Mohammedan ecstasy, carrying with it sweet scents of Arab Spring, now settles over the twin spires as Mubtaahij readies to wear Derby Roses 2015.

Condo Commando, ridden by Joel Rosario, will wear the winner’s lilies after the Friday, May 1, 2015 Kentucky Oaks.

CONDO COMMANDO (USA) dkb/br. F, 2012 {22-b} DP = 3-1-6-0-0 (10) DI = 2.33   CD = 0.70 – 6 Starts, 5 Wins, 0 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: $748,600

TIZ WONDERFUL (USA)
b. 2004
TIZNOW (USA)
dkb/br. 1997
CEES TIZZY (USA)
gr. 1987
RELAUNCH (USA)
gr. 1976
IN REALITY (USA) b. 1964 [BC]
FOGGY NOTE (USA) gr. 1965 *
TIZLY (USA)
b. 1981
LYPHARD (USA) b. 1969 [C]
TIZNA (CHI) b. 1969
CEE’S SONG (USA)*
dkb/br. 1986
SEATTLE SONG (USA)
b. 1981
SEATTLE SLEW (USA)   dkb/br. 1974 [BC]
INCANTATION (USA) dkb/br. 1965
LONELY DANCER (CAN)
b. 1975
NICE DANCER (CAN) b. 1969
SLEEP LONELY (USA) dkb/br. 1970 *
EVIL (USA)
ch. 1998
HENNESSY (USA)
ch. 1993
STORM CAT (USA)
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN) b. 1978
TERLINGUA (USA) ch. 1976 *
ISLAND KITTY (USA)
ch. 1976
HAWAII (SAF) b. 1964
T.C. KITTEN (USA) ch. 1969 *
LIT’L ROSE (USA)
ch. 1987
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)
b. 1970 [BC]
RAISE A NATIVE (USA)   ch. 1961 [B]
GOLD DIGGER (USA) b. 1962 *
GIRLFRIEND (USA)
b. 1978
TOM ROLFE (USA) b. 1962 [CP]
DANCEALOT (USA) b. 1971
YEARLY REPORT (USA)
b. 2001
GENERAL MEETING (USA)
b. 1988
SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
dkb/br. 1974 [BC]
BOLD REASONING (USA)
dkb/br. 1968
BOLDNESIAN (USA) b. 1963
REASON TO EARN (USA) b. 1963
MY CHARMER (USA)*
b. 1969
POKER (USA) b. 1963
FAIR CHARMER (USA) ch. 1959
ALYDARS PROMISE (USA)
ch. 1983
ALYDAR (USA)
ch. 1975 [C]
RAISE A NATIVE (USA)   ch. 1961 [B]
SWEET TOOTH (USA) b. 1965 *
SUMMERTIME PROMISE (USA)
b. 1972
NIJINSKY (CAN) b. 1967 [CS]
PRIDES PROMISE (USA) b. 1966
FISCAL YEAR (USA)
dkb/br. 1995
HALF A YEAR (USA)
ch. 1984
RIVERMAN (USA)
br. 1969 [IC]
NEVER BEND (USA) br. 1960 [BI]
RIVER LADY (USA) b. 1963
SIX MONTHS LONG (USA)
b. 1976
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN) b. 1961 [BC]
PRIME TIME (USA) br. 1959
FISCAL GOLD (USA)
b. 1990
SLEW O’ GOLD (USA)
b. 1980
SEATTLE SLEW (USA)   dkb/br. 1974 [BC]
ALLUVIAL (USA) ch. 1969 *
FISCAL FUN (USA)
b. 1980
FOOLISH PLEASURE (USA) br. 1972
FALAFEL (CAN) b. 1973
“Well when you’re sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac 

Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
~~ 

Ah, I’ll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon

And another girl to take my pain away.”
~~
 
The Rolling Stones:  Dead Flowers from the 1971 album Sticky Fingers.
~~
 
Kentucky Derby Party Ideas
So very, so terribly very, soon after the Roses of the Derby Day have withered and are, but dead flowers, the name of the Derby winner will yet be assured of racing immortality.
Man has opinions, horses have facts.
~~
Back home in England, from whence the Derby comes, from whence, we all come, we have an expression that, if not categorically factual, at a minimum is a good bar to go by:
~~
We say that:
~~
Blood will out.
~~
Gentlemen:
 
