Feb 082023

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Barber – Netflix Documentary to Focus on Road to Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Triple Crown Nominees in 2023 Rise 18% to 369

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Forte, Tapit Trice Give Pletcher Two Punches in ‘Dozen

TDN – Thornton – TDN Derby Top 12: The Strong Get Stronger

Bloodhorse – Thirteen New Interests in KY Derby Future Wager Pool 4

TDN – Champion Forte Made Early Favorite for Derby Pool 4

Bill Dory & Adam Ference’s Chase the Chaos breaks from post 2 in Saturday’s El Camino Real stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Over at Oaklawn Park Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest, Lana Wiest and Gary Kropp’s Sovereign Award Champion Older Main Track Male nominated Soy Tapatio looks to get back to his winning ways in Saturday’s 7th race, an ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING $75,000 for a purse of $107,000US.

Sal says that only 2 of the 8 entrants in Saturday’s El Camino Real are Triple Crown nominated and they’re both trained by Bob Baffert. So no matter what the finish no qualifying points will be awarded Saturday. And the only 2 currently eligible for Stronach’s free pass to the Preakness are the Baffert pair.

Now Steve Dennis would claim that that and the race being on fake dirt should lead to CDI removing it from the Derby Trail points races, but Steve forgets that CDI’s points races are not only designed for qualification, but also for promotion.

Bloodhorse – Baffert Starts Pair in Bid for El Camino Real Repeat

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – At a Glance: Arctic Arrogance, Hit Show Set for Withers

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Remsen Winner Dubyuhnell Returns in Sam F. Davis

ESPN – Lunardi – 2023 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

CBS – Bracketology

Sal says that Phil has a statement disguised as a question:

The Crimson Tide has a basketball team.

Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – Bracket Watch: SI’s First Projected Men’s March Madness Field of 68

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke: Chiefs will win Super Bowl LVII, and Patrick Mahomes is the reason

Southern Living – Jordan – Super Bowl Quarterbacks With Texas Roots To Make History

The Ringer – Solak and Ruiz – The Game Plans That Could Decide the Chiefs-Eagles Super Bowl

Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.

Mike Tyson

The Ringer – The Ringer’s Super Bowl Predictions

ESPN – Chris Berman picks the winner of Super Bowl 2023

Sports Business Journal – Boylan – Super Bowl Ads: Breaking down which brands will make a splash on Sunday

Sal says that Phil sent him a question:

If the SuperBowl goes into overtime what advertisements get played.


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Australia’s dirty linen is set to be hung out in embarrassing detail – JA McGrath on a bitter dispute

Sal says that in a few years only the Amish will understand the expression hung out to dry.

Paulick Report – ‘It’s A Shame It’s Come To This’: Fonner Park Cancels Interstate Wagering Over HISA Concerns

FiveThirtyEight – Which Super Bowl Halftime Show Had The Most Star Power?

Leather Jacket

There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes!

The Fifth Doctor Who

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer -Baffert Quartet Heads American Contingent to Saudi

TDN – Sherack – Epicenter Connections Reloading for the New Year

Eater – Saxena – We’re Using Big Spoons Wrong

Black Like Me

Front Office Sports – Perez – Pat McAfee Thought Letters From Brett Favre’s Lawyers Were ‘Fake’

Sal says that Favre should ask Roger Clemens how well his defamation suits went.

Bloodhorse – Downey – Baffert Motion Asks Judge to Recuse from CDI Case

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Tall Boy Stands Tall for Calumet, O’Neill in Dubai

Keeneland – Eric Mitchell – Non-Payment Issue Forces Keeneland to Resell Six Horses

Canada’s National Observer – Orr – Russia used state-funded propaganda outlet to whip up support for the ‘Freedom Convoy’ and undermine the Trudeau government

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Newgate Out Until Summer Due to Hock Issue

Sports Illustrated – Super Bowl LVII: The One Player We’ll Be Talking About on Monday—Besides Patrick Mahomes

The Ringer – Gayle – The Ringer’s Guide to Betting the Super Bowl, From Coin Flip to Gatorade Bath

The Ringer – Chiefs or Eagles? Time to Pick a Super Bowl Winner Against the Spread.

Sports Business Journal – SBJ Football: Bettors air it out (legally) around Super Bowl

Sal says that in Alberta the pie chart would show a minuscule amount wagered on Alberta’s fucking lame betting site and the majority wagered offshore with Alberta getting 00.00 tax dollars.

