Breeders’ Cup Classic

Right now, you’d have to put Bernardini on top of the Breeders’ Cup Classic hopefuls list the way he easily won Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga. I thought Bluegrass Cat had a shot to beat him heading into the race, but Bernardini made short work of the Cat and all others once the field hit the top of the stretch.

Lava Man certainly is the West’s major hope, but can he ship out of state and win? His efforts in New York and Japan last year were dismal, to say the least, although to be fair he did have some foot issues and that might have caused him to struggle. Lava Man’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, says he believes the horse can ship and win. But until he does it, you have to be skeptical. Right now, the owners are planning to post the supplemental fee and go to Churchill Downs.

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  1. I’m abslluteoy not being tongue-in-cheek, in the sense that I find discussions of solving poverty or inequality to be giving the game away. Inequality and poverty are the catalysts for moral self-awareness, and solving them is a huge step backward.Thus I suppose I take issue with it being a conservative position. The conservative position is to say that there is a culture OF poverty, yes. A second conservative position is to say that poverty is imposed on cultures. Both positions take culture to be a thing out there, and poverty as an adjective, a predicate.My position is that in trying to cure poverty we are in fact disfavoring certain cultures. Why not allow rampant out-of-wedlock births? Why not permit a drug culture? I’m not being tongue-in-cheek here. Our distaste for these things is tied up with discussions of poverty, but poverty itself (lack of money) is not what we’re after.A student new to Marx might think he’s trying to deal with universal prosperity, but his main concern is freedom, and destroying the institutional church. Likewise those that talk of curing income inequalities are less concerned with poverty qua poverty (which, as I see it, isn’t a real problem anyways), and are more concerned with remaking society in their own idiosyncratic ways.A world of ghettos might be a more humane world. Out-of-wedlock births, a gang culture, and a drug culture might be the real engine of cultural growth in the United States. After all, it is the consumer class that is stagnant, and that OWS is attacking. It is the upper-crust that seek to cure poverty, those that can afford idiosyncratic sexualities and gated communities.

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