 
~~
 
 
 
First things first:
 
 
~~
 
Ladies go…first.
~~
On Friday, before the Saturday Run for the Roses, Girls run for the Lilies.
 Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik, the first female jockey to ride the Kentucky Oaks winner!
The ladies have their own Derby, called the Kentucky Oaks, on Friday, 1st May, 2015.
Girls can compete in the Derby but the race is traditionally considered to be a showcase for future stallion prospects:
 
 
~~
 
 
That is one of the prime reasons why Derby exists:
 
 
~~
 
 
With an eye towards future baby horses in the unending cycle of life of the race horse:
~~
 
 
 
 
Birth, racing, breeding, death and re-birth, through the generations on generations, inherited.
~~
 
 
 
That is at least, for the traditionalists among us:
 
~~
 
 
I am so sad to say that many other race goers view our wonderful enterprise as an arithmetical exercise involving numbers on a page.
 
 
~~
 
 
Attention, mes amis:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
 
Horse racing is about:
~~
BEAUTY.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Beauty in the flesh.  Beauty on the hoof.  Beauty in motion.
 
 
~~
 
 
 
 
Horse racing has nothing to do with:
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Numbers on a page.
 
 
~~
 
 
 
 
At least for the traditionalists among us.
 
 
~~
 
 
 
If a girl competes in Derby, she gets 5 pound off and leaves with 121 pound instead of the flat 126 pound carried by boy horses in the Derby.
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Three girl horses have won the Kentucky Derby:
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Regret, Genuine Risk and Winning Colors:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
The latter two, in our lifetimes.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
This year, take a second trust, rob banks, sell narcotics, sell your daughters and nieces into the white slave trades and bet it ALL on:
  
Condo Commando 
 
 
 
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To win the Kentucky Oaks, May 1, 2015.
DEL MAR, Calif. – The broken foot bone suffered by jockey Joel Rosario at Saratoga on Friday jeopardizes not only his mounts Saturday at Saratoga, including Orb in the Travers Stakes, but a full slate of races Sunday at Del Mar, including Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic and Goldencents in the Pat O'Brien.
Condo Commando will be ridden by the unflappable, Joel Rosario and, between them, they will go gangbusters and make:
YOU…
~~
 
Money, hunney.
 
It won’t be much money, just a little happy meal, to get you ready for the big dance on Saturday in the:
 
~~
 
 
Kentucky Derby, in which race, we see these factors now dawning:
 The Associated Press
 
Mohammedan ecstasy, carrying with it Arab Spring, now settles over the twin spires  as Mubtaahij readies to wear Derby Roses 2015.
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A close call, a fierce fight…Sometimes, getting beat is the best way to whet your appetite for later victory. 
MUBTAAHIJ (IRE) b. C, 2012 {4-r} DP = 1-0-2-0-1 (4) DI = 1.00   CD = 0.00 – 7 Starts, 4 Wins, 1 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: £1,346,252 in GB/UAE
DUBAWI (IRE)
b. 2002
DUBAI MILLENNIUM (GB)
b. 1996
SEEKING THE GOLD (USA)
dkb/br. 1985
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)
b. 1970 [BC]
RAISE A NATIVE (USA) ch. 1961 [B]
GOLD DIGGER (USA) b. 1962 *
CON GAME (USA)*
dkb/br. 1974
BUCKPASSER (USA) b. 1963 [C]
BROADWAY (USA) b. 1959 *
COLORADO DANCER (IRE)
dkb/br. 1986
SHAREEF DANCER (USA)
b. 1980
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)   b. 1961 [BC]
SWEET ALLIANCE (USA) b. 1974 *
FALL ASPEN (USA)*
ch. 1976
PRETENSE (USA) br. 1963 [C]
CHANGE WATER (USA) ch. 1969
ZOMARADAH (GB)
br. 1995
DEPLOY (GB)
b. 1987
SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (GB)
br. 1975 [CP]
MILL REEF (USA)   b. 1968 [CS]
HARDIEMMA (GB) b. 1969
SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS (USA)*
b. 1979
ROBERTO (USA) b. 1969 [C]
WHERE YOU LEAD (USA) ch. 1970 *
JAWAHER (IRE)
b. 1989
DANCING BRAVE (USA)
b. 1983
LYPHARD (USA)   b. 1969 [C]
NAVAJO PRINCESS (USA) b. 1974
HIGH TERN (IRE)
gr. 1982
HIGH LINE (GB) ch. 1966
SUNBITTERN (GB) gr. 1970
PENNEGALE (IRE)
b. 1998
PENNEKAMP (USA)
b. 1992
BERING (GB)
ch. 1983
ARCTIC TERN (USA)
ch. 1973
SEA-BIRD (FR) ch. 1962 [S]
BUBBLING BEAUTY (USA) ch. 1961
BEAUNE (FR)
ch. 1974
LYPHARD (USA)   b. 1969 [C]
BARBRA (FR) br. 1969
CORAL DANCE (FR)
b. 1978
GREEN DANCER (USA)
br. 1972
NIJINSKY (CAN) b. 1967 [CS]
GREEN VALLEY (FR) dkb/br. 1967
CARVINIA (FR)
b. 1970
DIATOME (GB) br. 1962
CORALINE (FR) b. 1957
GALE WARNING (IRE)
b. 1988
LAST TYCOON (IRE)
b. 1983
TRY MY BEST (USA)
b. 1975
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)   b. 1961 [BC]
SEX APPEAL (USA) ch. 1970 *
MILL PRINCESS (IRE)
b. 1977
MILL REEF (USA)   b. 1968 [CS]
IRISH LASS (GB) b. 1962
GAY APPAREL (CAN)
dkb/br. 1975
UP SPIRITS (USA)
b. 1961
TURN-TO (USA) b. 1951 [BI]
SPRING RUN (USA) b. 1948 *
BRIEF ATTIRE (CAN)
b. 1962
MENETRIER (FR) br. 1944
CHORUS BEAUTY (CAN) b. 1954
 
