Feb 122023

Bill Dory & Adam Ference’s Chase the Chaos broke from post 2 in Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, settled in mid pack and came home with a strong run to win the Derby by a length and a half.

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Dory Enlivened by KY Derby Prospect Chase the Chaos

Brisnet – Reilly – Chase the Chaos erupts late in El Camino Real Derby

The El Camino Real Derby provided the winner an automatic berth to the Preakness (G1) in May at Pimlico Race Course. The race is also a Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifier, providing points on a 10-4-3-2-1 basis to the top five finishers. For the updated Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, click here.

Paulick Report – Chase The Chaos Posts First Stakes Win In El Camino Real Derby, Earns Preakness Berth

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Chase the Chaos Impresses in El Camino Real Derby

DRF – Andersen – Chase the Chaos has first stakes win in El Camino Real

TDN – Chase the Chaos Lassos El Camino Real Derby

Brisnet – Scully – Chase the Chaos big late in El Camino Real Derby

Sal says that the winners’ share of the $101,350 purse should make the decision to pony up the $6k Triple Crown late nomination fee academic. Especially with a free entry to the Preakness and he didn’t even have to pass Go.

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

Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – The Magic Eight: One of These Teams Will Win the 2023 Men’s NCAA Tournament

48th Annual Sovereign Awards, April 13, 2023

The Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2022 Sovereign Awards Finalists

Of interest to Albertans:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Infinite Patience is nominated for Champion Older Main Track Female.

Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest, Lana Wiest and Gary Kropp’s Soy Tapatio is nominated for Champion Older Main Track Male

N’Rico Prescod is nominated for outstanding Apprentice Jockey.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kelly – The making of the Triple Crown: how Sir Barton broke his maiden in the Kentucky Derby

The Ringer – Quarterback Drama Will Define the NFL’s Offseason

Sports Illustrated – Buccaneers listed with top odds to land Four-Time Pro Bowl Quarterback according to Betting Service

ESPN – Demovsky – Aaron Rodgers to start ‘darkness retreat’ ahead of decision

Sal says that he’s waiting to see who’ll be the first reports to say that Rogers is keeping us in the dark about his future plans or that Rogers has finally seen the light about his future plans.

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Cave Rock Solidly in ‘Dozen’ After First Breeze of 2023

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Comebacking 3-Year-Old Disarm Looks to Fire at Oaklawn

Paulick Report – Kilroy – Unbeaten Hoosier Philly Set For 3-Year-Old Bow In Rachel Alexandra

TDN – Afternoon Deelites, Bacharach’s Best Runner, Dies at Old Friends

Highlighted by the $300,000 GIII Indiana Derby July 8, Horseshoe Indianapolis has finalized a 2023 racing season featuring 38 black-type events worth $4.75 million.

TDN – Horseshoe Indianapolis Earmarks Over $4.75 Million for 2023 Stakes

FiveThirtyEight – KIrshner – Patrick Mahomes Earned A Huge Raise. So The Chiefs Got Creative With Their Roster-Building.

FiveThirtyEight – Tabb – Who Is Nikki Haley, Trump’s First Major Challenger?

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Ryan Reynolds Selects Ownership Group for Ottawa Senators Bid

CBS News – Quinn and Navarro – Nikki Haley announces 2024 presidential bid, mounting first GOP challenge to Trump

Sal says that she better watch out for Tucker Carlson’s comments on her shoes.

CNBC – Brewer – Super Bowl betting sets records for sportsbooks

TSN – Chiefs’ thrilling comeback victory in Super Bowl LVII attracts 8.6M viewers on CTV, TSN, RDS

SportsNet – CP – CFL takes over ownership of Alouettes, initiates sale of team

Sal says that the success of the NFL is killing the CFL. The Argos drew less than 20K a game, but there’s probably more than 20k Canadians at every Buffalo Bills game. Soon the CFL may be like the NHL of the 50s with only 6 teams.

On a more positive CFL note Vinnie Jr. is coming to Edmonton:

TSN – Elks sign quarterback Testaverde Jr.

Los Angeles Times – Farmer – Another Super Bowl could be heading to L.A. sooner than you think

Front Office Sports – Super Bowl LVII Nets 113M Viewers, Most in Six Years

Sports Business Journal – SBJ Unpacks: Chiefs-Eagles delivers huge number for Fox

Paulick Report – ‘Horses Shouldn’t Have To Suffer As A Result Of A Lack Of Science’: Brant Filly Finally Released From USDA Quarantine After ‘False Positive’

TSN – Report: Raiders to release longtime QB Carr

Sports Illustrated – Breer – Derek Carr Is About to Kick Off This Offseason’s Quarterback Carousel

Money’s Too Tight To Mention

The Ringer – Princiotti – The Eagles Head Into the Offseason With a Bright Future—and Difficult Questions

Front Office Sports – Gutsy Greg Olsen Makes His Bones With TV Viewers

Sal says that calling out the ref is just bullshit grandstanding. If the flag doesn’t fly Olsen would have probably called out the ref for failing to call the penalty.

FiveThirtyEight – Thomson-Deveaux – More Americans Are Choosing To Stay Single

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

So, as this sort of so-called “progress” takes hold at the expense of all racing—harness and thoroughbred—we’d better hop on that sports betting bandwagon and get as much of a deal as we can as racing struggles in America, especially in the east where legislatures always have the option to “steal from Peter to pay Paul.”

