Feb 152023

TDN – Asian Racing Conference Concludes: ‘We Have Seen Racing’s Future And We Must Embrace It’

Engelbrecht-Bresges called out nine key challenges: Industry fragmentation, integrity, illegal and off-shore betting operators, social acceptability, competition from other sports, an aging customer base and engaging Gens Y and Z, branding racing as a global sport, and sustainability and human resources.

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Asian Racing Conference Hears Call for Collaboration

World Pool

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

This weeks North America Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149 Points Races

Feb 18, 2023

Fair Grounds Risen Star 50-20-15-10-5

Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149 Points Races

TSN – AP – Legendary broadcaster McCarver dead at 81

I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter; that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit!

Tim McCarver

YardBarker – Gretz – Remembering Tim McCarver’s infamous run-in with Deion Sanders

When Steve and I die, we are going to be buried in the same cemetery, 60-feet 6-inches apart.

Tim McCarver

Sports Business Journal – Tim McCarver remembered for his longevity and legacy in the booth

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Angel of Empire Wins Risen Star, Strengthens Cox’s Hand

Paulick Report – Another Derby Prep Win For Cox As Angel Of Empire Upsets Risen Star

TDN – Classic Empire’s Angel Of Empire Sprouts Wings In Risen Star

Sal’s waiting for strikes back.

Angel From Montgomery

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Pretty Mischievous Steals the Show in Rachel Alexandra

TDN – ‘Rising Star’ Pretty Mischievous Springs The Upset In Rachel Alexandra

Paulick Report – Pretty Mischievous Springs Rachel Alexandra Win As Hoosier Philly Fails To Fire

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ron Anderson: I have a few nightmare stories – I turned down American Pharoah


Los Angeles Times – Tynes: Slow death in the desert. Inside Eagles fans’ painful Super Bowl

Front Office Sports – Gentrup – DraftKings Stock Soars as Revenue Beats Expectations

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Stabell –  Where the clock is king: which are the oldest track records still standing in the US?


DRF – Grening – Rice gets 10 days, fine for Bute overage

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Who Leads At The First Point Of Call?

Sports Business Journal – Questions remain following Bears’ purchase of Arlington property

Southern Living – Wells – The Best Sides To Accompany Those Chicken Dinners

Dixie Chicken

Sports Illustrated – 2023 World Series Future Odds Entering Spring Training

Sal says he’s surprised that the Astros are that high in light of Mattress Mack’s possible wager.

SportsNet – Francis – Flames culture questioned by players, agent as losses pile up

Sal says that the players and agents should be questioning the lack of talent and the lack of effort rather than the culture. It’s always easier to look for the hole in your glove when you make an error than take responsibility for the error.

Southern Living – Lolley – Best-Ever Succotash

Sufferin Succotash

(Imagine watching the Chiefs score two walk-in touchdowns against the Eagles and thinking, Man, I’ve got to hire the guy who didn’t adjust that defense, and not, Man, I’ve got to hire the guy who schemed up that offense, but that’s what the Cardinals just did when they picked Jonathan Gannon.)

The Ringer – Sherman – Eric Bieniemy Has Been Kicked Out of Line for the NFL’s Head-Coaching Carousel

Sal says that Bieniemy’s success is working against him. The NFL teams are so intent on installing a new head coach today that they keep reshuffling losing coaches before the Superbowl instead of waiting for those whose teams went deep into the playoffs.

I Hear Motion

Sal says that Phil’s feeling a bit more rambunctious these days and sent another question:

Why do NFL teams keep paying big money to Pro Bowlers.

Does the NFL have a draft of amateur Bowlers.

Are the NFL teams taking Conn Smythe’s advice.

If you can’t beat them in the alley, you can’t beat ‘em on the ice.

Conn Smythe

The Ringer – Herman – The Everlasting Appeal of Agatha Christie

I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by a the elaborate frivolity of chess.

Edgar Allan Poe

Crime of the Century

Paulick Report – 50th Anniversary Of Secretariat’s Triple Crown: New Book Examines Turcotte Jockey Legacy

Sal says that Phil sent another question:

Will Sal or Phil receive a complimentary copy of review.

TDN – Bill Finley – Rick Dutrow Nearing Return?

Sal’s reprising just to remind you that Rick Dutrow can now apply to come back.

Do It Again

When a catcher has to use his thumb to give signs, that means the pitcher has more than four pitches.

Tim McCarver

AgFundNews – Watson – Elo Life Systems raises $24.5m to support new sweetener, disease-resistant Cavendish banana

Ghosts Again

ESPN – NFL Films Caught Clear Video of Controversial Super Bowl Penalty

Sal says that the ref should get an apology from the loudmouth broadcasters who claimed it was a bad call.

The Eagles push Jalen Hurts like a rugby scrum on short yardage and they’re complaining. Maybe next year they’ll change the Wildcat formation to a Bobcat.

Garden and Gun – Saunders – This Old Truck

Southern Living – Sims – Dessert Recipes Just Like Grandma Used To Make


Paulick Report – Kilroy – Road To The Kentucky Derby: Undefeated Victory Formation Headlines Full Field Of 14 For Saturday’s Risen Star

Paulick Report – ‘We Expect Him To Run Another Big Race’: Triple Crown-Nominated Prince Of Jericho Headlines Miracle Wood

Front Office Sports- Greenberg – Super Bowl Numbers Call Twitter’s Supposed Demise Into Question

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – Sports Illustrated Lays Off 17 Staffers, Restructures Business

Sports Business Journal – McCormick – Patriots’ plan to ease postgame traffic? Paying fans to stay later

National Post – Karadegliga – Cannabis producers say ‘crushing’ taxes, fees have made legal industry ‘uneconomic’

Bloodhorse – Gash – CDI Closes Sale of Arlington Property to Chicago Bears

As consumers flee traditional pay-TV bundles, cable networks, particularly the regional sports networks, have felt the brunt of it. While executives have said ratings remain strong for sports, including these networks, it doesn’t make up for the shrinking customer base. Diamond’s Bally Sports launched a direct-to-consumer streaming option last year.

Sal says that Larry the cable guy has been busy unhooking the cables.

CNBC – Rizzo and – Sherman – Regional sports network owner Diamond Sports prepares for possible bankruptcy

TDN – The Happy Blend Behind Litigate

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 reporter 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.

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

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

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

Hawthorne Sal

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