Phil was wandering if the first bizarre tradition is celebrating Midsummer in June.
Ay me, for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Phil was wandering when one of the American thoroughbred jurisdictions will finally bring Maxwell’s silver hammer down on Luis Saez’s head. His ride on Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby was sloppy and careless and he was suspended for it but is playing the stay game, his ride on Maximum Security in the Haskell was sloppy and careless but Monmouth has panty waist stewards. Worst yet was his ride on Stones in the Road in the 10th race at Saratoga on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Not only was his ride sloppy and careless it seems to Phil that once he realized that he had caused interference he stopped riding his horse.
Phil doesn’t care whether or not you think you caused interference, it’s still the jockeys’ obligation to use his best efforts on his horse and it sure looks like Saez was coasting home hoping to finish behind the horse he interfered with thereby dodging an objection.
Phil wanders what Assinibioa Downs and Hastings Park are doing right and Century Mile is doing wrong when you look at the 2019 handle and compare it to the last few years of Northlands Park mismanagement.
Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.
But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so.
He will not know what all but he do know.
And as he errs, doting on Hermia’s eyes,
So I, admiring of his qualities.
Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Phil wanders if the sub-par performance of Vasilika had anything to do with the increased scrutiny that HOShame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is under at Del Mar.
Phil wanders what happened to the jockey colony in Southern California. You used to have Willie Shoemaker, Gary Stevens, Corey Nakatani, Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Eddie Delahoussaye, Mike Smith, Kent Desormeaux, Patrick Valenzuela, Alex Solis, Chris Antley et al and now the colony is a faded shadow of itself.
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about t’expound this dream. Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had—but man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called ‘Bottom’s Dream’, because it hath no bottom.
Phil was wandering if in Canada the Midsummer Holiday tradition includes wearing your empty seat costume to CFL games as a look at the stands in Calgary yesterday for the Battle of Alberta game showed more empty than full seats.
Which will fade into oblivion first thoroughbred racing in Alberta or the CFL.
Phil was wandering when the American thoroughbred media will start to admit that the Northern Dancer sire line is slowly but surely creeping back into prominence in North America.
Phil was wandering if the American thoroughbred industry notices that the Japanese thoroughbred industry is adding the Northern Dancer sire line to the Sunday Silence line.
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
Phil was wandering if any of the usual suspects at Horse Racing Alberta has calculated the number of thoroughbred mares owned by Albertans being bred in other jurisdictions and compared it to the number of thoroughbred mares being bred in Alberta. Phil will wager that over the years the numerator has been growing and the denominator has been shrinking and pretty soon the fraction will be greater than 1.
Phil was wandering if Raptors would have won the NBA championship if the Warriors had added Melo as an insurance policy.
Phil was wandering why the Raptors haven’t added Melo to thier roster for 2019 – 2020.
Phil was wandering if you ever noticed that sometimes Phil gets stuck in the same record groove.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.