A sign a Springfield Downs says "Now with E-Z tear-up tickets."
From the beginning of the episode the Jockeys' ears are normal- but later on, when they take off their helmets- the ears change to spiky.
Furious D's 5 painted on the side sometimes disappear.
According to the track announcer, the Springfield Derby is the fifth and penultimate duel of horse racing's Triple Crown.
Did you notice, throughout this episode, Maggie is completely MIA?
Furious D's hat keeps changing colors.
Homer: (After being kicked out of Jockey Town) Did that really happen? Or was it all just a wonderful dream?
Jockey: No dream. Lose the race, Fat Boy.
Homer: He better win, because if he doesn't, it's a trip to the glue factory. And he isn't coming!
Lenny: It's a brilliant tour, but you can't see it all in one day.
Bill Clinton: Thank you, Lisa, for teaching kids everywhere a valuable lesson: If things don't go your way, just keep complaining until your dreams come true.
Marge: That's a pretty lousy lesson.
Bill Clinton: Hey, I'm a pretty lousy president.
Lisa: Mom, I think you might be developing a gambling problem.
Comic Book Guy: Hey, I'm watching you.
Lisa: I can't believe those idiot judges were impressed by glowing plastic tubes.
Homer: Look Lisa! It glows. Ooooh!
Man: Be sure to stick around for the battle of the elementary school bands.
Marge: Homer, Lisa's in that!
Homer: I stand by my disappointed groan.
Man: Folks, how often have you opened the morning paper only to have the rubber band fly off and hit you right in the eye?
Marge: Never. But it's my number one concern.
All jockeys (chanting): Freaks, freaks, freaks!
All jockeys: We are the jockeys, jockeys are we. We live underground in a fiberglass tree.
Jockey 1: Hah!
Jockey 2: Ooo!
Jockey 3: Haha!
Jockey 3: 'tween Earth and Hell, we reign supreme,
Jockey 4: on toadstool thrones by a chocolate stream.
Jockey 5: But all is not well in Jockey Town.
Jockey 6: Your renegade horse is making us frown.
Homer (spoken): What do you want me to do?
Jockey 7: Your horse must lose.
Homer (spoken): My horse must lose?
Jockey 7: No win!
Jockey 8: No show!
Jockey 3: No place!
Jockey 4: Just lose the stinkin' race.
Homer (spoken): And what if I refuse to lose?
Jockey 7: We'll eat your brain.
Homer (singing): My horse must lose!
Homer: Hey, where can we get those metal dealies for his feet?
Jockey: You mean horseshoes?
Homer: Hey, what's with the attitude? I just wanted some dealies.
Homer: Now for the horse whispering. (Whispers) When the race starts, run really fast.
Homer: I'll deal with those murderous trolls.
Homer: I mean... I'll deal with those murderous trolls!
Marge: Should the Simpsons get a horse?
Comic Book Guy: Excuse me, I believe this family already had a horse, and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart with hilarious consequences.
Homer: Does anyone care what this guy thinks?
Nelson: That horse doesn't take no guff from no one.
Nelson: I mean--
(Jimbo, Dolph & Kearney pummel Nelson)
Marge: Furious D?
Bart: He's the bad boy of racing. He's got attitude and bad-itude. So show him latitude, and you'll win his gratitude. Only in America!
Lisa: Ew, you used my bracelet for a nose ring.
Homer: Possessions are fleeting.
Bart: Who are those pleasant old men?
Homer: It's BTO. They're Canada's answer to ELP. Their big hit was TCB. That's how we talked in the 70s, we didn't have a moment to spare.
Homer: Man, I got more trophies than Wayne Gretzky and Pope combined.
Announcer: And away they go! It's chock Full o' Drugs, followed closely by Stalker, with Old Levis fading fast!
Chief Wiggum: I'd rather let a thousand guilty men go free than chase after them.
Race Announcer: Could it be? In a bizarre twist, a horse is abusing a jockey! Might this be the start of a terrifying planet of the horses? In this announcer's opinion, almost certainly yes! And away I go!
Homer: Good horse. Here's one taco. You'll get another one when you win.
Homer: Good luck getting a horse to eat dog food.
Homer: Charlie didn't ask for ID when I fought at La Choy and Chun King!
During this episode Comic Book Guy repeatedly complains about its lack of originality. The first instance is when he remarks "I believe this family already had a horse", a reference to the episode "Lisa's Pony". The second instance is during the scene when Marge has placed multiple bets and Lisa tells her that she might be developing a gambling problem and Comic Book Guy appears and says "I'm watching you," the family already addressed Marge's gambling problem in the episode "$pringfield (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love Legalized Gambling)."
Blackboard Joke: Substitute teachers are not scabs.
Couch Gag: The family are karate students who chop the couch to pieces while sensei Homer strikes a karate pose and uses the remote to turn the TV on.
The name Furious D is taken from the rock band Tenacious D.
The episode title references Battlestar Galactica.
The tree in the jockey's underground lair looks similar to the Keebler Elves' hollow tree.
Fair Guy: Looks like Duncan wants to dive again!
In the 1991 Disney film Wild Hearts Can't be Broken, Sonora Webster dives horses off of a platform, which is similar to Duncan being pushed off the edge of the platform when the Simpsons first find him.
Homer claims that he has learned everything he needs to know about horse training, which includes seducing lonely women, from the Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas film The Horse Whisperer.
Bart riding his horse to victory against all odds brings to mind classic horse racing dramas like "National Velvet" and "The Black Stallion."
The jockey's underground lair borrows many elements from Munchkinland in "The Wizard of Oz" and the Oompa Loompas in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
At the recital, the Springfield Elementary school band plays James Brown's "Living in America." Bart calls Lisa "a sax machine", referring to her saxophone skills, but it sounds similar to "Sex Machine," another of James Brown's songs.
At the fair, Randy Bachman and C.F. Turner of the band Bachman Turner Overdrive perform snippets from two of their hit songs: "Takin Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."
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