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2023 Kentucky Derby 149

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America’s Best Racing – Curry – A Beginner’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby

John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By_(Secretariat)

Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved – Hunter_S_Thompson

Brisnet – Get to know the 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders

Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149

2023 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 6, 2023

2023 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 5, 2023

Kentucky Derby 150

Kentucky Derby 150 – Derby of A Lifetime Contest

Vote early and vote often. 

Al Capone

2023 Preakness 148 Saturday May 20, 2023

DRF – Russo – Some Kentucky Derby hopefuls now setting their sights on Preakness

TDN – Preakness 148 Offers Limited Edition Ale

2023 Belmont Stakes  Saturday June 10, 2023

Win the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party!

Plan the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party!

Kentucky Derby 149 Contest

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.

Updated Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

XBTV – Triple Crown Trail

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.

Haskin’s Derby Rankings: How to Find a Derby Winner… With Your Eyes

DRF – Derby Watch

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Forte Continues Reign Atop Derby Dozen

TDN – Thornton – TDN Derby Top 20: Cadence Quickens, Plot Thickens

XBTV – Jeff Siegel’s Kentucky Derby Deluxe Dozen (updated 4/14/23)

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: The Waiting Game Begins

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Derby 2023 Contenders

Horse Racing Nation – Shifman – Kentucky Derby 2023: Early full-field odds and analysis

Kentucky Derby Leader Board as at April 30, 2023

Horse Points Trainer Probable Jockey Odds
1 Forte 190 Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr.
2 Practical Move 160 Tim Yakteen Ramon Vasquez
3 Angel of Empire 154 Brad H Cox Flavien Prat
4 Tapit Trice 150 Todd Pletcher Luiz Saez
5 Two Phil’s 123 Larry Rivelli Jareth  Loveberry
6 Lord Miles 105 Joseph A Saffie Jr. Paco Lopez
7 Derma Sotogake (JPN) 100 Hidetaka Otonashi Christophe Lemaire
8 Kingsbarns 100 Todd Pletcher
9 Raise Cain 64 Ben Colebrook
10 Rocket Can 60 William Mott Junior Alvarado
11 Hit Show 60 Brad H Cox Manuel Franco
12 Confidence Game 57 Keith Desormeaux James Graham
13 Verifying 54 Brad H Cox Tyler Gaffalione
14 Sun Thunder 54 Ken McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr.
Wild On Ice 50 Joel Marr Kenneth Tohill
15 Mage 50 Gustavo Delgado Javier Castellano
Blazing Sevens 46 Chad Brown
16 Disarm 46 Steve Assmussen Joel Rosario
17 Reincarnate 45 Tim Yakteen John R Velazquez
18 Jace’s Road 45 Brad H Cox Florent Geroux
19 Skinner 45 John Shirreffs  Juan Hernandez
20 Continuar JRD Yoshito Yahagi Ryusei Sakai
AE Cyclone Mischief 45 Dale Romans
AE Major Dude 40 Todd Pletcher
AE Mandarin Hero 40 Terunobu Fujita Kimura Kazushi
AE King Russell 40 Ron Moquett Raphael Bejarano
AE Arctic Arrogance 36 Linda Rice Jose Lezcano
AE Instant Coffee 32 Brad H Cox
AE Continuar (JPN) 30 Yoshito Yahagi
AE Funtastic Again 30 Wesley Ward Gerrado Corrales
AE Dreamlike 30 Todd Pletcher

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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.

Mental Floss – Kontolemos – Why Are Horseshoes Considered Lucky?

Vox – McKinney – The 9 unbreakable rules of the Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner universe

Acme Anvil

Anvil Chorus

Never knowingly be serious.

Doctor Who’s Rule Number 27

Scientific American – Renou , Acin and Navascues – Quantum Physics Falls Apart without Imaginary Numbers

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.

Hard To Imagine

Los Angeles Times – Cherwa – ‘Even more phenomenal 50 years later’: A look back at Secretariat’s Triple Crown

Proud Mary

ESPN – Kiper – 2023 NFL draft grades for all 32 teams: Mel Kiper’s steals, sleepers

The Ringer – Kelly – Grading Every Team’s Performance in the 2023 NFL Draft

Sports Business Journal – SBJ Unpacks: NFL Draft audience up big

Sports Illustrated – Manzano and Verderame – NFL Draft 2023 Grades: Analysis of Every Team’s Picks

In The Air Tonight

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Hunter S. Thompson

1989 Kentucky Derby

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.

Cary Fukunaga

2022 Kentucky Derby

I ain’t got much education, but I got some sense.

Loretta Lynn

2021 Kentucky Derby

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.

Marge Kennedy

2020 Kentucky Derby

I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.

Steve Allen

2019 Kentucky Derby

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

2018 Kentucky Derby

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

Aldous Huxley

2017 Kentucky Derby

Three keys to success: read, read, read.

Vladimir Lenin

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.

Tony Soprano

Horse Racing Gold – Turn Time – The Hidden Fraction

Eli’s Coming

Speed’s relative.

