Dec 262022

Monday December 26 2022

Santa Anita Park

American Oaks (GIT) $300k g 3yo f 10f Turf
La Brea S (G1) $300k g 3yo f 7f Dirt
Mathis Brothers Mile (GIIT) $200k g 3yo 8f Turf
Runhappy Malibu S (GI) $300k g 3yo 7f Dirt
San Antonio S (GII) $200k g 3&up 8.5f Dirt
San Gabriel S (GIIT) $200k g 3&up 9f Turf

Santa Anita Park Boxing Day Entries

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Whiskey in Winter

Flightline Print Giveaway & Signing

The Nominations for the Runhappy Malibu are out and include Peter Redekop’s Apprehend, a son of Arrogate out of Hero’s Amor the multiple stakes winning mare that raced in Alberta and British Columbia for Elevated Bloodstock & Raxon Cho, who are also the breeders of Apprehend. Apprehend is trained by Peter Miller.

With 15 3 year olds nominated to the Runhappy Malibu and 18 to the La Brea looks like we’re in for a superlative Boxing Day Card at Santa Anita.


Blushing K.D. S $100k g 3&up f/m 8.5f Turf
Buddy Diliberto Memorial S $100k g 3&up 8.5f Turf
Gun Runner S $100k g 2yo 8.5f Dirt
Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Memorial S $100k g 3&up f/m 8.32f Dirt
Letellier Memorial S $100k g 2yo f 6f Dirt
Richard R. Scherer Memorial S $100k g 3&up 5.5f Turf
Sugar Bowl S $100k g 2yo 6f Dirt
Tenacious S $100k g 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Untapable S $100k g 2yo f 8.32f Dirt

Hockey Canada – Schedule announced for 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship

CTHS Alberta – CTHS Alberta Announces Breeders’ Programs for 2023

Randy Howg’s Arizona Sun won the Octotillo Overnight Stake at Turf Paradise on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 for trainer Robertino Diodoro with Karlo Lopez aboard. The win moved Robertino only 10 away from the 3,000 win mark.

lundi 26 decembre

Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.

Kin Hubbard

Scientific Spirit – D’Costa – What is Christmas Spirit?

Sal’s Christmas and year round Spirit

Red Truck Brewery | Brewery, Beer truck, Red truck

'Red Truck Rural Bakery' Warrenton (VA) October 2017 | Flickr

Over Now

You Can’t Always Get what you want but Sal says that you can exchange it for something you need the day after Boxing Day or better yet get cash for your betting account.

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.”

George Foreman

Los Angeles Times – Abcarian – Column: What’s wrong? You didn’t want that vacuum cleaner for Christmas?

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

Ernest Hemingway

Paulick Report – Santa Anita: The Present To Unwrap The Day After Christmas

Koinonia House – Loeffler – The Feast of Stephen

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Jake LaMotta

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali – he was a magnificent fighter and he was an icon… Every head must bow, every knee must bend, every tongue must confess, thou art the greatest, the greatest of all time, Muhammad, Muhammad Ali.

Don King

Feast of Stephen

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Joe Frazier

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – George Foreman

The Greatest Love of All

I like to box. How I like to box.
So every day I box a Gox.
In yellow socks I box my Gox.
I box in yellow Gox box socks.

Dr. Seuss

The Boxer

Sporting Events

Many people observe Boxing Day by taking in a sporting event such as horse racing or a football game. Gather a group of friends and spend the day together cheering on your favorite team. In the United Kingdom, Premier League Football has a full day dedicated to games on Boxing Day.

Love to Know – Hara – Boxing Day Traditions to Celebrate the Day After Christmas

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

Emo Philips

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Satan

Gimme Shelter

Honky Tonk Woman

Honky Tonk Woman


It’s Only Rock n Roll

Manic Monday

2021 Runhappy  Malibu Stakes

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!

Dr. Seuss

Sal says that if you’re sick and tired of turkey, crave some pasta and sauce and sick and tired of all of the useless tomato sauce recipes from every idiot who knows how to post but not cook, then follow Matlock’s advice and go back to Tomato Sauce 101 and Buying Canned Tomatoes 101.

Los Angeles Times – Peterson – The official pasta sauce power ranking

Sal’s Official Pasta Sauce Power Ranking:

1. Home Made

Sal says that if you’re sick and tired of turkey and too busy handicapping to cook you can always call Pizza Hut.

Sal says that if you’re heading to your local OTB or track to watch and wager on the Malibu beware the Turkey a la King and Turkey Tetrazzini specials, cuz you don’t know if the turkey’s left over from Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Porca puttana

The Romans were really the first Italian culinary borrowers. In addition to the jujube, they brought home cherries, apricots and peaches from the corners of their vast empire, Parasecoli tells me. But in the broad sweep of Italian history, it was Arabs, not Romans, who have left the more lasting mark on Italian cuisine.

During some 200 years of rule in Sicily and southern Italy, and the centuries of horticultural experimentation and trade that followed, Arabs greatly expanded the range of ingredients and flavors in the Italian diet. A dizzying array of modern staples can be credited to their influence, including almonds, spinach, artichokes, chickpeas, pistachios, rice and eggplants.

Noema – Last – There Is No Such Thing As Italian Food

Sal says that if it wasn’t for the Arabs we’d be doing Chinese math with Roman numerals. That would give an entirely different meaning to E = mc².

Grunge – David – The Malibu Barbie Doll Was Inspired By This Iconic ’60s Starlet

LA Woman

Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

We can learn from history, but we can also deceive ourselves when we selectively take evidence from the past to justify what we have already made up our minds to do.

Margaret MacMillan

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Los Angeles Times – Woody – This Barbie used to be trash. Mattel courts toy-shopping parents with sustainable products

Hello, Goodbye

Q. What do you call an Australian looking after his grill?

A. A barbie sitter.

Sal says that after the gluttony of the holiday season the day after Boxing Day is a fine time to start getting your body back or into shape and get a head start on the New Year’s resolutions you’re bound to break.

Sal says that with this being the Runup to the Runhappy Malibu Stakes maybe we should look at some running.

NY Times – Parker-Pope – How to Start Running

Runners Blueprint – How to Start Running For Beginners

Sal says that we’re speaking of actual running in the great outdoors which is a major step for those whose only exercise is jumping to conclusions and running off at the mouth.

Running on Empty

Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster.     

Johan Cruyff

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

They that are against superstition oftentimes run into it of the wrong side. If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black.

John Selden

The Weight

In a world full of lions and tigers entertaining the masses, have you ever seen a wolf performing in a circus?

Akilnathan Logeswaran

Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.


Redemption Song

Noema – How To Speak Honeybee

I never knew we had allies in these areas did you Agres?” Nicka asked, Agres shrugged “You learn something new everyday.

Charon Lloyd-Roberts

Run Run Run

In our everyday lives, if we intentionally set out to learn new things or do familiar things in new ways (such as commuting to work via a new route or taking the bus instead of a car), we effectively rewire our brains and improve them. A physical workout builds muscle; a mental workout creates new synapses to strengthen the neural network.

