Nov 052022

That’s All Folks

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

I Came To Dance

Sal says that the self-centred no talents wailing the American National Anthem at sporting events have forgotten that the anthem is a symbol of their country and have turned it into a wailing funeral dirge. Sal says he’s not a follower of that Houser fellow who destroyed the American National Anthem at Keeneland on Saturday, but if they wanted a Houser, Doogie would have been a better choice.

If all our agents would abridge their speeches one half, I am satisfied the effect produced would be much greater. The ‘art of leaving off’ at the right time, and in the right place, is one of the most difficult things to learn.

William Lloyd Garrison

US National Anthem

Sal says that Roger knew about the Rocket’s Red Glare.

La Marseillaise

There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say.


Amazing Grace

Daily Racing Blog – The Saratogan – Horse Racing & Baseball

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dennis – Here’s my two cents: Steve Dennis with some thoughts from the Breeders’ Cup – starting with Flightline. Where else?

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

Peppermint Patty


TDN – Bill Finley – Please Don’t Retire This Horse

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Breeders’ Cup hero Flightline goes to stud unchallenged as world #1 – but short of Secretariat and Frankel

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Flightline Retired to Stud at Lane’s End

Brisnet – Reilly – Flightline retires in blaze of Breeders’ Cup glory

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Flightline Retired To Lane’s End


The Guardian – Wood – Flightline demolishes Breeders’ Cup Classic field – as it happened

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Flightline Delivers Dominating BC Classic Performance

New Sensation

Brisnet – Hanson – Flightline’s legend grows in Breeders’ Cup Classic romp

TDN – Flightline Takes Classic For the Ages

Flight of The Bumblebee

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – ‘One Of The Great Horses Of All-Time’: Flightline Runs Away With Breeders’ Cup Classic

Fly at Night

Racing Post – Burn – ‘We need a hero and that’s Flightline’ – unbeaten star dazzles in Classic romp

Los Angeles Times – Flightline dominates Breeders’ Cup Classic, winning by 8¼ lengths

Dear IRS, please remove me from your mailing list.


DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Classic: Leyva knew in 2020 BC win was Flightline’s destiny

DRF – McGee – Breeders’ Cup: Olympiad’s second in Classic tops off big day for Mott

Los Angeles Times – Shaikin – Column: Astros set the MLB benchmark for success with second World Series title

ESPN – Gonzalez – Houston Astros cement dominant run with second World Series title

Sports Illustrated – Verducci – The Astros Are World Series Champions—No Asterisk Needed

ESPN – Doolittle – Astros’ Jeremy Pena caps brilliant rookie season with World Series MVP

New York Times – A ‘Legend’ Finally Gets His Moment

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – How the Astros Won the World Series Without Breaking the Bank

BETFTW! – Woodroof – ‘Mattress Mack’ cashes $75 million on Houston Astros World Series, largest payout in U.S. sports betting history

F0rbes – Ginsbach – Astros Win 2022 World Series And Mattress Mack Wins $75 Million In Futures Bets

and a whole lot of people get free furniture.

You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give me one man to remember me just once a year. 

Damon Runyon

The Sporting News – Suggs – Mattress Mack’s World Series bet, explained: How much money did Jim McIngvale win on the Astros?

Front Office Sports – Byers – DraftKings Reports $502M in Revenue, Projects Heavy Losses

It’s All Over Now

There’s no pensions for old prize fighters.

Jake LaMotta

Rodney J. “Rod” Cone notched his 987th win on Saturday’s card at Century Mile leaving him just 13 shy of the 1,000 win milestone.

Southern Living – Denenberg – Regional Food Gifts Perfect for Ordering This Christmas

Southern Living – Sweitzer-Lamme – How Much Food To Make Based On Your Party Size

Sal says that if you don’t make way too much what are you doing to do with all those containers you’ve saved for leftovers.

TDN – McGrath – Appleby And O’Brien Repeat The Dose

TDN – Sheerin – The Major European Talking Points From The Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Wilkin – Reed Already Looking Forward to 2023 for Rich Strike

Bloodhorse – Hall – Surgery Planned for Epicenter After BC Classic Injury

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Arabian Knight Runs to $2.3M Price Tag in Maiden Score

Sal says that all the CDI execs who were celebrating Forte’s win in the BC Juvenile on Friday were cursing under their breath after that race.