Richard Petty

1998 Santa Anita Derby

Indian Charlie

Indian Charlie

Wile E. Coyote

Anvil Chorus

When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”

Richard Petty

Bloodhorse – FanDuel Marketing Derby Wagering to Sports Bettors

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

Albert Einstein

In opera, there is always too much singing.

Claude Debussy

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Cox Brigade Records Final Derby Tuneups

DRF – Russo – Kentucky Derby: Angel of Empire, Jace’s Road work together

DRF – 2023 Kentucky Derby Clocker Report: Hit Show, Verifying have Cox smiling

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.

Danny Aiello

Bloodhorse – Angst – Mage, Confidence Game Impress in Final Derby Works

Diva Dance

Bloodhorse –  McCroskey – Defining Purpose, Mimi Kakushi Put in Final Oaks Works


I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

Golda Meir

DRF – Free – Hernandez gets aboard Skinner for first time in six-furlong Derby drill

Domesticated males aren’t much use for adventure.

Jim Elliot

1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Brown, Kumin Head to the Derby in New Role as Breeders

And Then He Kissed Me

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

Margaret Thatcher

Bloodhorse – Hovdey – Hall of Famer Chrome Makes the Derby Look Good

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

Lao Tzu

Front Office Sports – Christovich – How Las Vegas Became the Hottest Destination In Sports

Southern Living – Nunn – Lost Salads of the South

North of the 49th we don’t call tomatoes and crackers a salad.

Southern Living – McCay – The South’s Best Sports Venues You Need to Visit

Happy Together

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘Calvin Borel’s reaction to winning on Mine That Bird was movie magic’ – focus on a big-screen Kentucky Derby

Matching Food and Wine – Beckett – The best wine – and other drinks – to pair with macaroni cheese

Paulick Report – Balnikhov Last To First In San Francisco Mile; Unbeaten Prince Abu Dhabi Wins California Derby

Colonel Bogey March

“I don’t think we should hang our heads. I think we should reflect and build.” (Kings coach Todd McLellan)

Los Angeles Times – Elliott – Column: Kings’ season of promise ends in a repeat of playoff loss to Oilers

Hockey Feed – Larivee – Blake Wheeler fires back at Rick Bowness on Saturday.

NHL Trade Rumours – Litman – Winnipeg Jets Coach Rick Bowness Backpeddles On “Disgusting” Comments

Phil has a question:

If the Jets performance was disgusting how disgusting was Bowness’  job of getting his players ready for a big game.

Benny and the Jets

Brisnet – Get to know the 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – Meet the trainers who will compete in Kentucky Derby 2023

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Update: Trio Of Workers Away From Muddy Churchill Downs On Friday

DRF – Andersen – Yakteen pair of Practical Move, Reincarnate put in fast works for Kentucky Derby

DRF – Welsch – 2023 Kentucky Derby Clocker Report: Confidence Game makes an appearance

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Kentucky Derby Horses Take It Easy in Slop at Churchill

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Japanese Runners ‘Take Up the Challenge’ on Derby Day

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.

DRF – Grening – Kentucky Derby: Kingsbarns, Mage try to join exclusive company in their fourth start

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Isabella Leslie – Nicknames and Quirks of Some Kentucky Derby Hopefuls

TDN – McGrath – Mage Benefits From Feet Of Clay

Paulick Report – Nevills – Jareth Loveberry’s Unlikely Ride From Michigan Bullring To The Kentucky Derby

DRF – Welsch – Kentucky Derby Clocker Report: Oaks fillies dominate Thursday training session

DRF – Hersh – Kentucky Derby: Two Phil’s cruises through five-furlong drill at Hawthorne

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.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Raise Cain Smoothly Breezes Toward Kentucky Derby

DRF – Kentucky Derby: Raise Cain gets final work; jockey still to be determined

DRF – Andersen – Skinner gains Kentucky Derby berth; Juan Hernandez gets mount

Southern Living – Grandma’s Favorite Family Reunion Recipes

Bloodhorse – Japanese Duo, Sun Thunder Breeze at Churchill for Derby

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.

Garden and Gun – Martin – Ask G&G: Florida Shark Fears, Hush Puppies Without a Deep Fryer, and a Derby Betting Tip

TDN – Derma Sotogake Drills; Thursday Oaks Schedule Quickens

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Update: Derma Sotogake Stars On Wednesday Worktab At Churchill Downs

Tougher Than The Rest

Horse Racing Nation – Three Kentucky Derby Longshots

Thoroughbred Charities of America Named Charitable Beneficiary of the Derby Dozen Handicapping Event

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again. 

Robert A. Heinlein

TDN – Martini and Bossinakis – $1.45-Million Arrogate Colt Leads The Way At OBS Spring Opener

Bloodhorse – J. Keeler Johnson – 13 Trends to Know Before Betting on 2023 Kentucky Derby

Dirty Horse Club –THE 2023 Kentucky Derby ANALYSIS

Paulick Report – ‘Laid-Back’ Mage Makes First Appearance At Churchill; Javier Castellano To Ride In Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Castellano to Ride Mage in Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Derby Post Positions by the Numbers

Opening Day/Kentucky Derby Party Experience

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Phil M Stockmen

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