Deepak Chopra


Far Out – Potter – How Kurt Cobain’s suicide note “fucked with” Neil Young

Unknown Legend

You can never be too smart to know everything.
Everyday you learn new things through events that transpire daily in your life.

Albert Einstein

Sal says that the one thing that Sal’s readers should have learned is that Sal’s favourite pitch is a curveball or a changeup.

Moonlight Sonata

Noema – Vuocolo – The Disappearing Art Of Maintenance

iFashion Guy – Smith – How To Patch Jeans | 11 Easiest Way To Fix Your Ripped Jeans


Collard Kraut


Vox – Polpe – In search of an attainable New Year’s resolution

Tiny Dancer – 11 book and music recommendations that will ignite your imagination

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.     

Mario Andretti


Vivian’s Pepsi, Peanut, and Bourbon Float

New Arena – According to Rotten Tomatoes, These are the 30 Worst Movies of All-Time

Scientific American – Hopkin – Why Your Dog Might Think You’re a Bonehead

Sports Illustrated – Wertheim – Sports Sector

Instead of bringing good tidings and cheer to their fans, Wilson and Co. served up a giant lump of coal on national television in a contest that was also aired on Nickelodeon in a special holiday-themed stream … poor kids.

Sports Illustrated – Scott – Sports World Sounds Off on Broncos, Russell Wilson’s Abysmal Game vs. Rams

ESPN – Legwold – Denver Broncos fire coach Nathaniel Hackett after 4-11 start

Day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean

Water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink.”
 Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Portobello Belle


Surfer Girl

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Fiero – Treachery, turmoil and triumph

Sign of The Times

TDN – Thornton – Week In Review: Racing On Christmas A Thing of the Past, But Legend Lives On

Sloop John B

TDN – Bill Finley – The TDN’s Top 10 Stories of 2022

Paulick Report – Voss – Thanks To Inked, Former Racetracker Fadenholz Is Writing A New Story

Good Vibrations

TDN – Fernando – Taking Stock: Practical Joke Is Value

Now, a very great man once said That some people rob you with a fountain pen.

Bob Dylan

Surfin USA

TSN – Masters – Fantilli standing out prior to Canada’s opener against Czechia

The Year (1910)

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Century Mile Cancels Boxing Day Card

Trash City

le dimanche decembre 25 joyeux Noël

Photo book of trucks brings wine country’s past to life

Photo of Green Truck - Culver City, CA, United States

Down on the Farm

And I would eat them in a boat,

and I would eat them with a goat.

Dr. Seuss

Esquire – Fussman – Helen Mirren: What I’ve Learned

Green Door

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett – Harry and Meghan quit the Royal Family. Is it time for Canada to join them?

How to Carve a Turkey

Bobby Flay’s Turkey Carving Tips

Is there any practice less selfish, any time less wasted than preparing something nourishing and delicious for the people you love?

Michael Pollan


When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.


The Ringer – Pina – Ranking the NBA’s Five Christmas Day Games

2015 Malibu Stakes

Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.

Anthony Bourdain

Southern Living – Wells – Watching “White Christmas” With My Mom Is the Holiday Tradition We’ll Never Give Up

And strictly forbid that any quarrelling be at your meals.

Robert Grosseteste

Funny Dog Christmas Card | Happy Christmas Cards | Twizler

Sports Business Journal – Prisbell – NBA again sharing traditional Christmas spotlight with NFL

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – The NBA’s Christmas Tradition Could Finally Be Challenged…By The NFL

Even if you don’t think you can cook well, you can cook better than the food industry.

Michael Pollan

30+ Funny Christmas Quotes & Sayings That Make You Laugh

The approach of Christmas brings harrassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.

Mark Twain

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

Vox – Pai – The 12 Days of Christmas: The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol

Marcus Tullius Cicero

All Quiet on the Western Front. It’s just not December without that movie in my house.

Tom Hanks

All Quiet On The Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front

Rolling Stone – Dolan – The 25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time

Christmas Train

What is the meaning of Christmas, as stated by the film?

I could not tell you what this movie thinks the meaning of Christmas is, not if you gave me a million dollars. Instead, on the 25th Day of Bingemas, I want to say thank you for watching, reading, and spiraling into the abyss with me. It’s been a beautiful nightmare, and as a token of my gratitude, I’ve signed each and every one of you up for a surprise clinical trial not of your choosing. Merry Bingemas to all! (Except for Vanessa Hudgens, who has exactly one year to MAKE THINGS RIGHT.)

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 25: ‘The Most Colorful Time of the Year’

Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.

Vladimir Nabokov

Psyche – Andrew – How to find great films to watch

Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.

Dr. Seuss


Donald Duck’s Christmas

On Broadway

Cosmopolitan – Sullivan – The 50 Best Family Christmas Movies to Stream This Holiday Season

Little Drummer Boy

I disconnect the telephone to keep the outside world in it’s correct place.

Chuck Palahniuk

Sal says that everyone who watches It’s A Wonderful Life love the bit about the angel getting it’s wings. If you don’t want to wait for the bells to ring Michael already has his wings even though they do need a tad of clipping.

Chain of Fools


BBC – Burton-Hill – How Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker became a Christmas classic

You Should Be Dancing

I Came to Dance

Dancing In The Street

Under Pressure

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.

Alfred Hitchcock

Hollywood Reporter – Weprin – Bob Iger’s Austerity Era Begins at Disney: Behind His Most Pressing Concerns

I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.

Clarence Clemons


You must write for children in the same way as you do for adults, only better.

Maxim Gorky

FiveThirtyEight – Kirshner – The College Football Bowls You Should Watch, According To Our Highly Scientific Ratings

The Ringer – Philips – The Legend of Pelé, the Brazilian Boy Who Remade Soccer in His Image

Amazing Grace

samedi 24 decembre

Winery Truck

International Harvester Scout Standard Cab Pickup 1973 Yellow For Sale ...

Darling Be Home Soon

TDN – Santa Anita Kicks Off 87th Winter/Spring Season of Racing Monday

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup: Malibu On Santa Anita’s Opening Day Could Decide 3-Year-Old Title

Esquire – Fussman – Bill Maher: What I’ve Learned

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.

Samuel Beckett

2015 Malibu Stakes

Atlas Obscura – Burgess – J.R.R. Tolkien Is Our Favorite Father Christmas

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 24: ‘Reindeer Games Homecoming’

It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.

Michael Pollan

It appears that people weren’t afraid to say “Merry Christmas.” They just didn’t care. A real shift has occurred, not because of animosity but because of apathy. In 2005, roughly equal portions of Americans told Pew Research that they wanted stores to say “Merry Christmas” and that they didn’t care what stores said (with another 12 percent favoring “Happy holidays” or “Season’s greetings”). Over the next decade, those numbers diverged. By 2017, less than a third (32 percent) preferred “Merry Christmas,” while more than half (52 percent) said it didn’t matter which greeting stores used.

