Sep 212022

ESPN – Canada reportedly set to lift vaccine requirements for people entering country, a move that would impact unvaccinated professional athletes

The Globe and Mail – Atkins and Fife – Canada to make ArriveCan optional, drop vaccine requirement at the border by Sept. 30

Sal says that the Canadian government must have some hockey fans.

SportsNet – Boylen – One training camp related question for every NHL team

Sal says that Phil would have had better questions.

SportsNet – Friedman – From curiosity to cornerstone, Zdeno Chara wraps up legendary career

SportsNet – Engels – Subban contributed much more than goals and assists throughout electrifying NHL career

Rocky’s Pizza Bar

ESPN – After 16 seasons, defenseman Keith Yandle retires as NHL’s all-time leader in consecutive games

The Hockey New – Stephens – Nathan Gerbe Retires After 13 Professional Seasons

ESPN – AP – Edmonton Oilers sign Jake Virtanen, two months after being found not guilty of sexual assault

SportsNet – Holland’s Faith in Legal System Led to Virtanen’ s Pro Tryout Offer

Sal says that the person cheering hardest for Jake to make the Oilers and some money is the unidentified person suing him for sexual assault.

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Marriage Of Online Sports And Horse Betting Is In Racing’s Best Interest

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.

Honore de Balzac

Sports Illustrated – Apstein – How MLB’s Most Confounding Team Is (Mostly) Overcoming Decades of Dysfunction

The Ringer – Sohi – The NBA Is Running From Responsibility With Its Robert Sarver Decision

Sports Illustrated – Scott – Suns Minority Owner Calls for Robert Sarver’s Resignation

ESPN – Holmes – Draymond Green says NBA owners should vote whether Robert Sarver should be out as Phoenix Suns owner

Sal says Green’s idea sounds great in theory, but what criteria would the owners use. Feed Sarver to the sharks in hopes that the sharks don’t scrutinize their team and business practices or keep Sarver in so they can say if you didn’t kick Sarver out then you can’t kick me out.

TMZ – Robert Sarver Selling Phoenix Suns, Mercury … After N-Word Scandal

Sports Illustrated – Coleman – Suns, Mercury Owner Robert Saver to Sell Teams

Sports Illustrated – Jackson – Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger Among Potential Buyers for Suns, per Report

Bloodhorse – Secretariat Center Hosts ‘Bluegrass Brunch and Bubbles’

Secretariat Center Bluegrass Brunch & Bubbles

Sat September 24, 2022

Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, KY 40511 US

Garden and Gun – 11th Annual Keeneland Cocktail Brunch

Diageo Unveils Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Century Mile

Sal’s hottest rumours:

Strange voice that some identified as ghost of Princess Di heard during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

Flightline may be too ouchy to run in the Breeders’ Cup.

Paulick Report – Undefeated Flightline Scheduled For Saturday Breeze At Santa Anita

Judge is and Pujols may be getting specially marked balls pitched to them to allow for authentication, one of the markings being invisible.

There’s a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it. 

Don DeLillo

Paulick Report – Paulick – A Note From The Publisher: Your Support Plays A Vital Role In Our Future

Southern Living – Bender – 12 Fast-Growing Shade Trees To Plant Now

TSN – Celtics suspend head coach Udoka entire season for violating team policies

The Ringer – Sherman – Ten Years Later, the Failed Lessons From the Fail Mary

TDN – Branchini – What’s In A Name: Mendel’s Secret

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Registration Kicks Off

Bloodhorse – Angst – Strong Interest Fuels Record Keeneland September Sale

TDN – DeBernardis – Keeneland September Establishes All-Time Record Gross

Paulick Report – Keeneland September Yearling Sale Becomes Highest-Grossing Auction In Keeneland History

The Ringer – Lindbergh – Let Actors Be Bond Once

No matter who plays bond or any character in a movie there’s always those who’ll say that someone might be better. Sal heard that the demented twittler’s biggest fear is that it won’t be Pitt or Decaprio playing him in the movie, but Christopher Lloyd or Danny deVito reprising his role in Tin Man.

