It was whispered and leaked last week, but was made official by both Keeneland and the Breeder’s Cup racing today, that Keeneland will host the Breeder’s Cup in 2015. This is the ninth time in there history that the Breeder’s Cup will come to Kentucky, but it only the first that it will not be at Churchill Down down the road in Louisville. It is considered a homecoming on two fronts – given the number the horses that go own to participate and win at the Breeders Cup that go through sales at Keeneland and that the whole idea for the cup was originally proposed by the owner of Gainesway Farms.
Try as I might to keep out of politics, this one was just too much for me to resist. Glenn Beck, on his syndicated radio show, said something to the effect today of, “The liberals were right a few years ago, we should have stayed out of Iraq.” He went on to implore the powers that be of the current government, as broken as the process seems to be, to come together on at least the one issue of not getting involved in Iraq with this current set of dust-ups that has Iraq once again on the verge of an all out civil war.
If 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.
As 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.
Been a week or so since my last update, but a smashing time for all things IT at the office is keeping me under. In the midst of all of that, my wife and I have taken the plunge into home ownership. We are now frantically in the mode of getting things packed and moved from the old place and at the same time doing some minor updates on the new place before we get moved into it. In other words, combined with work, I am anticipating very little sleep this coming week. What a way to spend a birthday, eh?
Before I start, know that I am very much a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I have been for as long as I can remember, having come to age watching the teams of the late 1970′s and stuck with them through thick years of the late 1990′s and the thin years on each side of that. I will further say that I was pretty excited when Cal came on board. However, shortly after that I really questioned the heavy reliance on the recruitment of “one and dones.” I relaxed that stance a little bit with the win of it all in 2012…