The Atlantic – Graham – The War on Christmas Is Winning

If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?

Steven Wright

Silent Night

Q. How is Christmas exactly like your job?

A. You do all the work and some fat guy in a suit gets all the credit.

The New Yorker – Monroe – The Water Wranglers of the West Are Struggling to Save the Colorado River

In Between Days

Resist the temptation to subject yourself only to that which re-affirms what you already think.

Jake Tapper

The New Yorker – Hanawalt – Choosing Horses

Man on the Moon

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by stupidity.

Robert J. Hanlon

If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a joke?

Steven Wright

Silent Night

Yahoo – Evening Standard – Mussen – The rise of the rental Christmas tree: This is why everyone’s renting their festive firs this year

Gimme Shelter

Let’s have some new cliches.

Samuel Goldwyn

Live Through the Night

Somewhere Down the Crazy River

It’s Christmas Eve! It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.

Bill Murray

I Got You Babe

Just wanted you to know that you have literally no chance of ending up on the good list of Santa this year. Merry Christmas to you!

Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

Brisnet – Reilly – Country Grammer gets Dettori in San Antonio; Pizza Bianca stretches out in American Oaks

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Country Grammer Seeks Year-End Triumph in San Antonio

Don’t Stop The Dance

Brisnet – Hanson – Taiba looms a heavy favorite in Malibu; Midnight Memories leads La Brea cast

In The Air Tonight

ESPN – Jets assistant Miles Austin suspended for gambling, to appeal

Two Of Us

TDN – Fipke Firster The ‘Bee’s’ Knees in Dubai

Some Time Around Midnight

Bloodhorse – Angst – Jockeys’ Guild to Drop its Litigation Opposing HISA

Bloodhorse – Industry Leaders React to HISA Amendment Approval

What Did Santa Say to the two legged reindeer.

Come on. Eileen

Bloodhorse – Medina Spirit Appeal Waits on Hearing Officer Proposal

Like a Hurricane

Sports Business Journal – Prisbell – NBA again sharing traditional Christmas spotlight with NFL

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – The NBA’s Christmas Tradition Could Finally Be Challenged…By The NFL

Brisnet – Hanson – Grass racing at Fair Grounds resumes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day

Like A Hurricane

Paulick Report – After Three-Year Blackout, Arizona Horseplayers To Get Stronach Track Simulcasts Back

Learn to Fly

NYRA – McCalmont – Best of 2022: John Imbriale

Run, Run Rudolph

Ho, Ho Ho

Santa Claus

vendredi 23 decembre

Wine Truck 2 | Old lorries, Vintage trucks, Farm trucks

Bull Spit Brewing Company Announces Growth | Mass Brew Bros

Friday On My Mind

Far Out – Russell and Tibbs – The 10 most underrated Christmas movies of all time

Far Out – Tibbs – How ‘A Christmas Tale’ achieved a Palme d’Or nomination

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

White Christmas

Esquire Sager – B.B. King: What I’ve Learned

Taste of Home – How to Host a White Elephant Gift Exchange

Here’s Sal’s Simple rules for White Elephant gifts:

1. Each gift must be a bottle of wine.

2. Each gift must cost no less than $20 a bottle.

3. No Mogen David.

The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? 

David Attenborough

This is Why

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Taiba, Forbidden Kingdom Head Malibu

Tory Avery – What is Shabbat?

Andscape – Cooper – Wade Cellars is on a mission to make wine more accessible

Wrangler – Ridin Solo Wins 2022 YETI World Champion Bull Title

Riding Solo

The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.

Cowboy wisdom

The Lonely Bull

Sports Business Journal – Mass. to launch retail sports betting Jan. 31

Bon Appetit – Samuelsson and Yam – Jacques Pépin’s 5 Pro Tips for Home Cooking

Southern Living – BBQ Brisket And Latkes: How One Editor’s Family Celebrates Hanukkah In Memphis

If a queen bee were crossed with a Friesian bull, would not the land flow with milk and honey? 

Oliver St. John

The Ringer – Pina – Ranking the NBA’s Five Christmas Day Games

Hollywood Reporter – Giardina – Oscars: Shortlists for 95th Academy Awards Unveiled

Batman Slap In The Face GIF - Batman Slap In The Face Robin GIFs

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.

George Carlin

Silver Bells

Sports Illustrated – Kliegman – SpongeBob, Slime and … Aaron Donald? Nickelodeon’s Circle Grows Into Football and Golf.

Front Office Sports – Teams Scoring Billions in Public Funds for New Stadiums, Renovations

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and he’s giving billions of taxpayer dollar$ to further line the pockets of tax dodging billionaires while you still have to heat your one room school house with a pot belly stove. But the billionaires say that chopping the wood and hauling the water builds character.

The Ringer – Kram – The Nerd Culture Recommended Reading Guide

Southern Living – 45 Easy Christmas Eve Appetizers To Welcome Your Holiday Guests

For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.

Ralph Nader

Bloodhorse – Remington Park Thoroughbred Meet Handle Declines

Road To Nowhere

Beware of addictive medicines. Everything in moderation. This applies particularly to the Internet and your sofa. The physical world is ultimately the source of all inspiration. Which is to say, if all else fails: take a bike ride.

Aaron Koblin

Garden and Gun – Holidays in the South: 24 Must-Try Cocktails

Southern Living – 35 Christmas Cocktail Recipes We Love

Atlas Obscura – Schultz – The Satisfaction of Mathematically Efficient Christmas Cookies


Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett – Alberta’s nationhood delusion

The Family Man

Sal says that this movie needs a better ending.

Esquire -Cannon – Not All of Them Were Merry

Wild Horses

TDN – Ross – Grassley Amendment Fails; HISA `Fix’ Language in Omnibus Bill

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Senate Passes Spending Bill With HISA Language in Place

All Day and All of the Night

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

T.S. Eliot

The Hustle – Cohen – Maple syrup had its sweetest year ever in 2022

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 23: ‘The Holiday Sitter’

Paulick Report – Voss – Arizona: Turf Paradise Sees Another Breakdown During Commission Meeting Discussing Equine Safety, Missed Race Dates

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Baffert to Saddle Half the La Brea Field

Hockey Night in Canada


Atlas Obscura – Bickman – The Christmas Tree Is One of the World’s Oldest and Most Evergreen Traditions

Tougher Than The Rest

Bloodhorse – Perez – Balnikhov to Put Closing Kick on Display in Mathis Mile

Pain in My Heart

Bloodhorse – Perez – Senate Bill May Bring Needed Change to Industry


Sports Illustrated – Apstein – Trevor Bauer Is Eligible to Pitch in 2023 After Arbitrator Reduces His Suspension

TSN – ESPN – Gonzalez – Dodgers’ Bauer has suspension cut, reinstated immediately

Sports Illustrated – Baccellieri – The Dodgers Should Know Where They Stand on Trevor Bauer

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: Should the Dodgers bring back Trevor Bauer? No. Not in a million years

Sal says that if MLB allows a stock fraudster like Cohen to own the Mets then Bauer should be back in uniform on opening day.