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – “Euro Road to the KY Derby” Starts in Ireland, England

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Rockfel Stakes offers clues for Classics and Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Carasso – Bolt d’Oro Colt Looks To Double Up in Japan

TDN – Birdstone, Cape Canaveral Yearlings Top CTHS Alberta Sale

The Ringer – Nayman – Much Ado About Nothing

Sal’s philosophy has always been that if more time, effort and money go into promoting a movie than making it, it’s not worth watching.

Patrick’s departure figures to delay the long-running case yet again. A new hearing officer may want to hold another appeal hearing—the one that concluded Aug. 30 lasted six days—or the new hearing officer might opt to merely review transcripts from the case.

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Auction Buy Leads to Shake Up in Medina Spirit Appeal

TDN – Report: Hearing Officer in Medina Spirit Derby DQ Case Recuses Himself

According to Brewster, at the most recent conference, Patrick asked, “How do you want to handle this?”

Brewster said he had no problem with Patrick continuing on in his role as hearing officer but said KHRC attorney Jennifer Wolsing indicated the commission would file a motion for Patrick to recuse himself. (Wolsing did not respond to questions sent via email but a spokesperson replied to confirm the recusal, citing a “conflict of interest,” adding “next steps will be determined by a new hearing officer, once assigned.”)

Paulick Report – Hearing Officer In Baffert-Medina Spirit Case Recuses Himself

House of The Rising Sun


TDN – Violence Colt Tops Book 5 Opener

Bloodhorse – Gash – Exuberant Book 5 Opener at Keeneland September Sale

Los Angeles – Times – Bulos – Burial fit for a queen, yes, but what of monarchy’s true cost?

“For too long, powerful, wealthy people in this country have operated as if the rules do not apply to them. Donald Trump stands out as among the most egregious examples,” James said in a statement. “Trump thought he could get away with the art of the steal, but today that conduct ends.”

The Guardian – Lowell – New York civil fraud suit could bring down the Trump Organization

Sal says that pumping up values of properties is not quite as problematic as it seems, it’s the pumping up for one purpose and then the deflating for another that will cause the Trumps major headaches.

Sal says that Letitia James is number 1 with a bullet on the puns list with her “art of the steal”.

Season of the Witch

Two of the three judges who issued Wednesday’s ruling — Britt Grant and Andrew Brasher — were nominated to the 11th Circuit by Trump. Judge Robin Rosenbaum was nominated by former President Barack Obama.

National Post – AP – Court lets Justice Department resume examination of classified records seized from Trump

Sal says that the smoke and rabble emanating from Mar-a-Lago is from the demented twittler’s temper tantrum cuz the 2 judges he appointed showed their merit and not any loyalty to the demented twittler.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is my favourite. It explains what life on this planet is about. Although Dorothy reaches Oz, she finds she had what she needed to go back to Kansas all along, but the Good Witch tells her that she had to learn it for herself. All of the answers to the meaning of life are there. 


Southern Living – 20 Debut Novels by Your Favorite Southern Writers

The Bitter Southerner – Ray – Okefenokee

Born on The Bayou

The Ringer – Lindbergh – ‘Andor’ Triple Premiere Recap: All Lone Wolf and No Cub

Sports Illustrated – Traina – NFL Fans Had One Major Problem with the ‘Monday Night Football’ Overlap Doubleheader


Sacre Bleu, Blanc et Rouge

Mon Dieu

SportsNet – CP – Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki on speaking French: ‘I can get better’

Sal says that Suzuki probably already knows those phrases.

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

Charles de Gaulle

Immigrant Song

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Barber – Leaders Call for Radical Changes to British Racing

Shapes of Things

Sal says that sometimes everyone benefits from a breakup.

