Derby Day!

In keeping with Trail Mix tradition we “run for the roses” (and grab our mint juleps) to celebrate the Kentucky Derby (post time Saturday 6:24 PM ET on NBC).

Yes, I picked “Optimizer” at 50-1 odds, I’m a risk taker (plus it’s my favorite feature on my Norton anti-virus software).

Thanks to Jamie for collecting our picks:

Pole Position/Horse/Jockey/Odds/Trailmixer Pick
01 Daddy Long Legs O’Donoghue 30/1 RR, OSH
02 Optimizer Court 50/1 Craig
03 Take Charge Indy Borel 15/1 Carol,Tony,Solar
04 Union Rags Leparoux 9/2 Jaslf
05 Dullahan Desormeaux 8/1 DaveB
06 Bodemeister Smith 4/1 Pogo
07 Rousing Sermon Lezcano 50/1 HW
08 Creative Cause Rosario 12/1 Patd, XR
09 Trinniberg Martinez 50/1
10 Daddy Nose Best Gomez 15-1 Jamie

11 Alpha Garcia 15-1 Flatus
12 Prospective Contreras 30/1
13 Went The Day Well Velazquez 20/1 George
14 Hansen Dominguez 10/1 Tylenol
15 Gemologist Castellano 6/1 MO, Jace
16 El Padrino Bejarano 20/1 Whiskey Jack, sturgeone
17 Done Talking Russell 50/1 KGC
18 Sabercat Nakatani 50/1 AP, Chris
19 I’ll Have Another Gutierrez 12/1 Lani
20 Liaison Garcia 50/1

Why The ‘Run For The Roses’ Is So Special

Also, Happy Cinco de Mayo

111 thoughts on “Derby Day!”

  1. I mentioned early this morning..on the last blog post.. that after studying the horses..I’m really impressed with Creative Cause BUT…I’m not leaving my Manwich or my home boy Calvin Borel. Ole Take Charge Indy can fall outta the gate..but I am staying tucked safely between my boys..Tony and Solar.

    Anyone bringing some Juleps..chips and dip? Oh..that’s my job? OK. How bout my spinach artichoke dip? It’s my own recipe and it’s killer. With all the calories in my dip…it might not be too bad if we do have to walk to the finish line.

  2. If you want that spinach artichoke dip..I’ll give it to you. When I said it’s killer..I’m referring to how good it tastes and one of the side effects of eating it.

    Get a can of artichokes..drain and chop
    Thaw out some frozen chopped spinach..as much as you like. Squeeze out the water.
    dice up a small glove of garlic
    In a bowl..mix
    about 1/4 of a stick of that 8 oz cream cheese
    about 1/2 cup of sour cream
    about 1/2 cup of mayo
    a good bit of a large bag of that 5 Italian pizza cheese
    Could be more or less of the above..you decide

    Add the diced garlic..well drained spinach..and drained chopped artichokes. Stir that up. I like lots of spinach in my dip so I keep adding until it looks right…pretty green. You can add a little Tony’s seasoning…just a little.

    After that is mixed up..I add more of that 5 pizza cheese on top. I cover ..put it in the frig to rest..and for the flavors to marry…and do whatever else they do after their married.

    Close to time to serve..I cook in the oven at 350 degrees..covered..about 30 minutes. You can remove the cover for the last 1o minutes. You need to serve in a small crock pot that will keep it warm.

  3. After the race is over boys..win place draw or fall..we can hang together and act crazy under the big supermoon tonight.

  4. Dang, Did my killer spinach dip scare ya off or did ya all run out to get the ingredients?

  5. This should be an amazing race. The majority of the horses are so equal in ability that even the absolute favorite is still 4/1 on the morning line and the handicappers are literally saying that any horse could win based on strategy of the ride. Not saying this is a money day for Churchill Downs or anything, but live racing starts at 7:30 AM Pacific Time.

    Pass the chips, it’s going to be a long day.

  6. Mitt thinks we should be creating 500,000 jobs a month.

    This from the guy who touts his experience and understanding of the economy. :sad:

  7. Jace

    For all the noise made about the President’s “inexperience” during the last election, Romeny barely qualifies as a rank amateur by comparison.

