Aug 122018

The Dog Days are Over

The sun doesn’t shine on the same dog’s ass all the time.

Catfish Hunter – Patton – Barrel by barrel. Here’s how a distillery is trying to save bourbon after warehouse collapse.

Phil has a question:
Where do you sign up to volunteer.
Where do you line up to volunteer.

True is it that we have seen better days.

William Shakespeare

Top 10 Bourbons

NY Times – The Go-Go’s Gave Us the Beat and So Much More

Hazy Shade of Winter

The average dog is nicer than the average person.

Andy Rooney

NY Times – Gorman – Lassie Got Help, Would Your Dog?

Gimme All Your Love

Paulick Report – Runhappy Named Title Sponsor Of 149th Travers

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Travers Makes Sense for Versatile Catholic Boy

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Travers a Big Race… For Justify

Alabama Nominations

Phil has a question:

Will Wonder Gadot try the Travers or Alabama.

Do you think that Phil knows and is only asking the question so he can feature an overused tune.

Brisnet – Caldwell – Wonder Gadot breezes for Travers

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Like you were expecting Lynyrd.

The Ennead wasn’t.

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Carrick Rallies to Victory in Secretariat Stakes

It was the third consecutive runner-up performance as the favorite for Analyze It, who previously had been defeated by Catholic Boy in the Pennine Ridge (G3) and Belmont Derby (G1).

Brisnet – DeRosa – Carrick sticks it to Analyze It, wins Secretariat

Pedigree Notes:

Carrick is the 184th black-type winner, 108th group/graded winner and 32nd top-level winner for his recently departed stallion. While his second dam lacks any black-type, third dam Gone To Venus produced MGSW Saudi Poetry (Storm Cat) and was a half-sister to GSW Rokeby Rose (Tom Rolfe), the dam of two-time Eclipse Award winner Silverbulletday (Silver Deputy). How Far To Heaven is responsible for the 2-year-old colt Zozo (Union Rags) and produced a filly by Sky Mesa this year. The mare was most recently bred to Constitution.

TDN – Carasso – Carrick Springs a Giant Upset in the Secretariat

When Phil was handicapping the Arlington Million Day Late P4 Phil gets to Analyze It and notices that the only horse that’s ever finished in front of Analyze It was Catholic Boy who Phil used the last two times these two raced. Phil scours the PPs looking for a sign and the only sign Phil can come up with is Lucius Tiberius that sounds a little Latinish and Phil remembers when Latin was the language of choice for the Catholic church. Seconds after Carrick crosses the finish line less than a length in front of Analyze It Phil notices that Carrick’s mother is How Far to Heaven and Bandua’s mother is If Angels Sang.

How did Phil miss those signs.

Losing my Religion

Speaking of Black Type none of Shirley’s laudatory lap dogs at her retirement soiree at Northlands Park asked her how many thoroughbred stakes races in Alberta lost their black type during her tenure as first Chair then CEO of Horse Racing Alberta. Shirley surely wouldn’t know cuz she doesn’t even understand the significance of Black Type to the Alberta Thoroughbred Breeding Industry.

Phil has a question:

What are the new Chair and CEO of Horse Racing Alberta going to do to get the Black Type reinstated to the Stakes races that lost it during Shirley’s reign.

What are the new Chair and CEO of Horse Racing Alberta going to do to get back the $80 million of annual handle lost during Shirley’s reign.

Does anybody other then her laudatory lap dogs think Shirley did a good job during her reign at Horse Racing Alberta.

The more I know about people, the more I love my dog.

Mark Twain

Paulick Report – Voss – McKinsey, Seven Years On: How Has Racing Done?

Paulick Report – Voss – Round Table: Jockey Club Preparing To Invest In New Industry Projects Per McKinsey Suggestions

Cuff Report – Nine Years On: How Has Horse Racing Alberta Done

Phil has a question:

Is there a polite way to say F∈»ξing brutal.

Paulick Report – Voss – Round Table: British Jockey Club Focusing On Fans First, Wagers Next

The Bitter Southerner – Summer Reading Roundup 2018

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Groucho Marks

Horse Race Insider – Berner – Money Laundering in Horse Racing News?

TDN – Cantillon – Op/Ed: Involving the Many Over the Few

Happy Dance

Phil has a question

How does Schroeder hit the flats when the black keys are only painted on.

Wouldn’t Painted on Black Keys be a great name for a punk band.

Paint it Black

The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?