Make no mistake: those on the right who invoke Orwell’s words in the service of their own are hypocrites of the highest order. Orwell, after all, was an avowed democratic socialist, and socialism is one of the right’s favourite bugbears in 2022. He would have been steadfastly and vocally opposed to the sort of authoritarian impulses that increasingly animate both the Trumpist leaders who now run the Republican Party and their imitators and admirers here in Canada.

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett – George Orwell doesn’t belong to conservatives

Ghost Riders in The Sky

Sal says that that’s the demented twittler’s favourite band. Not Johnny Cash, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

Sal says that if the Foo Fighters are still looking for a replacement for Taylor Hawkins that guy in the video’s got some licks.

Rolling Stone – Ramirez – Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Sue Ron DeSantis


Phantom of the Opera

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Marriage Of Online Sports And Horse Betting Is In Racing’s Best Interest

National Post – Brian Lee Crowley: Canada has devolved into a childish country incapable of solving big problems

Under Pressure

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Doping problem hasn’t gone away, despite the arrests – which is why HISA is critical

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Mutasaabeq Retired to Stud at Darby Dan Farm

TDN – Cezanne Euthanized Due to Fungal Infection

Bloodhorse – Report: Cezanne Euthanized After Fungal Infection

Sal says that if Past The Wire’s Stettin never questioned the disappearance of this horse it would have been swept under the rug.

Horse fax was what I came up with. Imagine every racehorse having a record accessible by bettors, breeders, owners, and trainers, even buyers containing all pertinent information including but not limited to medical records and treatment. We all know Flightline has something that keeps his schedule of racing very light by any standard. He will go to stud with a fee of probably 150-200K a mare. Will we or the owner of the mare know more than the farm is willing “to tell us”? Probably not but if I had a mare and was going to breed to any stallion with known issues or suspected issues I would want to know exactly what they were. Horse fax, you get that HISA?

Past The Wire – Stettin – The mysterious fate of 3.6 million dollar horse Cezanne

Garden and Gun – Hicklin – Who Is the Gray Man? Get to Know Hurricane Season’s Friendliest Ghost

Ghost Riders In The Sky

Bloodhorse – Gash – Keeneland September Book 4 Closes with $450K Connect

TDN – Bossinakis – Connect Filly Tops Book 4 Finale

The Atlantic – Koren – Just Like That, We’re Making Oxygen on Mars

Sal says that Phil sent him a question:

If the US has a machine that’s making Oxygen from Carbon Dioxide on Mars, why aren’t they figuring out how to do that with the excess CO2 on earth.

ESPN – Purdum – Comebacks by Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets lead to big swings at sportsbooks

Sal says that thoroughbred racing has to update its betting options if it wants to compete in the sports betting field. The tracks, OTBs and ADWs have been vigilant to prevent past post betting, but past post betting may be the saviour of the sports. With modern technology making betting instantaneous the tracks, OTBs and ADWs could offer separate fixed odds bets that let you wager after the gate is sprung right up til the horses hit a certain point in the race.

When the 1/9 favourite does a face plant out of the gate how many horse bettors would be looking for other action.

Mashed – Goldsmith – The Untold Truth Of Robert Mondavi Wines


50th Parallel

Deep Cove

Deep Cove Chalet

Sal says that this restaurant is hidden away, but it’s worth the trek.

Southern Living – Why I’ll Always Prefer Canned Cranberry Sauce Over Homemade Recipes


Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The Knowledge Burrow – Brown – Why do cranberries pop when they cook?

Sal says that making your own cranberry sauce is almost as much fun as eating a bowl of Kellogg’s Rice Crispies.

Bon Appetit – Goldstein – The Bird Flu Hit This Year’s Turkey Supply Hard. Here’s What That Means for Thanksgiving

Detroit Style Pizza

How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?

Charles de Gaulle

Insider – Garone – The 5 best vegan turkeys for a plant-based Thanksgiving

Sal says that we better not tell Beyond Meat’s COO Doug Ramsey that a vegan turkey doesn’t have a Pope’s Nose.

Hawthorne Sal

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