The Americans become agitated when they consider the blood royal~


Champion despite first ever loss~~Galileo, to the left with white blaze, suffering his first defeat~~to Fantastic Light – Irish Champion Stakes, 2001~~his loss only serving to prove his indisputable greatness~~

Print credits~~Mr. Stuart Herod

The Americans are not comfortable with the maxim Blood Will Out~a notion universally accepted everywhere else.

This is understandable~as~~defying bloodlines~~defines the Americans.

The Americans are taught that  a man can come from nothing~~poverty, socially suspect blood lines, lack of any discernible brilliance~~and yet he can attain the highest positions in commerce and politics by dint of diligence, cunning and hard effort.

The English and The Continentals~~having more history upon which to reflect~~know that attainment is in one’s blood~~a disquieting consideration to the Americans.

kingsbarns_2851718Try as one might~~best blood is hard to best as ~~Galileo storms home a winner once again~~here, dears, is blood royal~~


Oddly enough~~Sometimes, one’s most memorable victory is remembered as a loss~~

Galileo (left) gained renown on the track but has earned his fortune at stud. Photograph: John Giles/PA

The Bloodline of Galileo~~


GALILEO (IRE) b. H, 1998 DP = 9-1-22-8-0 (40) DI = 1.11   CD = 0.28 – 8 Starts, 6 Wins, 1 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: £1,621,110
b. 1981 [CS]
b. 1961 [BC]
br. 1954
br. 1935 [BC]
PHAROS (GB) br. 1920 [I]
NOGARA (ITY) b. 1928 *
ch. 1944
HYPERION (GB) ch. 1930 [BC]
SISTER SARAH (GB) br. 1930 *
b. 1957
gr. 1950 [IC]
POLYNESIAN (USA) br. 1942 [I]
GEISHA (USA) gr. 1943 *
ch. 1947
MAHMOUD (FR) gr. 1933 [IC]
b. 1975
b. 1968
br. 1958 [C]
TURN-TO (USA) b. 1951 [BI]
b. 1952
DJEDDAH (FR) ch. 1945
BE FAITHFUL (USA) br. 1942 *
b. 1969
ch. 1963 [C]
TREVISA (ARG) ch. 1951
b. 1964
ROUGH SHOD (GB) b. 1944 *
ch. 1989
ch. 1978
b. 1970 [BC]
ch. 1961 [B]
NATIVE DANCER (USA)   gr. 1950 [IC]
RAISE YOU (USA) ch. 1946 *
b. 1962
NASHUA (USA) b. 1952 [IC]
SEQUENCE (USA) b. 1946
ch. 1971
b. 1963 [C]
TOM FOOL (USA) b. 1949 [IC]
BUSANDA (USA) blk. 1947 *
ch. 1958
LEA LANE (USA) b. 1952 *
ch. 1978
ch. 1967
b. 1955
TANTIEME (FR) b. 1947 [S]
ARALIA (GER) b. 1945
ch. 1961
ch. 1969
ch. 1958
ACROPOLIS (GB) ch. 1952
BABYLON (GB) b. 1940
ch. 1962
BIRKHAHN (GER) blk/br. 1945
ALAMEDA (GER) b. 1951

Comes into this mix now, Galileo~~bred to racing blood royal~~a magnificent champion at the races, a astounding sire in the shed and now–a sire of champion sires.

The klatch salutes Galileo as one more of his grandsons, Trading Leather~won the Irish Derby today~~himself besting The Epson Derby winner~~ Ruler of The World~~himself another of Galileo’s sons. This season, The English Derby, French Derby and Irish Derby have been won by three, different, sons or grandsons of Galileo.


Galileo has been so prolific in the breeding shed that to recount his Grouped 1 winning children alone would render the Americans agitated~~so~~we point only to one~~Frankel~whose record on the track places at the absolute pinnacle of The Timeforms Rating System~~the best miler in history~~perhaps the best racehorse in history~~

16-frankel-cropGalileo’s Blood Son~~Frankel~~rated a world beater and greatest grass Miler in racing history~~

The Blood Line of Frankel~~


Date (Descending)
Dist. [Filter]
View DetailsView Video 10/20/12 1st T Queally Asc 5 1 1/4 m T Champion Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Cirrus Des Aigles Nathaniel 2:10.22
View Details 08/22/12 1st T Queally Yor 4 1 5/16 m T Juddmonte International-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Farhh St Nicholas Abbey 2:06.59
View Details 08/01/12 1st T Queally Goo 3 1 mile T Sussex Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Farhh Gabrial 1:37.56
View DetailsView Video 06/19/12 1st T Queally Asc 1 1 mile T Queen Anne Stakes-G1 0 4+ M Frankel Excelebration Side Glance 1:37.85
View DetailsView Video 05/19/12 1st T Queally Nby 5 1 mile T Lockinge Stakes-G1 0 4+ M Frankel Excelebration Dubawi Gold 1:38.14
View DetailsView Video 10/15/11 1st T Queally Asc 1 1 mile T Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Excelebration Immortal Verse 1:39.45
View DetailsView Video 07/27/11 1st T Queally Goo 3 1 mile T Sussex Stakes-G1 0 3+ M Frankel Canford Cliffs Rio De La Plata 1:37.47
View DetailsView Video 06/14/11 1st T Queally Asc 2 1 mile T St. James’s Palace Stakes-G1 0 3 M Frankel Zoffany Excelebration 1:39.24
View Details 04/30/11 1st T Queally New 3 1 mile T English 2000 Guineas -G1 0 3 M Frankel Dubawi Gold Native Khan 1:37.30
View DetailsView Video 04/16/11 1st T Queally Nby 4 7 f T Greenham Stakes-G3 0 3 M Frankel Excelebration Shropshire 1:24.60
View Details 10/16/10 1st T Queally New 2 7 f T Dewhurst Stakes-G1 0 2 M Frankel Roderic O’Connor Glor Na Mara 1:25.73
View DetailsView Video 09/25/10 1st T Queally Asc 3 1 mile T Royal Lodge Stakes-G2 0 2 M Frankel Elegance Klammer Treasure Beach 1:41.73
View DetailsView Video 09/10/10 1st T Queally Don 6 7 f T Conditions Stakes 0 2 M Frankel Rainbow Springs Diamond Geezah 1:24.83
View DetailsView Video 08/13/10 1st T Queally NewJ 3 1 mile T Maiden Stakes 0 2 M Frankel Nathaniel Genius Beast 1:43.69


The gritty determination in the face of young Tom Queally, shows in stark juxtaposition to the calm serenity and self-assurance of his noble mount~~Frankel~~

Click above to watch Frankel winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1)

(Photo :

Ascot, Turf, 2012m
20 October 2012

He faced real adversity for the first time in his glory-strewn career yesterday, but Khalid Abdullah’sgreatest gift to racing, Frankel (GB) (Galileo) duly overcame unfavorable testing ground and a blown start to sign off victorious in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Long targeted at the £1.3-million race that could almost have been revamped with him in mind, the sell-out audience and millions glued to TV sets and the internet around the world were made to wait until late morning for him to be confirmed a definite runner after persistent rain in the week had turned the Berkshire turf to heavy in places. Memories of his blitz on Newmarket’s slick surface in last year’s 2000 Guineas led the mind to wonder if he could cope with a slog in these conditions, and the usual flood of cash was stemmed slightly to produce a starting price of 2-11.

As the clouds broke over Ascot in the build-up to this finale, the tension rose in parallel, and a final bout of showers on Thursday into Friday created a crucible in which his champion status would be challenged most acutely. Months of nurture and expert horsemanship saw him enter the buzzy parade ring with nonchalance, and that casual air saw him surrender a normally crucial margin of three lengths out of the stalls. Ian Mongan on Bullet Train (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) dropped anchor in front to allow Tom Queally to ease into the pack, which forced Olivier Peslier on Cirrus des Aigles, to take up the running after 1 1/2 furlongs, with Frankel coasting along in fourth. Bullet Train came back to pester the French raider and was in front again on the approach to the home turn, but by now his customary honest pace-setting role had been shot to pieces, and as Cirrus des Aigles took control with Peslier apparently full of horse at the top of the stretch, Frankel was still over two lengths down.

That deficit had been wiped out with the minimum of effort by the furlong marker, where Queally became animated for the first time, and after administering one slap with the whip with just over 100 yards left to race, immortality was sealed.

His rider, who has played no small part in the success story, was full of admiration afterwards. “I’m so proud of him and it’s been an amazing journey,” Queally commented. “I can’t tell you what it’s meant to be part of it. He’s just getting more and more relaxed as time goes on, and waited until the gates were open. He was slowly away at York, and he was slower today, but I’ve so much belief in the horse and in the past I’ve pushed that to the limit. We lost a length, but a length is nothing to him. He traveled through, and I suppose it’s fair to say that he’s better on better ground, but the turbo, 4×4, everything kicked in. It was pointless getting him on his head before I had to. We were in no rush today, the way the ground was. I was happy all the way and his class really showed today, as I walked the track and I was a little worried about the conditions. Having walked it in the home straight, I knew it wasn’t too heavy for him to quicken up and go about his business. You want every angle covered and everything in your favour, so in that respect there was always a little worry, but he was in great heart today, and he looked a lot better than he did 12 months ago on this day.”

On being Frankel’s jockey, he added, “There is pressure and there’s pressure in all walks of life, but I gladly take that on board. I could stay here all night and tell you what it means to me. The people atWarren Place are one huge family that have pulled together. I don’t get nervous because I’m close to it and I have control, but I can imagine what other people were feeling.” He concluded, “It’s only been a few years, but it’s been a long road and everybody that’s worked with him can take a bow.”

Juddmonte’s Racing Manager Lord Grimthorpe commented, “He’s wonderful – the greatest, isn’t he? He didn’t enjoy that ground as much as he normally does, but he got into a rhythm and was happy. He wasn’t pulling and had a straightforward, trouble-free passage. He had it under control in the straight, but that’s him. He’s brought a whole new generation of people to the sport, and he’s brought wider public recognition to the sport. He was something to savor, the ultimate equine athlete, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Khalid Abdullah announced Frankel’s immediate retirement, “That is the end,” he stated simply. It was left to Sir Henry Cecil to pay the ultimate tribute. “He is the best I’ve ever had and the best I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I’d be surprised if there has ever been better.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News~~with our thanks here in the klatch~~


Merely a freshman sire now, one can only imagine the babies Frankel will give our little world and his proud papa, Galileo~and~~his Grand Sire~~Sadler’s Wells~~as~

Galileo himself was sired by the best English~~ Irish producer in centuries~~Sadler’s Wells~~ as we read here–courtesy of Daily Racing Form and John Sparkman~~

Courtesy of Coolmore Stud Farm
Galileo, a 15-year-old son of Sadler’s Wells, has led the combined English/Irish sire list in four of the past five years.

From a statistical viewpoint, the late Sadler’s Wells was the greatest sire in English and Irish Thoroughbred history. Not only did he lead the combined English/Irish sire list for a record 13 consecutive seasons and a record 14 times overall (beating records set by Highflyer two centuries earlier), but he sired 329 stakes winners, a record for a horse who served only in the Northern Hemisphere.

Both of those records might well be in jeopardy in less than a decade’s time, however. And in the spirit of the hit television series “Game of Thrones,” the horse who may dethrone Sadler’s Wells is his own son Galileo.

At age 15, Galileo has led the English/Irish sire list in four of the past five years (a feat Sadler’s Wells had accomplished by age 14), and his total dominance of the European classic scene was never more evident than on the first weekend of June, when his sons Ruler of The World and Intello swept the Epsom Derby and Prix du Jockey Club, France’s Derby equivalent. That derby double was immediately preceded by the victory of Galileo’s paternal granddaughter Talent in the Epsom Oaks.

