Triple Crown, Rants, & More

Triple Crown TrophyIf you watched the Belmont Stakes and stuck around the comments after the race you have no doubt seen California Chrome’s partial owner complain about the Triple Crown setup being unfair. If not, you have likely heard about it since that time, as it has been all over the media, especially since he continued rants on Sunday. Followed by some crow and what I guess we take as a sincere apology this morning.  Let me just say, I personally think he should be ashamed and here is my reasoning. Continue reading “Triple Crown, Rants, & More”

Oaks & Derby Picks

ChurchilldownsAs I usually do, here are some suggestions based on what I think could happen in the Oaks this evening and again in the Kentucky Derby tomorrow evening.  No, I am not any sort of handicapping expert, but I generally do okay on picking the ponies.  My one day at Keeneland was a plus of around $350 total, just as an example.  I will start with a hint on the under card for the races today.

In the 10th race, Will Take Charge is a favorite and a horse you do not want to bet against.  I was going to play an exacta bet with him and add the Norman Invasion horse along with Moonshine Mullin, all boxed – though I think you could put Will Take Charge in the  first spot no matter what.  However, Norman was scratched this morning.  While I don’t like it as much, I did just the two remaining horses in the exacta.

In the Oaks, which is the 11th race on the card I think it is a one horse race again.  This one is Untapable’s race to loose really when you get down to it.  Because of that, the odds are going to be horrid again.  I do like Rosalind, Unbridled Forever, & My Miss Sophia to probably round out the top three spots, so I put all 4 in a box trifecta.  If you just want to cash a ticket (for not much) take Untapable for the win.  I did put a $2 win bet on the longshot Aurelia’s Belle, just because.  I had some early money on Untapable by the way, but the odds were short then as well – my opinion of this girl has not changed.

Moving on to the Derby, the grand-daddy of all horse races, I had a few favorites in the early part of the season and I have some money on them.  A few of them, including Wildcat Red, Tapiture and Vicar’s in Trouble drew into the field.  I have some good locked in odds there.  I really don’t think Vicar’s has in him anymore to be a real contender, but I will be happy he does.  I think that in addition you have to add Intense Holiday and Wicked Strong.  Wicked Strong is on the way outside though, so a big question.  I personally have a distaste for California horses and I just don’t think Chrome is going to be there at the end.  That being said, picking a winner is hard is such a talented crowded field.  I put a box trifecta on Wildcat Red, Tapiture, Intesnse Holiday, and Wicked Strong.

Best of luck to all bettors and let me know who and what you have in the comments!

** – Image is from Churchilldowns (I think) and was listed as free to use.

Bourbon, Blues, & Horses

Bourbon BlueBourbon, blues – bet you were thinking I was going to say something about New Orleans? Nah, I got the blues tonight and in what is, I am sure, a spiral deeper into such things, I have compounded the matter with a bit of bourbon. Well, okay, a bit is probably in most folks accounting of such things an understatement. So what does any of this have to do with horses? Well, that is what this entry is about and relates to so many things included medieval reenacting and jousting, clearly the horses, and coping with having MS in my life, so read onward… Continue reading “Bourbon, Blues, & Horses”

Jousting & Horses with MS?

Jousting PassWow, how time flies sometimes. I had been putting off writing this blog entry for a bit because I was not really sure I wanted to write it. Fundamentally, I suppose, by it to words it confirms what I likely already know in my head, if that makes sense to anyone. To explain, I guess I have to back up a little bit for those folks that do not already know me. One of my big hobbies over the last ten or more years has been doing things with horses. That includes anything from light trail riding, breeding some when I had the full farm, lots of training (both them and myself), and of course doing medieval things for show and pleasure. By medieval things I mean anything from a light demo in costume of what squires did to train up to full tilt jousting. The question I have now is can I still do any of this and if so, what parts? Continue reading “Jousting & Horses with MS?”

Tobacco, Jamestown, & Pilgrims – Truth

Pocahontas  & RolfeEveryone knows that the religious group known as the Pilgrims that settled the area known as Plymouth were the first permanent settlement right? We all know that such puritans would not ever dream of starting a fight with Native Americans right? And just what was that motivated so many English and other European Nationals to take the risky two month sea voyage to the colonies? Especially considering that early colonists had an average survival rate well below twenty-five percent. Tobacco was something that the Native Americans taught the settlers how to raise, correct? Here are a few facts of the matter that are often confused, some of it through what we are taught in grade school and other of it just perpetual mis-information that is handed down over and over, despite being largely in correct.

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Quick To Do Plan

Christmas Wish ListYeah, I hate to do it, but I gotta. I got so much going on right now and so much coming up, if I do not make some additional notes I am sure I am going to forget something. Besides, you guys are supposed to be holding me to these lists and that is not really happening. Anyway, I am sure I am feeling either an all-nighter or at least most of one in the cards this evening. Before I get into that though, let me first express my apologies for slacking on the blogging sometime during the holiday week. Okay, I missed my goal of completing the NaBloPoMo last month, but I did get a good deal o posting in. I have a lot of blogs started and going so I should pick up in December right where I left off whenever it was back before Thanksgiving. On to my things that I need to get done…

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Few More Random Things

RandomI am still going back through the posts that have been made over the years here on Mephistos and editing, mostly for grammatical correction, though there are a few photograph and video issues that I am cleaning up in the process as well. A particular post that caught my attention a day or two back was entitled twenty-five random things. The post consisted of, you guessed it, twenty-five things – but not just any twenty-five things. They were random things about me. I like the concept and decided to re-visit the concept. Not sure how many I will have, but I will give it a go and see what we have in the end.

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Hudson Valley and Wine

Hudson Valley Wine“There is a valley in New York. And a river runs through it. And Henry Hudson first discovered it.” So starts a show, recorded a show from PBS that broadcast on KET over the weekend called New York Wine & Table. I admit to recording the oddest thing that catches my interest on occasion, but the description of “specialty growers revitalize farming and wine making in the Hudson River Valley, with blackcurrant wine, apple vodka, and apple cider” appealed to me on some level. I suppose the combination of farming and wine making were the two things that really caught my attention, as I am passionate about both of those. Of course I also thought my trip to upstate New York several years ago was beautiful and I was a little curious about apple vodka as well. I find myself fairly awake this evening and after watching a documentary of Chris McCandless I was feeling more alive then usual and thought I would watch that video while I wrote a blog about something else.

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Dirt on My Tires

Truck DirtNoticed the other day that my truck has some dirt on the tires and even more up on the side of it. Was a reminder of several of the places I have been of late. Which in itself was a good reminder of who I am and where I have been, many of those places being things that I have only gotten back to just lately. Thought it would be an appropriate post for number the 365th post on the blog – which is a years worth if they had been one a day, but alas, that is not the case. The blog is actually coming up on its third year here pretty soon. Anyway, let’s get on with some of the dirt that has ended up on my tires…

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