Feb 022012

Seems Phil wasn’t the only one that was heartened, then disappointed last weekend. Martin Scorcese took it upon himself to pen a complaint to the LA Times about the Golden Collar Awards for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film’s snub of Blackie












Martin may be concerned that he doesn’t want to be viewed as churlish, but the ennead knows Phil’s open lengths past churlish. Scorcese was successful and the Dog News Daily said: “Rather than engage in a war of words over the merits of the brilliant and nimble Jack Russell versus the imposing stature of a handsome Doberman, we will do what Mr Scorsese so eloquently requests.”

BBC – Martin Scorsese dog set for Golden Collar Award nod

LA Times – Scorsese: For your consideration, Blackie

Unfortunately, there’s no such repreive for Finders Key.

Phil has an idea.

How about an Eclipse category for outstanding achievement by a thoroughbred in its second career. The thoroughbred industry would get a tonne of publicity of the best type: free.

Phil would welcome the war of words over the merits of the brilliant and nimble Finders Key in his role in the War Horse versus the imposing stature of a handsome bay who delights the crowds with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) versus the flying grace of a future Olympian with an Australian pedigree.


Publicity can be terrible. But only if you don’t have any.

Jane Russell


Never Been To Spain


 $121,002.00 Pick 6 Jackpot carryover

 Gulfstream Park

Friday February 3rd


Bloodhorse – Haskin – Tiznow – Patriots Redux


Bloodhorse - Hansen, Union Rags Top Experimental


Bloodhorse – Triple Crown Talk – Sheppard Hoping to be Ever So Lucky


Thoroughbred Times – Bailey –  McLaughlin pleased with progression of ‘Derby horse’ Alpha

Thoroughbred Times – Nevills - Alpha looms as favorite in Withers Stakes

Downey Profile – Withers Stakes: Might Take Some Swagger

DRF – Grening – Aqueduct: Withers win would boost Alpha’s status for Kentucky Derby


Thoroughbred Times – Nichols – State of Play switches to dirt in Sam F. Davis Stakes

Bloodhorse – Shandler – Pletcher Sets Sights on Another Sam Davis Win

DRF – Welsch – Tampa Bay Downs: Prospective looks to double up in Sam F. Davis Stakes


DRF – Free – Brad Free: Chips All In sweetens the pot in Robert Lewis

Bloodhorse – Shinar – I’ll Have Another a Wildcard in Lewis Stakes

Thoroughbred Times – Nichols - Liaison, Rousing Sermon set for rematch in Robert B. Lewis Stakes

DRF – Privman – Santa Anita: Heading into Lewis, Liaison ‘keeps on winning’


Thoroughbred Times – Nevills – Tapizar an imposing favorite in Strub Stakes

DRF – Hovdey: Beer Meister seeks another shocker in Strub Stakes


NYRA – Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Unveils New York Retraining Program


Bloodhorse – Biles – Algorithms: Putting the Horse First Pays Off

DRF – Welsch – Algorithms’s Holy Bull Beyer changed to 105


ESPN – Finley – The weekend’s winners and losers


Horse Race Insider – For Gulfstream’s Weekend Stars, What’s Next?


Thoroughbred Times – Animal Kingdom pointed to Tampa Bay Stakes



Luck Sunday February 5


If you miss an episode of Luck check HBO’s schedule. It’s reprised numerous times each week.

Brisnet – HBO renews ‘Luck’ for second season


NY Times – Carter- In Networks’ Race for Ratings, Chicanery Is on the Schedule


Brisnet – Dick Powell – Handicapping Insights – JANUARY 27, 2012


Crain’s New York Business – Smerd – Genting spells out its needs for convention center


Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.

Jim Fiebig


NYRA – New Owners’ Seminar


Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination.

Bryant H. McGill


DRF – Watchmaker – NHC Thoughts


Sad news – The harness guys already know that the Wild West has closed its doors.


February 3

Fair Grounds

South Mississippi Owners/Breeders Stake (R), $40,000e, 3yo, Mississippi-owners, 6f.


February 4


Withers Stake GIII, $200,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Toboggan Stake GIII, $150,000g, 3&up, 6f.

Correction Stake $100,000g, 3&up, Fillies & Mares 6f.


Delta Downs

Louisiana Premier Night Championship (R), $200,000g, 4&up, Louisiana-bred, 8.5f.

Louisiana Premier Night Distaff (R), $150,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares Louisiana-bred, 8f.

Louisiana Premier Night Prince (R), $125,000g, 3yo, Louisiana-bred, 7f.

Louisiana Premier Night Starlet (R), $125,000g, 3yo Fillies Louisiana-bred, 7f.

Louisiana Premier Night Matron (R), $100,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares Louisiana-bred, 5f.

Louisiana Premier Night Sprint (R), $100,000g, 4&up, Louisiana-bred, 5f.

Louisiana Premier Night Gentlemen Starter (R), $70,000g, 4&up, Louisiana-bred, which have started for a claiming price of $15,000 or less in 2011-12, 8.5f.

Louisiana Premier Night Ladies Starter (R), $70,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares Louisiana-bred, which have started for a claiming price of $15,000 or less in 2011-12, 8f.

Louisiana Premier Night Bon Temps Starter (R), $55,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares Louisiana-bred, which havve started for a claiming price of $7,500 or less in 2011-12, 5f.

Louisiana Premier Night Ragin Cajun Starter (R), $55,000g, 4&up, Louisiana-bred, which have started for $7,500 or less in 2011-12, 5f.


Gulfstream Park

Needles Stake $60,000g, 3yo, 5f (turf).


Oaklawn Park

Essex Handicap $100,000g, 4&up, 8.5f.


Sam Houston Race Park

Jersey Lilly Stake $50,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f (turf).