Talent’s sire, New Approach, could be the horse to extend the “Game of Thrones” metaphor one generation further. Talent is the sixth stakes winner and second classic winner among the 95 foals in New Approach’s sensational first Northern Hemisphere crop. New Approach’s first classic winner, the 2012 champion European 2-year-old colt Dawn Approach, started as the heavy favorite in Ruler of The World’s Epsom Derby but threw away his chance by frantically fighting his jockey’s attempt at restraint for the first mile.

New Approach, nevertheless, sired the Derby’s second-place finisher in Libertarian, the winner of the Group 2 Dante Stakes on May 16.

Galileo’s dominance of the Derby field was unprecedented in the modern era. Coolmore’s champion sired five of the 12 runners himself, and New Approach’s two runners meant that more than half the field were Galileo’s sire-line descendants. Three of Galileo’s sons, Ruler of The World, Galileo Rock, and Battle of Marengo, bracketed second-placed Libertarian in the first, third, and fourth positions at the wire, while a fourth Galileo horse, Mars, was a close-up sixth.

Galileo came the closest to siring the first three finishers in the Epsom Derby since the “Emperor of Stallions,” Stockwell’s Triple Crown winner, Lord Lyon, led home his paternal half-brothers Savernake and Rustic in 1866. Only one other stallion, Highflyer’s best son Sir Peter Teazle in 1803, has sired the first three finishers in the Derby.

Galileo, New Approach, and Galileo’s champion son Teofilo accounted for five of the 11 Oaks runners, and Galileo’s daughters Secret Gesture and Moth finished second and fourth behind Talent.

Intello was the only colt by Galileo in the French Derby (his grandson Loch Garman, by Teofilo, finished 10th), but Intello dominated the race all by himself, easily following two pacesetters before pouncing in the final two furlongs and winning comfortably by two lengths over Morandi, by Holy Roman Emperor.

In his long career at stud, Sadler’s Wells sired two Epsom Derby winners (Galileo and High Chaparral), six Irish Derby winners (Galileo, High Chaparral, Montjeu, Dream Well, Old Vic, and Salsabil), three French Derby winners (Montjeu, Dream Well, and Old Vic), and seven winners of the three Oaks equivalents (Intrepidity, Alexandrova, Salsabil, Dance Design, Imagine, Ebadiyla, and Moonshell).

Galileo has a ways to go to match that record, but if he lives long enough, he is well on his way. Ruler of The World was his second Epsom Derby winner and Intello his first winner at Chantilly, but he has sired Irish Derby winners Cape Blanco, Soldier of Fortune, and Treasure Beach, as well as Epsom Oaks winner Was, French Oaks winner Golden Lilac, and Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens.

All three of last weekend’s classic winners are from superb female families, but Intello’s pedigree is especially notable. The second foal out of 2006 Group 2 Prix de Sandringham winner Impressionnante, Intello is the seventh European classic winner or champion by Galileo out of a mare by the late, great sire and broodmare sire Danehill. That list is headed, of course, by the undefeated Frankel but also includes French Oaks winner Golden Lilac and European champion 2-year-old colt Teofilo.

Impressionnante is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Only Answer, and their dam, Occupandiste, by Kaldoun, won two Group 1 races and was the European highweighted filly at age 4 at seven to nine furlongs. Occupandiste’s dam, Only Seule, by Lyphard, was a half-sister to 1994 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Mehthaaf, by Nureyev, and European highweighted sprinter Elnadim, by Danzig, from the great family of Fall Aspen.

Ruler of The World possesses, if anything, an even better pedigree. His half-brother Duke of Marmalade, by Danehill, was the champion older horse in Europe in 2008, when he won five Group 1 races, including the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and is now a promising second-crop sire. Their dam, the group-placed Love Me True, by Kingmambo, is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Bite the Bullet, by Spectacular Bid, and stakes winner Shuailaan, by Roberto.

Ruler of The World’s third dam, Lassie Dear, by Buckpasser, is the dam of four stakes winners, including European highweight Wolfhound, by Nureyev, and is the second dam of champion and two-time leading sire A.P. Indy, by Seattle Slew; classic winner Summer Squall, by Storm Bird; and champion and Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, by Kingmambo, as well as the third dam of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Court Vision, by Gulch.

Even with all that pedigree firepower on display, Oaks winner Talent holds her own on pedigree. Her dam, Prowess, by Peintre Celebre, placed in the Cheshire Oaks, and Prowess’s dam, Yawl, by Rainbow Quest, won the Group 3 Rockfel Stakes. Talent’s third dam, Bireme, by Grundy, won the 1980 Epsom Oaks and comes from a family that has been prominent in races with “Oaks” in their name since her third dam, Felucca, by Nearco, produced 1955 Yorkshire Oaks winner and Epsom Oaks runner-up Ark Royal, by Straight Deal.

Ark Royal’s half-sister Cutter, by Donatello II, finished third in the Epsom Oaks, won the Yorkshire Cup, and produced four group-class stakes winners. Cutter’s grandson Cut Above, by High Top, won the 1981 St. Leger Stakes, and her great-granddaughter Bolas, by Unfuwain, captured the 1994 Irish Oaks.

A felucca is a traditional wooden sailboat used on the Nile and the Red Sea, and the late Reginald Hollingsworth, the owner and breeder of Felucca, favored nautical names for her descendants, as names like Bireme, Buoy, Anchor, Mariner, and Kyak attest. That tradition is long gone, but the talent remains in Felucca’s female line.

It remains to be seen how serious a challenge New Approach can raise to his sire’s hegemony. New Approach was a much better 2-year-old than Galileo, winning all five of his starts, compared with Galileo’s solitary win at 2.

His trainer, Jim Bolger (also the trainer of Dawn Approach), who bought New Approach for about $550,000 at the Goffs Orby sale in 2006 and sold an interest in him to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum after his undefeated juvenile season, revealed in the run-up to the Epsom Derby that New Approach is heterozygous for the misnamed “speed gene” promoted by the genetic testing company Equinome, while his sire, Galileo, is homozygous for the more stamina-oriented allele at that site.

Dawn Approach, on the other hand, is homozygous for the short-distance-oriented allele, which initially made Bolger reluctant to run him at Epsom.

Bolger owns a financial interest in Equinome, so it is in his interest to promote both New Approach and Dawn Approach as speedier alternatives to the best sire in the world.

Whether that genetic difference will have any measurable effect in the real world is something else altogether


We thank Daily Racing Form and Mr. John Sparkman


The Bloodline  of Sadler’s Wells~~

SADLERS WELLS   (USA) b. H, 1981 DP = 12-8-22-0-0 (42) DI = 2.82   CD = 0.76 – 11 Starts, 6 Wins, 4 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: $663,423  
b. 1961 [BC]
br. 1954
br. 1935 [BC]
br. 1920 [I]
PHALARIS (GB) br. 1913 [B]
SCAPA FLOW (GB) ch. 1914 *
b. 1928
HAVRESAC (FR) dkb/br. 1915 [I]
CATNIP (IRE) b. 1910 *
ch. 1944
ch. 1930 [BC]
  GAINSBOROUGH (GB) b. 1915 [C]
SELENE (GB) b. 1919 *
br. 1930
ABBOTS TRACE (GB) ch. 1917
SARITA (GB) br. 1924 *
b. 1957
gr. 1950 [IC]
br. 1942 [I]
gr. 1943
DISCOVERY (USA) ch. 1931 [S]
MIYAKO (USA) gr. 1935
ch. 1947
gr. 1933 [IC]
BLENHEIM (GB) br. 1927 [CS]
MAH MAHAL (GB) gr. 1928 *
b. 1937
MOTHER GOOSE (USA) br. 1922 *
b. 1975
b. 1968
br. 1958 [C]
b. 1951 [BI]
ROYAL CHARGER (GB) ch. 1942 [B]
SOURCE SUCREE (FR) br. 1940 *
b. 1948
b. 1952
ch. 1945
DJEBEL (FR) b. 1937 [I]
DJEZIMA (FR) ch. 1933
br. 1942
BIMELECH (USA) b. 1937
BLOODROOT (USA) b. 1932 *
b. 1969
ch. 1963 [C]
ch. 1948
HYPERION (GB)   ch. 1930 [BC]
COMMOTION (GB) b. 1938
ch. 1951
ADVOCATE (GB) ch. 1940
VENETA (ARG) ch. 1940
b. 1964
b. 1953
NASRULLAH (GB) b. 1940 [B]
SHIMMER (USA) b. 1945
b. 1944
GOLD BRIDGE (FR) ch. 1929
DALMARY (GB) dkb/br. 1931 *

On and on the blue blood flows~~from one great sire to his sons and grandsons and beyond.  The Sport of Kings endures and suggests that those who maintain the Blood Will Out have history on their side.

From the Grandsire~~Sadler’s Wells to the Sire~~Galileo~to the young prince and heir royal~~Frankel~~the blue blood of the thoroughbred is a ceaseless fascination to us in the klatch and all over our little world of the Sport of Kings~~

The very best “stamp their sons”~~and if one looks~~it is hard to miss the familial resemblance between the father~~Galileo and the son~Frankel~~and above them both~Sadler’s Wells~~

The best of the very best “stamp their sons”~~one can see the father~~and the grandfather~~ in the face and motion~~of the young ones~~


As remarked here~~


The Americans are far less inclined than are the English and the Europeans to accept the maxim that Blood Will Out.


This is understandable~~as~~defying bloodlines~~defines the Americans.


Yet that presumption of lineal defiance puts the Americans in this very awkward position~~How does one then explain Galileo~~and~~more so yet~~his children~~and now yet~~his grand children?


As remarked~~


The Americans are not comfortable with the maxim Blood Will Out~~a notion universally accepted everywhere else.


This is understandable~~as~~defying bloodlines~~defines the Americans.


The Americans are taught that a man can come from nothing~~poverty, socially suspect blood lines, lack of any discernible brilliance~~and yet he can attain the highest positions in commerce and politics by dint of diligence, cunning and effort.


The English and The Continentals~~having more history upon which to reflect~~know that attainment is in one’s blood~~a most disquieting consideration to the Americans.


That all considered~~the history of the breed of breeds~~suggests that Blood Will Indeed Out~~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Sunday, 30th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


Champion racer and brilliant sire~~Le Grand Pere~~Sadler’s Wells~~whence~~

galileo_racingHis son~~Galileo~~Le Pere to a generation of brilliant winners~~whence~~


The son of the son~~Frankel~~the greatest miler in history~~now in the shed~~ready now to produce the great grandsons~~in an unbroken line of magnificent beauty and speed~~whence~

The next generations~~


The Stain of Cain~~Brother killing brother~States rights and total war that does not ever end~~The Mark of Cain~~ever on the face of The Americans~

wpid-john-wilkes-booth-9219681-1-402John Wilkes Booth~~

 Scoundrel, enemy combatant, rogue, or hero~~which one he is largely depends upon one’s geographic and philosophical temperament, Sir~~

Below, General Grant and President Jefferson Davis~~Cain and Abel together~

General Lee and President Lincoln~~American Cain and Abel

Arthur Kenneth Chesterton MC (1896 – 16 August 1973)G.K. Chesterton on Dixie and the American invention of “total war.”

