Roses Are Red

Obviously today is the day when Trailmixers go to the starting gate with the annual run for the roses.

The use of roses was first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party in 1883. The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Colonel Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race’s official flower.

So pour your favorite form of usqueba, topped with a bit of mint and learn the lyrics to My Old Kentucky Home. Warning I always tear up when they get to “Weep No More My Lady”

The entries so far are as follows:

Post Position / Name (Jockey) / Morning Odds / Trailmix Rider 

1 / Known Agenda (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) / 6-1 / 

2 / Like The King (Van Dyke) / 50 – 1 / 

3 / Brooklyn Strong (Rispoli)/ 50 – 1 / 

4 / Keepmeinmind (Cohen) / 50 – 1 / 

5 / Sainthood (Lanerie) / 50 – 1 / 

6 / O Besos (Pedroza) / 20 – 1 / 

7 / Mandaloun (Geroux) / 15 – 1 / 

8 / Medina Spirit (Velazquez) / 15 – 1 / 

9 / Hot Rod Charlie (Prat) / 8 – 1 / – Pogo, Renee, Sturgeone 

10 / Midnight Bourbon (Smith) / 20 – 1 / – Jamie 

11 / Dynamic One (Jose Ortiz) / 20 – 1 / 

12 / Helium (Leparoux) / 50 – 1 / – Craig 

13 / Hidden Stash (Bejarano) / 50 – 1 / 

14 / Essential Quality (Saez) / 2-1 /– Patd / Place for Jamie 

15 / Rock Your World (Rosario) / 5-1 / – Place for Patd 

16 / King Fury (Hernandez, Jr) / 20 – 1 /  

17 / Highly Motivated (Castellano) / 10-1 / 

18 / Super Stock (Santana) / 30-1 / 

19 / Soup and Sandwich (Gaffaleone) / 30-1 /– Show for Patd 

20 / Bourbonic (Carmouche) / 30-1 /  


Author: Jamie

Retired writer/editor

66 thoughts on “Roses Are Red”

  1. it’s giuliani time 2021

    Nancy MacLean and Thomas Frank join Bill to discuss the FBI investigation of former NYC mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

  2. The Kentucky Derby returns to a Louisville contending with protest, pain and its past

    LOUISVILLE — As the horses in the 147th Kentucky Derby were assigned their post positions earlier this week at Churchill Downs, an annual tradition during this city’s most festive week of the year, Shauntrice Martin, a former security guard at the track, was across town preparing to protest the city’s leadership on the steps of Metro Hall.

    Martin’s city has long been known for its role as the host of the Derby, which returns this year to its iconic spot on the first Saturday in May. There were already reminders of the event downtown — tourists trickling into hotels and restaurants advertising Derby specials — signs that indicated Louisville was ready to get dressed up again.

    But it has been a turbulent year in this community, which was part of a national movement for racial justice last year in the wake of the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman. And this year’s Derby arrives as the city remains focused on reform, with protesters still calling for change in the city’s leadership and police force.

    The Kentucky Derby has long left some conflicted, facing questions about the role of Churchill Downs in the community. As the 2021 race nears after a year of turmoil in Louisville, those questions remain.

    Yes, Louisville has its problems, but IMHO Churchill Downs isn’t the source of those problems and the cries to stop the Derby and all that goes with it if answered won’t fix those problems. Now I need to go check my bourbon and mint supplies. 

  3. And in good news about the creeping eradication of the former fool’s fingerprints on the country….
    Biden cancels border wall projects Trump paid for with diverted military funds

    The Biden administration said Friday it has canceled border wall projects paid for with funds diverted from Defense Department accounts, a widely expected move that follows Biden’s decision to suspend construction activity on President Donald Trump’s signature project.

    Trump diverted about $10 billion from military construction accounts and counternarcotics programs to pay for hundreds of miles of steel barriers along the Mexico border, an effort that Biden has denounced as wasteful and ineffective.

    “The Department of Defense is proceeding with canceling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions such as schools for military children, overseas military construction projects in partner nations, and the National Guard and Reserve equipment account,” Jamal Brown, deputy Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. “Today’s action reflects this Administration’s continued commitment to defending our nation and supporting our service members and their families.”

    Show me a 20 foot wall and I’ll show you a 21 foot ladder. It’s high time priorities were rearranged. And not a pic of Joe posing with people in uniform to sell a stupid program with his name on it. 

  4. Today’s good news.  My great grandson, Torin, at 2 1/2 will soon have his trach removed.  He has had it from his very much too early birth and this is the last major hurdle.  At present he is very much into gardening and baking.


  5. Good luck to the tyke Jamie. He looks like one very happy kid. Without the trache he’ll be happier. 


    Just listened to “The People’s Pharmacy” on NPR, where they interviewed the doctor who wrote this book.

    The discussion included Russia’s attempts to destabilize democracies through “weaponized health communications,”
    as well as our own government’s refusal to directly address the anti-science (anti-vax) faction for fear that it would give them more attention/power.

    The doctor was hopeful that we would only need one booster and not an annual vaccination for covid-19, as the variants aren’t wildly divergent.

    I highly recommend the podcast of today’s show.

  7. Patd, happy to see Louisville acknowledging the contribution of black athletes to its horse racing scene. Aside from lawn jockeys I don’t get the sense that people have any real awareness of the role the jockeys, trainers, grooms, etc. etc. etc., many of whom were and are black, to THE iconic symbol of Louisville. 

  8. All the best to Chef Torin.  He’s got a big smile like his great-grandma.

  9. All of that wall money could’ve gone toward foreign aid and diplomacy to push for private investment in Central America and Mexico.  Greener manufacturing to address climate change, and, stuff wouldn’t need to be transported as far if US companies didn’t manufacture half-way across the globe, so that would reduce emissions, too. The gas/oil industry loves their big tankers hauling stuff back and forth.