  8. I see Mittens has chosen the big lie technique..how Nixonsonian….I wonder if this will upset Anderson Cooper as much as the moveon.org ad…oh wait

  9. ct, so you’d rather ride with those reprobates than upstanding citizens like xr and me?

    jamie, in case you missed it, pogo wrote you yesterday

    OK, Jamie, with you already having I’ll Take Another, I went back and found the grid and picks from yesterday. ‘cuz it sounds like some kind of Scandinavian beer if you put one of those funny Os in it, I’ll throw down on Bodemeister. (My trifecta would be Bodemeister, Union Rags and Gemologist)

  10. Jon Stewart Calls Out Brian Schweitzer, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Martin Bashir

    by Taylor Marsh

    “I hate Barack Obama more than I love Jesus.” – Jon Stewart on religious conservative bigotry over Mitt’s Mormonism

    What a target rich environment.

    In the first video below, Stewart uses Schweitzer, O’Donnell and Bashir for target practice, after they make fools of themselves over Romney’s religious preference. “Speaking as a Jew,” Stewart’s religious take down is perfection.

    The second video’s subject is Richard Grenell, which has been a disaster for Mitt Romney.

  11. KGC

    They all are doing the big lie.
    On face book the other day Obama had an ad saying Romney would destroy soc sec and to protect soc sec you needed to vote for him. He seems to have forgotten that he was willing to throw Soc sec under the bus so he could look pretty.
    When it comes to lies Romney is at a distinct disadvantage, he is uncomfortable and not good at it. It shows every time he does it. Obama can set there and lie to your face then act surprised the next day when you bring it up as if it is the craziest idea he has ever heard of.
    Talk about flipfloping, Obama has no flip to flop he will tell anybody anything and then turn around and tell someone else the exact opposite.

    Since it is going to be a liars election poor Romney doesn’t have a chance.

    Jack

  12. Jamie

    Romney currently has more executive experience than Obama will ever have. Obama’s executive inexperience is his major failings. As to political experience Romney had a successful run as governor proving he can get things done and work with the opposition.

    So who looks like the rank amateur? I believe amateur hour is currently in the White House.

    Jack

  13. El Padrino, the Godfather, hope he doesn’t make you an offer you can’t refuse.

    Jack

  14. BTW we should be creating 500,000 jobs a month at this point with all the major macro econimic factors that are in the strong positive.
    Unfortunatly neither candidate for Prez has a clue as to how that can happen.That is why we have a liars election this time around.

    Jack

  15. 500,000 jobs a month is going to take one Hell of a tax cut or one Hell of a war. Take your pick. :|

  16. Coming home from looking for work one day

    I felt bad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no pants

    So I ask him,

    “What are you doing standing there behind my house?”

  17. Mitt Romney’s Long Fight Against Gay Marriage
    Andrew Kaczynski Video

    Romney has often tiptoed on gay rights issues ever since. During both Republican primaries he has touted his efforts to stop same-sex marriage and in one 2007 interview declined to answer whether homosexually was a mental defect saying, “I’m not going to suggest in anyway a psychologist. That’s a decision a psychologist would have to tell ya and I’m not going to weigh in on that.”

    Democrats are considering adding support for gay marriage to their party platform, but the obstacle to that push — and to any clear contrast on the issue — is Barack Obama’s similar opposition to same-sex marriage.

    Watching the video of Romney on gays, what a prick!

  18. Coming home from looking for work one day

    I felt bad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no pants

    So I ask him,

    “What are you doing standing there behind my house?”

    And he said, “Would you believe…watering the flowers?”

  19. Since it is going to be a liars election poor Romney doesn’t have a chance.

    So true! Man, i listened to the President’s speech at a college the other day, amazing the things he was saying all with a straight face..It was more of i’m a champion for the little guy, you need to re-elect me cause i’m gonna protect you from those big bad Republican’s..Now if i hadn’t witnessed how he’s governed, protecting the top 1% at every turn, possibly then i would believe his BS…

  20. DaveB chooses Dullahan -- more fun if every horse gets taken by someone in the pool! And I am trying to prove I am not anhedonic…

  21. DaveB..is there a story that goes with your gravatar? That kind of pic feels very familiar to me.

  22. “Watching the video of Romney on gays, what a prick!”

