Jun 112022

It ain’t over till it’s over.

Yogi Berra

O Canada

Coolmore – Uncle Mo’s Mo Donegal Much The Best in G1 Belmont Stakes

TDN – Sherack – Mo Donegal Leads Home Pletcher and Repole 1-2 in Belmont

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Mo Donegal Rolls Home in Belmont Stakes

Brisnet – Hanson – Mo Donegal stylishly gives Pletcher a fourth Belmont win

It’s fun; baseball’s fun.

Yogi Berra

The Weight

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Mo Donegal Leads Home Mike Repole 1-2 Finish In Belmont Stakes; Derby Winner Rich Strike Sixth

DRF – Privman – Belmont Stakes: Mo Donegal wins one for local boy Mike Repole

Los Angeles Times – Cherwa – Mo Donegal wins the Belmont Stakes; Rich Strike finishes off the pace

DRF – Grening – Rich Strike trainer Reed blames himself for sixth-place finish

Sal says that it didn’t matter where Leon put Rich Strike on Saturday, unless he got to start from the red tees.

Manny Franco, jockey aboard third-place finisher Skippylongstocking: “Man, my horse ran great. I mean, I jumped out of there and I let him go the first stride. I found myself second and I said ‘I’m going to take my shot.’ He ran great. Just the first two ran a little better but I’m really happy with the way my horse ran.”

Paulick Report – Explanations And Excuses: Belmont Stakes Connections React In The Race’s Aftermath

I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.

Babe Ruth

Immigrant Song

Sal says that as a handicapper these days one needs to use the cone of silence. The tracks and media require hype for their product and shamelessly tout new shooters like Creative Minister and We The People to create interest. Oft times as a handicapper you start to think you’re overlooking some key factor, but the key factor you should not be overlooking is that the parties touting the new shooters are trying to create interest and nothing else.

Do your own homework and pay attention to the reasons behind someone touting a horse or a team.

Remember this, folks – I am a Hillbilly, and I don’t always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.

Hunter S. Thompson

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Pletcher Adds Fourth Belmont, Equal to Mentor Lukas

To Sir With Love

Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond.

Hunter S. Thompson

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Belmont Racing Festival Mixed Star Power, Small Fields

Sports Business Journal – Lefton – Marketing and Sponsorship: Do-it-yourself baseballs help Atlantic League save money, and officials think they are better, too


TDN – Petrunyak – Can Churchill Downs Music Video Attract New Race Fans?

Bloodhorse – Hopper Picks Up Second Win, Taking Affirmed Stakes

TDN – Hopper Tops Affirmed Exacta for McCarthy at Santa Anita

Summertime Blues

TDN – Cyberknife Just Edges Howling Time in Thrilling Matt Winn

Bloodhorse – Byron King – 3-Year-Old Division Wide Open Into Second Half of 2022

TDN – Bolt d’Oro Colt Overcomes Early Trouble, Gets Up Late at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – ‘You’ve Got To Lose Better Than You Win’: Reed Takes Aim On Travers With Derby Winner Rich Strike After Disappointing Belmont Finish

Paulick Report – Pletcher Outlines Summer Goals for Belmont Winner Mo Donegal, Runner-Up Nest

Brisnet – Reilly – Tribhuvan steals Manhattan at 19-1

Bloodhorse – McNamara – Tribhuvan Scores Front-End Upset in Manhattan

TDN – Carasso – Tribhuvan Goes One Better in Manhattan

Paulick Report – Tribhuvan Never Challenged On The Lead, Giving Brown Fourth Consecutive Manhattan

William Tell Overture

William Tell Overture

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

George Bernard Shaw

Far Out – Taylor – The insanely offensive video that started a feud between Dolly Parton and Howard Stern

Lone Ranger Theme

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. 

George Bernard Shaw

Bloodhorse – Angst – Belmont Stakes Day Handle Approaches $100 Million

DRF – Hegarty – Total handle on Belmont Stakes declines 16.5 perecent

TDN – Belmont Day Generates $98 Million In All-Sources Handle

Sal says to put the Belmont handle in perspective the total all source handle for the entire province of Alberta for all of 2022 will be hard pressed to come even close to that number.

One of the Enead pointed out to Sal that all handle wagering in Alberta in 2020 was $86,297,000 and sliding. The only place you’ll see all handle wagering in Alberta approaching $98m is in that joke that the clowns at Horse Racing Alberta call their 3 year business plan. Sal apologizes to clowns as they have entertainment talent. Only talent at Horse Racing Alberta is living off government largess. Sal says that ever since the minions at Horse Racing Alberta discovered the colour printer everything they produce is form over substance.

Sal says if you took that joke to a bank they wouldn’t give you the time of day let alone a loan for meter money. Yet the minister responsible for Horse Racing Alberta accepts it and continues to dole out the taxpayer dollars. And that Minister has thrown his hat into the ring to lead this province. What the fuck ever happened to fiscal responsibility from a Conservative government.

Albertans need to wake up and realize that you can’t blame Trudeau and the Feds for the brutally incompetent fiscal management of the entitled politicians and their entitled pension topping cronies in this province.

