Going Out Fast, And Falling Back *Weekend Open Thread*


Here we are, the last weekend before the Election. Thank GOD. Whoever wins, whatever the results, I am so ready for this to be done. And because of the main players running, I am already looking toward 2020 to right this ship.

This weekend also beings us something good and exciting, at least for those of us who love horse racing. Yes, it is the Breeders’ Cup Classic weekend. Racing began on Friday at Santa Anita Park, but the big one, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is Saturday night , 8:35 EST. That is the one toward which people turn their eye after the Triple Crown races are done. There are other good races, of course, but this one is the culmination of the racing season, and is a Big. Deal.

Two of the big time horses running in the Classic are one little horse about whom you may have heard, California Chrome, our Helen’s favorite pony:

4. California Chrome (1-1)

California Chrome winning the Awesome Again Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Jockey:Victor Espinoza

Trainer:Art Sherman

Owner:California Chrome LLC

Career record: 24 starts – 15 wins – 3 seconds –  1 third

Career earnings: $13,432,650

Earnings per start: $559,694

Pedigree: Lucky Pulpit – Love the Chase, by Not For Love

Color: Chestnut

Age: 5

Running style: Stalker/pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: California Chrome and his rags-to-riches story captured the heart of the America when he won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but his 2015 season was more memorable for its miscues than its successes. With a new ownership group of original co-owner Perry Martin, Taylor Made Farm, China Horse Club and others, California Chrome has gone undefeated in 2016 with victories in the Dubai World Cup, TVG Pacific Classic, and Awesome Again Stakes. He is the richest North American-raced racehorse of all time, and a win here would vindicate his third-place finish in the 2014 edition and make his trainer the oldest ever to win a Breeders’ Cup race.

It is hard not to have a soft spot for this horse who was purchased for all of $10,000 and who has now gone on to make millions and millions.

Another favorite of mine is Frosted. I just love the grays:

2. Frosted (5-1)

Frosted winning Met Mil. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Owner: Godolphin Racing

Career record: 18 starts – 6 wins – 6 seconds – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $3,912,800

Earnings per start: $217,378

Pedigree: Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister

Color: Gray or roan

Age: 4

Running style: Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Frosted ran in American Pharoah’s shadow for much of 2015 but came into his own this year, tallying a blowout victory in Dubai in February, winning the Metropolitan Handicap by 14 ¼ lengths on Belmont Stakes day and winning the Whitney Stakes by an easy two lengths in August. He disappointed when finishing third in the Woodward Stakes but his connections have been impressed with his training and he will take another crack at the Classic this year after finishing seventh in 2015. Frosted is owned by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin Racing.

The numbers by their name indicate their post position, just in case you were wondering. If you would like to see who else is in the field, you can click HERE.

Friday night’s race, the Longines Distaff, included another favorite of mine, Beholder. Beholder has quite a storied record, though she was quite ill in 2014, and could not run in the Distaff then. Beholder couldn’t run in the 2015 Classic either due to an illness. She sure did run in this one, though, the last race of her career. And she WON by a nose! What a way for her to go out. WOW, that was a great rrace!

The “Filly and Mare Turf” race on Saturday includes another comeback kid contender, Lady Eli. Here is more about this filly:


The first filly he (Jay Hanley) purchased for his stable, one who took the fledgling owner and partner Sol Kumin on a remarkable journey to the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle in the 2014 Juvenile Fillies Turf, was deathly ill and battling laminitis, a condition that felled many great horses before her.

“Last July, it was very, very, very questionable,” he recalled. “I flew down to see her because we thought she might be gone. It was definitely life and death. There was about a week there where we thought we were going to lose her. It was absolutely an emotional rollercoaster, totally out of control.”

When Lady Eli steps onto the track for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park, her arrival at that moment will mark the culmination of countless hours of nursing care and combined decades of skilled horsemanship and teamwork. Hers is a remarkable comeback that also bears testament to a fighting spirit and iron will.

“This filly, it’s remarkable what she’s accomplished, but it’s not surprising, because it’s her,” said trainer Chad Brown. “Being around this horse all this time, since she was 2, you learn her personality and how incredibly talented she is and how tough she is, physically and mentally. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

What an amazing story of recovery for this Lady. I can’t wait to see how she does on Saturday.

The Breeders’ Classic will wrap up the horse racing season of 2016. Until next year…

This weekend also marks that magical time when we get to set our clocks back an hour on Saturday night (early Sunday morning).

