Nov 042018

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.

Jim Rohn

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Indecision is a decision.


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Five key matters arising from the Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Bill Finley – Plenty of Highlights, But Enable Steals the Show

Somebody To Love

Bloodhorse – 2018 Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Phil has a question:

What was Dave Keon’s number.

Pictures of You

There are some things that Phil will never tire of.

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
H. L. Mencken

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Willman – $1.1 Million Carryover Expected To Bring Massive Pool In Closing Day Rainbow Pick Six At Santa Anita

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Playing the mandatory Rainbow 6 payout at Santa Anita Park on Sunday

Somebody to Love

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Not Fade Away

The Globe and Mail – Kelly – Bobby Orr looks back on a great Canadian life, and the pictures prove it

No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink worse whisky than he used to drink when he was single.
H. L. Mencken

Love On The Rocks

Garden and Gun – Our Favorite Pie Recipes

Phil has a question:

What was Bobby Orr’s Number.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Today – People are furious that Oscar Mayer said a hot dog is a sandwich

CBS New York – What Do You Think: Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?

NBC Chicago – Oscar Mayer Declares Hot Dogs Sandwiches and the Internet Loses It

NBC Sports – Is a hot dog a sandwich? Warriors answer eternal question

A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.
Humphrey Bogart

Under The Boardwalk

ESPN – Terell – Accelerate vindicates Sadler in Breeders’ Cup, has Horse of the Year shot

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – What price Accelerate being Horse of the Year now?

Los Angeles Times – Cherwa – Racing! Congratulations to Sadler, Hronis, Rosario and Accelerate

Bloodhorse –  Angst – Accelerate Finds Top Gear to Win Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Sherack – Accelerate Grants Sadler First Breeders’ Cup Win

Paulick Report – ‘We Got The Big One’: Accelerate Takes Classic To Silence Sadler Doubters

There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.
Frank Herbert

Mr. Brightside

40 Years ago

Sportsnet – Robson – Legend Has It

Sometime Around Midnight

Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah’s racing manager, said: “Everything that has gone into this year has been an emotional rollercoaster and for Prince Khalid to have a fourth-generation bred filly do this and make history is special.”

Gosden and Dettori are keen for the brilliant four-year-old to stay in training, but Grimthorpe added: “Luckily it’s not my decision and Prince Khalid will have a think about what to do with this filly.

“Everybody always wants more and we want more of Enable, but we have to do the right thing by her.”

Racing Post – Burn – Enable very much able as European queen makes history Stateside

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Enable Makes History With Brilliant BC Turf Win

TDN – Carasso – Enable Overcomes Arc/Breeders’ Cup Hoodoo with Game Turf Win

TDN – McGrath – Juddmonte Expertise Enables European Double

Paulick Report – ‘She Conquered America!’: Enable Outduels Magical To Win Breeders’ Cup Turf

Brisnet – Reilly – Enable breaks Arc jinx in epic Breeders’ Cup Turf

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

Babe Ruth


DRF – Hovdey: Readings from the Breeders’ Cup Book of Two Johns

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Monomoy Girl Leaves No Doubt With Distaff Victory

Brisnet – Hanson – Monomoy Girl caps brilliant season in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Bloodhorse – Angst- Sistercharlie Edges Wild Illusion Late in BC F&M Turf

TDN – DiDonato – Brown Takes Fourth Filly and Mare Turf with Sistercharlie

Brisnet – Reilly – Sistercharlie clinches championship in Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf


Bl00dhorse – Eric Mitchel – Juddmonte Homebred Expert Eye Grabs Breeders’ Cup Mile

Brisnet – Reilly – Expert Eye times it to perfection in Breeders’ Cup Mile

Racing Post – Burn – Frankie factor: Expert Eye comes good under Dettori masterclass


There are some things that Phil will never tire of.

The Bitter Southerner – Bryan – In Defense of “Free Bird:” A Response to #Skynyrdgate

Simple Man

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Handle Over $157M, Attendance Over 112K

Bloodhorse – Handle Down for 2018 Breeders’ Cup

Phil has a question:

Do you think the suits at CDI give a damn about the handle as long as they get the F n B and historical racing revenues.

Do you think that starting the races before half of North America is up and ending before the last College football game is done helped the handle.

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Friday Generates Fourth Highest Handle

Darling Be Home Soon

TDN – Carasso – Roy H Defends his Sprint Title

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Roy H Sails to Victory in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

You Can’t Think and Hit at the Same Time

Yogi Berra

TDN – Sherack – Shamrock Rose Goes Last to First in F/M Sprint

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Shamrock Rose Pulls Off Upset in BC Filly & Mare Sprint

She Sells Sanctuary

TDN – Carasso – ‘Storming’ to Another Turf Sprint Victory

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Stormy Liberal Ekes Out BC Turf Sprint Repeat

TDN – Sherack –  City of Light Blitzes Dirt Mile Foes

LA Woman

National Post – Knight – Bohemian Rhapsody the movie will not attain the cult status of Bohemian Rhapsody the song, but that doesn’t make it bad

Teo Torriatte

Bloodhorse – Ortiz Jr. Earns Bill Shoemaker Award

Not Fade Away

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
Dr. Seuss

NY Times – A Mandarin Duck Mysteriously Appears in Central Park, to Birders’ Delight

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It

Yogi Berra

Redemption Song

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2018 Breeders Cup Classic Day Final Wrap”


    The persistent rumour of NO purse increases for the next few years is troubling based on the current state of affairs with little feedback from HRA and a spring election.

    CENTURY MILE ceremonial gallop was a great effort to introduce the new facility to the media. However, a 300 seat grandstand to replace Northlands 2,100 seat outdoor grandstand and 900 seat inside seating area is a drop in the bucket when they boast about horsemen first and slots second? A hot rumour is that racing patrons will be able to bring lounge chairs to the tarmac or that rental chairs will be provided for a small fee , includes a drink and sandwich special?

    LIFE after Northlands. Champagne Dwayne heads south returning to his old employer STRONACH group as director of OTB operations in California / Florida / Maryland / Oregon for TSG.
    The chances of track 2 signal being picked stateside have gone from nil to slim.

    HOT rumour about new track announcer at the MILE, will the intern MELISSA KEITH be picked with her vast writing experience as Northlands MATT J takes a management position at the mile.

    HRA 3 year business plan 2019-2021 is being formulated, don’t expect any major $$$ surprises as the new CEO will have to put on a hard hat and work boots to operate the rocket powered steam shovel needed to dig the horse racing industry out of the Tenile and Captain mess. Expect it to appear in the spring or before the July 1/2019 annual financial report release!

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