- Being a dickhead: So easy, T.J. Simers can do it.
- Here's a couple of differing views in the comments section on the dispute over Jamaica Hospital that caused the shutdown of racing at Aqueduct this weekend. Blogger Superfecta has some personal experience with which to comment on the situation.
- Got a note from someone working with Empire Racing directing me to the details of their integrity plan, which is posted on their website. Empire in fact has some details regarding several aspects of their proposal posted here, and I've been remiss in not pointing that out earlier. It's more than we can say for Excelsior, whose website contains no meaningful information on their proposal at all. The last I read, the Ad Hoc committee is still working on the release of all of the details, which were supposed to be disclosed last month.
Speaking of Excelsior, baseball commish Bud Selig has yet to issue his ruling on Yankees' Boss-in-waiting Steve Swindal's involvement with slots parlors should they win the franchise bid. Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo recounts how a Pittsburgh Pirates' partner canned his slots bid under the assumption that Selig would never approve it, and concludes: Our most educated guess is that Swindal doesn't have a chance of being part of this. But who knows? Who knows, indeed, and the way Swindal is so smug about it, I can't help but be suspicious that he's gotten some indication that Selig will come up with some way to approve it. Methinks he'll have to be quite creative in order to do so.
- Also heard from the gentleman who was prophetic in his prediction about Strong Contender, which was relayed to me in a private email a few weeks ago as follows:
Of course, what John Ward colt was ever any good after the spring of his 3 year old year? Maybe Pyramid Peak, and that's a stretch. Maybe Strong Contender will make a liar out of me, but if I had a gun to my head, I would bet he doesn't win a grade 1 or 2 this year and is retired before July 4th.- Please feel free to email me with any brilliant predictions of your own.