SportsNet – Bruins adopt new player-vetting process following independent review

Just Like Heaven

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – ‘Ol’ Border knew it was time’: farewell to the oldest known Secretariat, gone at 34

What’s Love Got To Do With It

jeudi 22 decembre

Vintage Ride - Benessere Vineyards Wine Truck in HDR


Sal says the fire truck is there just in case you got a tad carried away with your Yule fire.

I Came to Dance

Esquire – Sebastien – What I’ve Learned: Liam Gallagher

Under Pressure

Epicurious – Moyer-Nocchi and Miller – Who Invented Mac and Cheese? This American Favorite Has Ancient Roman Roots

1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked just under al dente

Bobby Flay’s Macaroni and Cheese Carbonara


Most people don’t know that wrestling came out of the circus.

Billy Corgan

Speaking of Bobby Flay he’ll be looking for Pizza Bianca in the Santa Anita winners’ circle on Boxing Day


Los Angeles Time – McNamara – Column: Once a Santa, always a Santa: An L.A. set decorator and seasonal Santa tells all

Free ticket to circus like gold ring on merry-go-round – make enjoyment double.

Charlie Chan

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Grassley, Manchin Fight HISA Amendment

Paulick Report – Senators Grassley, Manchin File Amendment To Strip ‘Quick Fix’ HISA Language From Omnibus Bill


Fatherly – The Dumb, Enduring Genius of Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song”

Taste of Home – Mulvey – Here’s What Happened to the Christmas Goose

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Marcus Terentius Varro

Mash Christmas

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Mother Goose

Little Jack Horner
Sat on the corner,
Watching the girls go by;
Along came a beauty,
He said”Hey there cutie”,
And that’s how he got his black eye!


Bloodhorse – Byron King – Bellstreet Bridie Brings Staying Power to American Oaks

Separate Lives

If you feel the urge, don’t be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. What do you think wild geese are for anyway?

TDN – Ross – Attorney, Trainer Vienna Joins Epistolary Exchanges on HISA

Sal said it before and Sal will say it again. This pissing match between the sanctimonious fucking assholes trying to foist HISA on the horsemen and the horsemen who are trying to protect their pocket book from a level of bureaucracy similar to the utterly useless Horse Racing Alberta crew is doing nothing but harming the industry. Get it right or all the US racing industry will have is its version of the window gazers from Horse Racing Alberta.

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

Nikola Tesla

Wicked Game

TDN – Fanduel First to Offer Single Account

Good Vibrations

TDN – John Deere, Keeneland, Jockey Club, Are Eclipse Presenting Sponsors


Paulick Report – Judge Sets Jan. 18 Hearing On Baffert Motion For Injunction Against Churchill Downs Ban

High Fidelity

The Star – Nuttall – Ukraine is ‘alive and kicking,’ emotional Volodymyr Zelenskyy says at U.S. Congress

As It Was

Fatherly – Freydkin – The 100 Best Gifts for Dads in 2022

Paulick Report – Irad Ortiz Jr. Eclipses Garrett Gomez’ Single-Season Record For Stakes Wins

Times Like These

National Post – Dawson – Albertans are pessimistic and leaning toward voting Notley over Danielle Smith: poll

Times Like These

Garden and Gun – Cooper – The Unlikely Origins of Atlanta’s Gas-Station Burger Sensation

In Between Days

Sports Business Journal – Mets obliterate MLB record payroll, tax hit after Correa deal

The Ringer – The Mets Will Take Carlos Correa, Too

SportsNet – Worden – By The Numbers: Mets, Cohen playing a different kind of ‘Moneyball’

The Astros let Correa walk last year and then went on to win the World Series for Mattress Mack. Sal says that maybe the Astros have the right formula and don’t give out 12 year contracts to 28 year old shortstops.

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Southern Living – Yu – 9 Baked Goods Our Editors Are Gifting This Holiday Season

Immigrant Song

I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.

Albert Einstein

Garden and Gun – Parrish – A Life Measured in Christmas Ornaments 

Scarborough Fair

Canada’s National Observer – Make your Christmas sweater less ugly for the environment 

The Ringer – Herman – The Year the Streaming Bubble Burst

Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Ooh Las Vegas

2013 Malibu Stakes

2014 Malibu Stakes

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 22: ‘Something From Tiffany’s’

Trust not too much to appearances.


Front Office Sports – McCarthy – Sources: DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel Could Be Cancelled

Driving Home For Christmas

Aeon – Liggins – This essay isn’t true

Things I Know to be True

The world doesn’t need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.

Anne Rice

mercredi 21 decembre


Wine Photograph - Vintage Truck With Wine Barrels by Mountain Dreams

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Moon Dance

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The increase in rhetoric and hate crimes against Muslim-Americans and Syrian refugees is the triumph of fear over ideals. Those engaged in both are doing more to sabotage American values than the terrorists.

Esquire – Sager – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What I’ve Learned

Light My Fire

Sal reminds you that the entries for Santa Anita’s Boxing Day card are released today.

Aeon – Thomassie – Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly?

Atlas Obscura – Rosenblat – This Family Gave the World the Snow Globe

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

Yogi Berra

Canada’s National Observer –  Bartels – Rethinking the tenacity of salt marshes

Punch – Grant – The Vineyard Falcon Does Not Suffer Fools

Spirit Art and Herbs – Yule, the Winter Solstice – 2022

The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians.

George Monbiot

Cherry-and-Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Light My Fire

How To Celebrate Yule


This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.

Margaret Atwood

How To Celebrate Yule

Fire and Rain

How To Celebrate Yule

How To Celebrate Yule

Sex on Fire

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.


National Today – Yule

Heart Moon Blog – The Yule Fire

Davy and Tracy – Celebrating Yule – The Winter Solstice

Stonehenge Stone Circle – Yule – Winter Solstice

The Vulcan Advocate – Roberts – Canada’s Stonehenge, a Vulcan County treasure

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

Ray Bradbury

Phantom of the Opera

Atlas Obscura – Terlach – Aurora Hunters Capture the Wonder of the Northern (and Southern) Lights

Outside – Siber – I Spent the Winter Solstice in One of the Darkest Places on Earth

Darkness, Darkness

Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.

David Niven

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – NFL Invests in NOBULL, Adds $160M to Equity Fund 

The Guardian – Salam – Amber Heard settles defamation case with Johnny Depp

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.     