Front Office Sports – Perez – Las Vegas Super Bowl to Complete NFL’s Betting Turnaround

TDN – Lucinda Finley Q&A: “Long Litigation Road Ahead” For HISA

Paulick Report – ‘It’s A Shame It’s Come To This’: Fonner Park Cancels Interstate Wagering Over HISA Concerns

Paulick Report – Voss: What I Learned From Writing About Greyhound Racing

Sports Business Journal – Nets’ tumultuous superstar era ends with Durant trade

Sal says that the Big Three to the Big Flee does have a ring to it, but Lopez’ Muppets Leave Manhattan is still Number 1 with a bullet in Sal’s book.

FiveThirtyEight – Dubin – The KD And Kyrie Trades Stole The Show At A Wild NBA Trade Deadline

Sal says that Phil sent a question:

Which made KD more happy – getting out of Brooklyn or getting away from that asshole Kyrie.

The Ringer – Pina – 2023 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Sports Illustrated – Williams – Sharpe, McAfee Included in Defamation Lawsuits Filed by Favre, per Report

Forbes – Dellatto – Super Bowl 2023: Here Are The Commercials To Watch Out For


ESPN – Barnwell – Super Bowl 2023 preview: Chiefs-Eagles storylines, prediction

Bloodhorse – Hovdey – Bacharach and Racing Made for Beautiful Music

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Music Icon, Avid Owner/Breeder Bacharach Dies at 94

The Guardian – Beaumont-Thomas – Burt Bacharach, master of pop songwriting, dies aged 94

Horse Racing Nation – Composer and racehorse owner Burt Bacharach dies at 94

Walk on By

Esquire – Mailer – Ten Thousand Words a Minute

Walk On By

Bloodhorse – Downey – Zayat Lender Lawsuit Weighed by Kentucky Supreme Court

Garden and Gun – How to Host the Perfect Cocktail Hour(s)

Southern Living – York – Our Ultimate Super Bowl Party Menu, From Dips to Dessert

Superb Owl Party

Front Office Sports – Perez – Scammers Adjust Amid Shift to Digital Tickets for Super Bowl

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Burton – France Lowers Number of Permitted Whip Strikes to Four

Horse Race Insider – Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – QUIET ON STAGE PLEASE, READY, INACTION

Sal says that CDI and thoroughbred racing in general need to watch Roger Goodell and the NFL in action with the magic broom that sweeps the dirt under the carpet while telling football fans that everything’s better than ever and we’ll have a bigger and better show in the future.

CBS Sports – Roger Goodell speaks ahead of 2023 Super Bowl, says ‘TNF’ flex scheduling possible, addresses ref fuss, more

Sal says that the Goodell’s State of the Union address got more press than Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, a telling fact about what really matters to the average American.

FiveThirtyEight – Hermsmeyer – This Obscure Super Bowl Prop Bet Will Baffle You

Gotta give the NFL credit where credit’s due, they get more publicity about the Superbowl commercials and the prop bets than any other sport gets for its actual games or races. Lesson to be leaned if anyone is listening.

The Ringer – Curtis – How Fox Brings NFL “Bummage” to TV Screens—Even During the Super Bowl

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.

Jim McKay

Sports Business Journal – Nonexclusive A-B ads, soft drinks, wireless: NFL sponsors ready to activate

Paulick Report – Martin: ‘It’s Easy To Shoot A Messenger Who Says Things Many Quietly Think’

Paulick Report – Paulick – 10 Years After Task Force Report On Aqueduct Fatalities, New York Equine Medical Director Reflects On Progress, Challenges

SportsNet – Report: Nets trade Durant, Warren to Suns for Bridges, Johnson, Crowder and picks

Sports Illustrated – Nadkarni – NBA Trade Grades: Nets Deal Kevin Durant to Suns in Stunning Blockbuster

The Ringer – Verrier – Kevin Durant Will Start His Next Final Chapter by Joining Another Superteam in Phoenix

SportsNet – ‘WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!’: Sports world dumbfounded by overnight KD blockbuster

Sal says Sal will tell you what happened – the Nets just swept the malcontents out of their locker room.

“Everything I do, I bet legally,” McIngvale told the Houston Chronicle. Driving to Louisiana for two hours is not that much of an inconvenience. … They’ve [leaders] got to look at it, because I’m concerned that the revenue estimates, as far as what’s going to come into the state, are overblown.

