Aug 192018

NY Times – Pareles – Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

NY Times – Dyson – The Church of Aretha Franklin

Esquire – Adebowale – Aretha Franklin’s Only Film Role Was Legendary


Billboard – Aretha Franklin: Life in Photos

Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.
Aretha Franklin

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum.

Aretha Franklin

NY Times – Morris – Aretha Franklin Had Power. Did We Truly Respect It?

Natural Woman

Rolling Stone –  Brownes, Leight, Spanos, Reeves, Gehr, Johnston, Levy and Herme –   The 50 Greatest Aretha Franklin Songs

As a very small girl, I listened to Charlie Parker and loved him and Max Roach and people like that.

Aretha Franklin

Amazing Grace

NY Times – Henderson – Aretha Franklin on Heaven and Earth

As long as it’s good music. I love all music. It’s got to be constructed properly.

Aretha Franklin

Bridge Over Troubled Water

NY Times – Trebay – Aretha Franklin Reigned as Queen, in Voice and in Image

There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.
Joe DiMaggio


Memphis, Tennesse

The phrase ‘off with the crack of the bat’, while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.
Joe DiMaggio

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T. S. Eliot


Willow and waley and woe and sorrow, the thoroughbreds are leaving Northlands tomorrow.

Chestnut and bay and black and gray, will no longer cavort and snort and neigh.

The t-breds are leaving, exit the horses, exit the “hot tips” from all kinds of sources.

Exit the jockeys, the grooms and the trainers, exit the longshots and the sure thing “no-brainers”.

Exit the valets, the servers and tellers, exit the bartenders and program sellers.

The sport and its fans are being told “take a hike”, no more ask the question “who do you like?”

Exit the sprinters and those that go longer, exit the plodders and those that run stronger.

Exit the theories, the hunches, the reasons, Exit racing and all of its seasons.

Exit the stakes horses or those you can claim, to the casual fan they all look the same.

A variety of wagers allows for a choice, if that choice be astute it be cause to rejoice.

Win, place or show, exactor, pick four. Pick the right numbers, get a nice score.

Each punter an expert with their own base of knowledge, from the school of hard knocks to equestrian college.

One likes a chestnut with four flashy socks, one likes the colours that adorn all the jocks.

One likes the horse name, one likes the post, if the pick is successful they all like the boast.

Whatever the formula the object is winnin, on a good fortune day you’re pickin and grinnin.

Good-bye to the characters and all of the stories, good-bye to the bad days or the good day glories.

Good-bye to the intrigue of backstretch and barns, good-bye to the hours of whiskey fueled yarns.

Why is it ending and who is to blame? Surely you all have some culprits to name.

Here’s to the thoroughbreds and time well spent, Even those days when you’re chasing the rent.

So have one last toast to memories and friends, this is the way a great era ends.

Good-bye to the races and all of the steeds, good-bye to all of their noble deeds.

Good-bye to all the familiar faces, so end the Northlands thoroughbred races.

Words and music by Noah Furlong with inspiration from Ogden Nash

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her face

Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.
Ogden Nash

Wrecking Ball

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Gender pronouns are ruining the best thing about hockey


The Bitter Southerner – Greenwald – Ode to a Teacher: Remembering the Poet C.D. Wright

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Host Sites Announced Through 2021

I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.

Yogi Berra

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – New York Racing: Not Enough of One, Too Much of the Other

Esquire – MIller – Does Donald Trump Know Who Aretha Franklin Was?

If your wandering why this piece isn’t included above the Ennead knows that Phil will not desecrate the memory of the Queen of Soul with any dribble that the Buffoon with the bouffant rug tweets.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – New Jockey Club initiatives could be just what the industry needs

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

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

Bloodhorse – Angst – Jockey Club Outlines Growth Strategies at Round Table

There’s a lesson there if you’re willing to take it.

Phil has a question:

Will the new Chair and CEO of Horse Racing Alberta take the lesson.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Jockey Club Needs Action on Good Ideas

Esquire – 80 Books Every Person Should Read

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?
T. S. Eliot

The Bitter Southerner – Meinhardt – My Old Friend Natty Light

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
Frank Zappa

LA Times – Lopez – Sweet pensions, secrecy laws: L.A. has its own ugly swamp that needs draining, but where’s the leadership?

