Irony Can Be Pretty Ironic

Masochistic, who has had two high-profile drug positives in his career and was denied entry to Saturday’s Midnight Lute Stakes, is co-owned by William Shamlian, whose nom de course is Los Pollos Hermanos Racing.

Television fans will recognize that Los Pollos Hermanos is the name of the restaurant in the acclaimed show “Breaking Bad”, which – you guessed it – is about drugs.

In a related item, Mister Ed has been withdrawn for consideration from the January 28 Pegasus World Cup as he will reportedly enter rehab for a hayrion addiction.

Speaking of the Pegasus, we laughed when we first heard the proposal for this $12 million race … but who is laughing now?

The $1 million stalls sold out like a Beyonce CD, top two contenders for Horse of the Year in California Chrome and Arrogate are pointing for the mile and an eighth affair and there is even talk about spawning a twin on the turf.

We still have our doubts about the future of the race under the current conditions, but there is no question this Pegasus has flown faster and higher to this point than we ever could have predicted.

Laffit Pincay turned 70 today. Can it really be that long ago that we were watching him and Bill Shoemaker do battle down the stretch at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Hollywood Park/Lambs Stadium?

The irony between spending the winter at Gulfstream Park and the winter at Aqueduct was never more evident than Thursday. Rain and cold at one and summer-like at the other.

Every time something like opening day at Santa Anita, the Breeder’s Cup or Kentucky Derby rolls around, Twitter is full of people mocking those “racing is dead” declarations. It isn’t dead by a long way, but some of those weekday cards/crowds across the country can feel like it’s in a coma.

Turfway Park has no turf course.

*** @TashmanMortyS