 
And, so we go now, on to the boys of Saturday afternoon, 2nd May, 2015 and their date with the ROSES…~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A star is born:
~~
Horse play
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Baby Mubtaahij
~~
As, seeing is believing, attend closely to this race in the desert:
~~
~~
~~
Arabic Ecstasy…Mubtaahij is bred and inbred to so much royal racing blood that it would be easier to list the Kings and Queens of our sport to whom he is not blood kin.
~~
As all our Nana’s told us:
~~
Blood will:
~~
OUT.
~~
Andrew Beyer alone can stop Mubtaahij from winning the Roses May 2, 2015.
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Be cautioned:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Andrew can, and often has, proven, a very powerful impediment to a horse with rose-colored blinkers on.
 
 
~~
 
 
You know our Andrew, nice Jewish boy Andrew, who, by very odd legerdemain, inherited the, abruptly vanished, Gentlemanly Jewish boy, Gerald Strine’s, newspaper column in the Washington Post.
 
 
~~
 
 
Andrew is the quintessential Washington boy:
 
 
~~
 
 
Hired and paid, rather well we understand, to do something, the particularities of which:
 
 
~~
 
 
Andrew knows nothing about at all.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Think of him as a contemporary politician.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Andrew broke into racing;
 
 
 
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Can that possibly be the correct phrase to describe what happened?
 
 
~~
 
 
By writing a book called “Picking winners,” which is, at a minimum, comedic, as:
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Our Andrew can neither write, nor pick winners.
 
~~
 
 
Again, the quintessential Washington man.
 
 
~~
 
 
As point of reference, our Andrew bet against Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Spectacular Bid, to cover the high points of the 1970’s alone.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
To our best recollection, our Andrew has, never, ever, bet on a winning Derby horse that he has endorsed in his little newspaper column.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
EVER.
 
 
~~
 
 
In his book, Andrew makes the classic, and sad mistake, of attempting to reduce our dazzling enterprise called racing to:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
An arithmetical exercise!!
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
How dismal, Andrew!!
 
 
~~
 
 
Racing is about, beauty, power, blood lines and luck, and never about arithmetic.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Of course Andrew is a Washington man and of course, his little arithmetic equations are now adopted, you guessed it, wholesale, as Scripture, into the lexicon and newspapers of the racing business, in which horses are assigned this mind-numbing calculation:
 
 
~~
 
 
A Beyer Speed Figure!!
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
A number that, by justice, ought to eliminate the highest Beyer number from any and all consideration.
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Selecting winning horses, as with many other enterprises, is a process of elimination:
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Hence:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
The Kentucky Derby is affirmation for one horse, brought on by the elimination of the other horses in the race.
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
That’s it:
 
 
~~
 
 
That’s all there is to it all.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
 
As we know in the clubhouse far better here than do most, that, as government ought not be run as a business, as government is not and has never been intended to be a business but rather a necessary evil, arithmetic has no place in racing which is about:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Beauty.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Today we were to the doctor, lovely girl, Polish, and of course, Catholic, who grew up in Warsaw under the Communists, who said to us:
 
 
~~
 
 
 
“John Begg, everybody knows that Herrenfrau Clinton will win the Presidency in 2016.”
 
