Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I Want Revenge at 3-1. That seems a bit short given who he has defeated. Dunkirk given second-choice at 4-1 along with Pioneerof the Nile. I'm amazed Kirk was given 4-1.
My friend Friesan Fire is at 5-1. Yes, he is my friend.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
So Square Eddie is out, huh? That's too bad because he would've lost.
Pletcher nearly got a fourth horse in the race, but opted to keep Take the Points on the bench for this one. If I were him, I'd be a bit nervous. His best shot at winning this race is with the lightly raced Dunkirk. I like this horse, we'll see how he handles 19 other horses around him.
Pletcher will have his 22nd, 23rd and 24th career Derby starters come Saturday. Advice and Join in the Dance are his other colts. The latter is going to shoot for the front and insure an healthy pace — Dunkirk will be happy to know. But to call "Dance" a rabbit is a stretch. The way Friesan Fire drilled, we could go to the front along with Regal Ransom and wire this thing.
That's what we're all here to find out.
Monday, April 27, 2009
But you remained firmly planted on the edge.
When Quality Road's feet got all cracked up like Humpty Dumpty, you thought that a vial of barbituates was the way to go.
But you left them with the track vet.
When Mafaaz mucked up his own Derby bed by running so poorly in the Blue Grass, you thought 'that's the last time we help the British!'
But you didn't because it was their greed that led to this great country.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
A year ago, Macho Again exploded to finish second behind the seemingly invincible Big Brown in last year's Preakness.
This year Mr. Fantasy could be a repeat for Terry Finley et. al.
This filly is going to blow the doors off the Oaks. She has won graded races in the Fair Grounds Oaks and Fantasy in hand rides. There isn't a filly on the planet that can run with her. Mares, on the other hand ...
She is the Big Brown of the bitties this year.
Friday, April 24, 2009
No? Short, stocky, bald, slow-witted turf writers aren't your bag? I don't blame you.
BALTIMORE, 04-24-09—The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that actress and Baltimore native Stacy Keibler has been named the official “celebrity host” of Preakness InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
Plans for Preakness InfieldFEST were unveiled February 5. The day will feature a concert with three rock performances, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry and Maryland’s #1 Rock Band, Charm City Devils, along with a pro beach volleyball tournament and an interactive experience, including virtual NASCAR racing, prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness.
Keibler, who graduated from Catholic High School, attended Towson University and was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader before heading into the entertainment business, will be introducing the performers and interacting with the crowd.
Ten years ago, Keibler auditioned for the chance to be the new "Nitro Girl" for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Keibler wowed both fans and executives and went on to win the contest. Shortly thereafter, WCW was acquired by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Keibler’s skills impressed the creators of the program so much that she was the only female brought over to the new company, where she immediately became a regular on the longest running live program in television history.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stacy back to Baltimore and the Preakness,” said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer. “It was a perfect fit to have Stacy, known as “The Legs of the WCW” and “The Legs of the WWE” host our inaugural InfieldFEST, with headliner ZZ Top, whose smash hit “Legs” reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984 and was featured as Keibler’s entrance theme during her WWE career.”
Prior to leaving the wrestling business Keibler competed on the inaugural Dancing with the Stars competition making it to the final three. Impressing not only the audience but also ABC executives, she was quickly offered a network talent deal. This has led to recurring roles on ABC’s GEORGE LOPEZ and WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, where she played the love interest of the lead character Brian, and the villain in the ABC Family mini-series SAMURAI GIRL. Keibler also appeared on the drama OCTOBER ROAD.
Now living in Los Angeles, Keibler has graced the covers of numerous magazines including Shape, Vegas, TV Guide, Maxim, FHM Australia, Muscle & Fitness, 6 Degrees, and Beverly Hills 213. She has been featured in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Elle Girl, LA Times, Parade, Maxim (UK) and Fitness.
The famed Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is the largest single day sporting event in the State of Maryland with attendance figures topping six-figures in nine of the last 10 years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Maybe I am poking fun, but at least he's not 0-for-21 in life. He's just 0-for-21 in the Kentucky Derby. When was the last he picked a penny off the ground?
Me? This morning.
After breaking away from D. Wayne Lukas in 1995, it took Pletcher five years to reach the Derby. Given the connections he made under the D.W.L. umbrella, that's putting in your time. Some trainers take their entire careers to reach the Derby.
Pletcher wins at an amazing clip and when you win like that with the kind of horses he is given, anything less than 20-25 percent is considered failure. This guy is expected to win, maybe more so than any trainer in America.