Paulick Report – Record $189 Million Wagered On Two-Day Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Hall – Breeders’ Cup Reports Record Handle on 2022 Races

TDN – Record Handle For 39th Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Rebel’s Romance Takes BC Turf in Record-Setting Run

Rebel Rebel

TDN – ‘Romance’ Gives Godolphin, Appleby Another Win in Longines Turf

Racing Post – Burn – Dominant Appleby at it again as Rebel’s Romance gives Doyle memorable winner

DRF – Hersh – Breeders’ Cup Turf: Rebel’s Romance gives Appleby, Godolphin another BC win

Brisnet – Reilly – Rebel’s Romance rolls to course record in Breeders’ Cup Turf

Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and, if we’re as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned. 

Octavia E. Butler

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – ‘She Got Her Head Down At The Right Moment’: Malathaat Wins Thriller In Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Only the nose knows Where the nose goes When the door close.

Muhammad Ali

TDN – Malathaat Gets Best of Blanket Finish in Dramatic Distaff

Bloodhorse – Wilkin – Malathaat Wins BC Distaff in Three-Way Photo Finish

DRF – Grening – Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Malathaat nips Blue Stripe, Clairiere in blanket finish

California Dreaming

It really is possible to disagree with someone’s policies without hating them. Grown-ups can do that. 

Molly Ivins

But Trumpists can’t.

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Modern Games Adds to BC Accomplishments With Mile Win

Marciano was an idol in a simpler era, when professional athletes were heroes and sportswriters were complicit in building legends rather than exposing them. To the public, all that really mattered was that Rocky had 49 wins in 49 fights and retired in 1956 as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. 

Thomas Hauser

Paulick Report – Voss – No Games This Time: Modern Games Takes Breeder’s Cup Mile In Decisive Fashion; Domestic Spending Vanned

DRF – Hersh – Breeders’ Cup Mile: Modern Games storms home; is first to pull off Juvenile Turf/Mile double

Racing Post – Burn – ‘He might get applauded this time’ – Modern Games the toast of punters this year

Games Without Frontiers

Bloodhorse – Hall – Domestic Spending Suffers Pelvic Fracture in BC Mile

TDN – Elite Power Upsets Jackie’s Warrior In Sprint

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Elite Power surges past C Z Rocket, Jackie’s Warrior

You’re Still a Young Man

Brisnet – Hanson – Upstart Elite Power topples retiring Jackie’s Warrior in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Paulick Report – Lewyn – Elite Power Pours It On In The Stretch For Breeders’ Cup Sprint Win

Vulture – Brown – How Peter Jackson Broke Up the Beatles And used AI to make Revolver better than ever

One After 909

Bloodhorse – Angst –  Tuesday Blitzes to Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Win

Brisnet – Reilly – Tuesday overhauls In Italian in course-record BC Filly & Mare Turf

Ruby Tuesday

TDN – Tuesday Gives Connections Third BC Win in F/M Turf

Pictures of Lily

DRF – McGee – Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Tuesday gives Coolmore team third victory in this year’s Breeders’ Cup

I spent my girlhood as a Clydesdale among thoroughbreds.

Molly Ivins

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – ‘Just Like A Hollywood Story’: Cody’s Wish Fulfilled In Emotional Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Garden and Gun – Liles – One Special Horse to Cheer for at the Breeders’ Cup

Brisnet – Scully – Cody’s Wish delivers last-to-first Dirt Mile win

DRF – Heggarty – Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Cody’s Wish outbattles Cyberknife by a head

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Cody’s Wish Edges Cybeknife in BC Dirt Mile Thriller

TDN – DeBernardis – Cody Makes Many Wishes Come True in Dirt Mile

Hot Rod Lincoln

To live is to dance. To dance is to live.

Charlie Brown

Sesame Street: The Martians Discover a Telephone

Sal says that if you showed this clip to an eight year old earthling  today they’d be just as confused by that black ringy thing as the Martians.

Leather Jacket

TDN – Martini – Caravel Wires the Turf Sprint

DRF – Russo – Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Caravel speeds to $87 upset

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Caravel Tops Males in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Shocker

Brisnet – Hanson – Caravel surprises in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Sal says that if you asked Bobby he’d rather have been in the winner’s circle on Saturday than counting his money from the sale.

