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  1. ya know, Slappy .... last time i was in LOOO-EEEE-VILL i was admonished for not calling it "Low-vill", as per the locals. to us, it is LOOOOO-EEEEEE-VILLLL ... now GFY ๐Ÿค“ oh, and the folk were sweet as the tea y'all imbibe ... ####in' loved it/them - gotta get back ... BUT YOU GUYS HAVE THE ACCENT, NOT ME. โœŒ
  2. my usual 10 ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ spread may be cut down to 6 this year ... Tiz the Law vs the Bafferts dollar box BOMBS are the #### - maaaaaan, if Max Security stayed up last year will try to head out there for the Rebel (3/14) - do you work the cage? gotta think some St. Patty's hijinks might be throwin' down that Saturday, as well ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช IN
  3. don't know any more than 2 songs out their catalog, and "Love is a Stranger" ain't one of 'em ... again, not an act i sought out to listen to, but an act who crafted a ubiquitous touchstone of what i consider the genre to most represent.
  4. welcome back, Tim ... hope all is well with you and yours โœŒ now, may i rip? "Sweet Dreams" is a solid top 5 of the genre for me ... along with "I Ran" or "Wishing" by Flock of 'Gulls, it challenges for top spot, depending on my mood. "Turning Japanese" is so damn emblematic of the era, as well ... such a kick ### frolic - i would have it top 20.
  5. one goal of mine via this endeavor is to get you on a boffo tri-key box play for the Derby ... hopefully bagging enough coin to come East and throw the eff down ... and, ty, my good man
  6. Charlatan hype: >>> Bob Baffert debuted another dazzling 3-year-old from his seemingly infinite band of blueblood buzz saws when he sent out Charlatan to capture his debut race Sunday, scoring by 5 ยพ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke in 1:08.85 for six furlongs, an eye-opening clocking on a track that has been playing seconds slower through the first 26 days of the Winter Meet. Lending further significance to Charlatan's big debut win yesterday is the fact that he's been assigned a whopping 105 Beyer Speed figure. By contrast, the Bob Baffert-trained Justify, who debuted on Feb. 18, 2018, earned a 104 Beyer en route to an undefeated campaign that saw him retired following his Triple Crown sweep. โ€œWe knew he was a really fast horse,โ€ Baffert said Monday morning of the $700,000 son of 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Speightstown, who had two bullet works among his 12 recorded drills prior to his debut. โ€œHis gate works were very impressive,โ€ Baffert said. โ€œHe worked one 12 and two from the gate (on Jan. 22) with an older horse and that tipped them off, but I thought he still might need one. He still looks a little soft, and until they run, you don't know, but he was pretty impressive.โ€ Asked his read on his three-year-old crop to date, which includes first division Triple Crown sophomores Nadal, Thousand Words and Authentic, the two-time Triple Crown winner opted to play his cards close to the vest, as is his wont. โ€œYou know what? Right now, I'm still not talking about it too much,โ€ he said. โ€œI've got to figure out where I'm going to run them. Everybody keeps asking me every day, 'What are you going to do?' I know what I'm going to do, but only I know. โ€œThings change and I don't want to jinx them.โ€ <<< >>> How deep is Bob Baffert's Derby bench? There's no telling, as his unraced Charlatan, an imposing chestnut colt by Speightstown, blew away his competition by 5 ยพ lengths in Sunday's fourth race at Santa Anita, stopping the clock for six furlongs in a torrid 1:08.85 while geared down under Drayden Van Dyke. Breaking from the outside in a field of four, Charlatan was away a step slowly, but was into contention instantaneously, making the lead at the five furlong pole and he maintained a one length advantage over Shooters Shoot going to the three furlong pole, while 3-5 favorite Lane Way was in tight quarters at the rail. Approaching the quarter pole, Charlatan held a 1 ยฝ length lead and he widened through the lane while well within himself. โ€œI gigged him just a little after the break, just to get him into the race,โ€ said Van Dyke. โ€œI really didn't know that much about him. You could see he had a couple bullet works from the gate and that he'd been training well. He blew by those horses so easy and as you could see, he galloped out big.โ€ Off as the second choice at even money, Charlatan, who is out of the Gone West mare Authenticity and sold for $700,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, paid $4.40 and $3.00. With Baffert's Derby lineup including the likes of recent maiden winner Nadal, stakes winners Thousand Words, Authentic, Eight Rings and Azul Coast, Charlatan is now poised to join them on the Kentucky Derby Trail. โ€œThis race gives us great hope,โ€ said Bob Liewald, on behalf of part owners Starlight Racing, which was also a part owner of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, who perhaps not so coincidentally, broke his maiden at first asking on Feb. 18, 2018. โ€œThe (final) time on this racetrack, was pretty good. The next race, we'll have to step up in a bigger field and see what happens.โ€ Charlatan's complete ownership line also includes SF Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC, Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables. Baffert, who will be seeking a record-equaling sixth Kentucky Derby win this year, did not saddle Charlatan, as he had a prior commitment according to his assistant Jimmy Barnes. Shooters Shoot, a 9-1 longshot with Abel Cedillo up, held second by 7 ยผ lengths over Lane Way, who was shuffled back a bit going to the far turn and didn't threaten thereafter. Fractions on the race were 21.89, 44.72 and 56.52. <<<
  7. hmmm. Baffert does have the luxury of slotting him in softer spots, though ... that ownership group has Derby fever - all Charlatan needs is a place showing in one of the 100 pt races to steal a Churchill gate. 10 weeks is not alotta time to school this cat, but it is enough time to test the route chops, then parachute into a c-note prep, if all goes smoothly.