The American Civil War was a real war between two civilizations. It will affect the whole history of the world. There were great and good men, on both sides, who knew it would affect the whole history of the world. Yet the great majority of Englishmen know nothing about it, or only know the things that are not true. They have a general idea that it was `all about niggers’; and they are taught by their newspapers to admire Abraham Lincoln as ignorantly and idiotically as they once used to abuse him. All this seems to me very strange; not only considering the importance of America, but considering how everybody is now making America so very important. America is allowed to have, if anything, far too much influence on the affairs of the rest of the world…
….We know, in our own case, that it is sometimes possible to lose a war after we have won it. The American politicians lost something more valuable than a war; they lost a peace. They lost a possibility of reconciliation that would not only have doubled their strength, but would have given them a far better balance of ideas which would have vastly increased their ultimate influence on the world. Lincoln may have been right in thinking that he was bound to preserve the Union. But it was not the Union that was preserved. A union implies that two different things are united; and it should have been the Northern and Southern cultures that were united. As a fact, it was the Southern culture that was destroyed. And it was the Northern that ultimately imposed not a unity but merely a uniformity. But that was not Lincoln’s fault. He died before it happened; and it happened because he died.
Everybody knows, I imagine, that the first of the men who really destroyed the South was the Southern fanatic, John Wilkes Booth. He murdered the one man in the North who was capable of comprehending that there was a case for the South. But Northern fanatics finished the work of the Southern fanatic; many of them as mad as he and more wicked than he. Mr. Bowers gives a vivid account of the reign of terror that Stevens and Sumner and the rest let loose on the defeated rebels a pestilence of oppression from which the full promise of America has never recovered. But I have a particular reason at the moment for recommending to my countrymen some study of the book and the topic.
Every age has its special strength, and generally one in which some particular nation is specially strong. Every age has also its special weakness and deficiency, and a need which only another type could supply. This is rather specially the Age of America; but inevitably, and unfortunately, rather the America of the Northern merchants and industrialists. It is also the age of many genuine forms of philanthropy and humanitarian effort, such as modern America has very generously supported. But there is a virtue lacking in the age, for want of which it will certainly suffer and possibly fail. It might be expressed in many ways; but as short a way of stating it as any I know is to say that, at this moment, America and the whole world is crying out for the spirit of the Old South.
In other words, what is most lacking in modern psychology is the sentiment of Honour; the sentiment to which personal independence is vital and to which wealth is entirely incommensurate. I know very well that Honour had all sorts of fantasies and follies in the days of its excess. But that does not affect the danger of its deficiency, or rather its disappearance. The world will need, and need desperately, the particular spirit of the landowner who will not sell his land, of the shopkeeper who will not sell his shop, of the private man who will not be bullied or bribed into being part of a public combination; of what our fathers meant by the free man. And we need the Southern gentleman more than the English or French or Spanish gentleman. For the aristocrat of Old Dixie, with all his faults and inconsistencies, did understand what the gentle man of Old Europe generally did not. He did understand the Republican ideal, the notion of the Citizen as it was understood among the noblest of the pagans. That combination of ideal democracy with real chivalry was a particular blend for which the world was immeasurably the better; and for the loss of which it is immeasurably the worse. It may never be recovered; but it will certainly be missed.


How sweet it was~~Rosalie Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi, where, in the 1850’s, there were more millionaires per square foot than in all the rest of the world combined, Sir~~Yes, Sir, combined~~all courtesy of King Cotton~~White Gold, Sir~

G.K. Chesterton On America, from “Come to Think of It”


We thank Mr. Chesterton and cease to quote him~~


We now are entertained and give credit and thanks to The Catholic Knight

Putting the sword to the “tyranny of relativism!”

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  There are so many comments I would like to add to this wonderful script, but for the sake of time and space, I will have to limit it.  Chesterton begins with the comment: “The American Civil War was a real war between two civilizations.  It will affect the whole history of the world.”  In this he is right on both counts.  The Civil War was really a War for Southern (Dixie) Independence.  It was a war of secession, not a “civil war” in the proper sense, because the South had no interest in taking over the Union government in Washington City.  It merely wanted to separate from it.  However, the term “Civil War” has become commonplace in reference to the conflict, and when the word “civil” is put into the context of “civilisation” I have no problem with it.  For the Civil War was literally a Civilisation War — or a war between two different civilisations.  Chesterton was also right in saying that the Civil War would effect the whole history of the world, and indeed it did, in so many different ways, and continues to do so on into the future.  Through America’s Civil War, all of the Western world was introduced to the concept of “total war” wherein all the restraints of Christendom are thrown to the wind and armies now make war on civilians and their property with the same fury they would their military opponents on the battlefield.  Thanks to the North’s conquest of the South, the entire Western world was made ready for the savagery of World War I, World War II and all the conflicts of the Cold War, to the modern day wars in the Middle East.
Chesterton continues: “As a fact, it was the Southern culture that was destroyed. And it was the Northern that ultimately imposed not a unity but merely a uniformity. But that was not Lincoln’s fault. He died before it happened; and it happened because he died.”  Lincoln’s great genius was that he understood the consequences of his actions, and could accurately foresee these consequences up to 150 years in advance as evidenced when he wrote the following…

“I have two great enemies, the southern army in front of me and the  financial institutions, in the rear. Of the two, the one in the rear is  the greatest enemy. I see in the future a crisis approaching that  unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a  result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of  corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the  country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the  prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and  the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the  safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of the war.” — Abraham Lincoln in a letter to Col. William F. Elkins upon passage of the National Banking Act of 1863

But Lincoln’s great evil was that in spite of this foresight he believed the ends justified the means.  He chose war over peace, compulsory empire over voluntary union, and in doing so he sacrificed not only the lives and fortunes of his generation, but the financial freedom of our generation.  Lincoln didn’t have to go to war, as his predecessor James Buchanan demonstrated through the strength of his restraint.  He opposed secession every bit as much as Lincoln but he knew the president was not given the constitutional authority to make war on the very states he is sworn to protect.  Lincoln’s sole redeeming quality, in my opinion, is that while he practically invented the modern concept of total war, he also believed in total peace.  He gave General Grant permission to negotiate a peace treaty with General Lee, wherein Southern soldiers would simply surrender their firearms and return to their homes and families without consequence.  He envisioned a peace wherein everything would go back to the way it was, and he was perhaps the only man in Washington City who could restrain the zealots in Congress from taking their revenge on the defeated South.  Sadly, he was killed shortly after Lee’s negotiated surrender at Appomattox.  As a result of his death, his successor (Andrew Johnson) did not honour the agreement, and the zealots in Congress took their revenge on Dixie just as Lincoln had feared.  General Lee later regretted his surrender, and stated that if he knew what the North would do to the South after the war, he would have fought to the last man.
Chesterton continues: “This is rather specially the Age of America; but inevitably, and unfortunately, rather the America of the Northern merchants and industrialists,” because that is all there is left.  The agrarian aristocracy of the South was annihilated.  “But there is a virtue lacking in the age, for want of which it will certainly suffer and possibly fail.”  Herein we have an observation that has since become prophetic.  For we have all most certainly suffered, and yes, this age will soon fail.  That is a historical certainty.  What is uncertain is what will arise after it fails.
“America and the whole world is crying out for the spirit of the Old South.”  It is a statement that brings a tear to my eyes, because it is true.  What is the spirit of the Old South.  The Modernists and pedallers of endless race-baiting would have us believe it was nothing more than slavery, the oppression of black men by white men, a crime which can never be paid for, and for which they will demand infinite recompense.  This however was not the spirit of the Old South — dear God no!  For slavery was just as much a Northern institution as it was Southern, and it existed South of Dixie as well, in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.  It existed for decades there, long after the American Civil War ended.  No, the spirit of the Old South was not slavery, but rather how Southerners dealt with this evil in everyday life, and indeed, how they dealt with everything.  While there most certainly were abuses in some places, for the most part, the majority of slave owners in the South worked in the fields side-by-side with their slaves, toiling in the sun and humidity, for the very sustenance that would eventually nourish them both.  Then again, the majority of Southerners didn’t even own slaves, even though they certainly had the legal right and ability.  Still yet, there are those descended from Africa today who would say of all the places in the world God could have sent their ancestors as slaves, they were blessed to be sent to the American South (Dixie), for no other nation would have treated their ancestors better.  Why?  What is this spirit of the South that makes men say such things?  I tell you, it is the spirit of a simple Christian life, living close to the land, and trusting in God’s providence.  For the South was steeped in honour, dignity and tradition.  While hindsight is always 20/20, and we are sure to find errors in the ways of our ancestors, it doesn’t change the fact that we are not half the men they were (whether slave or free).  For they believed in something higher than themselves, and for them, life wasn’t about how to make the next dollar.  It was a way of life, a way of living, and if you want to sum it up into a nutshell, look no further than Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, written in 1891 with the consequences of the American Civil War in retrospect.   Because of the North’s victory, Yankee Imperialism was born, and because of Yankee Imperialism, the merchants and industrialists were able to conquer the whole world.  That is why the world cries out for the spirit of the Old South.  It is the same spirit of Rerum Novarum, of economic Distributism, of the ability for the common man to own his job and in doing so gain the dignity of providing for his family using his own property.  It is a dignity becoming increasingly scarce in our modern world, as the ultra-rich and super-powerful continue to aggregate the wealth of the world into a few hands.  “The world will need, and need desperately, the particular spirit of the landowner who will not sell his land, of the shopkeeper who will not sell his shop, of the private man who will not be bullied or bribed into being part of a public combination; of what our fathers meant by the free man.”
Chesterton concludes: “That combination of ideal democracy with real chivalry was a particular blend for which the world was immeasurably the better; and for the loss of which it is immeasurably the worse. It may never be recovered; but it will certainly be missed.”  I do not know if Old Dixie can be revived, but I do know that I can at least plead her case before my international audience.  For the Southern Gentleman shall never return without the return of the South which was and is his home.



Credits~~and thanks to The Catholic Knight

Putting the sword to the “tyranny of relativism!” ~We now note cease quoting



We wish we were in Dixie~~hoo~ray!!  Hoo~ray!!


Old King Cotton~~White Gold
That war between brothers wages on in the hearts and minds of the Americans–it has been with us since Jefferson–States Rights v. Federal Power–a ceaseless friction~~a combat never to end that put on the face of the Americans the Mark Of Cain~~as brother killed brother for reasons few today understand and even if they were to understand~~they could not remove the Stain of Cain~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Friday, 28th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


A beautiful, genteel, child-like, civilization~~now and forever~~gone with the wind~

Moses now comes to us with his holy match to light the way out of the darkness.


The Democrats hate God, yet want more and more alternate Gods to sate their sour and dour pagan appetites, but, their day in the sun now done, they are soon to find, that they will be getting less and less.

Poor darlings.

unknown artist, Miriam Puts Baby Moses on the River:

You and I dears, have dipped our toes into the hot waters of ~~The Gay Teens~~A time in which~Distributionism appears to run amok and have  triumphed in the High Court~where, after the ruling regarding health care in which Mr. Roberts, correctly wrote, that all law and related power to levy tax resides not at his door but in the Congress, has now seen fit to give the proponents of the religion Carpe Diem full flower to both possess and eat cake baked by others~while whimsically bestowing “rights” upon homosexuals to marry~we admonish the Gay Teens that Carpe Diem is, as Mr. Chesterton cautioned, a religion ultimately both personally unfulfilling to the individual practitioner and collectively destructive of mankind himself~~

Mr. Chesterton wrote principally about truth and high principle~which is why he is called the ‘Apostle of Common Sense’~~~comme ca~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Principle: “For this reason I have long tended towards the very unfashionable notion, that what may be called Theory is much more important than most modern people, who pride themselves on being practical people, are inclined to suppose. I have generally found that the practical man was almost always a partisan. But he is a partisan more than usually difficult to pin down to anything, even to his party, because he has never examined the theory of his own actions; and certainly has no notion of the theories of other people. Now I like to know the theories of other people, even if they are theories I dislike belonging to people I dislike. When I know what principle they are supposed to be acting on, I can either deduce their activity or convince them of inconsistency. But when a man calls himself practical, because he does something and doesn’t know why, then there is no relation between our minds at all.” ( G. K. Chesterton, “On the Man on the Spot,” Avowals and Denials: A Book of Essays. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1934, 16. )

Truth:  “Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.” ( GKC, ILN, 2/24/06)

Politics and Party: “But now a dim suspicion has begun to arise in the minds of at least a section of the people that this historic optimism is not quite as true as it looks. That the electors do not as a fact control the representatives, and that the representatives do not as a fact control the Government, that something alien has intervened between electors and elected, between legislature and Executive, something that deflects the working of representative institutions. That thing is the Party System…

The Party System, which is a game (and a source of profit) to the politicians, is often a matter of deadly earnest to their honest backers in the country.

