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Victory a tribute to the father from the son

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
On Friday, the son held his father’s jacket, empty but for a hanger. On Saturday, the father, 1,500 miles away, burst at the seams.

Tonalist sitting on a big race

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
I’m not a bridge jumper.
I’m a bridge taker.
And that bridge is the Jim Dandy.

Uncertainty looms over 'Princess', 'Palace'

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
I can’t remember Captain Stubing ever meddling in any of the amorous behavior on the “Love Boat.” Isaac, your bartender? Sure. Julie McCoy, your cruise director? Yep. Gopher, your yeoman purser? Of course. But the captain ran the ship and let his crew deal with Charo. So any comparisons between the Pacific Princess and L’affaire Princess at trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn sink to the ocean floor.

Forget image. Manziel lacks skills

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
To honor the great Don Pardo, he will supply the voiceover for today’s imaginary game show, “Punk/Not a Punk.”
Don Pardo: “OK, now it’s time to play Punk/Not a Punk! Let’s welcome your host . . .”
(Three contestants strangle buzzers simultaneously, holler “Johnny Manziel”)
Don Pardo: “Oh, um . . . That’s right! OK, well, that’s all the time we have! Tune in next week . . .”
And people will tune in.

Untapable is still the best 3-year-old filly

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
n extremely uninteresting 3-year-old filly division got a little more interesting on Saturday. A discussion that wasn’t taking place suddenly is.There was only one way that this was going to happen, and Stopchargingmaria provided it.

MLB is in good hands

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Reading up on who Rob Manfred is and what he’s all about, I couldn’t escape an analogy with “The Godfather” (if you know me, you probably know that this happens a lot).

Collmus the man for job

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Somebody has some incredibly big shoes to fill. In fact, “size 12,” Tom Durkin drily informed us on Wednesday. That somebody is Larry Collmus, who will step into the Aqueduct announcer’s booth next April and give voice to what he considers the greatest job on the planet.

Only Stewart has the answers

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
I can’t imagine what it must be like to kill somebody, even if it’s an accident.
I also can’t imagine what took so long for Tony Stewart to decide not to drive the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

It wasn't hard to pick this winner

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Hey, I picked a winner! In a column on June 17, I put a few bucks on Plaintiffs in the first race at NCAA Downs, and federal judge Claudia Wilken awarded the photo finish to Ed O’Bannon, et al. on Friday, bringing to conclusion a suit against the NCAA that was filed way back in 2009. I thought the players’ case had merit based on antitrust principles, and judge Wilken agreed, saying that NCAA rules on player payment for “name, image and likeness” represented restraint of trade.

Durkin is the epitome of class

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
There’s only one way to improve on the experience of listening to Tom Durkin’s call of Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward victory:
Watch him listen to it, while he’s standing in front of an adoring crowd.
That’s what we were treated to during the National Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday.

Trainer needs to show respect

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Gee, it’s a good thing Steve Asmussen rehired Scott Blasi.
Otherwise, he might never have realized in time that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the best horse he’s ever trained is on Friday and not Saturday.

Trainers differ on Lasix use

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The often hotly debated Lasix question took another new twist in North American horse racing last Friday evening. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. My guess is nowhere, but anyway, a group of 25 trainers, including some of the biggest names in the business, issued a statement advocating for a gradual phase-out of raceday medication, which essentially means Lasix.

Pletcher still puzzled by Palace Malice's flop

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t have much to say on Saturday.
He didn’t have much more to say on Sunday, either.

Guillot knows when to be serious

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
There’s peeling back the onion. Then there’s hacking it in two with a razor-sharp cleaver and dumping the raw halves in boiling stew water. Owner Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Stables promises that if you take the time to wash off the dirt, then tug and pick your way through the tough, pungent layers of his trainer, Eric Guillot, it’s possible to get to the center of something sweet.

Take talent over voodoo

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
The MacGuffin for “Voodoo II: Electric Juju Boogaloo” is hanging from a tree on the Oklahoma side of Union Avenue.
Same producer, same director, same cast of characters, same set. Hell, same caterer for the crew, with an updated menu.
Same plot? Spoiler alert: No.

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