 
~~
 
 
We are old softies here, in our clubhouse, for pretty girls, so, we didn’t laugh, we simply said:
 
 
~~
 
 
“OH!!
 
 
~~
 
 
Doctor dearest, we’ve heard that tune, it was popular when you were a young girl in Poland in 2006 and 2007.
 
 
~~
 
The tune was released back then as:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
“The Inevitability of Hillary 2008.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
The tune had a catchy toe tap to it, but the story line, somehow just didn’t work out.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
So sorry, love.”
 
 
 
~~
 
 
As with our Andrew’s ham handed attempts to reduce the beauty of our sparkling sport of racing to arithmetic, there are many in this, not pretty city, who would reduce politics to number counts and arithmetic as well, unaware that:
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Politics is most appropriately about having startlingly good ideas and about making direct appeals to:
 
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Raw emotion.
 
 
 
~~
 
 
Yes, we said:
 
 
~~
 
 
Appeals to raw EMOTION.
 
 
~~
 
 
 
Shortly, you, my dears will have our Andrew’s note about the Inevitability of his Derby winner for 2015.

~~~~

Then, we will all know for certain, as, if our Andrew picks poor Mubtaahij, the horse will be either struck in the head by lightning just after leaving starter’s gate, or drop poor
Frenchman Christophe Soumillion, a really world class lad, over the fence on Clubhouse Turn, or snap one, or both, forelegs, or, run a good, solid 19th all the way round.
 
 
~~
 
 
It is our concomitant custom here to pick a number of back up possibilities to militate against Andrew Beyer’s picking our horse and, in so doing, destroying our horse’s chances at Derby Roses, but Beyer simply hasn’t the requisite creative imagination necessary to pick a Mohammedan race horse, so that mitigates against the need to have a reserve horse to fall stall the harrowing calamity a Beyer pick might bring our Mubtaahij.  
 
 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

YOUNG JOHN DANIEL BEGG’S

 

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“MAGNIFICENT IMPOSSIBILITY”

 

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Posted on 1st  May, 2015, Friday by  under Society
 
 
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That Magnificent Impossibility:

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Here, achieved!!

~~

My dears, when I was young, long, long, years now, I had but 2 ambitions:

~~

To be a great writer and an even better race rider.

~~

Few get to live their dreams.

~~

Most of us are relegated to watching, in grief and some sadness, as others realize our dreams for us.

~~

Before the savage combat, the Derby is led off, at parade to the post, by a song that, if it does not bring a tear to the eye, is evidence prima facie of one’s having no heart or emotion of any kind.

~~

Attend, please:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phHhTeD5mcA

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“My Old Kentucky Home” lyrics

~~

State Song of Kentucky – Contemporary lyrics (1986)
Originally by Stephen Foster
~~
 
 
 
The sun shines bright in My Old Kentucky Home,
‘Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.
~~
 
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
By ‘n’ by hard times comes a knocking at the door,
Then My Old Kentucky Home, good night!
~~
 
 
Chorus
~~
 
 
Weep no more my lady
Oh!! weep no more today;
We will sing one song
For My Old Kentucky Home
For My Old Kentucky Home, far away.
 
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Blood on the turf~~blood on the saddle~~

~~

Be it running in tumult and sweet triumph:

~~

In fully extended  motion.

~~

Or spilt and shattered in painful passion:

~~

Is royal, noble, pure, blue blood come Derby Day.

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The great John Steinbeck described the Kentucky Derby as “one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things” he had ever experienced.

~~

The Kentucky Derby, run first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs beneath the Twin Spires, is:

~~

What the irrepressible horseman and social gadabout, John Daniel Begg, long ago christened:

~~

~~

“That Magnificent Impossibility.”

~~

The Kentucky Derby

~~

This year, That Magnificent Impossibility, looms May 2nd 2015.

~~

The Kentucky Derby is, beyond reasoned argument, the most enchanting of all social and sporting events in the American calendar.

~~

It is over in 2 minutes.

~~

The Derby  is colorful, dramatic, thrilling, awe-inspiring and absolutely impossible to suss out.

~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn_ZbX60Oa4

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The horses who compete in the Derby are babies.

~~

The race is limited to 3 year olds:

~~

But many are not even full that tender age.

~~

All thoroughbreds have their birthday on January 1st, so, conceivably, a horse could be one minute old in real life and yet a full year old the next minute.

~~

Conversely, one would like one’s horse born as early on New Year’s Day as possible.

~~

Just a minute past the champagne.

~~

Both outcomes are unlikely as the foaling cycle is in spring.

~~

But just when in Spring is important.

~~

One will have a “young three” or an “old three,” dependent upon one’s luck.

~~

The difference of a few months is terribly important as the horses running in Derby are well off of being fully mature.

~~

An age reached at full 4 years.

~~

And many are just coming into themselves:

~~

While others developed very young, already made their flash in the pan, and are already past their prime periods.

~~

They peaked too soon.

~~

By Derby Day they are what we call “jaded.”

~~

Over raced.

~~

Off peak.

~~

Worn, wan, frayed and just plain tired.

Princess Michael of Kent, June 7, 2014 in John Boyd | Royal Hats

As with everything else of consequence to the Americans, The Derby:

~~

Child of the English:

~~

Dar~~BY

Princess Michael of Kent, June 7, 2014 in John Boyd | Royal Hats

Called after Lord Dar~By,

~~

The English Darby 2014 won by the remarkable colt, in the purple jacket:

called….Australia:

Pre-race favorite Australia (center) on his way to victory in the Epsom Derby

On the subject of tests of champions, consider that:

~~

The English Dar~By, a quarter mile longer than the American Derby, in addition, is finished going:

~~~

UPHILL!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ubnb3Y3800

“You’re sublime, you’re a turkey dinner.
You’re the time, of the Dar~by winner.”
 
Cole Porter
You’re the top.
~~

Well before we were born a nation, the English Dar~by is imitative of the English version of doing things.

~~

Here, Her Majesty, appears keen on taking some flyers at Epson, home of the English Dar~by, with quite a good deal of seriousness.

~~

Bravo, Mam!!

Queen Elizabeth, June 7, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Shades of purple seemed the order of the day at the 2014 English Dar~By for both the winning jockey and Queen Herself.

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Called, appropriately, The Sport of Kings, horse racing in America, and for that matter in England, is nevertheless  dominated on the one end by very poor men with holes in their soles, who support the business on the gray days of winter and on through the year.  At the high-end, by the silk hat crowd, who, in America and England, come out for the big dances–most notably:

~~

The senior prom.

~~

The big dance.

~~

The one that counts.

~~

The Kentucky Derby here and the Epson Dar~by over the water.

~~

On first Saturday, May, deep within the American middle orders, men of modest ambition and riches, and yet, far, far, worse taste in suits than their English cousins, succumb to Derby fever and to:

~~

That Magnificent Impossibility.

~~

Some such:

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**********Credits~~The Kentucky Derby Museum and Derby Central*****************

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US Presidents are fans of the Kentucky Derby

Posted: October 2nd, 2012

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The Kentucky Derby is rich in tradition and can be considered one of our nation’s greatest sporting events. So great, in fact, several of our nation’s Presidents have attended the Derby, one while in office. The Derby ties run even deeper when we examine details of those Presidential race fans visits. Here are some facts about our Commanders in Chief you might not know:

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Harry Truman.