(There are still very many who believe implicitly and fervently in the reality of the conflict…)

Why, asks such a man, does not his own side follow-up its advantages? Why do his leaders unexpectedly spare their opponents at the very moment when these appear to be in their power? …

It should be remarked, however, that those of whom we speak are generally very far from realizing the full truth of their own suspicions. …

They do not realize that the whole Liberal Front Bench is as deeply interested as he in keeping the old game going in accordance with the old rules, and dreads as much as any Tory could dread any violent change which might suddenly alter the conditions and perhaps put a summary end to the contest.”

-Hilaire Belloc and Cecil Chesterton, “The Party System” 1911 (Belloc served as a MP in the House of Commons from 1906-1910) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We thank Mr Chesterton and his friend, Hilaire Belloc ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ u6XJxWqH3FkThe waters are rising, my dears~~but the Gay Teens ~~who think this is to be their high water~~and who want always MORE rain water~~will find instead a drought~as the water now comes instead to irrigate the roots of the old America~~ that the Gay Teens thought dead~~but She wasn’t~

We think the distributionists have now vastly overbid their hand~

We think now is the time to finish them.~

And they know it~

Look at them~

They are afraid~

It was just all too easy~

Too easy to destroy America~

They are frightened of the Americans~

These Gay Teens~


Well they ought to be~


We will~

Not simply beat them at an election or two~

With some old dead men~

Not materially different from the others~

No, no~

Mais, non, non, non~

We think now is what in fox-hunting is called “the death.”

We smell blood~

We want more~

We shall have more~

We like the taste~

You and I, dears~

Yes, we shall~

Have more~


The Gay Teens have no knowledge of, or interest in, history~

That is bad for them~

That is good for us~

Had they history in their mind they would know that~

The high water precedes the drought~

Not the flood of more rain water they relish~


The drought cometh~

The end of Distributionism approaches~

The Americans are nervous~

Suddenly awakened~

Suddenly pensive~

Suddenly inspired to action~

In France, dears, a very socialist country, homosexual marriage initiatives proved~

The match on the dried kindling~

Mass protests against~~

At Paris~~


60 years of post-war Distributionism~

Pent up~

Suddenly released by the over played cards of the enemy~

That match is ready to strike here now~

The Republicans will be subsumed by us~

They must do what we say~~

Not the other way~


From now on~

We are the sole way to power~

We will come together~

A laundry list of what we demand is not necessary dears~

We can all recite the list~

We need only~

A Moses~


A match~

For the dried kindling~

That is all that remains~

For Distributionism~

The match~

Tomorrow is ours alone~

No longer will the Americans be confused~

We know the enemy~

The Democrats~

What do they want~

They want MORE~

More, More, More~

More rain water to quench their tree~

The tree of evil~

Ever thirsty~



More of what we do not want to give them~

We own tomorrow~

The Republican Party is an empty shell~

Ready to be taken over~

By an American Moses~


His match~

Upon the dried kindling of  Democrat Distributionists~

Begin now~

All over the nation~

Let 2014 begin the March to Power~

Take over the Republican Party~

Push aside the sleepy drunken ones~

Take local power~

Lock it down~

Prepare for 2016~

Rally ’round your Moses~

Support him~

Learn the elements of victory~

Politics is very dull and boring~

But it is not complex~

Learn it~

Dedicate yourselves~

By 2017 we will have all power~

If we act in concert~

With discipline~

With tenacity~

Without mercy for the enemy~

With dedication to God~

Who both watches over us~

And watches us~

He watches our behaviour~

He demands that we act~

That we all do our bit~

Large and small~

Each of us~

For Him~

For country~

For our Moses~

With His match~

For the dried kindling~

To burn the papers of the past~

The laws~

The Court documents~

The rulings evil~

The rulings inexcusable~

All power is in our hands~

Failure will come only if~

We fail to ACT~


Brothers and sisters~

Prepare yourselves~

Done correctly, this work will require effort but victory is a certainty~

As we are the vast majority~

And we carry with us the fate of the nation~

A responsibility awesome~

Do not neglect that responsibility~


God watches above~


Moses waits for us here below~

With his match~

To light the dried kindling~

Of the~


And burn them~

All the young dudes~

All the Gay Teans~

And their little missal books~

And their hymnals~

Loud sung to Carpe Diem~

For their myriad evils~


download (6)The match of freedom and justice~LIT~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Thursday, 27th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


Moses With the Tablets of the Law

Artist:  Bol, Ferdinand

Dutch Artist, 1616 ~ 1680

How short the list one could compile of those of whom it can be said that fame and money did not deprave?

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  • At Washington, capital city of the terminally self-absorbed, mortal man holds to fleeting, feeble and fallible opinion, God immutable fact.
      • ~~
      • It is my assessment that America is dying inside, being eaten away by the horror of the collapse of the middle orders, the attendant societal and religious values and customs of those orders and the ubiquity of war making for dubious purpose.
      • ~~
      • The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~personally.


      The principal need in America today is~~financial and industrial De-Globalization~~to facilitate the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~


      ~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~

      ~~La crema y nata~~


      ~~Artista de la conquista



      In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man. 
      Finis Origine Pendet…
      The escape commences…
      September, 1957
      Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic parochial school, called, by anyone of any background, simply: “Chan~al,” a place where, of an autumn day in 1957, school,  for me,  began and ended in the first convening of the first grade in which a tiny nun, one Sister Dom Bosco, appeared before me, just behind the window appearing at far left of this photograph, and piped out this: “I may be small, but so then, is the Atom Bomb.”
      My determination to escape school commenced immediately on hearing about this Atom Bomb business and took 16 dicey and arduous years to finally accomplish.~~
      Non Sibi
      The escape continues…
      September, 1966
      The Cathedral Latin School
        Finis Origine Pendet
      Κύριε ἐλέησον

      Rejoice and Glad!!





      ~The Original Angry Bird~~The Catholic University of America Screaming Red Cardinal Mascot~~



      ~~EX LIBRIS~~
        26 November, Thursday, The American Thanksgiving Day,  Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2015

      Tweets: @jtdbegg
      “Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he’s the only one who’s sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.”~~
      French actor~~Alain Delon

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      Seal of The Catholic University of America



      Deus Lux Mea Est


      Acta Est Fabula

      The escape concludes…


      The Catholic University Of America, Washington, District of Columbia.


      1976, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi.



      Acta Est Fabula.


      Deus Vult.


      ~~Our Ubiquitous Presence~~

      The Queen~~

      Our Queen now 63 years on~~

      Simply the best President we could ever hope to have~~

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Words are funny old shoes~sometimes they don’t necessarily need to rhyme or even have a discernible meaning to be just~plain~cute~as a baby bug’s ears~

Vladimir Putin, Boiko BorisovHair of the dog~

Mr. Putin can get a fair amount of fur from giving his best puppy friend a haircut~~but~he evidently doesn’t care for clipping piglets~~

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Mr. Putin finds the Americans exasperatingly small-minded~

While we in the klatch understand fully the lesson of history that the Russians weren’t meant to be understood and, leaving our own Hedrick Smith’s swell books about the Russians aside here for now, must say that~~

Mr. Putin certainly has a way with words–having said this today~apropos of young Mr. Snowden~~an American boy who, the gentlemen of the American press tell the klatch,  may, or may not, have been naughty with some sort of computer machinery~~

“I myself would prefer not to deal with these issues. It’s like giving a baby pig a haircut: there’s a lot of squealing, but there’s little wool,” he told a news conference in Finland.


  “Two pigs walk into a barber shop~one Italian pig~one Russian pig.  Italian pig says to the Russian pig~”you go ahead first~yours won’t take long~~you don’t have any hair to cut to begin with.”

Words are funny old shoes~sometimes they don’t necessarily need to rhyme or even have a discernible meaning to be just~plain~cute~as a baby bug’s ears~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Wednesday, 26th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


“There’s just gotta be a pig around here to clip someplace”~

Consider~How high the price of a bad education~Ask~If the Americans seem today inclined to riot over something~let’s encourage them to riot over the destruction of the American free public education system~


Where, when, how and why did this~~bucolic America of our youth vanish~~

Consider, my dears, the decline of public schools in America~~all over America~~ schools which are~~or, at least~~were~~the only true escape hatch from poverty.

I am amazed parents don’t revolt~~literally~~over that decline ~as these parents  pay the taxes for the schools and get~~a terrible product in return.

I both counsel kids and write papers for kids of family and friends to help get those kids into colleges.

Many of these kids appear, on general blush, intelligent enough as far as that goes today~~and~~shockingly~~to me~~they have generally high marks~~yet they have been past through to senior year in American high schools in very tony neighborhoods with those good grades and without a basic idea how to put a thought on paper.

That horrific state of affairs is the fault of the schools not the kids or the parents.

If I were one of these kids~~or, more so~~his over-taxed parents~~I would riot over that~~

Today we thank Mr. John Morgan and The Council on Foreign Relations for a tangible peek at what the decline in public education will mean to the collective America~~~never mind for now what that decline has already meant~~and certainly later will mean~~for individual Americans~~

We commence to quote Mr. Morgan and The Council until noted by us ceased quoting~~


Report: Unequal Education Spending Threatens US Global Competitiveness

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 07:53 AM

By John Morgan

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country’s global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The report, titled “Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard,” lays blame at the fact school spending is distributed unequally in the United States.

While the U.S. funds its schools from property taxes on the local community — which often means more money goes to schools in high-income areas where homes are worth the most — most other developed nations divide school funding centrally by enrollment, i.e. the money is allocated evenly on a per-head basis.

“The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its greatest competitive weakness — is the deep and growing achievement gap between socioeconomic groups that begins early and lasts through a student’s academic career,” said Rebecca Strauss, one of the report’s authors.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States has slipped 10 spots in both high-school and college education rates during the past three decades compared with other nations.

That slippage has come despite the fact that the United States is fourth in the world on per-student primary and secondary education spending, and spends far more than any nation on college education.

The Fiscal Times reported the United States is the only developed country in which the generation entering today’s labor market is less educated than the one leaving it.

“Smarter workers are more productive and innovative,” Strauss wrote. “It is an economist’s rule that an increase of one year in a country’s average schooling level corresponds to an increase of 3 to 4 percent in long-term economic growth. Most of the value added in the modern global economy is now knowledge based.”

Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, told the Times he agrees with the report’s conclusion that the United States should spend more on community colleges, which serve a higher proportion of lower-income students, and on early childhood education.

About 75 percent of U.S. 4 year olds currently attend pre-K programs, with half of them in free or subsidized programs.

“Students learn when they have opportunities to learn,” Welner said. “When we cut back on those opportunities or we inequitably distribute them, achievement shortfalls and achievement gaps are the logical outcome.”

According to the report, low-income students are more concentrated at colleges and universities where per-pupil spending and graduation levels lag behind other schools.

In 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those in the 30-34 age bracket who had only a high school diploma earned $638 per week, and their peers with bachelor’s degrees earned $1,053.


