Breeders’ Cup – Ignition
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
ODE TO THE CUP
Riders up it’s time for the cup, it’s time for the days of decision.
It’s time for the best to be put to the test accompanied by cheers or derision.
Twelve months have past, since they gathered last, the epitome of the dirt and the grass.
A test of speed and stamina, who will fail and who will pass?
Horses, jockeys, and trainers, each seeks to stake their claim,
The also-rans go back to their stalls, the winners more fortune and fame.
For horse racing fans or bettors, it is try to find a horse to believe in.
A task made all the more impossible because all the edges are so even.
What factors should be given extra thought, which should be ignored?
Anything is possible, what the hell just bet the board.
So now my friends it’s post time, let the trumpets shrill.
The crowd it roars, the adrenaline soars, for some a lifetime thrill.
Years of dreams and hoping and searching for some luck,
Coping with tribulations, what a way to chase a buck.
Now the pulses quicken, as the horses reach the gate,
Who will be crowned champion, forever known as great.
In a matter of mere seconds, history shall once again be made,
The fortunate connections will celebrate their well earned victory parade.
For each one of the others, sad smiles and some tears to be cried.
Find some solace in the fact you were good enough to share the ride.
So raise a glass, lift your chin, and reflect on a race well run.
Because my friend next year’s chase for next year’s race has once again begun.
Music and Lyrics by Noah Furlong
TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint international scouting report: Sergei Prokofiev, Soldier’s Call set the standard
There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if you’re a ballplayer.
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Code of Honor to Scratch from Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Bloodhorse – Litfin at Large: Breeders’ Cup Favs Get Tough Draws
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Racing has many great days but Breeders’ Cup stands alone
Horse Racing Nation – Lintner – Roaring Lion ‘leading’ Breeders’ Cup contender, jockey says
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Analysis of the Breeders’ Cup Classic
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How the shadow of Justify looms large over the BC Classic
TwinSpires Blog – 2018 Breeders’ Cup News & Notes
Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Dodgers’ front office remains tone deaf on what went wrong
Phil will tell the head honchos at the Dodgers what went wrong.
They got beat by a Sale Price team.
Phil’s gonna use that one til the edges are even.
The Art Of Baseball
My father kept me busy from dawn to dusk when I was a kid. When I wasn’t pitching hay, hauling corn or running a tractor, I was heaving a baseball into his mitt behind the barn… If all the parents in the country followed his rule, juvenile delinquency would be cut in half in a year’s time.
Horse Racing Nation – Tamulonis – Weekend Watch: Breeders’ Cup Friday race analysis
I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.
Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Euro Report: O’Brien Caravan Hits The Track At Churchill Downs
“Bohemian Rhapsody” doesn’t try to solve that mystery, either. Already so brisk, sanitized and even a little fictionalized, the movie boils the singer’s ethnic and religious identities down to just a few asides in a single, speedy scene. And even then, the discussion is silenced by a loud birthday ballad Mercury sings while staring at himself in a mirror.
It’s not that Farrokh Bulsara was “not good enough,” as his father asks in the movie. But maybe, like many people who grow up in different places than their parents did, the family name simply didn’t feel like his own.
Instead, he redirected the focus to Freddie Mercury: the charismatic performer, the vocal acrobat, the trailblazer who blended genres and penned the behemoth hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This is not only the persona he projected to the world, but also the person, after years of hopping continents and hiding his sexuality, he discovered in himself.
And when he announces his new name in the film, he declares with an immovable confidence: “No looking back.”
LA Times – Lee – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ glosses over Freddie Mercury’s roots and religion — just like he did
The Show Must Go On
TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile/Classic Daily Double
Horse Racing Nation – Davidowitz – Across the Board: Breeders’ Cup Friday contenders, longshots
TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Thoughts on Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Pick 5 and an undercard Spot Play
TDN – DiDonato – Breeders’ Cup Friday Longshots to Look At
NY Times – What Do N.F.L. Zebras Chat About With Lions and Giants and Bears?
Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
National Post – Humphreys – Man fired from PBS for saying Meghan Markle is ‘not bad.’ The woman who complained had called Trudeau ‘hot’
Two Of Us
Breeders Cup T – 1
One does not play the piano with one’s fingers: one plays the piano with one’s mind.
TDN – DiDonato – Q&A: Stone Ready for First Breeders’ Cup
Phil has a question:
Is Halloween candy not the true breakfast of Champions.
Cotton candy is the most amazing form of caramelization ever invented by man.
National Post – Scott Stinson: It seems the NHL is totally cool with sports gambling now
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – St. Lewis Enjoying Time in the Spotlight
Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: ‘My Dream Came True’
Horse Race Insider – Future Stars Friday: HRI Staff Makes Its Own Parlay
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Analysis of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Races
TDN – DiDonato – Stephens, Bloch and Company Savoring ‘Champagne’ Ride
If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
William Tecumseh Sherman
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Which Euros have the best chances at Churchill Downs?
TDN – Martini – From Churchill to Keeneland, Busy Weekend for Pokoik
Bloodhorse – Angst – Youth Movement for Breeders’ Cup Friday
Paulick Report – Jagow -Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: A View From Europe, Durkin’s Memories
Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Former Kentucky Derby favorite McKinzie back for Breeders’ Cup Classic
TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report
TDN – Carasso – Breeders’ Cup Memories–2001 Breeders’ Cup Classic
TDN – Carasso – South American-Breds Out in Force for Breeders’ Cup
Paulick Report – Classic Notes: Catholic Boy ‘Like A Keg Of Dynamite Waiting To Go Off’
All Things Must Pass
Breeders Cup T – 2
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
Bloodhorse – Martin – Team Valor Hopes The Black Album Becomes a Hit
Enter The Sandmen
FiveThirtyEight – Sawchik – The Red Sox Bucked Convention To Build A Champion
Phil Has a question:
Would you call the 2018 Boston Red Sox a Sale Price team.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the movie about Queen, lasts more than two hours, not a very long time by modern feature standards, even though it feels interminable. A baroque blend of gibberish, mysticism and melodrama, the film seems engineered to be as unmemorable as possible, with the exception of the prosthetic teeth worn by the lead actor, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer. Those choppers may give you nightmares. And some of you who venture into the theater will surely be inspired to exclaim “Mama mia, let me go!”
New York Times – Scott – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review: Another One Bites the Dust
Sometimes music, movies and books are the only things that let us feel like someone else feels like we do.
New York Times – Farewell, FilmStruck: A Bittersweet Guide to the Movies to Catch Before It’s Gone
Man Who Sold The World
A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
The Bitter Southerner – Uszerowicz – A Haunting Monument to Love. Or Aliens. Or Limestone
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Juvenile Fillies And Juvenile Fillies Turf
Bloodhorse – Hall – In Return to Churchill, a Return to One-Turn Dirt Mile
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Over to the 2-year-olds: will they provide a shot in the arm for BC Friday?
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Analysis of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Races
Bloodhorse – NBC’s Rice Sizes up This Year’s Breeders Cup
Paulick Report -Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: Turf War?
Fat Bottomed Girls
Radio Free Europe
TDN – Sherack – Tuesday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report
Horse Race Insider – O’Meara – PEB Illustrated: Final Chapter–Never Forgotten, Never Will
Breeders Cup T – 3
There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.
NY Times – Kepner – David Price Gets His Championship
National Post – Can Seabiscuit’s DNA, hidden in preserved hooves, explain his supreme racing ability?