~~

    • Kentucky Governor Earle Clements invited the President to attend the 75th running of the Derby in 1949. In a letter declining the invitation, Truman stated that he would like to attend “another Kentucky Derby” someday, because it was a spectacle he had enjoyed in the past. (Truman Library, President’s Personal File (PPF) 3550)
    • ~~
      • In a letter to a Kentucky friend, Truman pays tribute to the Derby as one of several great Kentucky traditions, although he does not mention attending the event. (Truman Library, President’s Personal File (PPF) 2575)
      • ~~
    • A pair of “Kentucky Derby cups” were presented to the President and the First Lady around March of 1952. (Truman Library, President’s Personal File (PPF) 9-G)
 
  • ~~

Lyndon Johnson

~~

  • Senator Lyndon Johnson described his visit to the 1952 Kentucky Derby as “my day off”. (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/4/1952)
  • ~~
  • Johnson in 1952: As Senator attending the Derby, he was said to be “uncommunicative” saying “I’m not talking. This is my day off.” (1993 Kentucky Derby Souvenir Magazine)
  • ~~

Richard Nixon

~~

    • Nixon in 1968: attended the champagne toast for the winners with Kentucky Governor Louis B. Nunn and Churchill Downs President Wathen Knebelkamp. (1993 Kentucky Derby Souvenir Magazine)
 
  • ~~
  • Nixon in 1969: Several accounts say that he was touting the eventual winner Majestic Prince, which hailed from Nixon’s native California. As Majestic Prince crossed the finish line, Nixon apparently yelled, “He won, he won!” (1993 Kentucky Derby Souvenir Magazine)
  • ~~~
  • When Nixon attended in 1969, it was not immediately known whether or not he placed a bet on a horse. He said he would “take the California horse” (Courier-Journal, 5/4/1969)
  • ~~
  • Nixon in 1969: He said, “I’m going to savor this race, Kentucky style” when asked whether or not he would try a mint julep. His usual drink was Scotch and soda. (Courier-Journal, 5/4/1969)
  • ~~
  • Nixon in 1969: He watched the sixth race on Derby Day with California Governor Ronald Reagan. (Courier-Journal, 5/4/1969)
  • ~~
  • Nixon in 1969: There are conflicting reports as to whether or not Nixon actually bet. In 1978, John V. Brennan, assistant to Nixon, claimed someone else placed a bet on Majestic Prince and gave the ticket to Nixon. (1993 Kentucky Derby Souvenir Magazine)
  • ~~
    • Nixon in 1969: “Security was tight from the spires on down to the tulip beds and over in the barn area. Secret Service men, whose serious mien was indistinguishable from that of the normal race track player, inconspicuously infiltrated Churchill Downs long before Richard Nixon became the first President of the United States to witness the Kentucky Derby. Louisville police, Kentucky state police, National Guard troops, Churchill Downs security guards, and Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau agents co-ordinated security efforts with walkie-talkies to insure protection, not only of the President, but of the Republican governors whose spring conference in Lexington was concluded the day before the Kentucky Derby.” (Jim Bolus, Derby Fever)
  • ~~

Gerald Ford

  • Gerald Ford has attended more Derbys than any former president with his wife, Betty. He stated that Genuine Risk was his favorite Derby winner. In 1989, said “We’ve always been thrilled with the excitement of the Kentucky Derby. It is one of the great American sporting events.” (1993 Kentucky Derby Souvenir Magazine)
  • ~~

Jimmy Carter

  • Carter in 1983: spent a lot of time with Kentucky breeder Tom Gentry. On Derby Day, Gentry lost Laffit Pincay, Jr. as the rider for Flag Admiral in the fourth race. Carter accompanied Gentry to the jockeys’ room to find a replacement rider. Apparently, Carter impressed many in the jocks’ room with his command of Spanish. (1993 Souvenir Magazine)
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  • Carter in 1983: apparently had placed a bet on Flag Admiral on Derby Day. The colt ran in the Preakness two weeks later with Carter as part owner. Apparently, Carter stipulated that any financial gain from the investment go the Carter Library in Atlanta. (1993 Souvenir Magazine)
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George H.W. Bush

  • George H.W. Bush attended the Derby in 1993, 1995 and 2000. In 1995, he bet on two horses for the Derby but kept his picks to himself. (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/7/1995)
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  • George H.W. Bush in 1993: wore a red, white and blue tie with stars, stripes and a Texas longhorn. His pick for the race was Personal Hope because the owners, Lee and Debi Lewis, were from Lubbock, Texas. (Personal Hope finished 4th.) Bush presented the trophy for the Churchill Downs Handicap. (Blood-Horse, 5/8/1993)
  • ~~
  • George H.W. Bush in 1993: Apparently had been betting and losing all day but said he would “…make it all back in the Derby.” He didn’t, as he bet on Union City, which finished 15th. (Jim Bolus, Derby Fever)
  • ~~
  • George H.W. Bush in 2000: Won big by betting on his friend Will Farish’s horse, Secret Status, in the Oaks; declined to say whether or not he placed a Derby bet saying “Don’t ask, don’t tell”. (The Courier-Journal, 5/7/2000)
  • ~~

