Saturday, May 19, 2018

Justify Wins Preakness

Justify, the charming, blazed chestnut son of Scat Daddy made his backers feel great today.  After several days of rain, this year's 143rd Preakness was run, like the Kentucky Derby, on a sloppy track. The winner of the Derby was today's betting favorite in the eight horse field.  At the break, he and second-place Derby finisher, Good Magic, hooked up and ran eyeball to eyeball for about 7/8 of a mile.  Occasionally, one or the other colt would poke his head in front, and then the other boy would make it even again.  Finally Mike Smith asked Justify to run, and he did.  It was not a huge margin, as two other runners came from farther back to contest the finish, but Justify was the first horse at the finish line.  (See Amber Searls' - USA Today Sports - photo below.)

Justify was first, Bravazo was second, Tenfold was third, Good Magic held on for fourth, and Lone Sailor was fifth.  Of the first five finishers, Tenfold was the only horse not to race in the Derby.  The rest of the field was: Sporting Chance, sixth; Diamond King, seventh; and Quip was eighth.
   There were 134,487 people in attendance at Pimlico today, and visibility was about 1/16 of a mile.  The rain had stopped before the race, but a thick fog followed the rain.    Justify ran the 1 and 3/16 mile race in 1:55.93.
    The pay-outs for a $2 bet were as follows: Justify to win $2.80; Bravazo to place $7.60; Tenfold to show $6.80; the exacta paid $27.40; the trifecta paid $296.60; and the superfecta paid $745.00.

  Will we be graced with another Triple Crown champion?  The question will be answered on  Saturday, 9 June, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.  Justify will have to contend with other, perhaps fresher, horses over the mile and a half track known as the Big Sandy.
    The Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867 at the Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx.  Ruthless won the first running og the Belmont, which was originally 1 and 5/8 miles long.  The distance was shortened to 1 and 1/2 miles in 1973.

Soothing Images

After writing those last two pieces, I find myself in need of 
soothing images...

Such Sickening News and Commentary...

Having just finished the previous blog, I find another headline stating that in Clayton County, Georgia, there has been another death from gunfire in a high school parking lot.  Apparently, there was a graduation ceremony held for the Perry Learning Center, an alternative high school, at the Mt. Zion High School Arts Center in Jonesville.  Over-flow parking for the commencement ceremony was across the street in the Mt. Zion High School parking lot.  An argument broke out after the ceremony, and a woman in her 40s was shot in the chest three times and died.  A man, aged 21, was shot in the leg.  A third person was injured after falling, having been pushed out of the way of the person with the gun.   Reports regarding the incident are still arriving at news desks.  No information on the shooter is yet available,

   It is very silly, but I am happy that where I live, the city of Boulder, in the county of Boulder, in the state of Colorado, had the guts to take a stand on Thursday night at the City Council Meeting.  A unanimous vote passed a new law that assault weapons, bump stocks and extra-large ammunition clips are no longer legal inside the city limits.  I do realize that people can bring them in, and don't have to admit to having those items in their possession, but it just makes me feel a little bit better about safety.  Of course, Friday morning a private citizen and a rifle club have both filed suit against the new city law.  We'll just have to see what happens.
   A lot of my cousins are gun enthusiasts, and I support all of them in their views, and ownership of their weapons.  The weapons are kept in gun safes; they are all trained and up-to-date on regulations and laws; most are from military backgrounds and have sharp-shooter training.  I am very proud of these relatives.  And I cheer them on at shooting competitions.  But then there are the other people who own guns - treating them carelessly, leaving them where others (including children) can reach them.  Those are the gun owners that I do not like.

  I almost had to close my mouth with my hand after listening to several different people speak about the safety of schools yesterday.  The Lieutenant Governor of Texas said that to protect schools, they needed to limit the number of doors into and out of the buildings.   My question:  What happens, then, if there is a fire, or explosion?  Leave the students and teachers trapped inside, with no easy way to get out?
  Another safety analyst was extremely insistent that each and every school needs to have a security check-point, just like the TSA at airports.  When questioned about the cost and time and space usage, he just kept saying that we don't see people shooting others at baggage claim areas.  Are we going to see that happen now?  People do NOT have to go through TSA to get to baggage claim, as far as I know.  - I mean, I can park in short-term parking at DIA, walk across the pick-up area for cars, and walk into the baggage claim area.....    So what the heck is the man talking about?

I just wish that there would be no more killing of innocent people.  Period.  Full stop.

This Must S T O P ! ! !

This is May 19 of 2018.  So far, in this calendar year, more people have been killed in schools on American soil than Americans have been killed in combat around the world.  That is a shocking and heart-breaking TRUTH.  No matter what the current President of the United States claims, this is not "fake news."  And the hurt to our country cannot be healed by "thoughts and prayers."
   Yesterday, a 17-year-old boy went to school wearing a black trench coat and a T-shirt that had "Born to Kill" printed on it and carrying a duffle bag..  He was armed with his father's shotgun and .38 caliber handgun, and he had also made several explosive devices - pipe bombs, a Molotov cocktail, and a couple of pressure-cooker-type bombs.  He pulled the Fire Alarm, and then yelled, "Surprise!" as he opened the door to an art room and opened fire.
   Ten people are known to be dead, and ten more were wounded.  Three of the people wounded were in critical condition in hospitals late last night.  One of them is the Santa Fe High School resource officer, a retired detective named John Barnes.  He took a shot in his arm that apparently severed an artery.  He is hanging on to life.   One young man, Rome Shubert, is lucky to be alive - the gunman shot him in the head, but he was giving interviews this afternoon.
   I have the names of nine of the ten people who did not survive the attack.  Two were adults, a substitute teacher and the teacher's aide in the art class where the shooting began...  The adults are Ann Perkins, the substitute teacher; and Cynthia Tisdale, the teacher's aide.  One of the students killed was a Pakistani exchange student, Sabika Sheikh.  The other students who have been identified are: Chris Stone, Shana Fisher, Christian "Riley" Garcia, Angelique Ramirez, Kim Jessica Vaughn, and Kyle McLeodAddendum: Jared Black is the name of the tenth victim; he, too, was a student at Santa Fe High School.
  The killing of students, teachers, coaches, mentors, and others on school campuses must STOP.