TDN – Sherack – Monday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report
Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Notes, Oct. 29
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hghes – All Eyes on Enable for Breeders’ Cup Turf
The Bitter Southerner – Key – Mom Joke
TDN – DiDonato – Accelerate All the Way Outside as BC Fields Take Shape
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Accelerate Aims to Provide Classic Answer in 2018
Chain of Fools
Bloodhorse – Crosby – Plenty of Female Intrigue in Breeders’ Cup Mile
Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Undefeated Catalina Cruiser Rolls Into Dirt Mile
Eight Miles High
Horse Race Insider – O’Meara – PEB Illustrated: Chapter 4–The Pen Is Mightier
Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Sistercharlie Heads Brown Arsenal in F&M Turf
Lucretia My Reflection
Horse Racing Nation – Across the Board: Breeders’ Cup Friday contenders, longshots
Breeders Cup T – 4
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
Girl Next Door
Los Angeles Times – McCullough – Red Sox silence the Dodgers’ offense to claim the World Series championship
LA Times – Hernandez – There was a feeling of finality to Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5 start
LA Times – Plaschke – October has been the Dodgers’ cruelest month
NY Times – World Series: Red Sox, Unhittable and Unstoppable, Win It All, Beating Dodgers
In 2018 the Sale Price was right.
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Breeders’ Cup XXXV, a Churchill Primer
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Sunday, Oct. 28
Paulick Report – Voss – Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Don’t I Know You From The Stallion Register?
The Globe And Mail – Pruden – After the Fire
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Catholic Boy, Imperial Hint Look the Part in BC Works
Paulick Report – Churchill: Catholic Boy Cruises In Final Breeze, Imperial Hint Handles Unexpected Company
Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: Keeping Good Company
Edmonton Journal – Faulder – Last call: Matt Jukich says goodbye to iconic Northlands Racetrack
Garden and Gun – Everett – The Southern Cookbook Canon
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Breeders’ Cup: Always Room For Improvement
The Bitter Southerner – Williams – Why I Hate “Free Bird”
Bloodhorse – Wincze_Hughes – Norm Casse to Have First BC Starter in Belle Laura
TDN – Ross – Deja Vu for Simon Callaghan in Bid for First Breeders’ Cup Win
Straight to Hell
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Sol Kumin: stunning (and controversial) rise of racing’s new ‘best friend’
Bloodhorse – Balan – X Y Jet Out of Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Bloodhorse – Balan – Catapult Rounds Out Sadler’s Breeders’ Cup Workers
TDN – Baffert Begins Churchill Invasion Early as POTN Filly Takes Rags to Riches
Bit By Bit
TDN – McGrath – Denali: Keeping the Turf ‘Green’
Breeders’ Cup Day T – 5
If You Could Read My Mind
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Riley – Winx Becomes First Horse to Win Four Cox Plate Editions
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Winx’s Cox Plate: cherish and respect this utterly special moment
Maybe I’m Amazed
My Opening Farewell
Garden and Gun – Nickens – How Fishing Captains are Saving the Everglades
CTV News – CP – Weber – Refuge areas crucial to saving bird species as climate changes: study
The Globe and Mail – Prairie lakes drying up
Phil has a question:
Will the province of Alberta and city of Edmonton step up and commit the resources to rehabilitate the wetlands around Edmonton that have been drained for agriculture and are suffering from a prolonged drought.
Will the idiot Don Iveson realize that funds he’s wasting building idiotic bike lanes that piss off both the cyclist and car drivers could be used to move storm water from Edmonton to these wetlands creating a legacy and freeing up hundreds of acres of land for development thereby increasing density and reducing urban sprawl.
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
of things unknown, but longed for still,
and his tune is heard on the distant hill,
for the caged bird sings of freedom.
Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.
Los Angeles Times – Hernandez – Dave Roberts’ pitching change flops for Dodgers in Game 4
LA Times – Plaschke – How’d he manage this? Dave Roberts’ decision takes Dodgers from a sure win to a 3-1 Series hole
NY Times – Wagner – World Series: Red Sox Rebound From Marathon Loss to Defeat Dodgers in Game 4
My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work.
New York Times – Mallozzi – They Saw a Sign and Didn’t Shake It Off
My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat.
Around the same time, Pilcher won a free season to the Langfuhr stallion Imperialism, who was standing at nearby Get Away Farm. Imperialism was a long-winded, one-paced sort of runner who finished third in the GI Kentucky Derby in 2004. But if his accomplishments weren’t all that flashy, he had one thing Pilcher was looking for as a cross for his new acquisition: the genes of his grandsire Danzig.