Cover of Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Guardian – Silcox – Horse by Geraldine Brooks review – a confident novel of racing and race

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Last-chance saloon: Racing has failed miserably – now it must work hand-in-hand with HISA

TDN – Ross – Attorney Frank Becker on Texas, HISA Standoff

Paulick Report – Texas Racing Commission Plans To Cease Exporting Simulcast Signal In Order To Evade HISA Regulation

Liquor Laboratory –  Martin – 8 Best Bourbons for Father’s Day

The River Kwai March

Two hundred million Americans, and there ain’t two good catchers among ’em.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Flightline Soars Over Happy Saver in Met Mile

TDN – Carasso – Flightline Overcomes Eventful Trip in Hill ‘n’ Dale Met Mile

Brisnet – Scully – Flightline stays perfect, romps in Met Mile after slow start

DRF – Grening – Flightline pulls away after eventful, stalking trip in Met Mile

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – ‘I’ve Never Seen One Like Him’: Flightline Ultra-Impressive In Met Mile

Sal says that Flavien Prat made a couple of very subtle unpanicked adjustments after the break that allowed Flightline to run his race.

All Along The Watchtower

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

Charles Darwin

TDN – McGrath – The Hughes Legacy: Keep Moving Forward

Gayot – Smits – The 12 Best Father’s Day Wines in 2022

Averill Creek

Henry of Pelham 2019 Baco Noir Speck Family Reserve

Henry of Pellham

I Think We’re Alone Now

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Crowe – Bittersweet Debut Success for Johnstons’ Lion of War

Blank Space

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

Southern Living – Hayes -17 Ways To Build a Better Tomato Sandwich

Sal says there’s only 1 way to build a better Tomato Sandwich and that’s with garden fresh tomatoes.

Walking on Sunshine

I don’t know if it was much of an interview. We just shot the breeze.

Richard Petty

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Dowling – Announcer Ready for Two Sierra Nevadas in Same Race

Gimme Shelter

Brisnet – Scully – Fearless shows his versatility in Brooklyn

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Fearless Aces Stretch-Out in Brooklyn

Under Pressure

Sal says that’s still one of the best Sal’s heard in eons:

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

Ooh Las Vegas

Music is the space between the notes

Claude Debussy

The Ringer – Gruttadaro – The Best Pixar Character Bracket

The Ringer – Phipps – How Pixar Solved the Villain Problem

Sports Illustrated – Koons -Two More Lawsuits to Be Filed Against Deshaun Watson, per Report

Sports Illustrated – Perez – Deshaun Watson Appears to Respond to New York Times’ Latest Sexual Misconduct Report

Sal says that Watson and his crew don’t seem to understand that Goodell’s lack of activity is not Goodell condoning Watson’s behaviour, but could be Goodell giving Watson plenty of rope to hang himself with.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.


Brisnet – Hanson – Casa Creed posts repeat win in Jaipur

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Casa Creed Defends Title in Exciting Jaipur Finish

TDN – Casa Creed Right At Home in the Jaipur

Radar Love

No good opera plot can be sensible,  for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

W. H. Auden

Food Network – 35 Father’s Day Dinner Ideas Dad Will Love

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.

Gustav Mahler

To Love Somebody

TDN – Clairiere Picks Up the Pieces in Ogden Phipps to Cap Curlin Exacta

Brisnet – Scully – Clairiere edges Malathaat after speed gives way in Phipps

Bloodhorse – Angst – Clairiere Lands Ogden Phipps Over Malathaat

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Clairiere All Heart To Defeat Malathaat In Ogden Phipps; Champ Letruska Fades To Finish Last


Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

Martin Mull

Brisnet – Hanson – Jack Christopher exceptional in Woody Stephens romp

Bloodhorse – Angst – Jack Christopher Dominates in Woody Stephens

TDN – Jack Christopher as Impressive as it Gets in Woody Stephens

Well said, that was laid on with a trowel.

William Shakespeare

Gold Dust Woman

Sports Illustrated – Mannix – Curry’s ‘Stunning’ Performance Evens Heavyweight Finals Fight

Twist and Shout

The first time I met Wayne Gretzky… he never said anything back.

Gordie Howe

TDN – All Matareya in Four-Horse Acorn After Echo Zulu Scratched at Gate

Brisnet – Hanson – Matareya cruises in Acorn following late scratch of Echo Zulu

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Bushmen’s Smokehouse

Cilantro and Chive

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

Thom Yorke

Brisnet – Reilly – Regal Glory finally gets Just a Game trophy for Brant

TDN – Carasso – Third Time The Charm For Regal Glory In Just a Game

TDN – – Regal Glory Keeps Streaking in Just a Game

With A Little Help From My Friends

Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.

Mae West

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

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

Hotel California

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

Brisnet – Reilly – Seventh heaven for Bleecker Street in New York; Caravel sails in Intercontinental


The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

Bruce Lee

The Globe and Mail – Kelly – Mickelson the villain adds spice to new LIV golf series

Sports Business Journal – LIV Golf latest entity to bring sportswashing to the forefront

Front Office Sports – LIV Golf Has Money to Blow

Sports Illustrated – Harig – LIV Golf’s First Event is Complete, and Future of Pro Golf Has Never Seemed More Uncertain

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

Darling Be Home Soon

Brisnet – Reilly – Loft maintains European stranglehold on Belmont Gold Cup

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

American Woman

TDN – Bill Finley – After Battling Substance Abuse Issues, Belmont Winner Jeremy Rose Launches a Comeback

Forever Young

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

Branch Rickey

ESPN – Zion Williamson reiterates desire to remain with New Orleans Pelicans: ‘I do want to be here’

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

William Shakespeare

The Weight

Bloodhorse – Caravel Shows the Way in Intercontinental

Papa Days Pizza

First We Take Manhattan

Hawthorne Sal

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