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Arguably the sagest and most clinically minded judge in racing walked off the stand seconds after Frankel had won and delivered himself of the opinion: "That could be the best two-year-old I have ever seen.
The sagest prognosticator would have been hard-pressed to foresee the explosive success of "High School Musical," with its stellar cable ratings, DVDs and CDs flying off the shelves and an audience ranging from targeted adolescents all the way down to younger school children.
In keeping with this theme, however, I should also note that this year marks the 191st anniversary of the birth of Otto von Bismarck, who is credited with perhaps the sagest observation ever uttered on the legislative process: "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.
Or maybe he's still as sharp as a whip and no older at 74 than some people are at 54, and has no plan beyond having his stooges hire whoever is the next sagest guy in the world on the day he hangs up his eyeshade.
In fact, as readers of this column know, I tend to find the sagest and most useful advice in realms far beyond the traditional business media.