    But Tony, he’s a “severely conservative” prick. :roll:

  23. Reasons Abound for Ebb in Job Growth
    By CATHERINE RAMPELL

    Many economists had been predicting that strong job growth early this year would persuade many people sitting on the sidelines to re-enter the job market.

    Instead, for reasons that are unclear, workers continue to peel off the labor force. An estimated 342,000 Americans dropped out of the job market altogether in April. That is why the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent — not because more workers found jobs, but because so many people left the work force.

  24. From RR on April 13. No truer words were ever written!

    If we ever find out who “they” were/are, we’ll know where Obama’s true loyalties lie.

    This article may be a start to answering the question of who “they” were/are.

    Exclusive: How Obama’s Early Career Success Was Built on Fronting for Chicago Real Estate and Finance
    By Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism, May 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    Barack Obama remains an icon to many on what passes for the left in America despite incontrovertible evidence that he does not represent their interests. There are many contributing factors, including his considerable skills as a speaker and his programmatic effort to neuter liberal critics by getting their funding cut.

    A central component of the seemingly impenetrable Obama mythology is his personal history: a black man, son of a broken home, who nevertheless got on the fast track to financial success by becoming editor of the Harvard Law Review, but turned instead to working with and later representing a particularly disadvantaged community, the South Side of Chicago.

    Even so, this story does not quite add up. Why did Obama not follow the usual, well greased path of becoming a Supreme Court clerk, and seeking to exert influence through the Washington doors that would have opened up to him after that stint?

    A remarkable speech by Robert Fitch puts Obama’s early career in a new perspective that explains the man we see now in the Oval Office: one who pretends to befriend ordinary people but sells them out again and again to wealthy, powerful interests – the banks, big Pharma and health insurers, and lately, the fracking-industrial complex.

  25. Jack

    Romney’s “experience” is literally one of the big lies he keeps telling. The man has literally done nothing on his own that wasn’t bought for or controlled by others. Some was good some was bad, but it has been a life long pattern of changing sides whenever it was necessary to get another buck in the bank.

  26. I thank I have all the late entries including my relatives. Let me know if anyone got missed:

    PP Horse Jockey Odds Trailmixer
    01 Daddy Long Legs O’Donoghue 30/1 RR, OSH
    02 Optimizer Court 50/1 Craig
    03 Take Charge Indy Borel 15/1 Carol,Tony,Solar
    04 Union Rags Leparoux 9/2 Jaslf
    05 Dullahan Desormeaux 8/1 Dave B
    06 Bodemeister Smith 4/1 Pogo
    07 Rousing Sermon Lezcano 50/1
    08 Creative Cause Rosario 12/1 Patd, XR
    09 Trinniberg Martinez 50/1
    10 Daddy Nose Best Gomez 15-1 Jamie
    11 Alpha Garcia 15-1 Flatus
    12 Prospective Contreras 30/1
    13 Went The Day Well Velazquez 20/1 George
    14 Hansen Dominguez 10/1 Tylenol
    15 Gemologist Castellano 6/1 MO, Jace
    16 El Padrino Bejarano 20/1 Whiskey Jack
    17 Done Talking Russell 50/1 KGC
    18 Sabercat Nakatani 50/1 AP, Chris
    19 I’ll Have Another Gutierrez 12/1 Lani
    20 Liaison Garcia 50/1

  27. Uh Jamie..In order to be in a Manwich..I need to be positioned between Tony and Solar on Take Charge. I’m not driving.

  28. ct

    Well just insert yourself in there. Still have several empty horses. HOpe we don’t have another year when nobody wins except the horse.

  29. Jamie…For absolutely no reason other than that no one else is riding him, I’ll take Rousing Sermon…. ;-)

  30. Craig and I will be out at dinner during the Derby -- sorry we’ll miss the live action! We’ll be eating healthy tonite, if that’s any consolation.

    CT -- no great story unfortunately. That picture is an Ashton Kutcher mug shot, and I liked it. When I googled the history, nothing really came up. I think it might be photo-shopped.

