Happy retirement, The Apache! <3

I had not heard anything about him since last year’s Arlington Milion, in which he crossed the wire first, just to be disqualified to second behind Real Solution.
He will stand at stud in South Africa, and I can relax, now where I know where he is and what next.

Photo: Tom Ferry
The Apache gallops an early morning at Arlington Park, 2013.


Real Solution wins the 2013 Arlington Million after a disqualification of South African invader The Apache. 

The Arlington Million was only Real Solution’s 8th start and his first graded victory. The globe trotting 4 year old was born in Pennsylvania and began his racing career in Italy. He won his first 3 races, including a conditions race and a listed stakes victory. After a pair of defeats in Rome, Real Solutions came back to the US. 

His 2 American starts leading to the Million were credible performances in the G3 Fort Marcy and G1 Manhattan. 

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Jeb Bush said today that he would “make it his mission” to “propose real solutions”.

He didn’t even propose a solution, he just promised he would make it his mission.

jesus christ the bar is so low, Americans actually vote for stuff like this


Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) (trailer)

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Harry Anslinger, the head of what would later be called the DEA, was an extreme racist. Even other racists thought he was crazy. Anslinger brought on the drug war, which targeted minority groups of people, and it still goes on today. While people work so hard to take down a flag in the name of ending racism, the drug war rages on stronger than ever. Get behind a real solution to end racism and let’s #EndTheDrugWar together!

The Hate-Filled Origins of the War on Drugs they Don’t Want you to Know:

Two birds with one stone

Kind of blindsided by how the Arlington Million panned out… kind of a messy race that will probably skew some odds come Breeders’ Cup time if we’re all lucky. The Apache is a good horse, not sure about Real Solution though.

But! I finally won my first pick 4 yesterday! Not as great as the Whitney Day payout could have been, but I’ll take it… especially considering the stupid tax I would have had to pay to the state if it had been bigger. A profit is a profit, with .50 paying out to $110.75 for my $24 ticket. I might or might not do the Travers pick 4, depending on how those races look next week. This might be my new favorite kind of wager… one thing I hate about handicapping and betting is that it often dominates my afternoon because I want to check the odds on a bunch of different horses before their race goes off. With the pick 4, I pick out who might win ahead of time and submit my guesses and deal done if I want to do other things. It was the biggest reason why I avoided betting most days this past year or so… no time or patience!

So yup! Two handicapping goals of mine met in one day: win a pick 4 and surpass a $100 return in one day. Yeehaw.


As long as someone is giving you something, he can always take it back. And this is where our people are making the mistake. We are sitting, waiting for whites. We’ve been sitting and waiting for the man to give us some concessions. If you’re asking the white power structure for jobs, that’s only a temporary solution. If you ask the white power structure for housing, that’s a temporary solution. As Mr. Farmer said where the Negro used to ask for equality, now he’s asking for more than equality. Well, likewise, if they give us more than equality, ten years from now we’re going to be asking for more than that because the problem has still not gotten a real solution. As long as we accept a temporary solution, the problem will go unsolved. It will be solved for you and me, right now, but not for our children. If the black nations in Africa, most of which have less, a less number of educated Africans than exist among black people in this country, yet they can establish their own independent nations and try and create a future for their people, then Mr. Muhammad says, here in America, there are enough black people who profess to be educated and with all this talk about equality with the white man, if we’re equal with the white man, why can’t we separate from him and set up our own government, and grow for ourselves and solve our own problems?


The big turf winners of the weekend :)

  • Real Solution in the G1 Arlington Million
  • Admiral Kitten in the G1 Secretariat Stakes
  • Dank(GB) in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes
  • Dandino(GB) in the American St. Leger
  • Big Blue Kitten in the G1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes
  • Caroline Thomas in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes
  • Discreet Marq in the G1 Del Mar Oaks
  • Forte dei Marmi(GB) in the G2 Sky Classic

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