  10. another derby song. according to wiki:

    Run for the Roses” is a song written and recorded by singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg in 1980. Released as a single from the album The Innocent Age the following year, it peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has since been used as an unofficial theme for the Kentucky Derby. The chorus mentions “the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance”, at once describing the experience of horse racing and life itself.

    The song was commissioned by ABC for its telecast of the 106th running of the Derby in 1980, and premiered on the network’s Derby preview special the night before. Fogelberg stated that it was written in two days

  11. I hate Trump’s wall with a passion.  In current times it has destroyed protected saguaro, butterfly preserve and ruined wildlife access for endangered species.  On top of that, I remember a time when it was easy for people from both sides to go back and forth for school, work and shopping.  Now it is militarized and economically destructive.

    Put the money into making homes safe below the border and they don’t want to move.


  12. BiD the money in question Biden is dealing with is money that was supposed to go for base improvements and construction and particularly for school improvement and construction on military bases. He was shorting our troops so that he could put his stupid wall up.

  13. Jamie… all the best to your great grandson!  Make sure he goes to cooking school….  he looks like a natural.

    KGC… that horse sounds like a cross between a drink and a plague…

  14. Uh oh. Woodford Reserve will be on the RW shit list as a woke company now – raising money to preserve the history of black jockeys in the turf world. Well I say Guggenheim – the RW shitheads of course. 

  15. A little over an hour to go.  If anyone wants to make a last minute rush to the window, let me know.

    The 11th race dead heat was amazing to watch.


  16. Pogo… Sturg… we came in third…  we showed.. at least that’s something.

  17. might have been my imagination, but it looked like essential quality took a step back at a crucial moment. 
    however a bet on the favorite wasn’t going to pay off as well as the others. sure would be interesting to see which horses aside from EQ that mystery cyber whale bet on.  the news article said cyber whale spread his largess to others in addition to EQ… any one of them perchance baffert’s?  

  18. oops

    New York (CNN Business)The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NBC News on Saturday issued significant corrections, retracting earlier reporting that said Rudy Giuliani had been directly warned by the FBI that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.
    The stories came out after Giuliani’s office and residence were raided by the FBI on Thursday. The searches were linked to a criminal probe of the former mayor’s business dealings in Ukraine and resulted in the seizure of several communications devices.
    “An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation,” read the correction by The Post, which first reported the news. “That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed.”
    “This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings,” the correction added.
    The Times, which said it has confirmed The Post’s reporting, also corrected its story.
    “An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation,” The Times said in its correction posted at the bottom of the online story. “Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing.”

    Churchill Downs, Colonel Lewis Clark,
    Yes, that “Clark” , his older brother was a leading  light  in Louisville . 
    Lewis  did all the prep work  alone,  even getting the boat built .  He picked – up  Clark  going down river  at  Louisville .  That is where the “Lewis and Clark”,  trip gets it’s final title.
    I find it interesting the oldest running sporting event in America is tied so closely  to one of the great families.
    This guy , looks to be a son of the “Corps of Discovery”.  

  20. I have never joined in the tradition  here , and I love horses  like a 14 year-old-girl. 
    But this entire industry  is a cat toy  for the super rich. 

    The one thing I really like about the derby is , “horse names”, they are at the cutting edge of dreaming up new combinations .
    This is a big reason the 147th was run today.

  21. When i was a wee squie there was a thing in a box called a horse race and you thumped the spinning arrow which spun till it stopped on a horse’s name and then you advanced its plastic token on the race course.   I had several iterations of this game, where frequently the names would be updated. The one I remember most is Whirlaway. I thumped that arrow till I thumped the black off of it…….

  22. Prime example  –
    American Pharoah
    A .  A  title of a novel 
    B.   A hell of a horse. 
    Someday someone  will write a novel with this title. 

  23. The chase scene  from “Bullitt”  just ran , the song of that Mustang changing gears, rings in American ears. 

  24. Back to equines .
    I learned to ride on a jenny mule , with a “Mac Cellen Saddle” , you have no idea how bad this design was.  The Army bought tens of thousands, for decades. 
    The jenny had a roll of fat on the top of her neck , it swayed  in the pace.
    It was a gift  I got from my dad.  My uncle Monk, sat up with my dad on the night he left for WW II . 
    He, and my aunt Lori took me in for 2 or 3  weeks  every summer in the early 60’s . 
    In Dangerfield, Texas. 

  25. My uncle Monk  ran a butane  business , and did plumbing .
    He sold gas stoves in his store front , which was the front of their house.
    In that , he had at least a dozen fish tanks.  I first saw Dick Clark on his TV out of  LA, 
    Shirley Ellis, was the guest on American Bandstand .

  26. You have no idea how  poor   people can sink. 
    I learned that that along with fast cars , girls on the beach. 

  27. When you hit the bottom, there is no standard  of care. 
    You are alone. 
    And that is way we die.  We all die alone, with just us. 

  28. Being with you folks  all these years , has ” mint ” so much  to me . Even when I was  voted off the island. 
    I hope Craig  writes this story , it is bigger than Dallas.

  29. Humans do not lay down , this is why we are flying a helicopter  on Mars. 

    It is – 187 F on Mars . There is less than 90% of our air.

    Humans do not lay down.

  30. Biden has placed right   in a box. 
    There are no chips for cars. 
    The price of new home  is $36, 000 more /
    Chicken  is short supply. 

  31. These ripples  are just the first , no matter what comes next. 
    None of us has any idea.  On what to do .

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