The only problem with this is that my animals do NOT get this concept at all. Nope, not one bit. They are crawling all over me at what they believe is their appointed time to be fed. Sigh. Bit by bit, I will get them to accept the time change. No doubt they will be all set by the time we “Spring Forward”!

Well, that’s it for me. How are you spending your weekend? Trying to ignore Politics like I am? Watching some good movies or tv shows? Reading a good book? Do share.

This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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46 Responses to “Going Out Fast, And Falling Back *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I’m not a horse racing fan but I know you and Helen are so I hope your favorites win.

    Great story about the filly with laminitis. I lost a much loved gelding to that many years ago. That she had heart definitely helped her to recover. I hope she wins.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Marge – I know it isn’t your sport, and I appreciate that, which is why I very much appreciate your good wishes anyway!

      Oh, dear – that is terrible. It is such a dreadful disease. It says so much abt Lady Eli that she came through it, and her owners for going to such lengths to make SURE she came through it…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why Isn’t The Media Pouncing On Mormon Hatred Like It Has Jew Hatred?

    Imagine if what has been said about independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin and Mormons had been said about a Jewish candidate.

    Imagine if, in 2000 when Joe Lieberman was running on the presidential ticket with Al Gore, his opponents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney walked around saying a variation of the following: “Lieberman is only winning New York because of all the Jews in the state.” Or if his supporters were all written off as just members of the “Jewish mafia.”


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent question. It is incredible that people hated on Romney because he was Mormon, and presumably don’t take McMullin as seriously for the same reason. Hey – at least they are both men of faith, and that is something right there…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. piper Says:

    Wishing everyone a happy weekend. Beautiful sunny and warm day in S.E. Wisconsin. I’ll be biking on the oldest railroad bike trail in the country. Hurrah

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, wow – that sounds fantastic! It is cool for us here in SC – low 60’s a little while ago. Brrr! I imagine where you are that might be considered warm? In any event, have fun biking! And hey – if you have a chance or inclination to snap a photo of the old railroad bike trail, I would love to see it!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Exactly the kind of day I love! Sunny and under 70. You bike – I walk and we’ll both enjoy the day. Hope you have a great week-end too Piper.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    “November comes
    And November goes,
    With the last red berries
    And the first white snows.

    With night coming early,
    And dawn coming late,
    And ice in the bucket
    And frost by the gate.

    The fires burn
    And the kettles sing,
    And earth sinks to rest
    Until next spring.”
    ― Clyde Watson

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Lady Eli came from WAY back in the pack to lose by a nose. The horse who beat her, a European horse, Queen’s Trust, set a track record, which means Lady Eli also beat the previous record. WOW. And she is a beauty, that Lady Eli. Great race!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      How wonderful that she came back from laminitis and beat the previous record! Good for her and her wonderful “heart”.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        She was amazing. For most of the race, she didn’t even appear in the list of names, then all of a sudden, here she came. It was the bob of the head difference. Yes, this filly has some heart for sure!

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Uh, yeah – we knew they were doing this. And look where this got us. Ugh: http://therightscoop.com/bill-maher-admits-liberals-wrong-cry-wolf-romney-mccain/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      How wonderful for the despicable Maher that he finds some truth – after the fact. He certainly showed no signs of caring about it or any smidge of integrity at the time.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, once in a very blue moon, Maher will come out with something like this. Perhaps if he strung those thoughts together, they might break through his liberal brain…

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The Breeders’ Cup Classic was an exciting race. Chrome led almost the entire race – until the young 3 yr old dark gray Arrogate passed him by abt a neck at the line. So close – but the young Arrogate, helmed by Hall of Fame jockey, Mike Smith, had a great kick at the end.

    My Frosted came in 4th, unfortunately.

    Still, it was a great race, capping off an exciting day of racing. And that’s it for 2016!

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Gee, you don’t say: http://therightscoop.com/melania-trump-broke-immigration-law-lied-associated-press

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Trump also hires a lot of illegals for his hotels. Anyone that thinks he’s any different than the libs, or should I say the other libs, on immigration is delusional. And he, like Hillary and all the other pols he thinks the laws and rules are for the little people.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, you are so right abt that, Marge. He most definitely does – both hire illegals AND think the laws don’t apply to him. Sadly, too many of his supporters seem to agree with him…

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Brexit: British Judges Defy British People

    The court’s rejection of British voters has provoked a constitutional crisis. Popular sovereignty – the explicit facet of democracy for which a referendum exists to give voice — has been cast aside. And this ruling cuts at the central import of the Brexit vote. As I noted following the referendum, the most crucial issue involved in Brexit, was sovereignty – and “the widely held belief that the subjugation of Parliament and the judiciary to the bureaucracy in Brussels was no longer tolerable.” Now the freedom of Britons is subjugated to their own judicial bureaucracy.