“My change of heart is that I know myself and I’ve seen the light as far as impulsiveness on me to sports gambling. Because I’ve got to drive to Louisiana, it limits those impulses by a factor of 1,000. So I’m not in favor of sports gambling in Texas.”

Sports Illustrated – Watson – Legendary Bettor Mattress Mack Opposes Sports Betting in Texas

Houston Chronicle – Smith: Let voters decide if Texas should legalize sports betting

Sal says that he had to do a double take on the calendar to be sure it didn’t read April 1.

Sal says that Mattress Mack may be right about the revenue estimates being overblown, but he’s one of the few who bets legally and when he does the tax revenue goes to another state. While Mattress Mack is driving to Louisiana or flying to Vegas the rest of Texas is betting offshore on their computer, laptop or smartphone with nary a nickel of tax revenue heading to any US state or the Feds.

Los Angeles Times – Miller – Rams legend Jack Youngblood played through pain. That’s why he admires Patrick Mahomes

Never Been To Spain

Dead-end street

This year’s change in the points structure to reward horses running fifth in Road races is also a dead-end street. Why hand out points to horses who can’t even hit the board in a prep? That’s almost as bad as making the most prestigious Road races tantamount to win-and-you’re-in contests for the Derby, with their top-heavy payload of points allowing winners to gatecrash the established rankings at the last minute.

So here’s a new roadmap, to make the journey almost as compelling as the destination:

• A later start and fewer races, to inspire greater competition in the ones that remain
• No races run outside the US, and none run on synthetics
• Only the first three finishers in Road races to accrue qualifying points
• Less disparity between the 20 points on offer to the Holy Bull (say) winner and the 100 points granted to the Arkansas Derby (say) winner – if the Arkansas Derby (and the Florida Derby, Blue Grass etc) was worth 40, it would further encourage trainers and owners to run their horses with a little more frequency.

All roads lead to Churchill Downs in May – they used to lead to Rome, but the Capannelle ain’t what it used to be – but there’s only one Road that really matters. The destination takes care of itself, but the journey needs some assistance.

The Atlantic – Maxwelll King – Mister Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.

Dr. Seuss

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Why the long and winding road should be short and straight – Steve Dennis on the Kentucky Derby

Long and Winding Road

TDN – Signator Off Derby Trail

Paulick Report – ‘She May Be One Of The Best Horses I’ve Ever Trained’: Wonder Wheel Preparing For 2023 Debut

MarketScreener – Betmakers Technology Group Ltd Board and Management Restructure

MarketScreener – BetMakers Technology Group Cancels Options, Rights Issued to Tripp Investment Trust

i Gaming Business – BetMakers issues earnings warning amid major tech investment

i Gaming Business – BetMakers defends $15m Tripp payment as ASX questions deal

i Gaming Business – Fletcher – News Corp, Tekkorp and TGW to launch BetMakers-powered wagering venture

Sal says that the media releases from Betmakers are filled with the same type of bullshit fluff that bamboozles the UCP Ministers when they read the Horse Racing Alberta Business Plans.

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – Fixed odds hit stride in New Jersey; rest of America is next

DRF – Hegarty – Racing industry urged to embrace fixed-odds wagering

Sal says that fixed odds sound like a simple solution to the problem of the rebate whales late money destroying odds, but Avril knows it’s more Complicated. Sal says that a much better long term solution would be lowering the WPS takeout across the board and decreasing the rebates to the whales. You’re not going to attract sports bettors into racing when the racing takeout on WPS is double the vig on straight sports wagers. Sal says that the tracks need to take a lesson from the casinos and sportsbooks and hide their higher takeouts in multi race, multi horse and prop bets just like the sportsbooks hide the higher vig in props and parlays.

Sal says that if the sportsbooks can come up with over 2,000 prop bets for the Superbowl why are there none in horse racing. Start with something simple – will the total of the first three horses numbers be over or under xx, will Prat or Pletcher win a race on today’s card, will Ortiz Jr. or Cox win more than 1 race on today’s card, etc.

Sports Illustrated – Beck – LeBron James Breaks NBA Record for Most Career Points

Los Angeles Times – Woike – How LeBron James claimed the NBA’s scoring crown, step by step

The Ringer – Kram – How LeBron James Broke the All-Time Scoring Record

The Ringer – Fader – LeBron, Kareem, and the Secrets to Greatness

The Ringer – Pina – Ranking the Best Moments of LeBron James’s Career

Hawthorne Sal

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