Bill Clinton

  • Clinton in 1994: Clinton never attended but was the first president to call and congratulate the winner of the Derby (Go for Gin, 1994). (Jim Bolus, Derby Fever)
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George W. Bush

  • George W. Bush in 2000: Attended as Texas governor; appeared in the paddock and made a presentation in the winner’s circle; dined in the Skye Terrace with his father, former president George H.W. Bush; said to press “I don’t think I’ll be wagering too much. This is a great day. It’s a spectacle.” (The Blood Horse, 5/13/2000)
  • ~~
  • George W. Bush in 2000: “I’m really glad I came. The energy of the crowd is magnificent, the horses are beautiful. It’s a fantastic experience.” (Thoroughbred Times, 5/13/2000)
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  • George W. Bush in 2000: “I’m not a good bettor-I’m not against betting-I’m just against losing money, especially my own. You should have seen me 20 years ago. I would have been betting and drinking out here all day.” (Thoroughbred Times, 5/13/2000)
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  • George W. Bush in 2000: Said he did not bet, but if had it would have been on The Deputy, which was “an interesting story”. (The Courier-Journal, 5/7/2000)
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  • **********Credits~~The Kentucky Derby Museum and Derby Central*****************
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I am asked the winner of this year’s:

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Magnificent Impossibility, and very appropriately so, as I thought that name of it!!

 
 
 
TREVE!!!!
Pedigree of Treve, bay filly, 2010[15]
SIRE
MOTIVATOR (GB)
B. 2002
Montjeu (IRE)
b. 1996
Sadler’s Wells
b. 1981
Northern Dancer*
Fairy Bridge
Floripedes
b. 1985
Top Ville
Toute Cy
Out West
b. 1994
Gone West
b. 1984
Mr. Prospector
Secrettame
Chellingoua
b. 1983
Sharpen Up
Uncommitted
DAM
TREVISE (FR)
B. 2000
Anabaa (USA)
b. 1992
Danzig
b. 1977
Northern Dancer*
Pas de Nom
Balbonella
b. 1984
Gay Mecene
Bamieres
Trevillari
b. 1987
Riverman
b. 1969
Never Bend
River Lady
Trevilla
b. 1981
Lyphard
Trillion

Note: b. = Bay

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Above:
~~
Winning,the 2014 L’Arc.
 
For the second year in a row!!
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Le Gran Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, a Longchamps, a Paris, 2014.
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The greatest race on The Continent, run each year, during L’Arc weekend, first weekend of October.
~~
 
~~~
 
 
TREVE–L’Arc winner, 2014
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Racing is:
~~
So brilliantly, so ferociously, so savagely, fast.
~~
So exhilarating.  So terrifying.  So terribly dangerous.
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Mr. Steinbeck was right to remark:
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” The most beautiful and violent and satisfying thing”
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Mr Steinbeck had ever experienced.
 
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Let us pray that it be God’s will that all who race and ride be spared the violent savagery that can, and does, attend this most beautiful of God’s Sports, even as many others have not been so spared in the going of :
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That happy, colorful event, that beautiful race:
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That Magnificent Impossibility.
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      • Mortal man holds to fleeting, feeble and fallible opinion.  God holds to immutable fact.
      • ~~
      • The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~personally.

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      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.~~
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      ~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~
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      ~~La crema y nata~~

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      ~~Artista de la conquista

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      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. 
      
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      Finis Origine Pendet…
       
       
      The escape commences…
       
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      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.”
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      My determination to escape school commenced immediately on hearing about this Atom Bomb business and took 16 dicey and arduous years to finally accomplish.~~
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      Non Sibi
       
       
      The escape continues…
       
       
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      September, 1966
       
      ~~
       
      The Cathedral Latin School
       
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        Finis Origine Pendet
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      Κύριε ἐλέησον
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      Rejoice and Glad!!

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      Amen~~

       

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      THEOS EK MĒCHANĒS
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      CONCEPT OF THE CATHOLIC AND ROYAL ARMY OF AMERICA (CRAA)
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      Motto:

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      Deus Lux Mea Est

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      The escape concludes…

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

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      1976, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi.

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