I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.
Anthony Trollope

Garden and Gun – Reed – Man Up: How to be a True Gentleman

Sweet Home Alabama

If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.
Fran Lebowitz

National Restaurant News – Thorn – Restaurants step up cold brew options

Phil was telling himself what a great idea to be able to get a cold brew at your local espresso purveyor. Then Phil read on.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell and Genaro – Fasig-Tipton’s Record Saratoga Sale Elicits Emotions

This is Horse Racing – Law – Record Nights

TDN – Martini and DeBernardis – Medaglia d’Oro Dominates As Record-Setting FTSAUG Sale Concludes

TDN – Martini and DeBernardisPharoahmania at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Opener

Paulick Report – Medaglia d’Oro, American Pharoah Yearlings Spearhead Record-Setting Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

Bloodhorse – Flay Lands Tapit Filly for $875,000

Speaking of Chefs



TDN – Martini – Record Fall Across the Board at Fasig-Tipton New York Sale

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell and Teresa Genaro – Fasig-Tipton’s New York-Bred Sale Soars to Record Level

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Pioneer of the Nile Colt Sets NY-Bred Sale Record

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Average Spikes, Median Even as NY-Bred Sale Starts

TDN – Martini – Strong Opener to F-T NYB Sale

TDN – Fernando – Taking Stock: Blame Game Is On

Blame It On A Sad Song

NY Times – Powell – Donald Trump and The Black Athlete

Phil has a question:

Who gave Donald Trump permission to refer to Micheal Jordan as Mike or was Donald referring to Mike Tyson.

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

Harry S Truman

MacLean’s – Hemmadi – Alphonso Davies on life as Canada’s next great soccer star

Phil has a question:

Who was Canada’s First Great Soccer Star

You Can Call Me Al

TDN – McGrath – Starry Dreamer Made It a War On Two Fronts

Every dog must have his day.

Jonathan Swift

Top 10 Hot Dogs

A Hot Dog At the Ball Park Is Better Than Steak At the Ritz.

Humphrey Bogart


The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
Sigmund Freud

The New Yorker – Rosner – It’s Time to Admit That Iceberg Is a Superior Lettuce

The Titanic hit the iceberg not because they could not see it coming but because they could not change direction.
Dean Devlin

Dance Band On The Titanic

Like you were expecting Celine.

The Ennead wasn’t.

Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
Charlie Chaplin

Paulick Report – Paulick – Misuse Of The Whip Can Leave A Welt On The Sport

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Nashville’s New Shake Shack

Be the person your dog thinks you are.

George Eliot

Shakin All Over

Bloodhorse – Kiekehfer – Robert Bruce Rallies to Arlington Million Victory

Wish I Knew You

Bloodhorse – Angst – Voodoo Song Speeds to Fourstardave Upset

TDN – Voodoo Song Tenacious in Fourstardave Wire Job

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Heart to Heart One to Catch in Fourstardave

With all undue deference to Ms. Wincze Hughes Heart to Heart was not the one to catch in the Fourstardave.  Voodoo Song is a tad quicker on the front end and with both Heart to Heart and Voodoo Song expected to vie for the lead the handicappers went to the closer Yoshida. A slight bobble at the gate from Heart to Heart and Voodoo Song inherits the lead and like a good speed horse he holds on.

Love Is A Bitch

Pressure is when you play for five dollars a hole with only two in your pocket.

Lee Trevino

Bloodhorse – Balan – Sistercharlie Gives Brown Fourth Straight Beverly D.

Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie
Dust unto dust
The calm, sweet earth that mothers all who die
As all men must;
Mourn not your captive comrades who must dwell
Too strong to strive
Within each steel-bound coffin of a cell,
Buried alive;
But rather mourn the apathetic throng
The cowed and the meek
Who see the world’s great anguish and its wrong
And dare not speak!

Ralph Chaplin

Top 10 Famous Last Words

The Bitter Southerner – Top 10 Articles – Fifth Anniversary Edition

Phil’s had only 1 entry in his Top 10 list contest so far so maybe Mucka’s right about apathy permeating the thoroughbred industry in Alberta. Or maybe it’s coming up with a Top Ten when the 2 most obvious have now transpired:

  • Get rid of the QKB and CCW
  • Have someone other than Northlands Park run thoroughbred racing

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

Charlie Brown
And you can tell yourself that with the QKB and CCW gone and the myriad levels of mismanagement at Northlands Park slowly fading to black that maybe someone at either Horse Racing Alberta or the Century Mile will start paying attention to the needs of the thoroughbred industry.