  31. It’s not a nationwide symbol yet, but last night at the 46th anniversary celebration of Cinco de Mustang the ladies got the spotlight and carried the chorus to amazing heights of out-there kind of stuff.

    I was in awe of their stamina….their fortitude…..their dedication to the “ride, Sally, ride” concept of this rough diamond we call “life”.

    There was 20 of them, and they had a blow-up doll which was adorned by a huge blow-up penis. Even the rednecks got in on dancing with the ugly naked blow-up dude.

    They were from Minneapolis. They knew what a polka was……

  32. HW and Sturgeone -- I have you in the list. Carol, I got you into sandwich position.

    PP Horse Jockey Odds Trailmixer

    01 Daddy Long Legs O’Donoghue 30/1 RR, OSH
    02 Optimizer Court 50/1 Craig
    03 Take Charge Indy Borel 15/1 Tony, Carol, Solar
    04 Union Rags Leparoux 9/2 Jaslf
    05 Dullahan Desormeaux 8/1 Dave B
    06 Bodemeister Smith 4/1 Pogo
    07 Rousing Sermon Lezcano 50/1 HW
    08 Creative Cause Rosario 12/1 Patd, XR
    09 Trinniberg Martinez 50/1
    10 Daddy Nose Best Gomez 15-1 Jamie
    11 Alpha Garcia 15-1 Flatus
    12 Prospective Contreras 30/1
    13 Went The Day Well Velazquez 20/1
    14 Hansen Dominguez 10/1 Tylenol
    15 Gemologist Castellano 6/1 MO, Jace
    16 El Padrino Bejarano 20/1 Whiskey,Jack,Sturgeone
    17 Done Talking Russell 50/1 KGC
    18 Sabercat Nakatani 50/1 AP, Chris
    19 I’ll Have Another Gutierrez 12/1 Lani
    20 Liaison Garcia 50/1

  33. I had a breakthrough today….been learning to tap dance for the last 3 years or so…no instructors, just tapping my feet every now and then when there’s nothing else to do with a cigarette on the back deck…..I figure the first guy to tap dance didn’t have anyone to show him the ropes and so if I just started exercising the tapdance muscles sooner or later my feet would work right. Today I invented my own time step. I am humbled by the work of so many who have gone on before.

  34. oooooooh yes Jamie….
    who’s your Daddy now…. yes, government wants your vagina… you know it/he does… just lie back and let it happen… :razz:

    Go Daddy Long Legs!

  35. From RR on April 13. No truer words were ever written!

    If we ever find out who “they” were/are, we’ll know where Obama’s true loyalties lie.

    This article that was referenced in my previous post does answer the question who “they” are.

    From Sir Walter Scott “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

    It is a tangled web. It is long but IMO well worth it.

    The Change They Believe In
    Speech for Harlem Tenants Association, November 14, 2008
    By Robert Fitch

    I have to stop now and put Karnak’s envelope to my forehead. What we see is that the Chicago core of the Obama coalition is made up of blacks who’ve moved up by moving poor blacks out of the community. And very wealthy whites who’ve advanced their community development agenda by hiring blacks. Will this be the pattern for the future in an Obama administration? I can’t read the envelope. But I do believe that if we want to disrupt the pattern of the past we have to make some distinctions: between the change they believe in and the change we believe in; between our interests and theirs; between a notion of community that scapegoats the poor and one that respects their human rights—one of which is not to be the object of ethnic cleaning. Between Hope VI and genuine human hope.

  36. I was born in Louisville, KY and grew up on the Indiana side. I learn to dislike Derby week.

  37. Hey… PiT… put Karnak’s envelope to your forehead and predict who will win the Derby.

    and thanks for those posts… you’ve done a good job ferreting out who “they” are/might be.

  38. rr….funny you mention old daddy longlegs….i spent most of the afternoon viewing old tap dance videos….got quite a bit of the old astairway to heaven….

  39. the dance thing comes of two sources….WALDO, by Heinlein; and one of Nietzsche’s little zingers about dancing and the greek chorus and like that…..but mostly WALDO. Or not. I’m not sure.

  40. I don’t wanna get all bill maudlin’ on y’all but most folks i know who shuffle off to buffalo at some point in their careers just shuffle away and that’s pretty much the end of it….kinda grateful to know two from here who don’t fade away quite so easily.

