BELLA VITA angled in and dueled inside, inched away into the stretch and drew off under a brisk hand ride and a long hold late. ON MARS bobbled in the second jump, settled off the rail then outside a rival, continued outside on the turn and four wide into the stretch and got up for the place three deep on the line. DIM LIGHTS chased outside then four wide into the turn, came three wide into the stretch, drifted in and edged a rival for the show between foes late. RAIN DIVA stalked outside then four wide, came three wide into the stretch, drifted to the inside in the final furlong and was outfinished for third. BELLA D stalked between horses on the backstretch and turn, continued outside a rival into the stretch and lacked a rally. ELGOFRANCO bobbled at the start, dueled between horses then outside the winner into and on the turn, drifted in through the final furlong and weakened. FLYING BUSINESS close up stalking the pace between horses, steadied off heels midway on the turn, angled … [Read more...] about Horse racing newsletter: The Norberto Arroyo Jr. story has taken a very sad turn
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According to Neill Denny, the editor-in-chief of The Bookseller, the sudden rash of confessional memoirs is partly attributable to the rise in popularity of blogging and reality television. "It's the idea that everyone's got a story to tell and everyone is a star, a media brand in their own right," says Denny. "It's the Big Brother phenomenon, where we are led to believe that our own stories are valid and have resonance. The world of the web has definitely opened up the market in a way that wouldn't have been conceivable 15 or 20 years ago. The things people would have written in a diary for themselves, they are now writing in a diary in a book. That has combined with a big tectonic shift in our society talking openly about sex and I think it has been led from America." … [Read more...] about True confessions in new women’s lit
Recent seasons has seen the average number of goals in an MLS match creep up and up. Last season saw 3.19 goals scored per regular season game, up from 2.97 the season before that and 2.81 the season before that. In fact, not since the 2002 season had the average goals per regular season game ratio tipped the scales at three until last season. This season is currently charting at 3.1 goals per game. … [Read more...] about Is MLS blessed with brilliant attackers … or are its defenders just terrible?
“This is a $25,000 N2L at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, and though we’re no longer handicapping the staple, 6 ½ furlong downhill turf sprints seen here for years, these shorter turf sprints are a friend of the race track, something Gulfstream Park figured out and Santa Anita has followed. These short sprints allow for quicker turn arounds, meaning, larger fields, more races, etc. Then, you throw into the mix, this 5 ½-furlong distance, about the same as going 4 1/2 furlongs on the main track, meaning, not exactly the most taxing trip. As a result, even bad runners can often hang in there going this shorter distance, creating the illusion of an evenly matched group, when the reality is, it’s simply a distance which doesn’t allow for as much separation. The large fields also act as a barrier to all styles, so, what do we mean? In a field of five or six, the race is typically slow throughout until they ask for everything in the final eighth. With so many … [Read more...] about Horse racing newsletter: Problems with Kentucky Derby qualifying
PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $ 1Too Hot for CurlinGeovanni Franco124Philip D'Amato6-1 2Starship SkyDonnie Meche124Howard L. Zucker50-1 3DurgaTiago Pereira124Leonard Powell20-1 4Winds AloftJ.C. Diaz, Jr.124Carla Gaines15-1 5Our RomanceJorge Velez119Philip D'Amato5-1 6Dance CostumeFlavien Prat124Tim Yakteen5-2 7Y Not SizzleUmberto Rispoli124Jeff Mullins4-1 8Oh Pretty WomanAbel Cedillo124Jeff Mullins3-1 9Hot MagistrateDrayden Van Dyke124Carla Gaines6-1 … [Read more...] about Horse racing newsletter: Jon White’s Kentucky Derby rankings are here