Cowboy Cal (2008)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
What on earth is a picture of Moby Dick bringing down Capt. Ahab doing on The Carryover?
Oh, intuitive one, it must be a teaser for Thursday's refill.
Good vs. Evil, dark vs. light. And it all ties into one trainer and one horse heading one amazing horse race.
Name another blog that gives you this? Go ahead. I dare you!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Jockey Pedro Rodriguez was taken to a Rochester hospital and treated for undisclosed injuries before being released.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
And to think I knew Hard Spun and Proud Spell.
For shame! You're gonna get roasted like a marshmallow in The Carryover presented by The Saratogian's Thursday column.
And if by roasted you mean praised for being the best in the business, then, yes, you will be roasted.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Proud Spell retired and Old Fashioned is likely done for good.
Larry Jones is like a newspaper, he's fading and not replacing his missing parts. Though, Larry Jones has been successful and is generally liked and respected — a major departure from newspapers.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Here's a question: How do you make a historically relevant Grade I irrelevant?
Put it on Polytrack so only really desperate horses will run your race. This may not be entirely fair. Sure my favorite horse, Monba, won it last year and then went on to finish last in the Derby. But a year prior, Street Sense finished second in an exciting blanket finish and then went on to win the Derby.
Things to think about.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Has the world gone mad? No, no, just the people in it. The world has always been on the saner side of mad. We just came along and pooped it all up.
Sometimes I wish Homo Erectus had never discovered fire and in so doing fell prey to sabertooth tiger after sabertooth tiger. Honestly, that would have solved all our problems.
But here we are. May as well keep on keepin' on.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Where can this possibly be going? A number of places, sure, but I tell you it has a lot to do with Thursday's column.
What could that be? Betting handle and horse safety!
No, no, no. While those are important in their own right, I, and I think I speak for horse players everywhere, we need some T&A. Thursday's piece will draw some unlikely parallels.
Do tune in.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
If Atomic Rain, part of the Kelly Breen entry with West Side Bernie, finds his footing over a track where he ran successfully, he could surprise some people ... except followers of The Carryover. Because you will not be surprised if he runs well now.
I bought Guitar Hero: Metallica today. It has given me a reason to get out of bed. I'm not a big video game guy. I think they waste valuable time that could be spent reading, but this was the Siren's call, if you will.
Frankly, I'd rather play my real guitar, which is a pretty sweet axe. This game just made me want to pick up my guitar even more because, brother, there isn't anything better than letting a guitar rattle the window panes.
Metallica tickets went on sale this morning for the Albany show on Nov. 12. Got two. It's gonna rule.
I've seen Metallica five times now and, honestly, I can't get enough of these guys.
Ms. Carryover saw them for the first time with me in Philadelphia in January and though she likes them, she garnered an entirely new respect for them live.
However, she often scoffs that I listen to them too much, but when something truly resonates in your bones, you can't fight it.
You can't stop what's inside you!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
No, wait, that's bile.
Moving on ... thanks to the three racing fans who had a six-comment dialogue with regards to my Dunkirk column. A couple, however, were missing my point. I'm not sympathizing with Todd Pletcher, but rather am using Dunkirk as the conduit to talk about change to reward horses that can run longer races. It would not wipe out the sprints, they would just be weighed differently in "The Chase for the Derby."
As for the concern about this possibly encouraging connections to run their horses less ... boy, howdy, do I have a column about that just a brewin'. Next Thursday, maybe? If I'm not writing about the Wood.
I guess you'll just have to wait.
P.S. — I appreciate the civility of the dialogue too. Too often online "discussions" degenerate into such foolish and childish mudslinging that it blankets and smothers valid points. Much thanks.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
For the love of God, wipe your hands off before you get the keyboard all greased up. C'mon, you're better than that.
Anonymous tore me a new one and, I might add, deservedly so.
At first I thought he/she wrote his/her comment with a typo saying, "That is why you don't work for cracked."
I haven't worked for crack for a long, long time.
Then my fellow underpaid colleague said "Cracked" was like the "Onion."
I had never heard of "Cracked." Now I know.
And to Anonymous' credit, no, there is no way I could work for them. They are much, much funnier than I am.
I'll be down at lovely Aqueduct for The Wood Memorial card, so I figure it will be a good time to post one window and add time after time to it.
Just like this:
4:15 ... I just told you how I will do this.
4:16 ... You now feel insulted that I felt the need to illustrate.
4:17 ... Stopping illustration.