  8. "Shock the Monkey" and "Games Without Frontiers" are genre defying, innovative, genius masterpieces - both should find a home in any top 50 of this ('78-'85) era Timmy's citing ... New Wave be damned.
  9. think the bigger problem for him than drawing the 9 hole was the fact that the class speed drew the rail ... had Wells Bayou been drawn midpack, Answer In could've drafted Villainous a tad better, rather than being fanned five wide going into that quick first turn ... by the time Villainous ceded, Answer In was in tougher shape than the fresh (rail trip) Silver P and the uncontested leader - yeah, was asking a lot from him to find that stretch gear after what had to be a miserable Trakus chart. gonna be interesting to see how he responds when asked for more ... may have been a coupla stick taps coming home, but he looked fresh, full of run, and mostly in hand ... Baffert is keeping Authentic and Thousand Words in Cali (San Felipe), shipping Nadal to Oaklawn (Rebel), and eyeing the Sunland Derby for Azul Coast ... dunno where he's gonna place Charlatan ... Justify followed up his maiden score with a 1m Aoc at Santa Anita, then rolled into S.A. Derby with zero points accumulated ... but, where does he go now with this loaded barn? come East? F.o.Y. is in 2 weeks, so that's out ... though he could go to an allowance start for Charlatan, stretching him him out (like Justy), and aim for the Fla. Derby, or ... *GASP* the Wood? he's gotta get all these owners to Churchill ... think he's gonna spread this path out for Charlatan.
  10. enjoyable episode, Leon was on point, very funny in this one - btw, ya just knew the blowup doll schtick was coming, but it still was done perfectly enough to be a great bit. solid.
  11. Fast Eddie Feigner, baby! Elvis is the right choice in this pole, but Fast Eddie is no one's second banana ๐Ÿ—ฏ
  12. speaking of the loaded Baffert stable, he had another horse debut this past weekend at Santa Anita - Charlatan blew some doors off with a 105 BSF maiden score Justify made his debut on 2/18/18, two years ago to the day (7f at S.A.), so precedent is set here for a late crash of the Derby trail ... cat's gonna steal some thunder from Nadal, and has already gone down to 20/1 future odds at many books. Speightstown sire may raise questions about distance chops, but bottom has route cred, and top does have Storm Cat lineage. look the #### out on this one, that barn is ridiculous atm.
  13. Southwest Stakes Silver Prospector Gold Street shuffled at the 1/4, faded ... Answer In hustled out from the 9 hole, urgent pressing, facacta stretch ... Wells held 'em as long as he could, Silver Prospector with a solid bounce back effort for this class ... saved a ton of ground on the rail, found a sliver thru stretch traffic, and exploded ... nice ride by Santana. ps- announcer definitely had some coin on Wells Bayou, was none too thrilled on that stretch call
  14. definitely a top 10 prospect, regarded higher (top 5) by some ... had a great Sham, though a bit green at times - needs work, and cred at a longer distance (Sham was 1m) - pedigree is speed laden, distance is the only question atm. but his strides are long and sweeping, can really motor once underway - slated for the San Felipe (3/7), which will stretch him out a bit more (1m 1/16th), and pit him against his more highly regarded Baffert stablemate Thousand Words ... key race going forward, will also see the return of Storm the Court, who crapped out in the San Vicente ... alotta questions gotta be answered in this upcoming prep. Baffert killing it, though, what with those two, and the freakish Nadal ... not to mention recent El Camino winner Azul Coast. all four should be in the KD starting gate, barring injury, of course.