Mar 032019

A reminder to all who are planning on boating, surfing or swimming this month – Beware the Tides of March.

Et Tu Brute


Sloop John B

Sloop John B

Boys of Summer

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
Edgar Allan Poe

March Madness

2019 March Madness TV Schedule

Me and Julio

We don’t need refs, but I guess white guys need something to do.
Charles Barkley

ESPN 2019 – Bracketology

Rebel Rebel

I’ll watch the kids play, have a big steak with my friends, stay in a nice hotel, sign a lot of autographs, then go back to Vegas and tell my alumni how tough recruiting is.
Jerry Tarkanian

SBNation – Dean Smith, Jerry Tarkanian, and the murkiness of right and wrong in college basketball

Phil has a question:

Who was the first professional sports teams in Las Vegas.

TDN – Bill Finley – A Missed Opportunity for Churchill Downs

For players in Canada unless you’re on William Hill, Bodog or one of the other offshores who give you track odds you’re at the mercy of the chiselers at Woodbine and HPI. Just another chiseling outfit stealing from the pockets of the west and filling their Ontario coffers.

What Phil would like to see is CDI dictating that the chiselers like Woodbine and HPI cannot take out more that CDI is.

Or how about Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan getting together for their own ADW and telling the chiseling Ontario cronies to go eff themselves.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lowe – The lavish Las Vegas racetrack that went bust in 13 days

Ooh Las Vegas

Brisnet – Reilly –  Winx storms to 31st straight, new world record 23 Group 1s in Chipping Norton

Gold Dust Woman

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Code of Honor Breaks Through in Fountain of Youth

TDN – Code of Honor Bounces Back in Fountain of Youth

TDN – Code of Honor in Fine Condition, Likely on to Florida Derby

Sports Illustrated – McCann – What to Expect to Happen After Robert Kraft Pleaded Not Guilty to Solicitation Charges

It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all.

Phil has a question

What is a person who is worth over $4 Billion US doing at a bargain basement rub n tug.

How long would it have taken Bill Belichek’s crew to sweep that rub n tug.

Why is Donald Trump remaining so silent. Oh that’s right. His philosophy is Do as I say not do as me and my crooked cronies do.

If prostitution was legalized, regulated and taxed could we not use the billions of tax dollars wasted trying to police it on fighting real crime rather than some outdated moralizing.


Phil was checking their menu out the other day and though his computer screen was going wonky, so Phil had to head down and and check things out for himself. As promised on their website all the food on the menu is $7.95. Beer and whiskey are also relatively cheap and they have the best selection of corn liquor Phil’s seen north of the 49th.

Phil happened to bump into the rep for Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve who intimated that they might be having a Woodford Reserve Julep party before or on the first Saturday in May.

Woodford Reserve Derby 2019 Bottle

Phil has a question:

Should we be desecrating good whiskey with Mint.

If you’re on the prowl for a Red Hot Honey Have Mercy’s the place to find one.

Stay tuned to Phil for updates.

Ferry Cross the Mersey

Songs suffer at the mercy of the performer.
Jo Stafford

Garden and Gun – Harris – Throw a Knockout Kentucky Derby Party

Derby Socials

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.

TDN – Instagrand & Much Better Headed to the Gotham

Bloodhorse – Angst – Churchill Sees Growth Opportunities for Derby, Racing

Although strychnine would seem like an unlikely performance-enhancer given its widespread use as a rodenticide, over a century ago it was one of the first substances to cause a major sports doping scandal in America. At the time, it was believed that in very small concentrations, strychnine boosted neuromuscular capabilities.

In 1904, Thomas Hicks, the Summer Olympics marathon winner in St. Louis, openly downed a mixture of egg whites and brandy laced with strychnine handed to him by an assistant during the running of the race. A formal protest was lodged, but the Olympic Games director refused to consider it and the results stood.

According to published reports at the time, it was not Hicks’s chemical consumption that caused the controversy. Rather, the outrage stemmed from strychnine cocktails not being available to all Olympic runners in the searing, 90-degree heat.

TRN – TD Thornton – Strychnine Detected in Three Turf Paradise Horses

Paulick Report – Voss – Arizona: After Spike In Equine Fatalities, Voluntary Reforms Seem Too Little Too Late

BBC Sport – Keogh – Horse racing: Plans for racing on city streets ‘could be the sport’s Twenty20’

Grand Prix

2018 Palio di Siena

Forbes – Caltalano – 13 Songs For a High Speed Car Chase

Rocket 88

Show Me How To Live

We put on a theatrical performance about puns. Really it was just a play on words.

Author unknown

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Kentucky Derby Prep School: now Hidden Scroll must show he’s up to it between the ears

Read the chart and review the weird start configuration for 1 /16 mile races at Gulfstream Park before you write off Hidden Scroll.

Hidden Scroll got bumped off stride and lost couple of steps at start…

Hidden Scroll was nearly knocked over by the 8 – Global Campaign coming from the gate, lost a couple of steps in the process and then rushed to the lead  from the 7 hole in the very short approach to the first turn. That Hidden Scroll ran out of steam coming down he stretch is more an indication of his trouble in the race than his mindset or ability. Same for Global Campaign.

You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse.

John Thompson

Good Vibrations

Las Vegas Review-Journal – Hollywood movie in the works about Jerry Tarkanian, Las Vegas

The Night They Drove old Dixie Down

Never lie, never cheat, never steal.

John Wooden

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Jeltrin Upsets Jaywalk in Davona Dale

TDN – Shocking Upset in Davona Dale; Champion Jaywalk Off the Board

NY Times – Dowd – The Sycophant and the Sociopath


Paulick Report – Diodoro ‘Not Settling For Mediocrity’ At Oaklawn Park

Paulick Report – Nine-Day Turnaround No Problem For Royal Albert Hall In Bernardini Stakes


TDN – Quality Road’s Roadster Back in a Big Way for Baffert

Little Deuce Coupe

TDN – Bill Finley – How Steve Young Found the Bargain of the Year

Phil M Stockmen

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