  41. After evaluating all the available data and scrutinizing the appropriate memory banks I have concluded that I would have made a pretty successful caveman.

  42. when truman forced maccarthur to come on the plane i bet he showed him a picture of patton’s car wreck.

    “Hey Mac…..check this out.”

  43. some of the neetch on dancing:

    Every day I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.

    And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

    He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

    Only in the dance do I know how to tell the parable of the highest things…. (Zarathustra, “The Tomb Song”)

  44. Sturg
    Tap dancing is a noble cause. During the 1970s I think it was radio station KSAN had a series about how tap dancers saved the earth. So the story went…the powers that be look down on earth and said nothing worth saving there might as destroy it before it spreads…. and randomly happen to see some people tap dancing and decide any group of people that encouraged tap dancing could be saved.

    I think that’s how the story sorta went. It was a long time ago and it was the 70s

    I tap dance a bit myself from time to time…I do own shoes

  45. They knew what a polka was……

    sturge, sounds like they also knew what it was spelled without the l.

  46. when i was a kid there were certain hooligans in our midst who applied taps to their shoes for when striding around in the old cement-floored community center. they smoked Chesterfields and Picayunes

  47. My Old Kentucky Home brings a tear to the eye with one line: Weep No More My Lady

    And the horses head for the gate to find a place in history.

  48. Yeah Lani! You’ve won braggin’ rights on this blog!

    Hey Sturg… ya gotta keep on dancin’…

    especially to Mustang Sally… ride, Sally, ride…

  49. I’m so happy for little Gutierrez. Didn’t matter to me who won. Just riding with my boys was a win.

  50. Well I did hit the Exacta with I’ll Have Another and Bodiemeister so don’t feel too bad about Daddy Nose Best not coming in.

  51. I did it .

    I gave Don Callwell, 2 Benjiamans tonight.
    I told him it was for last year’s water bill.
    He agreed to all my plans , now after painting, after rock work, after gravel work , after butterfly paperwork, and planting many new plants, I get move on real my purpose. To take Peggy’s Garden off the water grid.

    I’m still kicking ass in Texas folks.

  52. I just tore up my cyber ticket.

    Thank goodness I didn’t bet the cyber farm.

  53. I’m sure glad I wore the hazmat suit and diving helmet while riding that horse. Almost every nag in the house kicked slop onto me.

    Pat, did you get any on your Dior ?

  54. Blood money and tears.
    Tonight I squared the doughnut.

    Only after years of Blood money and tears. Do you square doughnuts.

    I did it though , I’m off to races.

    Hammer & Thongs.

  55. I ain’t spendin’ foolish, the “Cactus Water Harvester” will change Texas . And everyone that see’s it will say yes.

  56. “Cactus Water Harvester”

    I got green light baby, I got to be moving on.

  57. I plan to take Texas’ breath, right at end , I have brains and some money. One never wants to fuck with that.

  58. I am in a golden world .
    My entire life was spent as a drunken bum, a drunken bum.

    I took an ocean of brain cells with me.

    And after 40 years , I’m out skinning the monkey.

  59. Beat that short stack , fry most of your brain , and at the very end of your life, change Texas forever.

  60. Wherever where I was sent , I will solve your problem , I don’t care what it is.

    They gave me a drill crew, and the helicopter one day . I made the most of it when it came my way.

  61. I am after changing Texas forever.

    My works stand on Buddy Holly , it was an industrial wasteland when I started.
    Today, it’s Monarch way station #5428.

  62. I am after changing Texas forever.

    Measure this comment for years , give me 5 to change this pig. I will be worm food soon. I won’t collect bets , But I will change Texas.

  63. Skinning the monkey , we all can do it. I learned something .
    There are no deep bonds.

  64. I am after changing Texas forever.

    Just drive -- up 19 th and Buddy Holly.

  65. Craig after all these years , why you would buy such dead ass punk ass site.

  66. See ?

    My insult never makes the thread.

    It’s in some filter world from 3 years ago.

  67. One more thing , I post here with great effort , and fucking nothing ever posts .

    Your web site sucks.

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