Thursday, May 18, 2006


on second thought...

Lacking basic level algebra skills is no reason to stop paying a Wall Street associate $200,000 a year. But when the guy at Barns and Noble tries explaining the nuances of his PHD thesis on quantum theory implications in foreign exchange markets post 9-11, I get a little uncomfortable and start to reconsider.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


World Record at Hollywood Park...

Scottsabluff, a 7-1 shot making his first start on turf, set a world record for 5.5 furlongs in winning the $70,800 Bullet on Monday at Hollywood park. Victor Espinoza rode.

Trained by Jeff Mullis for owner D.E. Weir the 4- year old Siberian Summer gelding ran the distance in 1:00.26, beating the favored Talkun and four others by half a length. The final time bettered the record of 1:00.46 set by Pembroke on July 15, 1995.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


and you still have to tip the guy...

Instead of valet parking, they should call it, "Parking is free on the street, but there is no parking on the street, so we are going to charge you not only for eating over priced pasta, but also for parking your 3 ton SUV on our private piece of concrete.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


When the number 714 is in the air...

If Rod Serling made me choose between...

(A) being a famous African American cyclist who (i) wins the tour de France 8 times, (ii) takes performance enhancing drugs, (iii) gets cancer, (iv) survives cancer, (v) leaves wife to marry Sheryl Crow who then gets cancer and survives...


(B) being a white baseball player on the brink of breaking Babe Ruth's homerun record while juiced up on steroids, all the while getting the occasional citation for domestic abuse.

I still think I'd choose A.


How they finished...

BARBARO stumbled at the start, came up running and leaned in soon after bumping with BOB AND JOHN placing him in tight, raced under light restraint while between horses early, continued five or six wide around the first turn and into the backstretch, raced to the leaders under his own power midway on the far turn, reached the front at the five-sixteenths pole, accelerated quickly to a clear advantage approaching the stretch while angling near the inside, then drew off under strong hand urging as much the best.

BLUEGRASS CAT was never far back, maneuvered nicely between foes to reach the rail entering the first turn, followed BARBARO while just inside that one on the backstretch, angled outside the winner nearing the final quarter, then couldn't menace at the end while clearly second best.

STEPPENWOLFER was bumped after the start by KEYED ENTRY and forced in, saved ground in hand, rallied between horses three or four wide on the far turn, lacked room at the five-sixteenths pole, worked his way out six wide when straightened into the stretch to make his run, loomed as a threat through the upper stretch, then failed to sustain his bid while drifting out slightly.

JAZIL swerved in at the start, was unhurried while outrun for six furlongs, continued to save ground while rallying along the rail on the far turn, angled out between foes four wide when entering the upper stretch to make a serious bid but failed to sustain his effort while dead heating with BROTHER DEREK for fourth.

BROTHER DEREK worked his way in six wide by the first turn, moved out wider when the field bunched nearing the end of the backstretch where he was steadied twice, fanned out nine abreast when making a run into the upper stretch, but came up empty while finishing evenly with JAZIL for fourth.

SHOWING UP bobbled at the break, came out bumping with BOB AND JOHN, gained a forward position near the inside, went along under careful handling, raced between foes four wide nearing the final quarter, was just off the winner briefly when entering the stretch and flattened out in the drive.

SWEETNORTHERNSAINT steadied when bumped at the start by A.P. WARRIOR and forced out on PRIVATE VOW, was steadied again under the wire the first time in tight quarters, worked his way between foes around the first turn, angled inside on the backstretch, boldly came through close quarters along the rail at the five-sixteenths pole, but faltered when straightened for the drive.

DEPUTY GLITTERS was outrun five wide into the backstretch, inched forward around the far turn, came out 11 wide for the drive, leaned in and bumped SEASIDE RETREAT at the furlong grounds, then lacked a further response.

POINT DETERMINED bobbled lightly at the start, was well-placed near the inside from the outset, moved between horses five wide into the lane, came out and bumped with SEASIDE RETREAT at the eighth pole and was finished.

SEASIDE RETREAT was unhurried and six wide, reached striking distance on the far turn, came out wider entering the stretch, was bumped from both sides at the eighth pole and had no further account.

STORM TREASURE steadied behind horses nearing the first turn, made a mild move between rivals approaching the final quarter but failed to continue.

LAWYER RON was well-placed early, raced between foes around the first turn, was steadied entering the backstretch, continued within striking distance until the stretch and tired.

CAUSE TO BELIEVE never reached contention.

FLASHY BULL broke awkwardly and raced wide most of the way.

PRIVATE VOW was sluggish to start, was bumped soon after by SWEETNORTHERNSAINT and steadied, then never was a factor.

SINISTER MINISTER vied for the lead soon after the start while battling outside of KEYED ENTRY, surrendered the advantage to that one just before the opening quarter expired, tracked KEYED ENTRY to the far turn, briefly gained the lead between calls approaching the stretch, lost it to the winner after several strides and faded.

BOB AND JOHN was bumped at the start by SHOWING UP, then steadied soon after and was bumped again when BARBARO leaned in, was finished after seven furlongs.

A.P. WARRIOR came out at the start bumping SWEETNORTHERNSAINT, then was finished early.

SHARP HUMOR came out after the start bumping A.P. WARRIOR, faded after a half, bore out midway on the second turn and wasn't abused in the drive.

KEYED ENTRY leaned in at the start bumping STEPPENWOLFER, went up inside SINISTER MINISTER to fight for the lead, gained a slight edge after going a quarter, was clear on the first turn, showed the way to the far turn and gave way readily after seven furlongs.
*la times

Friday, May 05, 2006


The Field for Kentucky Derby 132....

1. Jazil
2. Steppenwolfer
3. Keyed Entry
4. Sinister Minister
5. Point Determined
6. Showing Up
7. Bob and John
8. Barbaro
9. Sharp Humor
10. A.P. Warrior
11. Sweetnorthernsaint
12. Private Vow
13. Bluegrass Cat
14. Deputy Glitters
15. Seaside Retreat
16. Cause to Believe
17. Lawyer Ron
18. Brother Derek
19. Storm Treasure
20. Flashy Bull

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