The D word

Not everyone thinks that “distaff” is a dirty word. From this week’s New Yorker: Juliana Hatfield, a fixture on the independent-pop scene for more than a decade, specializes in distinctly distaff songs that range from mopey to angry, and she bolsters her tales of angst and ennui with some fine guitar playing. (emphasis mine) An…

Santa Anita’s new surface

On Tuesday Santa Anita announced that it will completely overhaul its track surface, replacing its current Cushion track with Pro-Ride, the first track in this country, I believe, to use the Pro-Ride surface. The Paulick Report links to the Santa Anita press release and reports its own research (in slightly less detail than I’d like–you…

Friday quick picks

I don’t know why I even look forward to posting the weekly Take 10! standings; it’s an exercise in repeated humility, and at this point, I just may be humble enough, at least as far as this game goes. 26. Trip’s Triple Crown Stable…………..1,820,00030. Stafford Stables……………………….1,571,75048. Sleipneir Stables……………………..1,562,75097. Quinella Castle…………………………..1,253,750111. SecBar Stable……………………………..1,170,750114. Superterrific Stables……………………1,142,000137. Val’s…