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.
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:
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.
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.
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
154th BELMONT STAKES
|B. Hernandez, Jr.||6-1|
|I. Ortiz, Jr.||5-2|
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
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.
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.
The Haiku Handicapper
Presented By NYRABets:
2022 Belmont Stakes
#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
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
#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
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
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.
Nothing feels quite so good as pouring salt in an open wound.
Music is the space between the notes
A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Don Vito Corleone
In non-democratic countries a failed coup gets the unsuccessful wannabe a bullet between the eyes.
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?
Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
vendredi 10 juin
Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.
Music made secretly wins no respect.
It’s not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause.
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.
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.
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.
You can write songs in New York because it’s not always perfect. To write a good song, things can’t be perfect.
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.
Kentucky Derby – – 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.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
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.
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.
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.
Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.
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
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.
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.
What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?
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.
Sal says that We The People has lead in a couple of rather slow paced races, but Sal says he’s no Secretariat.
And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.
There’s a man in Mobile who remembers that Honus Wagner hit a triple in Pittsburgh 46 years ago. That’s baseball.
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.
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.
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.
A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans.
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.
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
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.
Never make predictions, especially about the future.
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.
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does.
mercredi 8 juin
Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.
Don Vito Corleone
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.
Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.
Sal says that only thing the $1.5m settlement will make a dent in is the lawyers’ and accountants’ fees.
Sometimes, all you can do is watch things burn, and wait for the ash to settle.
The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.
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.
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!
I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.
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.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.
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.
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 was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.
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
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
Honore de Balzac
Sal says that in the What to do section there’s no mention of a tour of the Park called Stanley by the Cup called Stanley.
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
The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
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.
The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.
Don Vito Corleone
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
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.
New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
lundi 6 juin
They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.
Sal says it’s not a crisis it’s the new reality.
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.
If they think we’ve got an edge, we’ve got an edge.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
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.
In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.
John F. Kennedy
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.
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.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
dimanche 5 juin
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.
He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
tIf a manager of mine ever said someone was indispensable, I’d fire him.
Charlie O. Finley
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.
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.
Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty
!Don Vito Corleone
Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hors D’oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
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.
New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.
You can observe a lot by watching.