Charles M. Schulz

Bloodhorse – Byron King – HISA/FTC-Clarifying Language in Federal Spending Bill

“I want to praise Senator Grassley for his bold move to protect horsemen in Iowa and throughout the U.S.,” said Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA. “An amendment to HISA should not have been written in the dark of night and has no place in the 4,000-plus-page spending bill. You cannot fix a constitutionally flawed law with one sentence. The Grassley Amendment will ensure that real, working horsemen are listened to on how to fix the law that regulates their industry. The Grassley Amendment is picking up steam, and I urge all horsemen to call and email their Senators right away to vote ‘Yes’ for the Grassley amendment.”

TDN – Senators Grassley, Manchin, File Amendment to Strip HISA Language From Omnibus Bill

Politicians were like talking dogs in a circus. The fact that they existed was uncommonly interesting, but no sane person would actually believe what they said.

Alan Furst

Bloodhorse – Scheeler: Horsemen, HISA Can Work Together Toward Goals

TDN – Letter to the Industry: HISA Calls on Horsemen to Work with US to Advance Shared Goals

Paulick Report – Scheeler – HISA Board Chair Responds To Open Letter From HBPA: ‘Let’s Find The Courage To Do This Together’

Statement from National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback, General Counsel Peter Ecabert on the Senate’s one-sentence ‘fix’ for the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act:
Last night, Congressional leaders released text of a 4,000+ page omnibus spending bill, which includes an amendment to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). The proposed amendment would delete the power of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to draft interim final rules. Instead, it would allow the FTC to strike, add to, or modify rules proposed by the HISA corporation for fair administration of the law. The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) CEO Eric Hamelback and General Counsel Peter Ecabert released the following statement:
“By including in this spending bill a so-called ‘fix’ to HISA, Congressional leaders are admitting that the law they added into the 2020 spending bill was unconstitutional, as we told them it was and as the Fifth Circuit ruled. I am disheartened that, once again, legislation governing the horseracing industry was crafted in the dark of night with no public hearings and virtually no industry input. You cannot fix a fundamentally broken law with one sentence. This amendment does not address other substantive issues, nor does it address the funding disaster that remains in the flawed Act. It is clear from the issues raised in the various lawsuits contesting the legal validity of HISA that this one-sentence ‘fix’ does not alleviate the glaring constitutional infirmities this law has created. The constitutional defects still include a non-federal private entity granted the power to levy taxes in violation of Article I, Tenth Amendment violations for anti-commandeering of states powers, Fourth and Seventh Amendment violations for lack of due process, and violations of the Administrative Procedures Act.
“For all the reasons we state above, the Act itself remains unconstitutional by handing the regulation of an entire industry over to an unelected, unaccountable private corporation. This fight is not over, and the National HBPA will go all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to, in order to protect the interests of horsemen across the country.”
Eric J. Hamelback
CEO, The National HBPA
Peter Ecabert
General Counsel, The National HBPA

Sal says that Scheeler and the rest of the HISA Board and Executives need to to get off their high horses cuz there’s not enough oxygen up their for their brains to function properly. Funny how Scheeler talks about HISA and the horsemen working together when the horsemen’s main beef is that HISA has been imposed from above by decree without any real consultation with the horsemen. And it’s dollars coming out of horsemen’s pockets that will be funding HISA including the Board and Executive compensation.

Sal says from Band-Aid solutions never work.

Sal says that the public pissing match between HISA and the National HBPA is damaging the thoroughbred industry in the US at a time when the industry is fragile and in a fight for fans and wagering dollars.

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

Peter de Vries

ThoughtCo. – Nordquist – What is Tu Quoque (Logical Fallacy) in Rhetoric?


Southern Living – Yarborough – The Meaning Behind Putting Christmas Candles In The Window

Silver Bells

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Fasig-Tipton Puts Gulfstream Sale on Hold

In Between Days

California is a place where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors.     

Walter Winchell


Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.

Dylan Thomas

TDN – Thornton – Charles Town Requests 15 Fewer Dates in ’23

Paulick Report – Voss – RTIP: Illegal Wagering Is A Global Threat, And It’s Probably Impacting You

Sal says that unless HISA and the Horsemen make peace and start to work together they will be fighting over an extinct industry.

Sports Business Journal – Report: Mat Ishbia finalizing deal for Suns, Mercury

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Phoenix Suns, Mercury Reportedly Selling to Mat Ishbia for $4 Billion

His death comes two days before the 50th anniversary of the play that provided the jolt that helped transform the Steelers from also-rans into NFL elite and three days before Pittsburgh is scheduled to retire his No. 32 during a ceremony at halftime of its game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

ESPN – AP – Steelers Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris dies at 72

Sports Illustrated – Coolong – Franco Harris, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dies at 72

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

Mark Twain

My Back Pages

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Clark – ‘The hardest part is to stay where we are’ – major interview with Charlie Appleby

There are no real Californians. There are only people who live there and people who don’t.     

Laura Kalpakian

My Way

Paulick Report – Kilroy – Road To The Kentucky Derby: Graded Turf Winner Andthewinneris Makes Switch To Dirt For Monday’s Gun Runner Stakes

I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.

Alexander the Great

Garden and Gun – Holidays in the South: 32 Festive Recipes

I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. 


SportsNet – Hockey Canada says panel reviewing independent probe of alleged sexual assault

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

P. T. Barnum

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

Mark Twain

FiveThirtyEight – Menendez – The Teams That Won, Lost And Confused Us This MLB Offseason

The Ringer – Surrey – Amazon Is Cornering the Dad TV Market

When does a joke become a dad joke.

When it becomes apparent.

Remember when is the lowest form of conversation.

Tony Soprano

Fat Bottom Girls

The Ringer – Rogers – Is Live Music Broken? It’s Not Just Ticketmaster, It’s Everything.

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.


Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?

Dr. Seuss

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 21: ‘A Cozy Christmas Inn’

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.

Lou Holtz

Redemption Song

Sports Business Journal – Cheez-It goes all out with hotel room activation around bowl games

Christmas Song

mardi 20 decembre

Our History - The Tallman Truck

In Between Days

The circus collects the outsiders like a flame tempts moths.

Laura Lam

Esquire – Vain – What I’ve Learned: Padma Lakshmi

At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.

Ann Landers

The Star – CP – Amato – Onion Lake Cree Nation suing Alberta government over sovereignty act

Life is a circus ring, with some moments more spectacular than others.

Janusz Korczak

It’s My Party


Grading Boxed Wine

The rare dose of perfection is far better than the consistent drip of mediocrity.

Joe Ray

Rolling Stone – Blistein – Dave Grohl Dusts Off Classic Deep Cut ‘Marigold’ for Virtual Charity Concert

Mogen David

The other Dons in the room applauded and rose to shake hands with everybody in sight and to congratulate Don Corleone and Don Tattaglia on their new friendship. It was not perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they would not murder each other. That was friendship enough in this world, all that was needed.

Mario Puzo

LifeHacker – What ‘Finishing’ a Spirit Means, and Why It Matters

Sal says that if you pay attention, listen and keep an open mind you can learn something new everyday. Sal always thought that finishing a spirit meant emptying your glass.