Top 10 List contest 

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Buddha (Attributed)

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Secret Message Steals the Show in Pucker Up Stakes

Down In A Hole

Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.

John F. Kennedy


Jazzwise – ‘A Great Day in Harlem’ celebrates 60th anniversary

SNAP – Art Kane

Time – Berman –  See Art Kane’s Most Memorable Music Portraits

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.

George Gershwin

Baba O’Riley

Bloodhorse – Haskin -The Empire State Strikes Back

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – From Saratoga to East Rutherford, New York-Breds Rule

Empire State Of Mind

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

TDN – Jump Start Filly Holds on in Adirondack

Phil’s Drink and a Flick:

Hair of the Dog

Reservoir Dogs

I Hate Everything About You

My favorite band of all time is The Clash. The thing I love about The Clash is they started out as guys who could barely play three chords. They dabbled in reggae, punk, rap, jazz. They came to a sound that could only be defined as The Clash. It was impossible to say what it was. I admire them for that.
Michael Franti

Passport to Detroit

Prospects for the 2018 Canadian Derby field

Riversedge Racing Stables’ Weekend Wizard followed up his facile win in the Chris Loseth Stakes at Hasting Racecourse with a second in the Muckleshoot Derby at Emerald Downs.

Regal Max, second to Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.’s Apalachee Bay in the 2018 Count Lathum at Northlands Park headed north for a track record performance  in the Alberta Derby at Grande Prairie. Regal Max has a few more shekels in his purse pocket thanks to Ken Drysdale, Dennis Dale, Al Side and Ed Welsh.

Phil’s a tad partial to Regal Max as he was bred in Alberta by Stone Ranches and purchased from the 2016 CTHS Alberta sale. He’s also got the same last name as Miracle Max the wizard who made the pill for Phil.

The British Columbia Cup Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial: Day Raider


Coming into the Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial, the one certain thing about Day Raider ($18.90) was that he had never stopped coming forward in any of his races. He continued that practice in the Derby Trial with a come from behind effort that saw him moving past longshot El Noble late in the stretch to clear that one by a long length at the wire.  El Noble had worn down the pacesetter Apalachee Bay only to see Day Raider deny him the win with a strong late surge.  Apalachee Bay held on to third.  Final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:44.80.  A well-timed ride by Antonio Reyes gave him his fifth win on the card.

Day Raider is a relentless closer who has improved by leaps and bounds in his three starts this season after closing out his two-year-old campaign with a second in the Ascot Graduation as a maiden. The Kentucky bred gelded son of New Year’s Day is owned by Canyon Farms and trained by Craig MacPherson.  He should take to either the mile-and-three-eighths offered by the Canadian Derby at Northlands or the mile-and-an-eighth here in the BC Derby.  Both might be a bit much as they are two weeks apart.

Apalachee Bay was squeezed at the start of the British Columbia Cup Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial, then used hard early to get to the lead and faded to third.

Robertino Diodoro finished 1st, 2nd and 4th in the Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs on Louis Riel Day and rumour has it that Robertino’s best Canadian Derby hope will be training up to the race after the ultimate equipment change.

From the Insider


So tough, yet so easy

Diodoro’s main jockey mows ’em down

Cutting the traditional Derby winner’s cake are (from left) owners Clayton Wiest, Tim Rollingson, Norman Tremblay, jockey Rico Walcott, Derby Belle Francine Fournier, owner Rick Wiest and trainer Robertino Diodoro

After the fact, the winner of the 70th Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Derby seems so obvious. Trainer Robertino Diodoro puts his favourite jockey Rico Walcott on Sky Promise—one of three horses Diodoro sent—and his main man mows down the competition to win the Derby going away. Duh!


Derby winner Sky Promise kicks well clear of the field after trailing early

So why was handicapping this Derby so tough for veteran handicappers, some who needed even six of the eight horses in the field to feel comfortable with their pick-4 ticket? The fact is, even Diodoro was unsure which of his three horses would perform best—and he was trying to figure out who to send to the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in Edmonton two weeks from this Saturday.

He told The Insider that people were coming to him asking which of his three horses would win: “C’mon, you can tell me,” they pleaded. In truth, he didn’t know, he told them.

Team Diodoro even considered changing the strategy in the Derby for Sky Promise because the horse’s preferred style is to come from the clouds–and previous races on the Derby card were won by horses on the lead. “But, in the end, we decided to go with our original strategy,” he said. Good call. Walcott pulled Sky Promise to the back of the pack in the 1 1/8-mile race and circled the field heading into the final turn to catch another Diodoro horse, United Patriot, and pulled away to win by 7 ½ lengths ($7.20).