Harness Link – Berry – Harness racing better hop on the bandwagon!

The Bitter Southerner – Burt – The Language of Flowers

FiveThirtyEight – The Eagles Played Their A-Game, But The Chiefs Had Patrick Mahomes

Sports Illustrated – Chiefs Outlast Eagles to Win Super Bowl LVII

The Ringer – Sherman – Winners and Losers of Super Bowl LVII

Sal says that the biggest loser was Heinz for failing to fully capitalize on LVII / 57.

Sports Illustrated – Bishop and Orr – A Different Kind of Team. A Different Kind of Adversity. Another Chiefs Super Bowl.

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke: ‘MVPat’ Mahomes is now chasing Tom Brady for GOAT title after gutsy win

The Ringer – Clark – We Have Never Seen a Football Player Like Patrick Mahomes

ESPN – Teicher – ‘One of the greatest’: Mahomes named MVP after rallying Chiefs

The Ringer – Heifetz – Patrick Mahomes Has Earned a Place Among the NFL’s Greats

ESPN – Chiefs, Eagles slip, slide on Super Bowl’s ‘terrible’ surface

ESPN – Wickersham – Making a case for Chiefs-Eagles as the best Super Bowl ever

Sports Illustrated – Orr – Andy Reid’s Mind, Patrick Mahomes’s Guts Win a Second Super Bowl Together

CNN Business – Weiner-Bronner – What the M&M’s commercial shows about Super Bowl ads today

CBS Sports – Nivison – 2023 Super Bowl commercials ranked: The top five ads from Chiefs vs. Eagles in Super Bowl 57

Independent – Ritschel and Clark – The best – and worst – Super Bowl 2023 ads

SportsNet – Dave Grohl says ‘thank you, Canada’ in Crown Royal Super Bowl ad

Sal says that if horse racing in America wants to learn anything about marketing they need to watch how the NFL keeps itself in the media eye during the off-season. Curt Flood was vilified for his stance, but now all the leagues use free agency as a very successful marketing tool to keep their names in the press and their fans engaged. There should be a Curt Flood statue outside every professional sports stadium.

Bloodhorse- Gash – Hit Show’s Withers Win Puts Him on Derby Trail

Paulick Report – ‘All Others’ 2-1 Favorite, Forte, Hoosier Philly Respective Second And Third Choices At Conclusion Of KDFW Pool 4

TDN – Ross – Decorated My Life Video Triggers Talk of Veterinary Scrutiny Modification

National Post – Kelly McParland: John Tory’s final embarrassment

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Illinois Governor: Bears Are ‘Private Business,’ Don’t Need Taxpayer Funds

Hustle – Dent – The Super Bowl of gambling is upon us

Sal says that it’s time the UCPs changed their name to the Alberta Disadvantage.

Paulick Report – Kilroy – Risen Star Hopefuls Drill Saturday At Fair Grounds

Never knowingly be serious. Rule 27.

Dr. Who

Deacon Blues

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Litigate States His Case in Sam F. Davis

TDN – Carasso – Litigate Lays Down the Law in Sam F. Davis

TDN – Carasso – Hit Show Comes With ‘Withering’ Run at the Big A

Paulick Report – Road To The Kentucky Derby: Favorite Hit Show Coasts To Convincing Withers Win

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Dreaming of Snow Defeats Wonder Wheel in 38-1 Shocker

Road To The Kentucky Oaks: Dreaming Of Snow Upstages Champion Wonder Wheel In 38-1 Suncoast Upset

TDN – Longshot Dreaming Of Snow Takes Suncoast S.


The One I Love

Los Angeles Times – Carmel – Send me a love song: How L.A. became hopelessly devoted to radio dedication shows

Dedicated to The One I Love

Front Office Sports – McCarthy and Perez – What Will The Future of The Super Bowl Look Like?

Do what I do: Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!

Dr. Who

Garden and Gun – Kelundra Smith – Iconic Southern Artists Have Their Day in the Sun(dance)

Kid Fears

National Post – Scott Stinson: Ontarians wagered $11.5B on sports in one quarter, not even counting Super Bowl

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: Read it and weep, world’s worst Super Bowl prophet picks Chiefs over Eagles

SportsNet – Johnston – Super Bowl LVII betting preview: Will Eagles vs. Chiefs live up to the hype?

Sal says that’s a great prop bet.

Sal says that Phil has a question.

What’s the over under / under on halftime toilet bowl flushes.

ESPN – Kezirian – Super Bowl LVII cheat sheet: Here’s where to find betting opportunity

Sal says that the commercial he’s waiting to see is M&Ms.

Sal says that he hopes that Mars handles the M&M character revamps better than Planters handled Mr. Peanut.

Planters should have taken a hint from Wile E.

Anvil Chorus

Mr. Peanut Roast

I never get names straight. Did he say V or 5?


Sal says that if you have a hierarchy for eating M&Ms or Smarties you’re not alone.

Linkedin – Schwartz – What Does Your M&M’s Eating Style Reveal About You?

First thing’s first, but not necessarily in that order.

Dr. Who

Knockin at The Door

Southern Living – Cericola – 40 Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes You’ll Fall For

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

Hawthorne Sal

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