1980 Malibu Stakes

For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer. 


Killing Me Softly

Michael, if you can’t pass, you can’t play.

Dean Smith

Rolling Stone – Browne – Collins, Dolan,  Garber-Paul, Greene, Gross, Krisztina,  Matos, Murray, Reeves, Sepinwell and Shefield –  The 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs of All Time

The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.

Charles Dickens

Hill Street Blues

Racehorse Ownership for $99/share

NY Post – Burke – Ray Kerrison, The Post’s legendary horse racing columnist, dead at 92

Peanut Butter

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dennis – ‘Loyalty is important to me’ – interview with Robert Havlin, the backroom boy who claimed a starring role after 31 years

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

John Wooden

TDN – Forbes – Op/Ed: The System Has Failed

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Paulick Report – What’s Next? HISA’s Status Dependent On Multiple Court Cases, Lawmakers

Paulick Report – Letters To The Editor: Speaking Out On Behalf Of HISA And The Need For Change

You can be sincere and still be stupid.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Bloodhorse – Downey – Hearing Officer Recommends Asmussen 30-Day Suspension

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.


Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Inc. to Purchase Exacta Systems

CTV New – Lachacz – Camrose casino owner appealing AGLC decision, cites impacts on charitable gaming model

Silver Bells

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

Leo Tolstoy

Front Office Sports – Gentrup – FTX Accused of Illegally Financing Super Bowl Ad

Everybody Knows

Je suis comme ça. Ou j’oublie tout de suite ou je n’oublie jamais.”

Samuel Beckett

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 20: ‘Sweet Navidad’

All I Want To Do

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?

T. S. Eliot

The Bitter Southerner – Hatchett – The Bitter Roots of Rosin Potatoes

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.

Jonas Salk

Hazy Shade of Winter

The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than his fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Bitter Southerner – Best of The Best

You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do the right thing.

Dean Smith

This Christmas Will Be Different

TSN – Westhead – Judge orders law firm to hand over records, evidence on alleged Hockey Canada assault

SportsNet – Court filling provides more details in alleged Hockey Canada sexual assault

The Show Must Go On

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

John Wooden

Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Nautilis – Adger – Never Say Wolf

Love has been described as a three-ring circus: First comes the engagement ring, then the wedding ring, and after that the suffering.

Bob Phillips

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett – Canada is not broken — but Pierre Poilievre’s approach is

To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.

W.J. Vogel

Ashes to Ashes

Sports Illustrated – Almeida and Wertheim – Looking Back on the Year of Sportswashing

Sports Business Journal – Qatar succeeds as World Cup host, but at what cost?

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Ray Bradbury

The Ringer – The 2022 World Cup Exit Survey

The telephone will be used to inform people that a telegram has been sent.

Alexander Graham Bell

lundi 19 decembre

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Arkells Brewery | Beer truck, Small trucks, Brewery

Come To Light

Sal was in a local non-chain watering hole the other evening and asked the server if they had any craft beer on tap. “Yes, we have Parallel 49″ was the response. After hearing the selection and placing his order Sal asked the server what the 49th Parallel was. Deer in the Headlights was the response.

Sal says that our school system sucks when kids in Alberta today don’t even know the US Canada border, let alone 54 40.


54 40

Sal says that you’d be hard pressed to find someone who could subtract 49 from 54 40 without the calculator on their smart phone.

Counting Cookies

And if you asked how Captain Vancouver got to what is now the west coast of Canada they’d say GPS.


Esquire – Huber – Willie Nelson: What I’ve Learned

Big Think – Logan – Why don’t evergreens change color and drop their leaves every fall?

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H. L. Mencken

Mo Better Blues

Canadian Thoroughbred – Canadian-Born Diodoro Closing In On 3,000 Training Wins

Paulick Report – Oaklawn: Bal Harbour Gives Diodoro Second Straight Tinsel Win, Pretty Birdie Goes Gate To Wire In Poinsettia

Esquire – O’Keefe – What I’ve Learned: John Grisham

Bloodhorse – Racing Victoria’s Equine Welfare Plan Faces Criticism

Blue Cafe

The Ringer – Phillips – We Are All Witnesses

Front Office Sports – Byers – Argentina Wins World Cup, Caps Month of Record Spending and Viewership

Sports Business Journal – Millions celebrate Argentina’s World Cup win

Southern Living – Russell – Our 50 Greatest Gifts For Neighbors

Country fences need to be horse high, pig tight, and bull strong.

Cowboy Wisdom

Esquire – Fussman – Jim Harrison: What I’ve Learned

Blue Hotel

ESPN – When will LeBron break Kareem’s record?

My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn’t have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dennis – The great entertainer leaves the stage, leaving us wanting more – Steve Dennis on Frankie Dettori

Forever in Blue Jeans

The Athletic – Shunzawa – The death of NHL slap shots: Why players are abandoning hockey’s signature offensive weapon

Slap Shot

In the meantime, without having seen Bernie Geoffrion, Fred invents his own slap shot. The booming innovation unnerves defenders. When Fred gets called up to play his first NHL game in Chicago, he has to be driven there by a white coach, because the law forbids any ‘Indian’ under the age of 20 from leaving the country unescorted. (Except as soldiers during world wars, as sharply noted)

Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose: 9780735240018 | PenguinRandomHouse ...

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. One thing we know: our god is also your god. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Chief Seattle

Behind Blue Eyes

The Globe and Mail – Proudfoot – MPs urge Hockey Canada board to investigate new information on alleged group sexual assault

The Globe and Mail – Doolittle – Court filing reveals new details about alleged Hockey Canada group sexual assault

The Hustle – Sopko – The $220B World Cup is over. Was it worth it?

Mama Told Me Not To Come

The Star – Laing – We asked one of Canada’s top hostesses for her best party secrets — and they may surprise you

Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there. 

Franklin P. Jones

Liisbeth – Serving up “MILF and Cookies”

Life Hacker – Skwarecki – If You’re Worried About Which Vegetables Are ‘Healthier,’ You’re Overthinking It

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.

Michael Pollan

Call Any Vegetable

The Conversation – Hill – Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

How my son discovered vegetables was from growing them in the garden.

Michael Pollan

Washington Post – Cracking open ‘The Nutcracker’s’ dark Russian past

Crystal Blue Persuasion

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries Wine from Every State (Montana-Wyoming)

Pale Blue Eyes

Pen and the Pad – Janney – A Description of the Ghosts in “A Christmas Carol”

Sal says that’s a good trivia question. Everyone remembers the ghosts of Christmas past, present and Yet to Come, but most forget that the first ghost that Scrooge sees is his dead business partner  Jacob Marley.

Pale Blue Eyes

TDN – Op/Ed: The Status Quo is Not An Option

Bloodhorse – Perez – Senate Bill May Bring Needed Change to Industry

Los Angeles Times – Baxter – News Analysis: Most dramatic World Cup final caps a unique and controversial tournament in Qatar

Blue Bird

A party without cake is just a meeting.