Santa Anita

Robert B. Lewis Stake GII, $200,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Strub Stake GII, $200,000g, 4yo, 9f.

Arcadia Stake GIIT, $150,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf).


Sunland Park

Budweiser Handicap $50,000g, 3&up, 5f.


Tampa Bay Downs

Sam F. Davis Stake GIII, $200,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Endeavour Stake GIIIT, $150,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f (turf).

Florida Oaks, $100,000g, 3yo Fillies 8.5f (turf).


Turfway Park

WEBN Stake $50,000g, 3yo, 8f.


February 5

Santa Anita

San Antonio Stake GII, $200,000g, 4&up, 9f.


Thoroughbred Times – Prairie Meadows, Iowa horsemen to partner with TVG on ADW site


Thoroughbred Times – Upgraded BC Premiers highlights Hastings stakes schedule

Hastings Park – Schedules


Thoroughbred Internet – No Doubt About It


Fort Erie Race Dates

Fort Erie Stall Applications

To view a Stall Application Kit, please click here


Northlands Park – Stall Application


Phil’s Drink and A Flick

Texas tea

Paris Texas



Horse Race Insider – If Horses Were Wishes



The Derby Bar and Grill


Important Dates to Note


Monday, February 6th, 2012: Pegasus Horse Sale Preview at Pegasus Training Centre

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012: Pegasus Two Year Old in Training Sale at Pegasus Training Centre in Redmond, Washington

Friday, February 10, 2012: Stall Application Deadline For Northlands Park

Wednesday, February 14, 2012: Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 16, 2012: New Stride Stallion Auction Closes

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012: The Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita

 Saturday, March 10th, 2012: The Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park

 Saturday, March 17th, 2012: Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park

 Saturday, March 24th, 2012: Early Nominations for Hastings Stake Races due.

 Saturday, March 24th, 2012: Sustaining Fees for the CTHS BC Sales Stakes Due.

 Saturday, March 31, 2012: The Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park

Friday, April 6th  - Trainers may begin to set up your stalls on. Horses may begin to ship in on Saturday, April 7th.

 Saturday, April 7th, 2012: Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita

The Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Park

Fort Erie – Horses may begin to ship in

Sunday, April 8th Fort Erie Race Track open for training 

 Saturday, April 14th, 2012: Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park

 Saturday, April 14th, 2012: Opening Day at Hastings Racecourse for the 2012 Live Racing Season.

 Friday, May 4th, 2012, Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

 Saturday, May 5th, 2012: Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Opening Day at Northlands Park for the 2012 Live Racing Season

 Sunday, May 6th, 2012: Opening Day at Fort Erie Race Track for the 2012 Live Racing Season

Opening Day at Assiniboia Downs for the 2012 Live Racing Season

 Friday, May 18th, 2012: CTHS BC 2012 Sale Entry Fees Due

 Saturday, May 19th, 2012: 137th running of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Track

 Saturday, June 11th, 2012: 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park

 Monday, August 6th, 2012: BC Cup Day at Hastings Racecourse

 Sunday, September 9th, 2012: BC Derby Day at Hastings Racecourse which includes six stakes races and purses of over $700,000.00.

 Monday, September 10, 2012: CTHS BC Yearling Parade

 Tuesday, September 11, 2012: CTHS BC Yearling & Mixed Sale.

 Sunday, October 14, 2012: Closing day of the 71 day Live Race Season at Hastings Racecourse.

 Friday, November 2, 2012: Breeders Cup Races at Santa Anita

 Saturday, November 3, 2012: Breeders Cup Races at Santa Anita



Photos and Videos available

Pegasus Horse Sale


Bloodhorse – True Nicks – Porter – Strength in Depth in the Cape


Bloodhorse – Racing’s Favorite Grump – By Deirdre B. Biles


Summer Horsepacking Adventures announced by UC Davis Extension

Mustangs: A Living Legacy

Track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of Inyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders track mustangs in their natural pinyon forest habitat. Observe and photograph mustang herds and wildflowers. Learn the social behavior of the horses and their current struggle. Enjoy spectacular sunsets of the Sierra and White Mountains while a cook prepares dinner over an open fire.

This program is a special opportunity that combines a superb outdoor adventure and a unique educational experience in exploring the biology, ecology and behavior of a proud and beautiful animal—the North American wild horse.

• June 9–12 (Saturday to Tuesday), 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Bishop, CA.: Benton Hot Springs B & B, 55137 Hwy 120
• $900 includes horse, saddle, meals, and instruction
• Enroll in section 114OTH800

Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness

This deluxe pack trip covers the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness—with the Golden Trout Wilderness of the high Sierra as your laboratory. The instructor will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry. Past participants have acclaimed it as an outstanding adventure.

Lecture and laboratory topics include: wilderness conduct of people; trail riding safety and horse equipment; methods of feeding livestock in the backcountry; management of livestock; preventative medicine; evaluating the normal horse; treating a hurt or sick horse in the wilderness; packing equipment, fitting saddles, making loads, hitches, and leading strings of mules; veterinary skills including physical examination, floating teeth, IM IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses; and shoeing.

• July 8–14 (Sunday to Saturday), 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Lone Pine, CA: Horseshoe Meadows Pack Station
• $1,400. Includes horse, saddle, meals, and instruction.
• Enroll in section 121OTH800.


Craig London, D.V.M., co-owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Janet Roser, Ph.D., professor with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis.

For more information

Download the brochure for additional information and itinerary by clicking the following link: UC Davis Beyond The Classroom – Equine

For For general information or to enroll, contact UC Davis Extension at (800) 752-0881 or e-mail extension@ucdavis.edu.


Bloodhorse – Redefining the List – by Eric Mitchell


Hound Dog



Phil M Stockmen