We now cease to quote Mr. Morgan and The Council and thank them both for a job well done~~


My dears~~Consider~~How high the price of a bad education~~Ask~~If the Americans seem inclined to riot over something~ let’s encourage them to riot over the destruction of the American free public education system~

Demand answers~~demand an accounting!!


These kids seem vibrant enough~~but~~What are they learning??~~~

Literally every other American societal problem can be turned around~~if the Americans were to smarten up~~but~~break the link of a good public education for most Americans for two generations and there is no way out for a permanent poor class~~a really nasty business that~~

  • John Begg It is remarkable to us that parents don’t riot over this–they go crazy about their streets not being plowed in snow storms and go on the tele~vision and scream about their rights as taxpayers to have snow plowed immediately–but they witness the slow death of their children’s schools and appear not concerned.~~

Demand answers~~demand an accounting!!


~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Sunday, 23rd Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


What is she learning??~~~

Mr. Brad Free~a good friend of ours~does a wonderful job here in guiding both neophytes and seasoned veterans through the basics of how to access the chances of one horse’s beating another at the races~What a charming way to while away Saturday afternoon at the perfect venue~Del Mar by the Sea~


 The Saratoga of the West~Del  Mar by the Sea~~

Mr. Brad Free~~a good friend of ours~does a wonderful job here in guiding both neophytes and seasoned veterans through the basics of how to access the chances of one horse’s beating another at the races~well done, Brad~we thank you~

What a charming way to while away Saturday afternoon–learning the basics of racing at the perfect venue–Del Mar by the Sea~~

And where, Lord Above, a better, more luxuriant, place than Del Mar by the Sea to learn our lessons from Brad Free, my dears?

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Del Mar Horse Racing History

1937 — Bing Crosby is there to greet the first fan through the gate as Del Mar opens.

1938 — The famous Seabiscuit-Ligaroti match race is held on August 12 and it draws 20,000 to the track and a nationwide radio audience. After a furious duel, Seabiscuit under George (The Iceman) Woolf and 130 pounds beats Ligaroti and Noel (Spec) Richardson at 115 by a nose.

1939 — Roaming the Del Mar backstretch this year as neophyte trainers and grooms are Charlie Whittingham, Noble Threewitt, Dale Landers and Leonard Dorfman.

1940 — Del Mar establishes itself as a playground for the stars. If you attend the meet this summer you might find yourself bumping into Dorothy Lamour, W. C. Fields, Paulette Goddard, Edgar Bergen, June Haver, Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Red Skelton and, of course, Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien.

1941 — Del Mar presents its longest meet to date–32 days–and draws average crowds of just over 7,500 daily. Ferril Zufelt (48 wins) is the top rider, F. S. Baker and Mozier Helm (13 wins each) are the top trainers and the R. C. Stable is the leading owner with $14,575 in purses.

1942-43-44 –Del Mar is ‘dark’ as the U.S. plunges into World War II. Initially, the grounds are used for training by the Marines, then as a manufacturing site for parts to B-17 bombers.

1945 — The war ends and Del Mar begins again. When Japan surrenders, President Truman declares a national holiday for August 15 and 20,324 turn out at the track and bet a whopping $958,476, a Del Mar record.

1946 — Indian Watch and War Allies deadheat for the win in the first running of the Bing Crosby Handicap. The six-furlong dash goes on to become the track’s annual sprint championship and year after year draws the quickest in the west for speed battles deluxe.

1947 — The Santa Fe Railroad brings both racehorses and bettors south to Del Mar to do their thing. Cheering the arrival of the “racetrack special” from Los Angeles becomes a popular tradition for the locals.

1948 — A new crop of Hollywood types makes Del Mar the spot to be for summer frolic. Among the celebs who join in the turf and surf fun this year are Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Betty Grable, George Jessel, Mickey Rooney and Jimmy Durante. Durante becomes such a regular that the track eventually names its turf course in his honor.

1949 — A young rider out of Texas sets a Del Mar record of 52 wins at the meet and becomes the first apprentice to claim the track’s riding title. His name is William Lee Shoemaker, and his history and that of the track will become entwined hereafter.

1950 — It’s the “Kid” vs. the “Vet” at Del Mar as Bill Shoemaker and Johnny Longden go head-and-head all summer for the track’s riding crown. In the end they finish in a tie with 60 wins each.

1951 — Bandleader Harry James makes a blast with Big Noise, a colt he named for his famous trumpet. The juvenile captures the Del Mar Futurity with Ralph Neves in the irons.

1952 — For the first time Del Mar’s average daily crowd climbs into the five figure range when the 41-day meet draws 426,691, a daily average of 10,433. The average daily pari-mutuel handle for the year is $760,058.

1953 — The track presents its richest stakes schedule thus far with 10 events worth $130,000 in added money. Leading rider Bill Shoemaker wins half of them, giving him five of the 93 added-money races he’ll capture during his unparalleled Del Mar riding career.

1954 — It’s that Shoemaker fellow again, this time winning a remarkable 94 races during the meet’s 41-day run, a Del Mar standard that may never be topped. Shoe teams up with trainer R. H. (Red) McDaniel that year to nearly breakup the game at the seashore: McDaniel saddles a record 47 winners, giving Shoemaker a leg-up on 42 of them.

1955 — An Argentinean filly named Cipria wins a maiden race by a head on September 1 and rewards her backers with $263.40 for each $2 bet to win, a Del Mar record that still stands today.

1956 — John Longden becomes the world’s winningest rider–passing Sir Gordon Richards–when he boots home Arrogate in the Del Mar Handicap on September 3, Labor Day, for victory No. 4,871.

1957 — The tough and versatile handicap horse How Now wins the six-furlong Bing Crosby Handicap and the nine-furlong Del Mar Handicap during the season. The two stakes wins are the first of five he’ll accomplish at the track, a mark that has been tied (Flawlessly), but not surpassed in the track’s history.

1958 — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Turner, Jr.’s Tomy Lee wins the Del Mar Futurity by three lengths under Bill Shoemaker. The following year Shoe and the English-bred colt by Tudor Minstrel combine to capture the Kentucky Derby.

1959 — The CTBA Selected Yearling Sales, now in its sixth summer at Del Mar, draws the get of such stallions as Royal Charger, Determine, Alibhai, Helioscope, Citation, Berseem and Imbros. One hundred and one head sell for a total of $613,000 as buyers look for the likes of such recent Del Mar yearling bargains as Lucky Mel, Old Pueblo, T.V. Lark and Silky Sullivan.

1960 — Del Mar unveils its brand-new seven-eighths mile turf course with its unique diagonal chute that allows for mile and one-sixteenth and mile and one-eighth starts. The course is an instant success.

1961 — Trainer Charles Whittingham saddles W.M. Ingram’s Scotland for a victory in the Del Mar Handicap. It is the first of a record 73 stakes victories at the seaside course for the shiny-domed conditioner, who goes on to become one of the greatest handlers of horses the game has ever known.

1962 — Crazy Kid, one of the fastest horses to ever come out of California, wins a division of the six-furlong Bing Crosby Handicap in a world’s record 1:07 4/5. Later that summer he runs a mile and one-eighth in 1:47 3/5 to capture the Del Mar Handicap.

1963 — It’s a season for track records to tumble. Pirate Cove runs a mile in a rapid 1:33 3/5, a main-track mark that is to stand for the next 25 years. On the turf course, the teletimer can’t keep up with the horses: Victory Beauty sets the standard at 7 1/2 furlongs with a time of 1:29 2/5; the same horse runs 1 1/16 miles in a record 1:43 2/5, and Puyallup establishes a new yardstick for 1 3/8 miles at 2:18 4/5.

1964 — Del Mar presents its silver anniversary summer season at the course “where nobody’s in a hurry but the horses.” Racing secretary Barry Whitehead comes up with a stakes and purse distribution of $1,500,000, which averages out to about $35,000 in prize money for the 42 days.

1965 — The sea breezes dance around some of the sport’s biggest names in the winner’s circle at Del Mar. The leading rider is William Hartack, he of the five Kentucky Derbies. The leading trainer is Farrell Jones, who is capturing the sixth of his record 11 turf and surf titles. And the top owner is Louis Rowan, the man who brought us Coursing, Ruken and Quicken Tree.

1966 — In ’66, a list of the track’s top six riders and top six trainers looks like this: Riders–Donald Pierce, Alvaro Pineda, Jerry Lambert, Rudy Campas, Bobby Jennings and Mario Valenzuela; Trainers–Farrell Jones, J.L. Mosbacher, Clyde Turk, James Jordan, Riley Cofer and Dale Landers.

1967 — Del Mar tries an experiment with a second meeting, running 42 days in the summer and 20 in the fall. The summer stand draws 10,028 a day, while the fall manages 4,173. On the pari-mutuel end, the summer portion does a daily take of $955,687, with the fall meet falling to $400,033. The experiment is not repeated.

1968 — One of America’s premier race callers, Harry Henson, takes up his summer post at the Del Mar mike for the first time, after making his local bow at the fall session in 1967. For the next 16 years his husky baritone massages the faithful at the horse heaven by the Pacific.

1969 — Clement L. Hirsch’s Figonero fires big in the lane to win the Del Mar Handicap over Triple Tux. The South American import’s winning time for the mile and one-eighth–1:46 4/5–establishes a new world record.

1970 — Bill Shoemaker boots home a filly named Dares J on September 7, 1970 at Del Mar and surpasses John Longden as the winningest rider of all time. Longden is there for the occasion and greets Shoe in the winner’s circle after victory No. 6,033.

1971 — For the only time in its history, the Del Mar Futurity is divided and the end results turn out to be quite similar. In the first division, favored MacArthur Park wins easily under Bill Shoemaker, while in the second half favored D.B. Carm also scores easily under Fernando Toro. Both colts run the seven and one-half furlongs on turf in 1:29 and take home $41,975.

1972 — A young Midwestern horseman named Jack Van Berg ships Mongo’s Pride to Del Mar and wins his first seaside stakes race in the Escondido Handicap. Van Berg goes on to saddle more than 6,000 winners, though he doesn’t capture another stakes at Del Mar until Beyond Perfection scores in the 1990 Del Mar Debutante.

1973 — Del Mar inaugurates the “Rocking Chair Derby,” a gathering of former riders for a return to glory in one exhibition race each summer. Racing’s answer to the “Old-Timers Game” draws eight soon-to-be-sore veterans: Ken Church, Dean Hall, Bill Harmatz, John Longden, Pete Moreno, Ralph Neves, George Taniguchi and Angel Valezuela. After the dust and nostalgia settle, Hall gets to ride the rocking chair in the winner’s circle.

1974 — Ambassador Maxwell Gluck’s famous Elmendorf colors fly on top of the owners’ roster at Del Mar as the top money maker at the session. Those same gold, blue and white silks lead the seashore parade for the next four summers, too.

1975 — Show biz sparkles in the Del Mar winner’s circle as movie producer Howard Koch and actor Telly Savalas get their charge Telly’s Pop to win the Del Mar Futurity. Though visions of Derbies-to-come were not to be, on this sunny afternoon lollipops aplenty were raised in cheers by trackside star-gazers.

1976 — “The Pirate” from Panama, Laffit Pincay, Jr., wins six races on opening day en route to 86 tallies and the first of his five Del Mar riding titles. During his exceptional summer stand, the muscular jockey also captures 12 stakes races, a record that still stands.

1977 — Bing Crosby makes one final visit to the track he founded, then dies later that year of a heart attack. His memory lives on at Del Mar each summer, though, by virtue of lore, legend and his now famous rendition of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.”