So will we see just Sky Promise in the Canadian Derby (looks very powerful) or will Diodoro also send United Patriot to keep the pace honest? We’ll see.

Watch the Derby here.

Phil has a question:

Where’s the cannoli for Rico.

You may ask yourself who’s coming to the Canadian Derby and who’s not.

You can tell yourself that Phil will post the Canadian Derby nominations and entries as soon as they are available notwithstanding that nobody at Northlands Park has ever sent Phil the nominations or entries for any race.

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.

Orson Welles

From the Insider


COMMISSION RESCINDS SINGH’S LICENSE, NOW RIDES AT LA DOWNS: An investigation by the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission into the Winnipeg Sun Stakes as reported in last week’s Insider has resulted in the commission rescinding the ASD license of jockey Rohan Singh, saying he must reapply if he wishes to ride at ASD in the future. Singh is now riding at Louisiana Downs. The commission made no comment on the stakes race itself.

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Racing and Sports at Honeymoon Stage, But It Won’t Last

Bloodhorse – Angst – Handle on U.S. Races Improves for Third Straight Year

DRF – Meadowlands: Handle declines in 2018

If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.
Yogi Berra

ESPN – Medcalf – Years after Louisville scandal, Rick Pitino owns horse named Party Dancer

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Hunter S. Thompson

ESPN – Dinich – Sources: Maryland OL Jordan McNair showed signs of extreme exhaustion

ESPN – Dinich, Rittenberg and VanHaaren – The inside story of a toxic culture at Maryland football

Baltimore Sun – Shaffer – In letter to parents, Maryland’s DJ Durkin acknowledged ESPN report might ‘prompt questions’

ESPN – Dinich and Rittenberg – Maryland puts trainers, strength coach on leave

While Durkin remains head coach, a story published Friday by ESPN, citing former players and staff members, said he and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court orchestrated a culture “based on fear and intimidation,” and that “belittling, humiliation and embarrassment of players is common.”

Baltimore Sun – Marcus and Shaffer – Amid review of Jordan McNair’s death, Maryland places football staffers on leave as DJ Durkin remains in charge

Phil has a question:

Why are Durkin and the Athletic Director not on leave as well.

NY Times –Maryland Suspends Football Coach D.J. Durkin After Report of Abuse

Would the NCAA be investigating if an alumnus bought a student athlete an ice cream cone and a lap dance rather than a student athlete dying from heat exhaustion.

With Durkin’s record at Maryland being 6 – 7 in his first year then falling to 4 – 8 in his second do you think his methods are working.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
John Wooden

Contented Cows Give Better Milk!

NY Times – Klein – Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch

Sportsnet – CP – Nurse signs one-year deal with Australian team

Bloodhorse – Gunnevera Impresses in Return; Woodward Next

There are two Dialed In yearlings available at the 2018 CTHS Alberta Sale, one on the same cross as Gunnerva:

Dialed_In_A_Beautiful Dream_True_Nicks

CTHS_Alberta 2018_Hip_3_


CTHS_Alberta 2018_Hip_25_

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.
Mignon McLaughlin

Bloodhorse – Balan – Instagrand Romps in Best Pal at Del Mar

TDN – Into Mischief’s Instagrand Drops Jaws Again in Best Pal

Speaking of Miracle Max and the pill he made for Phil, Phil feels the chocolate coating wearing off and the causticity slowly seeping back.

Too caustic? To hell with the costs, we’ll make the picture anyway.
Samuel Goldwyn


Fire and Rain

Phil M Stockmen

  2 Responses to “Make A Racket For The Old And The Young and The Restless”

  1. How about Toonie beer for Canadian Derby Day


    5 things that the longtime loyal racing fans at Northlands deserve with racing ending

    1. A fan appreciation day before derby with $1 programs/canned pop/hotdogs to reward loyalty.
    2. A viewing of all historic derby races even the ones on loop film.
    3. A recognition of veteran jockeys/trainers for the longtime fans to acknowledge.
    4. Bringing back old track announcers for a race call even if they can’t see too good anymore.
    5. Some form of entertainment/activities to keep the fans engaged with 7 hour race card marathon .

    Northlands is rumoured to be gifting its race office draw bingo machine to either Fred Hilts or John Heath(long time agents) or KC with the modernization of computer draws, if they all decline perhaps a seniors home would be a good retirement place.

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