What Horse Through Yonder Gate Breaks

With apologies to Jay Hovdey, our favorite racing writer is and will always be Bill Shakespeare.

After all, who better to write about the Sport Of Kings, or Kings in general, and we submit the following for your perusal …

When addressing what is left of the current Derby cast, he warns, “Neither a Giacomo nor a Mine That Bird be.”

Here’s hoping.

When addressing the way things have gone this year for the most well-regarded Derby prospects, he summed it up nicely with, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”

How true.

As for Todd Pletcher, who at the moment could saddle as much as half of the 20-horse line-up, Bill writes “All that glitters is not gold.”

Lest we forget, the Toddster has won one Kentucky Derby for all his throwing against the wall and could very well make it two next month.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be” is Shakespeare’s take on Gulfstream and Fair Grounds running their stakes races on top of each other last Saturday with total disregard for the fans and the bettors.

It looks like The Stronach Group and Churchill Downs Inc. are quickly becoming the Capulets and Montagues of the racing world, and we all know how that turned out.

“To be or not to be: That is the question” is the way he describes Canterbury Park trying to decide if they should offer an across-the-board takeout reduction once again at their upcoming meet.

Fat chance.

For Arrogate, The Bard notes “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

All three seem to apply.

In the case of Mastery, “Beware the Ides of March.”

Can you imagine the epic proportions of Baffert winning two Triple Crowns in three years to along with what Arrogate has accomplished so far? What might have been.

Commenting on what he described as “Dumb Ass 1’s” acceptance speech for Horse of the Year, The Bard concluded, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

Well played, Bill.

“A horse! a horse! my Kingdom for a horse!” he penned after Pizza Man Dan Schafer shelled out a million bucks for a berth in the inaugural Pegasus.

Will Schafer purchase another stall for the 2018 renewal? That’s a lot of large pepperonis.

As for the Saratoga and Del Mar meets, “A Midsummer Day’s Dream” seemed perfect.

After Calder was re-named Gulfstream Park West, he noted, “What’s in a name. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

And the other way around.

A particularly bad day at the track had Shakespeare looking at his Daily Racing Form and saying, “But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.”

We’ve had plenty of days like that as well, Bill.


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