1978 — A trainer making the switch from quarter horses to thoroughbreds lets the racing world know he’s for real when he cuts loose a flashy filly named Terlingua to capture the Del Mar Debutante. The trainer’s name is D. Wayne Lukas and he goes on to rewrite racing history by building one of the winningest stables of all time.

1979 — As the track completes its first decade under the control of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, attendance (17,449 per day) and handle ($2,696,598 per day) show a rise for the 10th straight year.

1980 — Mary Lou Tuck strikes a blow for liberation when she pulls off a stakes double with the grey battler Go West Young Man. The trainer sends out her charger to capture both the Eddie Read and Del Mar handicaps, the biggest wins ever scored by a female conditioner in the history of the track to that point.

1981 — A late-running grey horse carries rider Eddie Delahoussaye and trainer Edwin Gregson to the winner’s circle following the finish of the Del Mar Futurity. The following spring Gato del Sol takes those two to the winner’s circle again, this time in Kentucky’s famed Run for the Roses.

1982 — It’s a winning year for juveniles at the track as Landaluce triumphs in the Del Mar Debutante for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and goes on to be named 2-year-old filly champion, while Roving Boy captures the Del Mar Futurity for trainer Joe Manzi and picks up an Eclipse as top 2-year-old colt.

1983 — If you like to watch Eclipse Award winners run, Del Mar is the place to be this year. Althea (2-year-old filly champion) wins the Del Mar Debutante, then comes back to beat the boys in the Del Mar Futurity. Heartlight No. One (3-year-old filly champion) takes the Del Mar Oaks. Bates Motel (champion older horse) captures the San Diego ‘Cap. And Chinook Pass (champion sprinter) is best in the Bing Crosby Handicap.

1984 — Trevor Denman, the South African racing commentator whose colorful style changes the nature of race calling in the United States, takes command of the microphone on the Del Mar roof. Thereafter it’s “And away they go.”

1985 — Del Mar completes an underground tunnel into its infield and fans flock to the center of the track for picnics, rays, Frisbee flings and close-up views of the thoroughbred action. It quickly becomes hard to believe that the infield hasn’t been part of the track forever.

1986 — Five turf marks and a like number of dirt standards are set by such good horses as: Turf–Hidden Light (Del Mar Oaks–1:47 4/5); Al Mamoon (Eddie Read H.–1:46 3/5); Aberuschka (Palomar H.–1:34 2/5). Dirt–Brave Raj (Sorrento S.–1:22 3/5); Hopeful Word (Cabrillo H.–1:46 2/5); Temperate Sil (Balboa S.–1:23).

1987 — Bill Shoemaker and Charlie Whittingham team up for the third time to win the Del Mar Handicap, here with a horse named Swink. The tally is the 93rd and final stakes victory at Del Mar for Shoe, who goes out in style: Swink sets a track and stakes record of 2:13 4/5 for 11 grassy furlongs.

1988 — The big names abound this summer: Gary Stevens wins his second straight seaside riding crown; Chris McCarron wins 10 stakes races; D. Wayne Lukas wins his third training title; Fred W. Hooper is the leading owner; Precisionist breaks a 25-year-old track standard with a mile in 1:33 1/5. If that isn’t enough, Inter Track Wagering comes to the seashore and pushes daily handle ($6,749,971) and attendance (33,100) through the roof.

1989 — Del Mar becomes the leading track in the country with a daily average handle of $7,320,623; Olympic Native sets a track record for seven panels (1:20 1/5) in winning the Pat O’Brien B. C. Handicap; and Bill Shoemaker goes out a winner for the 889th and final time in his very last ride at the seaside oval on September 10.

1990–Del Mar retains its hold as the nation’s leading track with a daily average handle of $7,510,867. The track also announces plans for its richest race ever–the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic for 1991–and finalizes a program for the start of a new $80,000,000 grandstand following racing in ’91.

1991 — The hometown horse–John and Betty Mabee’s Best Pal–zooms to an impressive tally in the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic as the lone 3-year-old in the powerhouse lineup for the inaugural edition of the track’s richest and most prestigious race ever; Del Mar retains its place atop the nation’s list in daily average handle ($7,806,430) and moves into the No. 1 spot for daily average attendance (37,072); and, with the close of racing on September 11, the wrecking ball lands on the old grandstand and the rebuilding begins.

1992 — The “new” Del Mar–well, half of it, anyway–is unveiled, causing a striking juxtaposition of the track’s past and future. This temporary arrangement, which features a rebuilt grandstand section alongside the old clubhouse and turf club, will last only for one year. Out on the track, Peter Wall’s Missionary Ridge pulls off a major upset as the longest shot in the field in the second edition of the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic and Del Mar continues its reign as the nation’s leader in both daily average handle ($7,699,259) and attendance (35,384).

1993 — The “new” Del Mar, $80-million worth, is dedicated by Governor Pete Wilson. Trainer Bobby Frankel makes it two-for-three in the $1-million Pacific Classic with 505 Farms and Nahem’s Bertrando, Laffit Pincay, Jr. wins the 8,000th race of his remarkable career and the track continues its run in the racing heavens with  average handle ($8,122,609) and attendance (34,415).

1994 — Del Mar leads the nation in daily average attendance (35,849) for the fourth straight year and reaches a new high in daily average handle at $9,603,271. Trainer Bobby Frankel continues his Pacific Classic dominance by registering his third score in the race, this time with Juddmonte Farms’ Tinners Way. Owner Vern Winchell, trainer Ron McAnally and jockey Alex Solis pull off a nifty double when they capture the meet’s top two juvenile events with Call Now (Del Mar Debutante) and On Target (Del Mar Futurity).

1995 — With simulcasting pushing the envelope’s edge even further out, the track takes yet another jump in the world of average daily handle ($11,263,896), while remaining atop the list for daily average attendance (33,150). In perhaps the most bizarre incident in Del Mar’s history, a suicidal fan dashes onto the track and runs among a field of oncoming horses, somehow managing to avoid killing or injuring himself and the eight throroughbreds and their riders. Trainer Robert Frankel just won’t let the Pacific Classic loose, as he wins it again with Tinners Way. And a rejuvenated Chris McCarron captures his fifth seaside riding title–but first in 11 years–by winning the last race on the last day of the meet.

1996 — The track experiences its most exciting day ever when a record throng of 44,181 comes aboard to watch the mighty Cigar attempt to break Citation’s 16-consecutive-wins mark in the sixth Pacific Classic. But the roar turns to a hush of disbelief as unheralded Dare And Go upsets the champ. Buoyed by the big day, Del Mar once more ranks among the cream of the game’s crop–daily average attendance of 31,587 (1st nationally) and daily average handle of $11,677,827 (2nd nationally). Finally, on closing day, a young colt named Silver Charm wins the Del Mar Futurity, a signpost that points him out as something special, a point he furthers with an exciting Triple Crown run the next spring that comes up less than a length shy of glory.

1997 — The track continues to do outstanding numbers–30,578 for daily average attendance (1st in nation) and a record $12,115,024 for daily average handle (2nd nationally)–amidst the surf and turf and fun and sun. The mighty Gentlemen puts his stamp of class on the Pacific Classic; trainer Bob Baffert fires nothing but bullets out of his barn; Kent Desormeaux announces he’s back as a serious riding force on the Southern California scene; and Golden Eagle Farm wins the owners’ title en route to an Eclipse Award season for John and Betty Mabee.

1998 — Del Mar crowns a couple of new kings — trainer Ron McAnally and rider Laffit Pincay, Jr. The former pulls the cinch on his 375th Del Mar winner, surpassing the long-held standard for most seaside victories set by Farrell Jones, while Pincay — overcoming an injury that had him on the sidelines for most of the meet — registered tally No. 890 to go past the shore oval’s previous riding champ, Bill Shoemaker. The attendance and handle continue to ride high, while Mr. Triple Crown (Bob Baffert), Corey Nakatani and Golden Eagle Farm are respectively the best of the best in the trainer, jockey and owner ranks. The flashy grey/roan Free House collects the biggest prize of the season in taking the $1-million Pacific Classic.

1999 <>- Golden Eagle Farm (John and Betty Mabee) wins its sixth owners’ title, eclipsing the famed Elmendorf connections as Del Mar’s winningest owners ever. Leading the Golden Eagle ’99 charge is the white-footed whirlwind General Challenge, who romps in the rich Pacific Classic. Trainer Bob Baffert accomplishes an amazing feat when he wins all five of the track’s Grade I races, four of them with leading rider David Flores in the boot.

2000 <>- For the 10th year in a row, Del Mar and its satellites top the nation in daily average attendance (27,960). Robert Frankel does it again (!) when he saddles Skimming to take the Pacific Classic for the trainerpis fifth win in 10 runnings of the $1-million race. Bob Baffert captures his fourth straight conditioning title and rising star Victor Espinoza is champion rider. And it all gets seen on the trackpis new video boards in the infield and the paddock.

2001 — There is talk of changing the race name from the Pacific Classic to the Robert Frankel when the Hall-of-Fame trainer does his deja vu magic with Skimming for an unprecedented sixth win in a particular $1-million race. The victory helps Juddmonte Farms become the first Del Mar owner to top $1 million for a season ($1,150,954). And it’s that Bob Baffert fellow as champion trainer once more, while Alex Solis goes back on top among the riders.

2002 — The track loses one of its great leaders when John C. Mabee passes at age 80, but carries on the tradition he helped put in place, including his grandest idea of all: the $1-million Pacific Classic (captured this year by the 3-year-old ace Came Home). Daily average handle goes to an all-time high ($12,351,679); a rejuvenated Patrick Valenzuela wins a riding title for the first time in more than a decade; Bob Baffert takes his sixth straight training title, and The Thoroughbred Corp. captures its first owners crown.

2003 — Del Mar was saddened with the passing of two of its riding stars, John Longden and Bill Shoemaker. South American ace Candy Ride sets a track record (1:59.11) in winning the Pacific Classic. The betting goes higher still with another record season ($570,903,890). Bob Baffert and Pat Valenzuela are the training and riding champs again, and Valenzuela and Hall of Famer Julie Krone – making a big splash in her first season at the shore – put on a match race for the ages with P Val winning it by a whisker.

2004 — The numbers are still nifty, with a record total handle ($580,382,206) equating to a record daily average ($13,497,260), aided by another on-track attendance increase <> the fourth straight <> to an average 17,052 per day. Purses reach an all-time high (a daily average of $559,349) and there is a record Pick Six payout ($2,100,017) to one lucky bettor. Pleasantly Perfect is the Pacific Classic star, making sure Gerald Fordpis Diamond A Racing Corp. is Del Marpis leading owner, while jockey Corey Nakatani and trainer Doug OpiNeill prove best of their respective rivals. On a lone sour note, the track hosts what may prove to be the last Del Mar yearling sale, a summer staple at the shore since 1954.

2005 — Once again the marks for its betting standards tumble as fans find the Del Mar product alluring and they plunge a record $608,168,297 through the wickets for a daily average of $14,143,449. Reflective of this, a single-day handle mark is set ($24,004,733) and purses reach a new pinnacle at $592,406 per day. An ownership group headed by Rancho Santa Fepis Jon Kelly hits it big with Borrego in the $1-million Pacific Classic and Victor Espinoza earns his second jockey crown while Jeff Mullins wins his first trainer’s title. “Sing Along With Bing” is born, “Four O’Clock Friday” continues to pack ’em in and turf and surf, fun and sun has never seemed better.

2006 — Opening day is a dandy. 42,005 turn out, the second-largest crowd in track history . and the tone is set for another fun and sun run through the summer. The explosive Lava Man captures Pacific Classic No. 16, thus becoming the first to sweep California.s three Big Ones (S.A..Cap, H.wood Gold Cup) in one year. Leading rider (again) Victor Espinoza does something never done at the shore oval before when he wins seven races on one card on Labor Day. And California.s new training kingpin, Doug O.Neill, earns his second Del Mar title.