Sal says that if you don’t have the $$$ or time to waste on the movie catch Bobby Flay being a  Pizza critic.

Barstool Pizza Review – Gato With Special Guest Sophie Flay

The Pizza Heaven – Andreas – How to make Perfect Leopard Pizza (Charred Pizza)

Leopard Crust Pizza

Serious Eats – Lopez-Alt – Why Does Pepperoni Curl? | The Food Lab

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.

Linus van Pelt

Brisnet – Scully – Goodnight Olive keeps rolling in Filly & Mare Sprint

Because The Night

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Goodnight Olive Overpowers Foes in Filly & Mare Sprint

TDN – Carasso – Goodnight Olive Anything But The ‘Pits’ In Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Goodnight Olive strongest in the stretch

Today is gone. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.

Dr. Seuss

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Presents The News Minute: What We Learned On Future Stars Friday

TDN – Future Stars Friday Card Sets Handle Record

Paulick Report – Record $66 Million Wagered On Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Friday Program

Paulick Report – Explanations And Excuses: Future Stars Friday Connections React In Breeders’ Cup Aftermath

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering. 

Theodore Roosevelt

TDN – Martini – Weekend of Champions Ends With Night of Stars at Fasig-Tipton Sunday

TDN – McGrath – Home Comforts Help Euros To Away Treble

TDN – Sheerin – The Major European Talking Points From Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Action

Bloodhorse – Angst – Victoria Road Nips Silver Knott in BC Juvenile Turf

TDN – Victoria Road Bobs to a Win in BC Juvenile Turf

Paulick Report – Paulick – Victoria Road Gives O’Brien, Moore Fifth Juvenile Turf Victory, Nosing Out Appleby-Trained Silver Knott

Vulture – The Best Books of 2022 (So Far)

The Intelligencer – Wise – Has Long COVID Always Existed?

Southern Living – 8 Holiday Mistakes That Almost Certainly Will Get You An “Oh, Bless Your Heart” Response

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.

Kurt Vonnegut

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Forte Runs Down Cave Rock in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

TDN – Sherack – Violence’s Forte Sweeps to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Win

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Forte Overhauls Heavy Favorite Cave Rock In Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Sal says that all those people in the background wildly cheering Forte’s win were CDI executives.

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain\TDN – Sheerin – O’Brien Gets No Nay Never Answers As Meditate Stays Breeders’ Cup Trip

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Meditate Flies Home in BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

Paulick Report – Voss – Meditate Leaves No One To Wonder In Decisive Juvenile Fillies Turf Win

TDN – DeBernardis – No Nay Never’s Meditate Dominates BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

Paulick Report – Nevills – Wonder Wheel Kicks Clear In Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Bloodhorse – Wilkin – Wonder Wheel Rolls to Victory in BC Juvenile Fillies

TDN- Sherack – Wonder Wheel Slices her Way to Juvenile Fillies Win

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Mischief Magic Soars Late in BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Mischief Magic Jumpstarts Appleby’s Breeders’ Cup With Last-To-First Victory In Juvenile Turf Sprint

TDN – DeBernardis – Exceed and Excel’s Mischief Magic Rallies to Win the BC Turf Sprint for Godolphin

Sometimes, when I get up in the morning, I feel very peculiar. I feel like I’ve just got to bite a cat! I feel like if I don’t bite a cat before sundown, I’ll go crazy! But then, I just take a deep breath and forget about it. That’s what is known as real maturity.


Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “2022 Breeders Cup Wrap”

  1. Alberta Racing ends on positive note with 3rd qtr earnings showing racinos with 9% increase in revenues at Mile and 4% at Downs.

    Both RACINOS show all time record results for October, 1st month 4qtr period.

    NEGATIVE is overall loss of 1.8 million due to 7% revenue drop at Belvedere, due to road construction and lower slot hold (earnings% per $100 slot bet)

    UTILITY costs rose 17%, perhaps a solar farm in the track infields??

    WHAT’S UP!!!! CHAIRMAN Peter in his investor presentation stated the following in a question to reducing their massive debt for leverage.
    “We own the Canadian assets. Not to say that as any need to do anything with those,but we could if you wanted too”????

    TENILE has a HRA position for life, with the amended tribunal guidelines from June 2022, minister appoints 3yr terms with up to 12!! YR TERM under section 5.1

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