“I had always tried to talk Mr. Mamone into breeding her to a Danzig-line horse,” said Pilcher. “Now, this sounds crazy, and don’t ask me why, but every time I would look at that mare, I would think, ‘She needs some Danzig.’”
He found it in Imperialism, and the result was a beautifully shaped colt later named Imperial Hint. Beautifully shaped…but small.
As Pilcher tells it, people would stop by the farm and comment on the handsome colt before shrugging their shoulders and adding, “But he’s a little guy.”
“That’s been his thing his whole life,” said Pilcher. “He was the little guy. When he was a baby, he’d get in the middle of the pack and fight with the rest of them just like it didn’t bother him, his size. He don’t know he’s small. He thinks he’s one of the guys.”
Imperial Hint showed some early promise as a 2-year-old, enough that Pilcher initially planned to put him into training himself, but not so much that he didn’t entertain offers. Some people came and looked. They liked the colt. Too small, ultimately, was the verdict.
Even Mamone, down one day in search of young runners with his trainer, Luis Carvajal, Jr., initially wasn’t convinced, according to Pilcher. Carvajal, on the other hand, liked what he saw when Imperial Hint breezed past.
TDN – Marquardt – Small Time Goes Big
TDN – Bill Pilcher – Breeder of Imperial Hint.
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Best horse’ at BC might not be best bet
Paulick Report – Dual Arc Heroine Enable Confirmed For Breeders’ Cup Turf
Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Baxter – Enable Gets Green Light for Breeders’ Cup Turf
My Back Pages
Southern Living – 30 Vintage Cakes from the South That Deserve a Comeback
Phil has a question:
Wouldn’t Jack and Coke make a better cake that Coca-Cola alone.
Wouldn’t RC Cola make a better cake than Coca-Cola.
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
Short Skirt, Long Jacket
Bloodhorse – Haskin – East vs. West Showdown Looming in BC Classic
Bloodhorse – Haskin – BC Classic: To Prep or Not to Prep
Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.
Do You Love Me Now
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – BC menu offers big payoffs, demands big bankrolls
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Make Lesser Races, and Their Coverage, Super
TSN – Blue Jays name Montoyo as new manager
Try A Little Tenderness
The Bitter Southerner – Hayes – He Saw Our Darkness
Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
A true musician, like Johnny Cash, should be able to walk into a room with nothing but an instrument and capture people’s attention for two hours.
A record $10,233,665.60 was paid out to horsemen in purses and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund monies, up from the then-record $8,625,396 last year.
Bloodhorse – Another Record Handle Mark for Kentucky Downs
Phil has a question:
Why could we not bet Kentucky Downs at Northlands Park
Do you think it will be fair to compare Century’s performance to Northlands Park when Northlands Park set the bar so low.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Ring Of Fire
With the exception of the boutique meet currently running at Kentucky Downs, NYRA purses, thanks in part to the Aqueduct gaming facility, are the highest in the country for both their overnight and stakes programs.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Saratoga 2018: why it has given racing plenty to think about
TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: Breeders’ Cup Passes on N.Y. Again. Why?
Paulick Report – Pedulla – ‘Disappointing And Frustrating,’ New York Frozen Out Of Breeders’ Cup Since 2005
Paulick Report – Paulick – Florida HBPA Sues State Regulators, Calder Race Course Over Jai Alai Permit
Horse sense is a good judgment which keeps horses from betting on people.
Bloodhorse – Angst – KY Court Ruling Big Win for Historical Racing
Paulick Report – Paulick – Kentucky Judge Rules Historical Racing Is Legal Pari-Mutuel Wagering
Phil has a question:
Who benefits from this decision – the Kentucky horsemen or CDI’s shareholders.
Does the Kentucky government have the same kind of balls as the New York government and will they earmark a certain portion of the funds for the horse race industry.
Do It Again
If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
Now you may ask yourself why is Phil quoting from and linking to articles that are over 45 days old.
Now you can tell yourself that Phil will be off on some tangent or cosign sooner than later.
Now you should ask yourself if Churchill Downs deserves to be hosting the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.
