Tempe votes to negotiate with Coyotes on arena

SportsNet – Coyotes arena deal takes next step after Tempe council votes to open negotiations

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Arizona Coyotes Arena Project Nears Key Vote


TDN – Sherack – Unbeaten Sensation Flightline ‘Ready to Go’ for Met Mile

Take Me Home

Hawthorne Sal

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