    Looks like we’re not the only country in the west whose judiciary thinks it gets to legislate.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Holy. CRAP. WTH is going on these days?? People have just lost their ever-loving minds. This legislating from the bench thing, something we made fun of when Reps said it a while back, has proven to be absolutely true. Apparently, it is not just here in the USA…

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I swear, Alec Baldwin absolutely NAILS his Trump impression. I was subjected to Trump on HLN this morning – honest to God – wow, just wow. Anyway, both of these actors do a great job:

  14. helenk3 Says:

    a needed break

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Mollie Hemingway: Rolling Stone Can Take Their Defamation Statement And Shove It

    Within moments of a jury returning a verdict that Rolling Stone, publisher Jann Wenner’s company, and reporter Sabrina R. Erdely acted with malice to defame a University of Virginia administrator, the magazine sent out a statement trying to save face. Here it is, with my comments:

    For almost 50 years, Rolling Stone has aimed to produce journalism with the highest reporting and ethical standards, and with a strong humanistic point of view.

    Oh please. It is true that Rolling Stone used to be a good magazine. It produced interesting music journalism and touched on important social issues. That was mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. Heck, even as late as the 1990s, the magazine’s political journalism was at least interesting and diverse. They published folks like William Greider, sure, but P.J. O’Rourke was there to balance it out. In 2008, Jonah Goldberg observed, “Rolling Stone has essentially become the house organ of the Democratic National Committee.” Nobody would say that now because nobody cares what Rolling Stone publishes or expects it to be anything other than a far-left rag for aging hippies who sold out.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That Mollie just nails it with this. It is ASTONISHING that the stood behind this disparaging story even after it was proven false. It says a whole lot abt R and its “credibility,” which is virtually nil now. They should stick to music.

  16. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The irony, the irony – GOP and Trump are shelling out money to a consultant who has some MAJOR voter fraud issues: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/05/trump-gop-paying-consultant-dogged-by-voter-fraud-charges.html

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Don’t Succumb to Bully Tactics With Your Vote

    The wasted vote narrative has been a successful one for the Democrats and the Republicans for many, many decades and it certainly has not been beneficial to Americans who’ve stuck themselves with Big Government Party #1 and Big Government Party #2, hence almost $20 trillion in debt and by some estimates $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities that are mathematically impossible to pay off. Government has grown regardless of which party is in charge. But don’t waste your vote on something different, okay? (Wink, wink.)

    Don’t feel pressured. If you want to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, then, by all means, go for it. But if you want your vote to be counted in another manner — and contrary to what you’ve been brainwashed with, it will be counted. Vote-shaming, guilt-tripping, bully tactics are everywhere. Sound them out and pray for discernment and direction.

    There is no such thing as a wasted vote. It is not your obligation to vote for a political party’s candidate when that candidate doesn’t stand for constitutional principles that made America great in the first place. It is the candidate’s responsibility to earn your vote.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent article. This whole thing abt, “if you don’t vote for Trump, you are voting for Hillary” thing is hogwash. It defies math.

      And as I have said numerous times, NO party owns my vote. No one owns it but ME, and it is MY choice what to do with it. This year, for the first time, I will not be voting for either one of the Parties’ candidates.

      Thanks for this!

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That’s how I feel abt this entire campaign once the nominees were set. There aren’t enough showers in all the world after the crap we have endured this year…

  20. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, boy. Turns out the FBI said there are NO NEW CONCLUSIONS to all those emails of Clinton’s. Okey dokey. Comey felt compelled to write this letter to 8 Reps which, naturally, was leaked (by Chaffetz), blowing up this election to now claim there was nothing there? Yeah. This is why they are supposed to be done behind closed doors:


  21. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Former AG Janet Reno passed away: http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/11/07/janet-reno-first-u-s-woman-attorney-general-dies-aged-78/21600112/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I have never forgiven her for Waco and never will. But that said, may she R.I.P. It’s up to God to judge her now.

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