TDN – Bill Finley – Thanks to Catholic Boy, Thomas No Longer Racing’s Best Kept Secret

If I Should Fall From Grace with God

Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.
Aretha Franklin

Yahoo Finance – Roberts – LeBron James is building a new blueprint for athletes in business

Phil has a question:

Did Roberts do any research for this article.

Has Roberts ever heard of Tim Horton, Stan Mikita, George Foreman, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Eddie Shack or Roberto Clemente.

The Borgen Project – Diamond – Roberto Clemente: Sports’ Most Charitable Legend

American Classic Pedigrees – Hunter – Roberto

ESPN – Crasnick – The education of Derek Jeter, baseball CEO

There’s a lesson there if you’re willing to take it.

Phil has a question:

Will the new Chair and CEO of Horse Racing Alberta take the lesson.

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

Aldous Huxley

Street Fighting Man

LA Times – Plaschke – Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, his body broken by one fateful fall, is holding on for dear life

TDN – Kanes – Brown Looks Forward After Banner Day

TDN – Berry and McGrath – Galileo and Pharoah in Transatlantic Trade

2009 Alabama

Careless Jewel

Brisnet – Genaro – Eskimo Kisses freezes out Alabama foes to earn first stakes victory

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Eskimo Kisses Upsets Alabama Stakes

TDN – Eskimo Kisses Runs Away with Alabama

Quinn The Eskimo

There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities.
Herman Melville

TDN – McGrath – The Meteoric Rise of Into Mischief

Paulick Report – Steffanus – Cooling Out On The Track: Science Says You May Be Doing It Wrong

TDN – Thornton – The Jockey Club Could Emerge as Operator of Tracks; To Push for New Betting Paradigms

TDN – Thornton – Monmouth Owes $30M to Darby Development

TDN – Emma Berry – The Weekly Wrap: Golden Girls

Gold Dust Woman

The Ennead understands.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Fatale Bere Edges Ollie’s Candy in Del Mar Oaks

TDN – Fatale Bere Just Gets Up in Del Mar Oaks

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Chris Smith – Everybody benefits as wonder filly Alpha Centauri storms home once more

Maybe I’m Amazed

Brisnet – Reilly – Remembering Breeders’ Cup Mile diva Miesque

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Roberts and Taylor – When the plight of New York’s racing industry brought fears for the survival of Saratoga

Paulick Report – Voss – Sagamore Farm Looks Toward The Future While Honoring The Past

There’s a lesson there if you’re willing to take it.

Phil has a question:

Will the new Chair and CEO of Horse Racing Alberta take the lesson.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

The Bitter Southerner – Elliot – Two Kings and a Texan

Red Headed Stranger

I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco.
Babe Ruth

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Summers Made Biscuits From Scratch

Phil has a question:

Where does Summers buy his scratch.

Why do all the supposed old fashioned southern biscuit recipes tell you to chill or freeze the butter when there were no refrigerators when the old fashioned biscuits were being made.

Ready To Go

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
Carl Sandburg

TDN – Cairns – The Social Angle: Alix Choppin

NY Times – Quammen – The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
Vernon Law

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

Centauri Sundown

The Last Starfighter

76 Trombones

A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good.
T. S. Eliot

Paulick Report – Roytz – Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: You’re Using That Thoroughbred For What?!

TDN – Thornton – Investigation Brings No Clarity to Assiniboia Race

Brisnet – Reilly – Van Dyke Catapults to record-tying seven wins on Del Mar card

Bloodhorse – Balan – Catapult Wins Del Mar Mile on Van Dyke’s Big Day

NY Times – LaFraniere and Emily BaumgaertnerThe Questions the Jurors in the Manafort Trial Will Be Asking

Phil like the jury has a question:

Won’t the most oft asked question from the jury be: what’s for lunch.

Won’t the most second most oft asked question from the jury be: what do these stacks and stacks of papers mean.

The New Yorker – Gladwell – Open Secrets

Mr. Hardy, a Philadelphia-based white-collar defence lawyer at Ballard Spahr, suggested a more basic reason for Mr. Mueller bringing charges against Mr. Manafort: As an agent of the government, he likely feels an obligation to prosecute any alleged wrongdoing he finds.