2007 -n The Polytrack Era dawns at Del Mar, all $9-million worth of it, and the new main-track surface brings slower times, but safer trips for horses and riders. Another Opening Day onslaught — 42,842, second-largest crowd in the trackis history n kicks things right off and the Pacific Classic Day handle — $24,667,351 n is the largest one-day run at the wickets in the seaside courseis 68 summer seasons. Student Council surprises in the Classic, while Michael Baze captured his first Del Mar riding crown and Doug OiNeill takes home his third in the past four years.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Opening Day Hat Contest2008 — The seaside oval charges out of the gate with an Opening Day record crowd n 43,459. Battling a recession-bound economy heading south, it takes a mild hit at the gate and the wickets, but manages to hold its own in the end. A tweaked Polytrack allows for faster times while continuing to reduce catastrophic injuries. The eastern invader Go Between snatches the Pacific Classic, as newcomer Rafael Bejarano and old pro John Sadler win their first jockey/trainer crowns.

2009 — For the first time since 1945, Del Mar runs five days per week, dropping its Monday programs (with the exception of Labor Day) in an adjustment to a tough economy and a declining horse population. And less proves to be more. The seaside trackis 70th racing season sees ups in on-track attendance and handle as fans and horsemen respond positively to the switch. Opening Day, which has become an event all unto itself, establishes a new record when 44,907 fans start things with a rush. Richardis Kid pulls off a big surprise in the Pacific Classic and John Sadler is training champ (again), while Joel Rosario wins his first shore riding crown.

2010 — Despite a continuing recession that puts the squeeze on businesses everywhere, the track manages to increase its daily on-track body count to 17,906, numbers that haven’t been seen on the local scene since pre-ITW days. Leading off the action is that racing world buzz event, Opening Day at Del Mar, which draws a single-day record of 45,309. The mighty Zenyatta wins her third straight Clement L. Hirsch Stakes and Richard’s Kid makes it back-to-back in the Pacific Classic. Doug O’Neill is the training champ again and Joel Rosario – with a tally in the last race of the season – wears his second straight riding crown.

2011 — For the seventh year in a row, the track’s Opening Day attendance rose, this time to a single-day record of 46,588. The big start carried through another good season that saw it offer the highest overnight purses in the country ($626,893 per day on average), increase its field-size-per-race (8.4), offer a unique “Ship and Win” program that drew more than 100 new horses to the track and present a campy match race between riders Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland called the “Battle of the Exes” (they were once engaged) that bumped up attendance and had a national racing crowd tuning in (Smith won it). Cal-bred Acclamation went wire-to-wire in the Pacific Classic, Joel Rosario won his third straight riding title (the last to go on a run that long was Bill Shoemaker in the early 1950s) and Mike Mitchell doubled up by not only winning the training title, but also becoming Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with his 454 local triumphs.

2012 — Yet again Opening Day proves a pip, as a new single-day attendance mark is established when 47,339 come on board to get the track’s 75th anniversary year rolling in rollicking fashion. Betting booms throughout the summer, finishing up at a healthy average of nearly $12.4-million each afternoon, triggering a record high purse mark of $687,000 per card. A classy soph named Dullahan ships in and fires all guns to take TVG Pacific Classic honors, while Rafael Bejarano rings up 52 firsts to earn his second riding title. And though he managed to win his 100th stakes race at Del Mar, training champ Bob Baffert missed out on his eighth Del Mar conditioning crown when he was nipped on closing day by first-time winner Peter Miller 21 to 20.


( BALTIMORE SUN FILE PHOTO / March 12, 2010 )

Seabiscuit (right) beat War Admiral (left) by four lengths in the 1938 Pimlico Special.

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Saturday, 22nd Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


Pat and Bing~~by the sea~~wee luckies~~

Baby–you’re on the brink~you are 16 going on 17~fellows will fall in line~eager young lads, roues and cads~will offer you food and wine~


Baby~~you’re on the brink~~


 Baby~it’s time to think~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Friday, 21st Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


Baby~~it ain’t no joke~

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Michelangelo. Fresco, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome

American war machine policy long ago crossed the Rubicon into clinical lunacy. Lunacy. Sheer, unadulterated insanity. Thankfully, there is a final solution in a democracy–but the Americans must be bold and determined to bring that solution off~~so~~let the Americans now be~~both bold and determined~


Anti-Vietnam war protesters march down Fifth Avenue near to 81st Street in New York City on April 27, 1968, in protest of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnamese war.  The demonstrators were en route to nearby Central Park for mass “Stop the war” rally. (AP Photo)

Utter madness the war then~~yet utter madness~~ the war unceasing since then.

Curiously, we think the only solution to killing the war machine is to re-introduce the Draft–which almost killed the war machine then and will finish off the job now–if we’ve but the will to be~~bold and determined in our actions, my dears~~

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 Protest~~ A young man in Boston  burns his draft card in November ,1966.

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Foreign Policy magazine and Mr. David Rothkopf remind us this lesson today~~The final solution to the American war machine is to re-introduce the DRAFT~~without any deferments~~nothing else will stop the madness~~and the madness must be stopped~~before it consumes us all~

American war machine policy long ago crossed the Rubicon into clinical lunacy.  Lunacy.  Sheer, unadulterated insanity.

Thankfully, there is a final solution in a democracy–but the Americans must be bold and determined to bring that solution off~~so~~let the Americans be~~both bold and determined~

American war machine policy is universally bi-partisan at Washington, at all levels, in all Parties.  When someone says to you “These Parties today cannot agree on anything,”  answer them–“would that only be so–unfortunately, on the most important of issues–the issue of life and death–there is no break in ranks at all–there is utter unanimity–collegiality–complete bi-partisanship.”

All parties at Washington agree to be insane when it comes to the war machine~~

 All the grey suits and blues suits agree–squabble about non-issues like poverty and unemployment–but as to the sacred cow of Washington~~the war machine–let not a peep of opposition be heard on either side of the fence~~nobody questions this orthodoxy~~nobody.

But for us–we challenge that orthodoxy–we dare challenge that machine–we dare plan to bring it to its knees.

That rigid devotion to American war machine policy must change right away~~or we will destroy ourselves.

The quickest way to destroy the American war machine is to reinstitute the Draft~~without deferments of any kind.  The draft came very close to shutting down the machine during Vietnam, but the machine is ice-cold and ruthless in protecting itself.

Nixon–the ameliorator–the co-opter extraordinaire–hand in hand with Kissinger~~divined the solution–do away with the Draft and there will be no more anti-war movement.  And, that policy worked–and keeps working even as we write this note this morning.

If any Imperial American foreign policy has worked~~and never failed~~ it is Her war machine policy–without fail the machine adapts~~and we are always at war.

Today word reaches of the drumbeat getting louder from the striped pants brigade in Foggy Bottom.  Like a re-hash of a nightmare you might have thought was over–the ponces of the war machine have sensed their newest prey–Syria.

We will be fighting in Damascus very soon–and it’ll be  all sorts of a swell affair~~as we now read from Foreign Policy magazine and Mr. David Rothkopf–both of whom we now quote until noted by us ceased quote~~


Scared Tactics

Why America will be paying for decades for a foreign policy based on fear.

BY DAVID ROTHKOPF |            JUNE 18, 2013

Behind closed doors but with language and intonation that ensured his remarks would be heard around the world, Bill Clinton last week said that U.S. President Barack Obama risks looking like a “wuss” and a “fool” by letting politics and a search for ideal solutions keep him from taking action to stop the slaughter in Syria.

Days later, speaking before a congressional committee on June 18, Gen. Keith Alexander, top man at the National Security Agency, and a phalanx of other top administration terror-fighters argued that the unprecedentedly sweeping measures undertaken by the U.S. government to gather telephone metadata, email communications, and Internet records had resulted in thwarting over 50 terrorism threats against the United States.

The two sets of statements might appear at first glance to be unrelated. But they hint at a shift that has taken place in U.S. policymaking in the years since the 9/11 attacks. The country has crossed the fine line that separates national security from national insecurity. Fear now seems to drive more of the country’s policies than the vision, self-awareness, and courage that used to be the recipe for protecting and advancing U.S. interests internationally.

That is not to say that U.S. soldiers in the field or American law enforcement officers or the members of the intelligence community do not individually and collectively regularly display extraordinary courage. Nor is it to say that fear plays no role in sound policymaking. Sound risk assessment and management are as essential to getting approaches right as bravado and overconfidence are deadly.

But at the highest level, throughout George W. Bush’s administration and continuing in a number of key instances during the Obama years, we have too often seen policy promulgated as a consequence of our fear of overstated risks and worst-case scenarios, and, most disturbingly of all, as Clinton alluded to, as a result of the fear of politicians that they might suffer in opinion polls or at the ballot box as a consequence of a misstep or unpopular action.

From the invasion of Iraq to the Patriot Act to the embrace of torture to the expansion of domestic surveillance programs to the failure to intervene earlier in Syria to the constant shifting of “red lines” in that country or Iran to the bumbling and lack of follow-through in Libya to the failure to stand up to abuses by “allies” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq or by rivals like Russia or Iran, fear has warped Americans’ perspectives, justified alternatively both overreaction and inaction, and enabled the United States to rationalize bad policies into prudent ones on an ongoing basis for over a decade.

Against the existential threats of Nazism and Soviet communism, the United States faced oblivion squarely in the eye and did not flinch, recognizing that steadfastness, clear goals, and the willingness to undertake both political and military risks were crucial to defending the American way of life. There were times in those eras when Americans did let their fears drive them, however, and in every instance — from internment camps for Japanese-Americans to the incineration of Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, from McCarthyism to the miscalculations in Vietnam — the United States harmed its national standing and took actions that are debated to this day.

In some cases, as with the overreach by U.S. surveillance agencies, the country falls into the trap that led to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans. A threat is overstated to the point that it forces the country to compromise its values and justifies taking sweeping actions that likely could have been avoided by other approaches — whether more legwork (good old-fashioned police investigations) or paperwork (using existing legal procedures and guidelines). Furthermore, of course, it is also likely that options existed for additional investments in manpower or that new programmatic initiatives could have reduced what real risks existed in systematic and effective ways that did not violate the ideals the United States was theoretically trying to defend.It should also be observed that an element of political calculus almost certainly drove the Obama team to embrace and expand the Bush-era surveillance programs — the anxiety that if an attack did take place and the programs had been rolled back, they would have a higher level of culpability.

Of course, as Clinton suggested in his remarks before the McCain Institute, fear of culpability carries its own risks. Thus far, the administration has failed to successfully mobilize its allies to take action to contain the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and effectively weaken Bashar al-Assad’s regime because it has noted the absence of a clear, coherent, virtuous opposition to which the United States could be allied. The irony that this is America’s stance in a country that borders Iraq and is in the same neighborhood as Afghanistan and Libya (where the United States placed bets on the most dubious sorts of “frenemies”) is pointed. That said, the risks of inaction should the crisis spill more dangerously into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, or Turkey also pose a risk for Obama. In short, the absence of an easy answer does not obviate the need for an answer — some effective way to contain the real risks to national interests posed by spread of chaos in Syria, its spillover to the region, a possible future government in Damascus hostile to a Washington seen as abetting that chaos, and U.S. failure to take advantage of the potential to seriously limit Iranian influence in a vital part of the Middle East.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell once observed “you break it, you own it,” but he should have added a corollary: If failure to act invites a greater calamity, you own that too. As few have observed more persuasively than Samantha Power, America’s next ambassador to the United Nations and the author of the profound A Problem from Hell (one of the 10 greatest books on international relations I have ever read), we have a century of genocides for which our inaction was partially responsible that should be on our consciences — even if they are not. Clinton, of course, when speaking at the McCain event, noted that these issues certainly still weigh heavily on his mind given his own inaction in Rwanda. It should be interesting to see how Obama addresses this point when he visits Africa this month.

