Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.
Fast Eddie Felson
I asked him to tell me what he remembered from all those years of writing about sports, for he had seen some things in his time: Michael Jordan at North Carolina, a teenage John McEnroe, Bear Bryant, the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati. This is what he told me:
I was at Secretariat’s Derby, in ’73, the year before you were born – I don’t guess you were even conceived yet. That was … just beauty, you know? He started in last place, which he tended to do. l was covering the second-place horse, which wound up being Sham. It looked like Sham’s race going into the last turn, I think. The thing you have to understand is that Sham was fast, a beautiful horse. He would have had the Triple Crown in another year.
And it just didn’t seem like there could be anything faster than that. Everybody was watching him. It was over, more or less. And all of a sudden there was his … like, just a disruption in the comer of your eye, in your peripheral vision. And then before you could make our what it was, here Secretariat came. And then Secretariat had passed him. No one had ever seen anything run like that – a lot of the old guys said the same thing. It was like he was some other animal out there …
While we’re in the festive mood stop for a minute and realize just how fortunate you are and take a couple of shekels out of your pocket and donate them to a worthy cause.
Or better yet make the theme for your 2023 Kentucky Derby 149 a Fundraiser
The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
Even though the Kentucky Derby don your favourite bonnet theme gives you a second chance to wear your Easter headgear it’s long past passe. Sal says it’s high time to show some imaginative chutzpah and add a bit of pizazz to your Derby Party along side the pizzaz.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
With 2023 being the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown that’s an obvious theme, but you can be a lot more imaginative than that:
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Come as your favourite acceptance speech.
Legislating morality doesn’t work (see: Prohibition). It produced the Mafia.
50th Anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple CrownTDN – Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle Celebrates Secretariat Anniversary
Phil is advised that the Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle is now available at most Alberta locations of Wine and Beyond. The Edmonton Southgate store has it on their shelves as Phil picked up a couple of bottles.
Come as your favourite Spirit.
There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.
The Mint Julep not only desecrates good bourbon but it’s long past it’s expiry date and who the Hell liked them in the first place. Try something new or different at your Kentucky Derby party this year.
Ragged Branch Secretariat Reserve was made from a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley. Aged for over five years and Bottled-in-Bond, the bourbon is priced at $99.99 MSRP. It will launch on April 22nd in Virginia ABC stores and at the Ragged Branch Distillery, with limited availability to follow in several mid-Atlantic markets and a few select, online retailers. The commemorative bottle features unique art by New York based artist Eric Helvie. Concurrent with the bourbon’s debut, a new larger-than-life-size statue of Secretariat will be erected in Ashland, Va., following a “Triple Crown Tour” that will bring it to racecourses throughout the 2023 season.
Come as your favourite dragon.
People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
W. H. Auden
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Phil has a question:
Have you ever tried a Kohlrabi, Tomato and Cucumber sandwich.
How about Kohlrabi with a sprinkle of sea salt.
How about a Kohlrabi Pizza.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.
Charles E. Weller
Phil M Stockmen