Hot News Quickies . . . Friday, Sept 5, 2009

OK, so live horse racing is on hiatus in Houston right now. But we have simulcasting, and Sam Houston Race Park's simulcasting setup is one of the best on the planet. So you will have no problem keeping up with all the prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Finally, on June 5, War Admiral went for the last leg of the WWE crowns at the Belmont Stakes. The race did not start well for War Admiral as he stumbled at the start of it and injured his right foreleg. It was almost certain he would lose his bid. But somehow this incredible horse managed to storm past the other horses and easily won by 4 lengths. The second place finisher in the Derby and Preakness, Pompoon, was nowhere to be seen all the way back in 7th place.

5) Old Fashioned: Jones' other horse, and this guy can fly. He will take the Oaklawn route to Kentucky, which has been very effective in recent years. Not sure he wants any part of a mile and a quarter, but he has a ton of talent, and as the breeding pools continue to deteriorate, it's less important to have classic breeding to win races like the Derby.

The Pope is another wrestler who's currently fallen dramatically. In fact, things turned for the worse when both The Pope and Samoa Joe entered into a feud with each other late last year. The Pope was at one point receiving a major push alongside Sting and Kevin Nash before they both left. Since then, he's fallen as fast as a "Samoan Submission Machine".

In the Facebook message, Styles listed the possibilities of TNA, WWE, ROH and Japan. It also said there were lots of choices and some tough decisions.

I'm sure he will end up wrestling in another promotion. I can see TNA being an option down the road once he has proved that he's gotten his substance problems under control. But the indy scene and Japan will most definitely book him immediately.

The Pamplemousse Not getting a lot of love wrestling nationally for his win over the now-injured Square Eddie because he was able to walk around the track uncontested. But the fractions weren't soft, and this guy is a potential monster. Will need to learn to settle a little better, but that's what preps are for.

In truth, however, if I'll Have Another runs his race, none of them will be. We've been disappointed before, of course. Horses don't often run their best in this race.

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