Julia Child

Paulick Report – Letters To The Editor: Speaking Out On Behalf Of HISA And The Need For Change

Canadian Thoroughbred – Bigg – 20-year Suspension Tops Penalties at Canadian Tracks

Paulick Report – Top Mahoning Valley Jockey Suspended 30 Days For ‘Lack Of Effort’

Sal says what’s a poor jockey to do. Crack his horse 20 times with the whip and get a HISAY fit suspension or not crack and get a lack of effort suspension.

Front Office Sports – Mark Cuban Wants Mavs to Play in a Casino Resort

Sal says its kind of ironic that Mattress Mack lives is a repressive state that does not allow sports betting.


Curbed – Secrets of the Christmas Tree Trade

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 19: ‘Haul Out the Holly’

Harlem Blues

dimanche 18 decembre

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Times Like These

The Guardian – Argentina beat France on penalties to win World Cup after stunning final

Dancing In The Street

ESPN – Kylian Mbappe beats Lionel Messi to World Cup Golden Boot award

It’s Easy to Say

The most important part are the fans, that people going home are happy. It’s their time off, and you should give them something to enjoy.

Johan Cruyff

Front Office Sports – How Globant Is Reinventing Fan Engagement for the Digital Age

Front Office Sports – Perez – Apple Could Be Out of Running for NFL Sunday Ticket

TDN – Advance Ticket Sales Ahead of Dec. 26 Santa Anita Classic Meet Opener

Paulick Report – Larger-Than-Life Flightline Mural To Be Unveiled At Santa Anita On Opening Day Monday

Front Office Sports – A Chaotic World Cup Still Delivers The Perfect Final

FiveThirtyEight – Mbappé vs. Messi Is The World Cup Final Soccer Fans Deserve

Ice Cream

Esquire – Yogi Berra: What I’ve Learned

Bloodhorse – Santa Anita Offers Three Turf Options at Upcoming Meet

Garden and Gun – Rehagen – How the South’s Bourbon Culture Changed Craft Beer

Big Think – Steiner – Why do we find clowns so creepy? It’s because of the 19th century circus

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.

Marcel Proust

Silver Bells

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 18: ‘My Christmas Fiancé’

The Counter – Reiner – The pandemic has transformed America’s dining landscape into an oligopoly dominated by chains 

Sal says that if you’re stepping out for dinner and drinks support your Ma and Pas and small Local chains.

Bookmarks – When Celebrities Write Novels

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

Mark Twain

The New Yorker – The Best Books of 2022 So Far

BBC – Lawrence and Baker – The 39 best books of the year so far 2022

I paint things as they are. I don’t comment.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

French 75

The Scotiabank Giller Prize Presents its 2022 Longlist

CBC – The finalists for the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

William Safire

Bon Appetit – Biggs – The 27 Best Cookbooks of 2022

LitHub – Temple – Meet the 2022 National Book Award Finalists

Washington Post – The 10 best books of 2022

New Yorker – The Best Books of 2022

The Guardian – Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver review – Dickens updated

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.

Charles Dickens

Dedicated to The One I Love

A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.

Mark Twain

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Pagones – Great racetracks we have lost: Hollywood Park and the dawning of the Breeders’ Cup era

The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.

Ian Fleming

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett | Celadon Books

Sometime After Midnight

Sal says that if you didn’t see that one coming read on in bliss.

Music is the space between the notes.

Claude Debussy

The Guardian – Cain – Cormac McCarthy: two new novels coming in 2022, 16 years after The Road

Everything in moderation, including moderation.

Oscar Wilde

Garden and Gun – Burke – James Lee Burke’s Bayou Baptism

House of The Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun

House Of The Rising Sun

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.

Erica Jong





I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Losing My Religion


If you can’t ride two horses at once, you shouldn’t be in the circus.

James Maxton

O Holy Night

The Star – CP – Banff National Park considers next steps for bison herd reintroduced into back country

I’ve never understood why artists, who so often condescend to the cliches of their own culture, are so eager to embrace the cliches of cultures they know nothing about. 

Brad Holland

Eater – McCarron – The Leftovers

Rolling Stone – Sheffield – Jewel-Box Heroes: Why the CD Revival Is Finally Here

Southern Living – Denenberg – 23 Cooking Mistakes A Southerner Never Makes

Southern Living – Christmas

Bon Appetit – Christmas

Food and Wine – Christmas

Epicurious – Christmas

Cold and dark, this time of year,
the earth lies dormant, awaiting the return
of the sun, and with it, life.
Far beneath the frozen surface,
a heartbeat waits,
until the moment is right,
to spring.

Prayer to the earth

Garden and Gun – Lotz – The Best Southern Books of 2022

Smithsonian Magazine – Lev-Tov – The Ten Best Books About Food of 2022

Southern Living – Cooking Secrets From The South’s Best Chefs We Had Never Heard

My Jewish Learning – Hannukah Food

If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.


NYC Ballet – The Nutcracker

Bloodhorse – Hot Peppers Bound for La Brea Stakes

Grand Kyiv Ballet – The Nutcracker

My Way

Certain things need to be said if one is to avoid falsifying the problem.

Frantz Fanon


Bon Appetit – Debary – The Right Way to Open a Bottle of Bubbly

Champagne for All Occasions

Better Off Dead – Christmas

Pitchfork – Spiotta – How Kurt Cobain Dealt With Being the World’s Most Famous Outcast

Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon

ESPN – Olley – Croatia secure World Cup third place over Morocco, but both left wondering what could have been

Sal says that the sports media was royally bashing the performance of the Canadian team at the 2022 world cup but with the top 2 teams in their group finishing 3rd and 4th the Canadian teams performance has been vindicated.

Stand By Me

TSN – FIFA World Cup champions to get $42M in prize money

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Craig Williams: If I could change anything it won’t be in racing, it would be stopping the war in Ukraine

Burning Down The House

TDN – White Abarrio To Train Up to Pegasus

TDN – Sherack – APB: Spendarella Targeting Keeneland’s Jenny Wiley

Nowhere Special

But I have bad taste with a deep fount of intellectuality.

Mel Brooks

Los Angeles Times – Saad – From scorched earth to pink paradise: ‘Barbie’ teaser introduces Margot Robbie’s doll


How do you remind Barbie of her line.

Give her a Barbie cue.

Darkness, Darkness

SportsNet – Hockey Canada elect Fraser as chair, Campbell-Pascall among new board of directors

TSN – Westhead -London police didn’t give committee documents related to alleged assault after Hockey Canada event

Sal says that Sal was hoping to see a couple of Curlers on the Board.

Hazy Shade of Winter

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

Henri Matisse

Ahead of Thyme – 50 Best Christmas Side Dishes

Taste of Home – Stanko and Balla – 30 Boozy Christmas Drinks to Make this Holiday Season

I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am.