Over the 20 weeks of this  year, there have been 18 school shootings in the United States where someone has been hurt or killed. All but one of the suspected shooters have been male.  This is a list of school shootings in 2018 that meet the following four criteria: (1) at least one person was shot; (2) it happened on school grounds; (3) it included kindergarten through high school; and (4) it involved a firearm.   -  This list goes backward in time.
  18 May 2018 -   Santa Fe High School     Santa Fe, Texas
       10 dead, 10 wounded            17-year-old surrendered

  11 May 2018 -    Highland High School      Palmdale, California
       1 wounded                             14-year-old  charged with attempted murder

  20 April 2018 -    Forest High School      Ocala, Florida
       1 injured                                 19-year-old shot classroom door with shotgun

  12 April 2018 -     Raytown South Middle School        Raytown, Missouri
        1 wounded                             Man shot in stomach during track meet in school parking lot

 20 March 2018 -     Great Mills High School         Lexington Park, Maryland
        2 dead, 1 wounded                 Student shot two other students, then fatally shot by school officer

 13 March 2018 -       Seaside High School         Seaside, California
      1 wounded, 2 injured            Teacher fired a gun into the ceiling; ricochet fragments struck student

 7 March 2018 -       Huffman High School        Birmingham, Alabama
     1 dead, 1 wounded                                19-year-old charged with attempted murder

 20 February 2018 -      Jackson Middle School         Massillon, Ohio
      1 dead                                        13-year-old committed suicide; reportedly had plans to kill others

 14 February 2018 -      Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School     Parkland, Florida
      17 dead, 14 wounded                 19-year-old expelled student

  9 February 2018 -      Pearl-Cohn High School            Nashville, Tennessee
     1 wounded                                   Student shot five times in parking lot

 5 February 2018 -      Oxon Hill High School           Prince George's County, Maryland
     1 wounded                                   Two students charged with attempted murder

 1 February 2018 -      Salvador Castro Middle School        Los Angeles, California
     5 injured                                       12-year-old girl "accidentally" discharged firearm in class

 31 January 2018 -      Lincoln High School            Mayfair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      1 dead                                        32-year-old man shot in parking lot after a fight

 23 January 2018 -      Marshall County High School        Benton, Kentucky
      2 dead, 17 wounded                    15-year-old student charged

 22 January 2018 -      NET Charter High School         New Orleans, Louisiana
      1 wounded                                   Drive-by shooting into a school parking lot

 22 January 2018 -      Italy High School         Italy, Texas
      1 wounded                                    16-year-old opened fire in school cafeteria

 9 January 2018 -       Coronado Elementary School          Sierra Vista, Arizona
     1 killed                                           14-year-old committed suicide in bathroom

 3 January 2018 -      East Olive Elementary School          St. John, Michigan
    1 killed                                           31-year-old man committed suicide in parking lot

Friday, May 18, 2018

Red Ruby, Only Grey Horse in Black-Eyed Susan, Wins

I just get a kick out of the fact that Red Ruby is neither a chestnut nor a red bay.  She is a grey, or roan, filly sired by Tiznow.  She won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes today, on a sealed, but sloppy track, by 4 and 3/4 lengths, under a hand ride.    She stayed outside, comfortably running in second, until the three-eighths pole, when she was asked to run - and run she did.  All the way to the winner's circle.....

Coach Rocks finished in second place, 5 lengths ahead of Indy Unio, who was 4 and 3/4 lengths ahead of fourth place finisher Sara Street.  Goodonehoney, the Maryland-bred filly was fifth, followed by Stakes On a Plane, Tell Your Mama, and Mihrab.   C. S. Incharge was pulled up, and did not finish the race, but she walked off the track and back to her stall with no noticeable problems.
   With a field of only 9, the pay-outs are the betting were low.  These are results for a $2 bet:  Red Ruby, to win, $7.80; Coach Rocks, to place, $4.20; Indy Union, to show, $4.60; the exacta paid $30.60; the trifecta paid $255.80;and the superfecta paid $950.60.

   Good luck betting tomorrow on the Preakness!  They think they'll have a wet track, so Justify just might win again....

My Black-Eyed Susan Favorites - Photos

Milkmaid, winner of the first Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, 1919
On 19 August 1920, racing against males, four-year-old Milkmaid set a new Saratoga Race Course record for seven furlongs.  A few weeks later on 3 September, she set another track record against males,winning the Great Neck Handicap at a distance of a mile and a sixteenth at Belmont Park.  In 1920, Milkmaid earned the American Champion Older Female Horse honors....

Vagrancy, 1942

Twilight Tear, 1944

Pillow Talk, 1957
(I could only find this 1969 broodmare photo of her)

Airman's Guide, 1960

Davona Dale, 1979

Serena's Song, 1995