Preakness Open Thread


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    dmsilev says:

    Someone should liveblog the race. See if you (or someone) can type as fast as the old radio announcers could talk.


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    stuckinred says:

    There goes feedlebomb

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    Nicole says:

    No wagering on it for me today. I have no real opinion. Hard to get excited about the prospect of Triple Crown Winner Super Saver. Super Saver sounds like a grocery chain.

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    Nicole says:

    @stuckinred: WHAT? My dad always sang it “Beetlebum.” You have just totally shifted the axis of my world.

    It is still Stewball, isn’t it?

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    Nicole says:

    Useless trivia for this race-

    Jockey for Lookin at Lucky in the Derby was taken off him for the Preakness and is now on Dublin. The jockey on Dublin in the Derby is now on the sidelines, probably drinking his sorrows away.

    Caracortado means “Scarface.”

    Dubin is the son of Afleet Alex, who almost fell in the 2005 Preakness and came back to win it.

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    Hiflyer says:

    ok is it better to load into the gate first or last

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    Keith G says:


    Your handle seems familiar.

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    freelancer says:

    Someone here may have posted it in a previous Horse Race Thread, but #wirederbyhorsenames is awesome.

    Cool Lester Smooth
    Snoop’s NailGun
    Stringer’s Betrayal
    avon calling
    Lester’s Dollhouse
    Where’s Wallace?
    Vondas Vondopolous
    You’re A Sobotka
    Alma Dearest
    Bunny, You Look Hellacious
    Bubbles Red Hat
    Wee-Bay The Soldier
    Ziggy & The Duck
    Always Boris
    Bub’s Whiteys
    Bought It on WeeBay!
    Fuzzy Dunlop
    Bubbles Depo
    Dookies Piss Ballon
    Detective Freamon’s Tweedy Impertinence

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    Nicole says:

    @Hiflyer: Last. The less time the horse has to stand quietly in a small space, the less stressed he’ll get.

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    mr. whipple says:

    My totally scientific method of choosing the winner based on the colors on the rider inexplicably didn’t work today.

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    stuckinred says:

    @Keith G: Been here a couple of months, a disgruntled Firedog Lake refugee.


    There never was a horse like the Tennessee Stud!

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    Nicole says:

    On the horseracing thread I frequent, I am sure there is lots of “wha?” going on. Not about Lookin at Lucky, who was a deserving second choice, but about Super Saver not even finishing on the board.

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    MattR says:

    Dammit. Should have known better than to bet on a horse named for Todd Palin, though he did come close to paying off at 25-1.

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    stuckinred says:

    @MattR: He’s whipped too huh?

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    MattR says:

    @stuckinred: Have to admit that I was not that bothered watching the jockey whip him good.

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    Nicole says:

    @mr. whipple: My husband chooses based on which horse’s name sounds the most like it could belong to a supervillain.

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    Laura W. says:

    @mr. whipple: Look me up for March Madness 2011. The combined force of our sheer brilliance and awesome identical methods would exponentially explode, being greater than the sum of our parts and all, thus making us totally unstoppable. And way synergistic.

    I predict it!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @stuckinred: He had the nerve, and he had the blood.
    There never was a hoss like the tennessee stud.

    /no google

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    Yutsano says:

    Thank you for reminding me that calling my mother today would be a futile exercise. Whatever else happened her horse wouldn’t have won and she’ll be cranky.

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    Nicole says:

    Thoughts on the race-

    Fractions were pretty fast at the start- I think Calvin Borel did not expect First Dude to set a pace that fast and had Super Saver too close to the front. Super Saver just got tired. And also, I think, is better on a muddy track than on a dry, fast one. Maybe just as well- I think there’s no way that horse would have gone a mile-and-a-half in the Belmont.

    First Dude ran a much better race than he had any business running.

    ABC people are really, really upset right now because no one is going to watch in three weeks.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @freelancer: I can get pretty much all those. But who the heck names anything:
    “Dookies Piss Ballon”?

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    stuckinred says:

    @Corner Stone: I whupped her brother and I whupped her paw

    same same

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    stuckinred says:

    @Nicole: ya pays yer money, ya takes yer chances

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    Nicole says:

    @freelancer: Any of those that are fewer than 18 letters and spaces and aren’t too obviously dirty would be fine, I’m sure. And if they are dirty, if the Jockey Club doesn’t get it, they might still slip through. There was a Derby contender a few years back named Rock Hard Ten.

    I think “Poot” might not slip through.

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    jharp says:

    What’s up with not being able to access Daily Racing Form before the race?

    I’d love to make a wager.

    It fucking pisses me off. Enough that I didn’t watch the Kentucky Derby nor the Preakness.

    My last win was Alysheba so maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve started my boycott.

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    Randy P says:

    OT, but not sure where else to leave this since the earlier oil spill thread seems to have died. And the word “open” does appear in the title of this one after all.

    Ran into this today, talking about snags in the “latest attempt”, which sounds like they’re trying to insert a soda straw into the pipe.

    My question: What happened to the “top hat”? Was that abandoned?

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    Randy P says:

    Oh, and speaking of horses and their names, BJ might enjoy this recurring contest in the Washington Post Style Invitational.
    Take any two real horse names and name the foal. It’s a little hard to explain the rules for the foal’s name. You have to see the examples.

    P.S. When I went looking for this contest, I assumed I was looking for something in the archives. I thought the Style Invitational had been dropped. I used to read it when I read the paper copy of the WaPo, but I thought it had been absent for at least a year when I stopped reading the Post. But this contest is current. So I’m happy. But not happy enough to start reading the Post again.

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    Maude says:

    @Randy P:
    There is a lot of oil and gas pressure.
    This is what is causing so much difficulty in slowing some of oil going to the surface.
    If the gas comes up under so much pressure, it would encompass the ship and another explosion would occur.

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    Nicole says:

    @jharp: Maybe the server was overloaded? You can usually buy the PPs starting the Wednesday before the race, but it’s a pain. Less of a pain than trying to find a convenience store that still sells the DRF, though.

    Alysheba- that was a good Derby.

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    bruckenwolf says:

    Some of these horses like so many of the race horses in New Jersey will end up on European and Japanese tables. I hate horse racing.

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    bruckenwolf says:

    New Jersey race horses end up on European and Japanese tables…so did Secretariat. I hate horse racing.

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