Dr. Seuss

Taste of Home – Christmas Recipes

The tiger and the lion may be more powerful, but the wolf does not perform in the circus.

Earl Derr Biggers


LA Times – Giuffrida – Is this the best chocolate chip cookie recipe? Here’s what our experts say

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

Q. What does the gingerbread man put on his bed?

A. Cookie sheets!

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Practical Move Upsets Baffert Trio in Los Al Futurity

Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse?

Dr. Seuss

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Mottershead – Dettori to Retire After 2023 Racing Season

Paulick Report – Riding Great Frankie Dettori Announces Plans To Retire After 2023 Breeders’ Cup

You may like them. You will see. You may like them in a tree!

Dr. Seuss

Delish – Morillo and Miyashiro – 21 Holiday-Ready Bottles Of Wine That Pair Perfectly With Christmas Dinner

Bon Appettit – Sommelier Shops For Holiday Wines: Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve

My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.

Mark Twain

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 18: ‘My Christmas Fiancé’

Nuvo – Phillips – How Many Wine Glasses Do You Really Need?

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

Cowboy Wisdom

Southern Living – Shannon – 5 Mistakes I’ll Never Again Make When Hosting The Holidays

Southern Living – 118 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Inspire You to Bring the Beauty of the Season Home

BBC – Fisher – Teletubbies: The bizarre kids’ TV show that swept the world

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

Michel de Montaigne

Garden and Gun – Simon – Wise Wine Picks from a Groundbreaking Florida Sommelier

Southern Living – 18 Of The Best New Books To Gift This Holiday Season

Bon Appetit – Beyond Meat Is Having a No Good, Very Bad Year

Q. What’s the Grinch’s least favorite band?

A. The Who!


If you surround yourself with clowns, don’t be surprised when your life resembles a circus.

Steve Maraboli.


It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters but who’s around it.

Charlie Brown

Sports Illustrated – Orr – Vikings Do the Impossible With Season-Altering Comeback Victory

The Ringer – Sherman – The Most Ridiculous Moments From the Vikings’ Historic Comeback

Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.

Dr. Seuss

National Post – Raymond J. de Souza: King Charles will likely be the last British monarch to rule over Northern Ireland

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.

Andy Rooney

Tori Avery – Winter Holidays, Christmas

Hazy Shade of Winter

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.

Golda Meir

The Counter _ Druckman – Babka, borscht … and pumpkin spice? Two writers talk about Jewish identity through contemporary cookbooks.

Southern Living – Christmas Eve Casseroles Fit For a Crowd

Yule is when the dark half of the year cedes to the light half. Known as Solstice Night, Awaiting the rebirth of the Sun God. Bonfires, wassailing crops with toasts of spiced cider a time of madness and awesomeness.

Anujj Elviis

Making a Fire

Wassail Song

In Anglo-Saxon times, according to Crippen, it was customary for someone offering a drink to say, “Wassail!” and for the recipient to respond “Drinkhail!” and for the participants to repeat the exercise until comfortably horizontal.

Bill Bryson

Garden and Gun – Russell – A Salute to Elvis at Christmas

Kitchn – Catalano – I Tried 5 Latke Recipes and This Is What I Learned

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Woodbine Leading Jockey Kimura to Ride at Santa Anita

When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.

Will Rogers

Canada’s National Observer – Nuclear fusion breakthrough should be a wakeup call for Alberta

Sal agrees that the dolts running the UCP government in Alberta need a wakeup call, but even the most optimistic physicists think that nuclear fusion providing power is a few decades away. The the dolts running the UCP don’t care as long as they can pander to their wacko wing.

ESPN – Schefter – Sources: NFL teams spent $800M on fired coaches, execs over past 5 years

The Weight

Truly – The World’s Oldest Horse Race

UpRoxx – Hyden – ‘The Last Waltz’ Is The Best Thanksgiving Movie Ever Made

The Weight

TDN – Ransom – Dec. 16: One-Two Finish For Bolt Pads First-Year Stallion Lead

Paulick Report – Five Grade 1 Races Downgraded For 2023; Stephen Foster Renews Grade 1 Status

Bloodhorse – American Graded Stakes Committee Releases 2023 Grades

TDN – Woodward, Cigar Mile Among Races Downgraded

While the pandemic has delayed expansion plans by a year or two, the HKJC still looks forward to a new racetrack on the Chinese mainland, rebuilt stables at its Hong Kong base, and redesigned customer facilities everywhere, CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said in a wide-ranging, hour-long interview during festivities surrounding the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races.

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Hong Kong Racing Roaring Back From Pandemic

Southern Living – Overdeep – North Carolina Cows Flee Live Nativity Scene, Jump Into Cape Fear River

Canadian Thoroughbred – BC HPBA – Counterforce, Ralis, Top Canada’s 1st Crop Sires; Hastings News

One of the great things about kids is, they haven’t heard a lot of the old jokes. You can get away with corny ones.

Fred Willard

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 25: ‘The Most Colorful Time of the Year’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 24: ‘Reindeer Games Homecoming’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 23: ‘The Holiday Sitter’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 22: ‘Something From Tiffany’s’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 21: ‘A Cozy Christmas Inn’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 20: ‘Sweet Navidad’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 19: ‘Haul Out the Holly’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 18: ‘My Christmas Fiancé’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 17: ‘A Hollywood Christmas’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 16: ‘A New Orleans Noel’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 15: ‘Three Wise Men and a Baby’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 14: ‘Merry Kiss Cam’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 13: ‘A Royal Corgi Christmas’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 12: ‘A Gingerbread Christmas’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 11: ‘Christmas With You’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 10: ‘#Xmas’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 9: ‘Merry Swissmas’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 8: ‘Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 7: ‘The 12 Days of Christmas Eve’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 6: ‘Menorah in the Middle

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 5: ‘The Royal Nanny’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 4: ‘Holiday Harmony’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 3: ‘Steppin’ Into the Holiday’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 2: ‘The Noel Diary’

The Ringer – Walker – 25 Days of Bingemas, Day 1: ‘Ghosts of Christmas Always’

The Ringer – Walker – The 25 Days of Bingemas

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Sal’s Runup to the 2022 Runhappy Malibu Stakes and Sundre Other Happenings”


    Minister TOEWS received email today from October 22, 2022 request meets 60 day time frame as imposed by lobby group CANADIAN RACING ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS.


    Government is still reviewing 400k MARCOMM consultant recommendations from April 2021, meaning like CUFF report 2009, nothing to be implemented.

    Government is monitoring HRA overall performance, meaning from clockers stand with strict no whipping or urging mandate invoked.


    ACE AIRPORT CASINO implements a daily 2-5 pm happy hour in sports bar, countered by Century Downs owns prime rib special only for Dec, as departing Century Downs patron in facebook post remarks 2 hr wait and stressed out servers.

    SORRY about lack of good news, grab horse blanket to stay warm, Merry Christmas

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