Now you should ask yourself if the Breeders’ Cup is like the NHL who sends undeserving teams like the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers to China and Europe respectively when the Breeders’ Cup rewards CDI, the cheapest f***ing skinflints when it comes to purses, while shunning Belmont, where NYRA has their purse level second only to the boutique meet at Kentucky Downs.
If CDI had its way they would run the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May and then tiddly wink tournaments the rest of the year as long as they had the slots and historic racing machines.
A $200,000,000.00 purse for the Kentucky Derby one of the marquee races in North America is embarrassing for the sport of thoroughbred racing. Especially when the handle for Kentucky Derby Day regularly tops $200,000.00 and attendance tops 150,000.
Financial Post – O’Connor, Shecter and Zochodne – A Stronach Family Feud: How things fell apart between the patriarch and his heir apparent
TDN – Bill Finley – Op/Ed: In Belinda Vs. Frank, I’m Rooting for Horse Racing
The Baltimore Sun -Document: Stronach Lawsuit
TDN – Bill Finley and Thornton – Stronach Family Rift Revealed in Bombshell Lawsuit
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – TSG lawsuit a family feud, little threat to racing
This Mess We’re In
Don’t Fence Me In
TDN – 2019 Fees Released for Adena Springs
TDN – Reilly – Team Valor’s new French recruit The Black Album aims for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
TDN – Bill Finley – Business Before Sentiment, Hertrich to Sell Catholic Boy’s Dam
Bach, Sonata No. 4 in C minor
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
Garden and Gun – Hutchinson – Castle & Key Distillery’s Bluegrass Revival
Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Is Larry Doing What’s Best?
To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.
The Bitter Southerner – Amos – Some Battles Never End
What’s Love Got to Do With It
Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – Beware of the Classic Prep Losers
TDN – Bill Finley – Sadler Not Fazed by His Breeders’ Cup Record
Bloodhorse – Heart to Heart Will Not Race in 2018 Breeders’ Cup
National Post – Hopper – Pineapple on pizza? One quarter of Canadians deem it ‘blasphemy,’ survey finds
TDN – Breeders’ Cup’s A Taste of the World Showcases Chefs
Windsor Star – Chen – Windsor pizza maker wins Canadian Pizza Summit title
Passport to Detroit
TDN – Diversify to Skip Breeders’ Cup
Bloodhorse Angst – Correas, Blue Prize Take Momentum Into Breeders’ Cup
New Yorker – Gopnik – The Prophetic Pragmatism of Frederick Douglass
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Monomoy Girl Focused in Churchill Downs Work
TDN – Bianca – Sippican Harbor a ‘Bomb-Proof’ BC Contender for Contessa
The winner hails from the family of two-time Canadian Horse of the Year and Eclipse winner Chief Bearhart (Chief’s Crown) and MGISW Private Zone (Macho Uno). His dam Dusty Rose is also responsible for a yearling gelding by Archarcharch and was bred back to Jump Start earlier this term.
TDN – TDN RISING STARS – Fortin Hill
Southern Living – Snierson – Here’s When All 36 New Hallmark Christmas Movies Will Debut
Phil’s giving you fair warning so you can plan on what evenings you should be washing your hair or cleaning the oven.
One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.
TDN – Gunnevera Works in Company for Classic
Garden and Gun – Must-Have New Southern Cookbooks
Can’t Find My Way Home
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Saturday, Oct. 27
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Friday, Oct. 26
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Thursday, Oct. 25
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 23
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Catholic Boy, Brown Brigade, Baffert Duo Work
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Saturday, Oct. 20
TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Friday, Oct. 19
Across The Board With Andy Serling: Christophe Clement
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Classical Grass
Bloodhorse – Angst – Gambling Issues Could Impact Racing in Arkansas, Idaho
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Future of Florida Gaming Rests on Amendment 3
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Ooh, Ooh, Las Vegas
Bloodhorse – Balan – Accelerate Breezes in the Dark for BC Classic
Bloodhorse – Hskin – A Lot at Stake For Accelerate
Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Entertainment Schedule Announced
My Old Kentucky Home
Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup