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(The New York Times)   California Chrome shines again   (nytimes.com) divider line 42
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2014-05-17 08:45:12 PM
So do the same rules about not discussing no-hitters in progress apply here?
 
2014-05-17 09:06:02 PM
He's so pretty.

I wish stupid NBC would stop with all the human interest bullshiat and actually cover the stupid undercard races when they take over from the sports NBC channel.

I really couldn't give two shiats less about what some dumb dumb lady is having to eat or so-and-so's sob story.
 
2014-05-17 09:15:28 PM
Bonus Hockey in the Cup-Clinching Game moved to MSNBC due to Belmont Stakes Pre-Race Show.

Book it. Done.
 
2014-05-17 09:17:47 PM
The only good thing about horses is that they are disposable.  If one breaks a leg or you just get tired of it, you can put it down and get a new one.  Stupid animals.
 
2014-05-17 09:20:59 PM

hb0mb: He's so pretty.

I wish stupid NBC would stop with all the human interest bullshiat and actually cover the stupid undercard races when they take over from the sports NBC channel.

I really couldn't give two shiats less about what some dumb dumb lady is having to eat or so-and-so's sob story.


That's why I can't watch NBC Sports.  I hate the human interest stories interfering with the events I'm trying to watch.
 
2014-05-17 09:29:38 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Bonus Hockey in the Cup-Clinching Game moved to MSNBC due to Belmont Stakes Pre-Race Show.

Book it. Done.


Well, it'd be the NHL's fault for scheduling a Cup Finals game at 2:00 in the afternoon rather than prime time.
 
2014-05-17 09:29:41 PM

mangocop: hb0mb: He's so pretty.

I wish stupid NBC would stop with all the human interest bullshiat and actually cover the stupid undercard races when they take over from the sports NBC channel.

I really couldn't give two shiats less about what some dumb dumb lady is having to eat or so-and-so's sob story.

That's why I can't watch NBC Sports.  I hate the human interest stories interfering with the events I'm trying to watch.


I didn't turn the race on until about 6.  I knew the previous hours (don't even want to guess the number of them) weren't worth a damn.  I don't need to know who Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir picked for horses.  They're farking figure skaters, who cares what they think about horses?

\though I admit, it is comedic to wonder wtf he wore this time
 
2014-05-17 09:33:20 PM
2 hour broadcast, less than 2 minutes of action.

Horse racing is the worst televised sport ever, with the possible exception of soccer.
 
2014-05-17 09:33:34 PM
At least NBC sports played most of the undercard when they weren't yapping and trying to look like they were some kind of reputable handicappers.  Don't even get me started on that broad with the short hair who has to go stick her mic in everyone's face while trying to stay on her horse.

And I'm not even some kind of really knowledgeable racing fan - just the casual observer.  But even I could tell Jerry Bailey wanted to roll his eyes a few times at the dumb-dumb questions he got asked.
 
2014-05-17 09:42:04 PM

hb0mb: He's so pretty.


A quiet, secluded stable somewhere, no one around for miles... You know you would.  We all would.

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2014-05-17 09:45:54 PM

hb0mb: At least NBC sports played most of the undercard when they weren't yapping and trying to look like they were some kind of reputable handicappers.   Don't even get me started on that broad with the short hair who has to go stick her mic in everyone's face while trying to stay on her horse.

And I'm not even some kind of really knowledgeable racing fan - just the casual observer.  But even I could tell Jerry Bailey wanted to roll his eyes a few times at the dumb-dumb questions he got asked.


You mean the retired jockey Donna Brothers?
 
2014-05-17 09:56:28 PM
Hey, a Preakness thread!
 
2014-05-17 09:57:22 PM
Just bought my Belmont tickets!!! Damn it, I want to see a TC during my lifetime. Anybody else going?
 
2014-05-17 10:04:55 PM
So we care about horse racing an extra 2 weeks this year? Sweet.
 
2014-05-17 10:10:23 PM

hb0mb: At least NBC sports played most of the undercard when they weren't yapping and trying to look like they were some kind of reputable handicappers.  Don't even get me started on that broad with the short hair who has to go stick her mic in everyone's face while trying to stay on her horse.

And I'm not even some kind of really knowledgeable racing fan - just the casual observer.  But even I could tell Jerry Bailey wanted to roll his eyes a few times at the dumb-dumb questions he got asked.


When a key part of the analysis is how well the commentators are doing betting on the races they're covering, you've got some serious problems.
 
2014-05-17 10:15:50 PM

dookdookdook: hb0mb: He's so pretty.

A quiet, secluded stable somewhere, no one around for miles... You know you would.  We all would.


I hope you are a female, because, well....
 
2014-05-17 10:29:18 PM

QueenMamaBee: hb0mb: At least NBC sports played most of the undercard when they weren't yapping and trying to look like they were some kind of reputable handicappers.   Don't even get me started on that broad with the short hair who has to go stick her mic in everyone's face while trying to stay on her horse.

And I'm not even some kind of really knowledgeable racing fan - just the casual observer.  But even I could tell Jerry Bailey wanted to roll his eyes a few times at the dumb-dumb questions he got asked.

You mean the retired jockey Donna Brothers?


She's a retired jockey??  Wow.  Never knew that.  She comes off as though she's an ammy to me.
 
2014-05-17 10:40:19 PM
Well, NBC just got themselves great ratings for a horse race.

Hope California Chrome wins.
 
2014-05-17 10:41:40 PM

hb0mb: QueenMamaBee: hb0mb: At least NBC sports played most of the undercard when they weren't yapping and trying to look like they were some kind of reputable handicappers.   Don't even get me started on that broad with the short hair who has to go stick her mic in everyone's face while trying to stay on her horse.

And I'm not even some kind of really knowledgeable racing fan - just the casual observer.  But even I could tell Jerry Bailey wanted to roll his eyes a few times at the dumb-dumb questions he got asked.

You mean the retired jockey Donna Brothers?

She's a retired jockey??  Wow.  Never knew that.  She comes off as though she's an ammy to me.


1130 career wins, damn fine jockey. (Donna Barton when she was racing, married trainer Frank Brothers after she retired)
 
2014-05-17 10:47:11 PM
QueenMamaBee:

1130 career wins, damn fine jockey. (Donna Barton when she was racing, married trainer Frank Brothers after she retired)

Yea, I just read her bio on wikipedia.  I'm truly surprised.  Maybe she just isn't the best interviewer and that's what I've noticed.  I never would've thought she was such a big deal jock just by watching her.
 
2014-05-17 10:55:29 PM

hb0mb: QueenMamaBee:

1130 career wins, damn fine jockey. (Donna Barton when she was racing, married trainer Frank Brothers after she retired)

Yea, I just read her bio on wikipedia.  I'm truly surprised.  Maybe she just isn't the best interviewer and that's what I've noticed.  I never would've thought she was such a big deal jock just by watching her.


Yeah, she seems a bit awkward in the interviews.

Jerry seems to have gotten to be more of an asshat since retirement. He used to be so smiley and so pleasant. Now he's a shorter version of Randy Moss.
 
2014-05-17 11:04:54 PM

dookdookdook: 2 hour broadcast, less than 2 minutes of action.

Horse racing is the worst televised sport ever, with the possible exception of soccer.


That's how all the big events are.  Hours and hours of pregame are standard for any major championship type event.  If you want to see the "regular" horse racing, you have to watch TVG or HRTV.  They've got whip around coverage of many tracks so you get a lot more racing and the focus when there isn't racing is the betting.
 
2014-05-17 11:09:19 PM
I love this. A cheap horse sticking it to all the Saudis.
 
2014-05-17 11:57:57 PM

HaywoodJablonski: So we care about horse racing an extra 2 weeks this year? Sweet.


As in, until the Belmont?  It's three weeks after the derby.
 
2014-05-18 12:08:40 AM

dookdookdook: 2 hour broadcast, less than 2 minutes of action.

Horse racing is the worst televised sport ever, with the possible exception of soccer.


Tune in an hour before the race to catch up, watch the race, then a little bit of the post race analysis.  Way better to me than watching baseball, basketball, and a lot of NFL games.

 

Ebenator: The only good thing about horses is that they are disposable.  If one breaks a leg or you just get tired of it, you can put it down and get a new one.  Stupid animals.


I'm surprised no horse lovers have blasted you over that.  They will tell you that horses are smart, have personalities, and they enjoy the company of a good horse more than they do most people.  I'm not a horse owner, but have been around them a bit.  It got dusty in here when Barbaro died.
 
2014-05-18 01:20:54 AM

knbwhite: Ebenator: The only good thing about horses humans is that they are disposable. If one breaks a leg or you just get tired of it, you can put it down and get a new one. Stupid animals.

I'm surprised no horse lovers have blasted you over that.


Since you asked, there's the counter-troll.
 
2014-05-18 01:38:39 AM
So, yet another year where a horse takes the first two races of the Triple Crown, and gets a bunch of non-fans excited and placing bets because THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR, only for the horse to fade in the third race, which totally makes all those bets house money, and of course this whole thing isn't totally rigged?

Color me shocked.
 
2014-05-18 01:41:29 AM

knbwhite: HaywoodJablonski: So we care about horse racing an extra 2 weeks this year? Sweet.

As in, until the Belmont?  It's three weeks after the

Preakness
 
2014-05-18 02:08:12 AM
Great! Though now ESPN will never shut the fark up about CC's Triple Crown shot and jinx it.
 
2014-05-18 02:25:54 AM
I don't understand why that article was about the jockey.  That's like Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning the NBA championship and having an article written about the basketball he used.  Is there some special art to being tiny and whipping a horse?
 
2014-05-18 02:28:57 AM

BKITU: So, yet another year where a horse takes the first two races of the Triple Crown, and gets a bunch of non-fans excited and placing bets because THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR, only for the horse to fade in the third race, which totally makes all those bets house money, and of course this whole thing isn't totally rigged?

Color me shocked.


The Triple Crown is a tough campaign. It's not supposed to be easy.  However, it would be good if the rules required a horse to run in either the Derby or Preakness before going on to Belmont.

This particular horse seems to be level-headed and professional. Thoroughbreds fall into two general groups: complete dingbats, or intelligent, thoughtful friends.  Having dealt  with both, I'll say the smart ones are much safer to work with.
 
2014-05-18 07:47:20 AM

Ebenator: The only good thing about horses is that they are disposable.  If one breaks a leg or you just get tired of it, you can put it down and get a new one.  Stupid animals.


I'm pregnant.

You know nothing, Jon Snow.
 
2014-05-18 09:13:58 AM
Holycrapholycrapholycrapholycrapholycrap! O.O
 
2014-05-18 09:13:59 AM

Twist2005: Ebenator: The only good thing about horses is that they are disposable.  If one breaks a leg or you just get tired of it, you can put it down and get a new one.  Stupid animals.

I'm pregnant.

You know nothing, Jon Snow.


Wait. What? That's news to me. Anyway, zero out of ten to you, sir.
 
2014-05-18 10:04:49 AM

syrynxx: I don't understand why that article was about the jockey.  That's like Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning the NBA championship and having an article written about the basketball he used.  Is there some special art to being tiny and whipping a horse?


Give it a try sometime. You'll probably change your mind.
 
2014-05-18 12:55:44 PM

John Buck 41: Give it a try sometime. You'll probably change your mind.


I will get started straight away on getting tiny.  Meanwhile I'll find a chair or something to beat with a crop occasionally.
 
2014-05-18 12:57:57 PM

syrynxx: I don't understand why that article was about the jockey.  That's like Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning the NBA championship and having an article written about the basketball he used.  Is there some special art to being tiny and whipping a horse?


Considering this horse was 2 for 6 with other jockeys and 5 for 5 with this jockey...
 
2014-05-18 01:13:06 PM

syrynxx: John Buck 41: Give it a try sometime. You'll probably change your mind.

I will get started straight away on getting tiny.  Meanwhile I'll find a chair or something to beat with a crop occasionally.


Beg, borrow, or steal a ride on a horse wearing English tack. Jack the stirrups all the way up, then cross them over the withers. Ride around in that for a walk and trot then picture doing it at a gallop on a willful three-year old Thoroughbred with a bunch of others bumping you.

Weep softly and go home to soak your aching everything so you can walk the next day.
 
2014-05-18 02:19:04 PM

Twist2005: syrynxx: John Buck 41: Give it a try sometime. You'll probably change your mind.

I will get started straight away on getting tiny.  Meanwhile I'll find a chair or something to beat with a crop occasionally.

Beg, borrow, or steal a ride on a horse wearing English tack. Jack the stirrups all the way up, then cross them over the withers. Ride around in that for a walk and trot then picture doing it at a gallop on a willful three-year old Thoroughbred with a bunch of others bumping you.

Weep softly and go home to soak your aching everything so you can walk the next day.


You forgot, stand in those stirrups. They don't sit during the race.

Jockeys are by far the fittest and toughest of athletes.
 
2014-05-18 03:09:31 PM

Twist2005: syrynxx: John Buck 41: Give it a try sometime. You'll probably change your mind.

I will get started straight away on getting tiny.  Meanwhile I'll find a chair or something to beat with a crop occasionally.

Beg, borrow, or steal a ride on a horse wearing English tack. Jack the stirrups all the way up, then cross them over the withers. Ride around in that for a walk and trot then picture doing it at a gallop on a willful three-year old Thoroughbred with a bunch of others bumping you.

Weep softly and go home to soak your aching everything so you can walk the next day.


Khazar-Khum: You forgot, stand in those stirrups. They don't sit during the race.

Jockeys are by far the fittest and toughest of athletes.


SLAMMED! You both said it much more eloquently and detailed than I did.
 
2014-05-18 03:26:17 PM

Ima10urin8: knbwhite: HaywoodJablonski: So we care about horse racing an extra 2 weeks this year? Sweet.

As in, until the Belmont?  It's three weeks after the Preakness


Thanks for correcting my fail.  I've had the race intervals and distances pretty solid in my brain for years, but I blew it somehow from there to my fingers.  Can I blame it on my phone?
 
2014-05-19 09:15:25 AM

syrynxx: I don't understand why that article was about the jockey.  That's like Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning the NBA championship and having an article written about the basketball he used.  Is there some special art to being tiny and whipping a horse?


Actually yes. Watch the 2005 Ky Derby. Jeremy Rose cost Afleet Alex the Derby (and possibly the Triple Crown, since he won the Preakness and Belmont). Incredibly stupid ride.
 
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