The Globe and Mail – Reuters – Roberts – Morrow – Four things we learned from the Manafort trial

If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

T. S. Eliot

NY Times – Chocolate-Making Is Secretive. This Chocolatier Isn’t.

Phil has a question:

What’s wrong with a good old fashioned:

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Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Skeptic Puts Doubts to Rest with Monmouth Oaks Win

Esquire – Kirkland – Why You Need to Put Peanuts In Your Next Coke

Garden and Gun – Portman – The Tallulah: Coke, Peanuts, and Whiskey

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask ‘Where have I gone wrong’, then a voice says to me ‘This is going to take more than one night’.

Charlie Brown

Paulick Report – Motion Off The Duck At The Spa, Points Spring Quality To Sword Dancer

NY Times – Collins and Metz – Alexa vs. Siri vs. Google: Which Can Carry on a Conversation Best?

Phil has a question:

If you instructed Alexa to call Siri and ask Siri to call Alexa and then instructed Siri to call Alexa and ask Alexa to call Siri would you create an infinite loop that would destroy the internet.

My Clone Sleeps Alone

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Lawyer who has two wives and a bundle of legal trouble agrees to temporarily stop practising

Lawyers In Love

Bloodhorse – Good As It Gets – By Evan Hammonds

Good Vibrations

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.

89th Running Of
The Canadian Derby(Grade III)
$200,000 Guaranteed

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DAY RAIDER b.g.3     Canyon Farms     Craig MacPherson
FORT MAC dk b/.g.3     Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht     Dale Greenwood
GEM ALTA dk b/.g.3     Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.     Tim Rycroft
HYNDFORD ch.c.3     Wiest, Cory, Wiest, Rick, Wiest, Clayton, R 6 Stable and Tremblay, Norman     Robertino Diodoro
KIRWAN’S MOUNTAIN b.g.3     J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd.     Robert C. Kingston
PICKFORD b.c.3     Team Valor International and Highfield Investment Group, Inc.     Greg Tracy
RED RIVER BEAR ch.g.3     Bear Stables Ltd. and Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.     Craig Smith
REGAL MAX b.g.3     Almac Racing Stable and Kerredge Farm     Rick Hedge
SHIMSHINE ch.g.3     White Pine Ranch     Elige Bourne
SKY PROMISE b.c.3     Wiest, Rick, Wiest, Clayton, R 6 Stable and Tremblay, Norman     Robertino Diodoro
STRIPLING WARRIOR dk b/.g.3     R 6 Stable     Greg Tracy
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Canadian Derby Early PPs

LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Accelerate dominant in Pacific Classic

Bloodhorse – Balan – Accelerate Dominates Pacific Classic by Record Margin

ESPN – AP – Accelerate runs away with $1M Pacific Classic at Del Mar

TDN – All Accelerate in Pacific Classic

To Sir With Love


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – King – What do all the horses do in the UAE’s sweltering seven-month off season?

Summer In The City

Bloodhorse – Angst – Rushing Fall Returns to Winning Ways in Lake Placid

TDN – Rushing Fall Impresses in Lake Placid

Bloodhorse –  Angst – Neepawa Completes a Casse Canadian Triple Crown


Truth is in things, and not in words.
Herman Melville

TDN – Baffert Unleashes Another Rising Star at Del Mar

TDN – Noble Mission Colt Sharp in Saratoga Debut

TDN – Unique Bella Injured, Retired

Femme Fatale

School’s Out

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Bump and Grind For Your Mind”

  1. The predicted crowd at final HBPA AGM NORTHLANDS PARK is 38 as apathy hits a all-time low!

    5 questions for HBPA AGM discussion!

    1. What are the CUTS/REVENUE for next years racing season.(60 race dates)?
    2. HBPA transferred $750K in 2018 to sustain purses/dates, what reserve is left for 2019.
    3. ASHA board minutes from April/18 show that they were aware of century mile not opening in September/18 when did the HBPA become aware of this construction/revenue setback.
    4.CENUTRY MILE GM RYNEVELD states that it will be a racetrack first and slot parlour second, is this in writing and what guarantees do the horsemen have in regards to problems/requests?
    5.PROJECTED slot revenue at the MILE is estimated at $45 million/yr versus NP $23 million, when will the industry start to see some purse/date increases (2020)???

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