Countdown to the
2023 Kentucky Derby 149
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Friday, May 5, 2023
Vote early and vote often.
2023 Preakness 148 Saturday May 20, 2023
2023 Belmont Stakes Saturday June 10, 2023
Join us on Friday, May 5th, at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.
Book your tickets before April 28th. Contact CTHS office at 403-229-3609 or visit www.cthsalta.com for tickets and more information.
One interesting pedigree note this year is a possible exacta box with Forte and Two Phil’s, and this may hit an emotional note more than a scientific one. Forte’s maternal grandsire Blame and Two Phil’s’ maternal great-grandsire Birdstone are both stamina-heavy stallions who probably caused more grief to racing fans than any horses in memory. To this day there still are tens of thousands of fans who refuse to watch Blame’s Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over their beloved Zenyatta, who was only inches from a 20-race undefeated career, and Birdstone’s Belmont Stakes victory over Smarty Jones, one of the most popular horses ever who was only yards away from being an undefeated Triple Crown winner, but was basically ganged up on by the jockeys of his main opponents. This is a totally believable exacta that would finally give these two horses (Birdstone is now actually pensioned) some well-deserved positive press.
Speaking of Two Phil’s, for those who feel his sire Hard Spun might be compromised at 10 furlongs, Hard Spun’s dam is by Turkoman, who ran one of the fastest Marlboro Cups ever and placed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Travers, out of a half-sister to Belmont and Preakness winner Little Current, by English Derby winner Roberto.
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Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism.
George A. Moore
Over the next week the media both social and unsocial will be publishing Kentucky Derby stories of varying degrees of merit and relevance. If you search deep enough you’ll probably be able to find a “special interest” story on the blacksmith who pounded out the first winner’s horseshoes on an Anvil in Louisville. The serious horseplayers love those articles for the distraction and misinformation they provide to the betting public.
Never knowingly be serious.
Doctor Who’s Rule Number 27
Phil has a question:
If we know that the (sqrt(-1))² = -1 why do we call sqrt(-1) an imaginary number.
If you use Roman Numerals to do Chinese Math do you need imaginary numbers.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson
No, ramen’s not good for you. But in Japan, our favorite thing to do after drinking all night, especially in Sapporo where it’s freezing cold, is to go to the ramen place at two, three in the morning.
I ain’t got much education, but I got some sense.
Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.
I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
H. L. Mencken
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Three keys to success: read, read, read.
If you wistfully enjoyed remembering when while watching those recent Kentucky Derby replays you’ve got a brain the size of a walnut and you probably can’t remember when you last cashed a big ticket. Get out the historic pps and like Vlad said: read, read, read and you might find a hint that will help handicap the 2023 Kentucky Derby. Pay attention as there may be a couple of hidden hints and cryptic clues over the next few days.
Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation.
When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
Successful handicappers know every detail in regard to the horses upon which they are intending to place their money.
In opera, there is always too much singing.
I don’t know anyone who curses the way they do on the Sopranos. Not in an Italian household. I never said the word hell in front of my mother.
I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
Domesticated males aren’t much use for adventure.
Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
North of the 49th we don’t call tomatoes and crackers a salad.
“I don’t think we should hang our heads. I think we should reflect and build.” (Kings coach Todd McLellan)
Phil has a question:
If the Jets performance was disgusting how disgusting was Bowness’ job of getting his players ready for a big game.
Kingsbarns was to have his final workout for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Jose Ortiz was scheduled to work him and is the leading candidate to ride him in the race.
Also completing his final work for the Derby away from Churchill Thursday was Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner Two Phil’s. The son of Hard Spun breezed five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Hawthorne Race Course, earning the bullet from 16 horses who breezed at the distance there.
How much should I factor jockeys into Derby bets?
Including their five to seven pounds of tack, the Derby three-year-olds can carry 126 pounds max, which means a jockey must weigh no more than 119. At that number or less, jockeys must be rock-hard athletes whose horse sense and racing acumen are honed to guide a 1,200-pound Thoroughbred blasting through the Derby’s mad scrum at forty miles an hour. In that fray, a jockey never “sits”; he or she crouches above without touching the saddle, knees and hips taking the brunt of the horse’s twenty-foot stride. As the Triple Crown kickoff, drawing huge fields of only lightly experienced runners, the Derby is a skilled pilot’s race like no other. John Velazquez is one of just ten jocks to have won the race at least three times. Mike Smith has $345 million–plus in winnings and has twice taken the Derby. Irad Ortiz Jr. has posted $268 million in his career, $37 million of which he hauled in just last year. Smith and Ortiz alone win between 16 and 20 percent of the races they enter. When sculpting your bets, take a hard look at who’s in the irons, because all Derby jockeys can ride. If you forget them, they’ll sting you.
Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
Robert A. Heinlein