Prudence is a term often invoked by the fearful for doing too much or too little. But it shouldn’t obscure what is really happening. Our insecurity rather than our goals is too often playing too great a role in driving our actions. Whether this is a momentary anomaly or longer-term symptom common to declining nations that have lost confidence in important aspects of themselves remains to be seen.


We will be fighting in Damascus very soon, my dears–and it’ll be all sorts of a swell affair~~as we now have read from Foreign Policy magazine and Mr. David Rothkopf–both of whom we thank and  now cease to quote~~

 Moi, moi–plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, Mr. Rothkopf and your myriad companions in both Parties and in the press services.

By all means dears~~Let’s start another waran even better war–an even more splendid little war–let’s just, shan’t we just?

Here, we say–mais, NON!!  No, Sir.

Mr. Rothkopf and his mates need to read a bit of history of the American war machine~~an unbroken policy extending from The Great War unto the very present–with clear signs of, permanent, future plans.

For instance–America did not enter the last war to defeat an “existential threat from Nazism.”

In point of fact, we did not enter into a war with Nazi Germany at all.  FDR easily got war declarations against The Empire of Japan soon after his speech of December 8, 1941–but getting such articles of war through the Congress against Germany~~ stood no chance.

 The Americans had just finished burying their dead sons from 1918 when FDR started to agitate for war with Germany. There was no popular appetite for that adventure–even after Pearl Harbor.

Luckily enough for Frank Delano, Mr. Hitler truly was a lunatic–who–having started up in the summer and fall of 1941 invading Russia, ended that year declaring war on the Americans.

Hitler declared war on us–we did not declare war on him, Mr Rothkopf.  The Americans of 1941 certainly did not perceive there to be any sort of “existential threat from Nazism.”

The plain truth is that, left to their own devices, the Russians would have destroyed Hitler~~and the Americans never needed to fight in Europe at all.

How many American boys died in that European War, Sirs?  How many?  What sort of existentialism can you offer as salve to their widows and orphans?  Well, Sirs?

But off we went–and thanks to Foreign Policy Magazine, Mr.  Rothkopf and their bi-partisan supporters on the Hill, in the think tanks and in the press services–off to more and more and more~~war we shall go march~~ ad infinitum–unless–we–

~~Re-introduce the Draft and kill the war machine.~~

Let’s do that–let’s call the War Machine’s bluff and re-introduce the Draft–that will kill the war machine–and no more of our troops~~

So, instead of marching on Damascus, quick, double time~~we say~~first, let’s re-introduce the DRAFT and see how loud the howls from the pretty, pretty cream shoe set~~when you march their boys off to Damascus.  The sound will be deafening, rest assured, sirs.

The Draft in Vietnam shut down the war machine–let us agitate to shut it down again–once and for all–very quickly–by re-introducing the Draft.

This would be a great moral victory with a most beneficial by-product.~~

The savings from Mr. Rothkopf’s planned misadventure at Damascus can instead be put to use here at home~~

~~Employing the millions of the now unemployed and hungry here in America in most necessary WPA~~related infrastructure projects~~a most pleasing initiative to the Other Party~~at ZERO net additional cost~~a splendid idea for My Party.

Now, that idea will make for, lightening fast, bipartisanship, Sirs.  Hands across the ailses~~olive branches on the Hill~~gentleman’s agreements all around there~~no more moaning of Washington gridlock~~

The Americans can, and indeed must, get that final solution to the American war machine that so vexes us all–but the Americans must be bold and determined to bring that off.  Can the Americans be as bold and determined as all that?

We say yes–and our bet is on the Americans to win against~~ their own~~ truly existential threat~~Mr. Rothkopf~~against your perpetual War Machine~~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Wednesday, 19th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


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Free Speech In 1965, Mary Beth  Tinker and her brother John were suspended from classes at North High School in  Des Moines, Iowa for wearing black armbands to protest the war in Vietnam. They  went to court to challenge the school’s policy.  When this picture was taken,  three years later, their case had just been accepted by the Supreme Court, which  eventually ruled 7-2 in their favor.

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God and Her Right~Queen for the day~Tuesday, 18th June, 2013, Her Majesty opens Royal Ascot, where last year Her pretty little filly, Estimate~brought a gold cup and many smiles to Queen~


Delighted: The Duke of Edinburgh presents the Queen with the winning owner’s trophy after her horse Estimate took first place in the Queen’s Vase this afternoon~~

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Romping home: Jockey Ryan Moore, wearing purple and red silks, rides the Queen’s filly Estimate to victory – her 21st win at Royal Ascot but the first this week~~

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Victory! The Queen beamed as she watched her horse, a gift from the Aga Khan, take first place~~

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A fine filly: The sun came out as the Queen posed for the traditional owner’s photograph with Estimate~~

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Tomorrow, our 2011 American Derby winner, Animal Kingdom will start for last time before heading off to sire, hopefully many, superlative babies in both north and south hemispheres–best luck to Animal Kingdom and to Her Majesty from our little coffee group!!~~believe me~~we all wish we were with you instead~~Mam~~

Here’s a little peek at Animal Kingdom and his preparations~~—an-insiders-perspective

Best luck to all runners~~most particularly for the Americans~~to our standard bearer, and 2011 Derby winner~~ Animal Kingdom~~rated already a world-beater~~


The Queen’s vibrant wool-crepe heather dress was designed by in-house couturier Angela Kelly~~

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Tuesday, 18th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


The Queen and Prince Philip were both beaming as they arrived for a fourth day of racing this afternoon~~

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Star jockey Ramon Dominguez, shown, in the video clip that leads below~~ in all his glory upon his best mount~~Gio Ponti~~has now retired due to massive head injuries~~we all pray for Ramon, Sharon and the young boys~~


Ramon~~with his quiet confidence~~and ready smile~~calmed his horses and endeared himself to his fellow riders in, what is, a very brutal sport~~

We want you to make note of Ramon riding aboard his best mount of all, the gutsy little Gio Ponti, in the video provided, but more so, to consider this sad news about Ramon that follows here~~and keep him in your prayers~~

We commence now to quote from The Blood Horse of June 14th in full corpus~~

Jockey Dominguez Retires Due to Injury

By Claire Novak, @BH_CNovak

Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 1:47 PM
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:39 PM

Jockey Dominguez Retires Due to Injury

Photo: Coady Photography

Ramon Dominguez

Three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez has retired due to the severity of injuries sustained in an accident at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 18.

The 36-year-old rider was unseated when his mount, Convocation, stumbled and fell while tossing his rider to the inner dirt track in the day’s seventh race. Following the spill at Aqueduct, Dominguez was hospitalized with a fractured skull and spent time in the Intensive Care Unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was transferred to Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. for inpatient brain rehabilitation therapy.

Dominguez initially expected to make a comeback, but was advised by physicians to end his career.

“Riding Thoroughbreds has always been my passion and my calling,” Dominguez said in a press release. “When I was 13 and watched my first horse race in Venezuela, I knew that I would become a jockey, and my riding career has brought happiness and success beyond what I ever expected.

“Thus, it is extremely difficult for me to announce that due to the severity of the injuries I sustained…my professional riding career has come to an end. While I hoped and even expected to be able to return to the saddle, as a result of my injuries and upon the advice of my treating physicians, it has been determined that I will no longer be able to pursue my career as a jockey.”

Dominguez, who has two young sons with his wife Sharon, retires 15 wins shy of 5,000 victories with career earnings of $191,615,698. His mounts won at a 23% rate, finishing in the top three 56% of the time. He rode three Breeders’ Cup winners—Little Mike (2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf), Hansen (2011 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile), and Better Talk Now (2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf).

He was also the regular rider of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and champion Gio Ponti . Other top mounts included Bluegrass Cat , runner-up in the 2006 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), 2004 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Scrappy T, and 2010 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) third place finisher First Dude .

“Ramon Dominguez leaves an indelible mark on Thoroughbred racing and his profession,” said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. “His many victories and achievements earned him three consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation’s leading jockey in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Above all, he epitomizes sportsmanship and professionalism as demonstrated by the respect he earned from his fellow jockeys. He is destined for Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame.”

The jockey enjoyed a banner year in 2012, leading the nation in earnings with $25.6 million to surpass Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey for the single-season record for seasonal North American earnings by a rider. Bailey set his top seasonal earnings mark in 2003 when his North American mounts secured $23.3 million in purse earnings.

Dominguez topped the New York Racing Association riding circuit for the fourth straight year with 322 victories in 2012, and was also the winner of the George Woolf Award, bestowed by his peers for excellent conduct and given by Santa Anita Park.

“It was a shock to hear the announcement today that Ramon was retiring,” said Rick Violette Jr., president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “He has always showcased the very best that New York racing has to offer, not only through his ability as a rider, but also as one of the classiest people in the sport. That he will be sorely missed can’t be overstated, but we wish him much good luck in the future, and sincerely hope that his future includes continued involvement in horse racing. Racing will always need role models like Ramon.”

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Dominguez came to the United States in 1995 and built his reputation as a kingpin on the Mid-Atlantic circuit. He won multiple titles at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, and Delaware Park before moving his tack to New York full time in 2008. He led 20 individual meet titles on the NYRA circuit while dominating the standings from 2009-12. Agent Steve Rushing managed his book.

“All of us at NYRA are saddened to learn that Ramon Dominguez has been forced to end his riding career,” said NYRA vice president and director of racing P.J. Campo. “He won numerous meet riding titles and many of our top races en route to becoming New York’s leading rider for each of the past four years.

“Ramon’s accomplishments… only tell part of the story, though,” Campo continued. “He has epitomized class both on and off the racetrack. Universally respected by his fellow riders and beloved by fans, Ramon has built a towering and well-deserved reputation that serves as a standard for all future jockeys. It has been a true privilege to have him in the NYRA riding colony and we wish him and his family the very best in this new chapter of their lives.”

“I want to personally thank my family, fans, and fellow riders for overwhelming support in the months since my accident,” Dominguez said. “I chose to make this statement to end speculation about my future, but I am not yet ready to speak publicly. I will come forward on my own, but in the meantime I ask that you please respect my privacy as I continue my recovery.”


We cease to quote from The Blood Horse and ask that you whisper a prayer for Ramon and his family that they will have fortitude and faith in the future at this most trying time~~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Saturday, 15th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013


Ramon Dominguez~~a very special lad in a very demanding sport~~will be most terribly missed by all of us in the colony~~

The most Beautiful sport in the world~~and far and away the most terrifyingly dangerous~~

Gary Stevens~~shown being trampled near to death illustrates just how terrifyingly dangerous is the sport of Kings.~~

These brave lads risk life and limb every time they get up on one of these magnificent animals and we marvel at their astounding courage~~

Thankfully, Gary survived, and this year, came back from retirement to ride the brilliant Oxbow to victory in the Preakness Stakes–Group-1~~at Pimlico in Baltimore–second leg of the 2013 Triple Crown festival~~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!




John Daniel Begg


Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Friday, 14th Juin, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013

Oxbow with jockey Stevens in the irons takes first place at the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

Sweet, sweet, vindication~~from near-trampled to death all the way back to the top of the mountain~~Gary Steven’s lets loose a war–whoop~on successfully riding the brilliant Oxbow to victory in the Preakness Stakes–Group-1~~at Pimlico in Baltimore–second leg of the 2013 Triple Crown festival~~Welcome back, son~~welcome back~~