Take a Pass on War Pass, Get Out to Record Store Day, and Much More

Okay, we admit, our blogging has been more than a tad infrequent of late. As we’ve noted recently, the spring weather has out of the house much more often than usual. Throw in the typical pre-Derby over-saturation of work and activities, and you’ve got a recipe for a nearly-abandoned blog. But don’t worry, dear readers! We’ll be back to normal — ie. posting daily — at some point. We’re just not sure when.

War Pass

But for now let’s get on to business. The business of horse racing, that is. The aforementioned Kentucky Derby is fast approaching, as you well know, and with it comes a slew (get it? Seattle Slew? ah, we know it’s a bad pun) of speculation on which horses will be running. And with that, we received the news this morning that War Pass (above), one of the more highly anticipated entries, will not be running (from the Courier-Journal):

War Pass, last season’s unbeaten 2-year-old champion, is out of the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown after sustaining a small fracture in a left front sesamoid, which forms part of a horse’s ankle.

Trainer Nick Zito said prominent Churchill Downs veterinarian Rick Fischer told him the injury probably happened in the final yards of the April 5 Wood Memorial, when War Pass set a very fast pace under pressure before finishing a close second to Tale of Ekati.

“It’s been an uphill battle this year, what can I tell you,” Zito said this morning by phone. “Just a struggle,unfortunately. He’s a great horse who just had obstacle after obstacle. We just got a bad break here. Rick Fischer is a really good country vet. I said.

‘Doc, when did this happen? He said, ‘It’s new – 20 yards before the wire.’

“… Obviously it was a very tough race on him.”

It’s unfortunate that last year’s Breeders Cup Juvenile champion won’t get the chance to compete in the Kentucky Derby, but as they say, those are the breaks (okay, okay, we’ll stop with the bad puns!). Fortunately, the injury does not appear to even be career-threatening, so we wish War Pass and Nick Zito all the best.

Gypsy Hut

In other, non-horsey news, we forgot to mention that Thursday night we’d be in Cincinnati, at the Back On Track party for Viva Radio. Viva Radio is an online radio station, brought to you by the American Apparel folks, and it happens to be a pretty great listening resource — as you can imagine, online radio requires none of the commercial restraints of broadcasting. And they have contributors from all over the country, including Louisville’s own Kim Sorise, whose show “Soundhouse” airs from 3 to 4 pm every Saturday. So anyway, the party consisted of a few New York, Detroit and Columbus djs (Glen of Absinthe & Presents, Neil M. of Get Low!, Rob Low of Young Toughs, MC Tedward, Odes from Columbus), as well as Cincy local Pete Fusco and Louisville’s Kim Sorise. A fun time was had by all, and we got home so late we completely missed the earthquake! Also, we gotta say, we loved the Gypsy Hut, located in Cincy’s Northside neighborhood, not a far walk from Shake It Records, one of our favorite record stores.

RSD

Which reminds us that today, April 19th, is Record Store Day (in addition to being our mom’s birthday). Participating stores in the Louisville area are ear X-tacy and Underground Sounds, so if you’ve got the time and inclination, drop on by either store — or both! We’re not sure what’s on tap at Underground Sounds to celebrate, but ear X-tacy will have a 1 pm dj set by Dwight Johnson, a 3 p.m. in-store performance by Metroschifter, an 8 p.m. screening of “Juno,” with movie-related giveaways, and lots of stuff will be on sale all day long, including 20 percent off vinyl from 1 to 3 pm, and 10 percent off new CDs all day long, and even more (see picture above). Those are deals way too great to even think about passing up. Support your local independent music retailer!

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