SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
Rest in Peace TONY CURTIS, we knew you well. You had a great run; I enjoyed your work. Thank You.
Real Quiet died Tuesday. He was 15, which is young for a horse to die. He died from injuries he sustained when he fell in his paddock . He had been taken out of his stall at the farm he lived at near Harrisburg, PA and placed in his paddock while his stall was being cleaned. When his handlers, employees of Penn Ridge Farms, came back to retrieve him, he was laying down motionless. It was determined after his death he had fractured his C5 through C9 vertebrae. No one witnessed the fall.
Real Quiet won the 1998 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness over second place finisher Victory Gallop. In the third race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, Victory Gallop turned the tables and beat Real Quiet by a nose, thus depriving Real Quiet from becoming a Triple Crown winner. The last Triple Crown winner was in 1978 when Affirmed won all three spring races.
Thoroughbred horses have a lifespan ten years less than other horses. Thoroughbreds typically live to be 20 to 25 years old. Secretariat, often considered the best thoroughbred horse in history, won the Triple Crown in 1973. He lived to be 19, dying in 1989.
Only three year olds are eligible for the Triple Crown races. They are not all the same age, however. Thoroughbred horses born in the Northern Hemisphere are considered a year older on the first of January each year. Thoroughbreds born in the Southern Hemisphere are considered a year older on the first of August each year. Therefore, a horse born in January of 2000 would be three on January 1, 2003, forty months before the May date of the Kentucky Derby. It is always run on the first Saturday in May. If your horse is born in December of 2000, it is also three on January 1, 2003 and would be 30 months old at Kentucky Derby time. Clearly they would not be equally developed muscle wise or mentally. Horse do have personalities and some like crowds, some don’t.
In the Senate race in Illinois, Alexis Giannoulias, the Democratic candidate, has made a big deal about the lies told by the Republican candidate, Mark Kirk. Now, Giannoulias has been caught in his own lie. He took a 2.7 million dollar tax deduction for work done at his family’s bank on his 2007 tax return. This resulted in a tax refund of $25,000.00 to the candidate.. He had previously made a point during his campaign to state he did not work at the bank in 2006; he claimed he left in 2005. Either he lied to the IRS, that gets my vote, or he lied to the citizens if Illinois, that also gets my vote.
Both candidates should be Defendants not candidates.
The 68 year old woman who was terrorized by neighborhood kids, gangs, hoods or idiots, whatever you want to call them in Chicago “Was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore.” as was said in Network. Good for her. I sincerely hope the Mikey Milquetoasts who run Chicago don’t try to make an example of her for their anti-gun stance and arrest her. She should be given a medal not a fine.
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BRUCE A. BRENNAN