Mar 172019


CBC – CP – Malone – Share the land: Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings tells Moose Jaw dance studio to turn down the music

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Mark Twain

Running Back To Saskatoon

When I’m not touring, I sing at home, either at the piano or I’ll pick up my guitar, singing old Buck Owens songs.
Burton Cummings
My Generation

Shakin All Over

Shakin All Over

The Sound of Silence

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

Elbert Hubbard

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

Abraham Lincoln

Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than the silence.

Spanish Proverb

The Sound of Silence

NY Times – Godlbaum – Trump Crackdown Unnerves Immigrants, and the Farmers Who Rely on Them

Phil has a question:

Do Alberta thoroughbred owners and trainers remember the problems created in the industry when Jason Kenney started tampering with the Foreign Worker program.

Bloodhorse – Pacing Post – Stevens – Horse Wanders Town After Escape from Uttoxeter

LA Times – Mitchell – The Sports Report: It’s time for March Madness

NY Times – Tracy – Six N.C.A.A. Upset Picks to Enliven Your Bracket

The Ringer – A Handy Guide for Filling Out Your March Madness Bracket

USA Today – Gleeson – NCAA tournament bracket tips: Everything you need to dominate your March Madness office pool

Phil has a question:

What ever happened to Warren Buffet’s Billion Dollar bracket challenge.

ReWired – Lane – Yahoo to pay $5.5 million for botched billion-dollar bracket contest with Quicken Loans

Washington Post – Culpepper – Come Selection Sunday, some argue ACC should be No. 1 times three

ESPN – Bracketology

Bracket Matrix

ESPN – Gasaway – NCAA tournament Bubble Watch: Which teams could be left out

USA Today – Mast and Gleeson – March Madness bracketology: ACC lands three No. 1 seeds, bid thieves throttle the bubble

ESPN – Tournament Challenge

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden

Bloodhorse – Race-Day Medication Banned at Santa Anita, Golden Gate

TDN – Bianca – Amid Breakdown Epidemic, Santa Anita to Ban Race-Day Medication

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Stronach Group – An Open Letter about the Future of Thoroughbred Racing in California

The Pusher

“That they made no mention of banning race-day medication at their other tracks shows how disingenuous they are,” said a Southern California trainer who asked not to be identified. “It shows that they really don’t believe medication is part of the problem and this is nothing more than a public relations spin.”

TDN – Bill Finley – Santa Anita Race-Day Medication Ban Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Put The Blame on Me

Under the new agreement, no race-day administration of Lasix will be allowed beginning with foals born in 2018 (2-year-olds of 2020). According to a TSG release sent late Saturday night, “Following the recommendation of veterinary experts for the best interest of the health of the current horse population,” horses born prior to 2018 will be permitted to race on Lasix but only at a maximum of 50% of the current levels (from a maximum of 10 CCs to 5).

Paulick Report – Santa Anita To Resume Racing March 29 After Historic Agreement Reached On Medication Reforms

Bloodhorse – Crosby and Gantz – Racing Set to Resume March 29 at Santa Anita

TDN – Ross – TOC and TSG Announce Agreement; Santa Anita Racing to Resume Mar. 29

Phil has a question:

When will the rest of North American thoroughbred race tracks adopt this policy.

When will the thoroughbred race tracks in North America bring in tougher whip regulations.

When will Horse Racing Alberta adopt this policy.

When will Horse Racing Alberta bring in tougher whip regulations.

Does any one over at Horse Racing Alberta even know about or understand what TOC and TSG have just implemented.

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: New Santa Anita Lasix Rules a Litmus Test for Entire Industry

TDN – Letter to the Editor from Graham Motion

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Are these the world’s ten strangest horse races?

Only The Horses

A famous example involves Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, whose father, then a wealthy real-estate developer, in 1998 pledged $2.5 million to Harvard. Kushner—who, the investigative reporter Daniel Golden notes in his 2006 book, The Price of Admission, was described by administrators at his high school as a mediocre student—was admitted to the school shortly after that. A spokeswoman for Kushner Companies told Golden in 2016 that Kushner’s admission to Harvard had nothing to do with his father’s gift to the institution, and noted that the family had donated extensively to numerous universities.

The Atlantic – Wong – Why the College-Admissions Scandal Is So Absurd

He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.

Mickey Mantle

Eli’s Coming

LA Times – Watanbe – Elite colleges are admitting more low-income students than ever, but the admissions scandal reinforces old stereotypes

LA Times – Hussain – Reyes-Velarde and Winton College admissions scandal: Here is everyone charged in the case

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

Phil has a question:

Has anyone taken into account that the ultimate advantage kids from wealthy families have is that they can afford the admission and living expenses.

Is there no one out there with even half a brain to come up with a viable solution. If the top schools are willing to whore out their degrees for cash let them do it. If a wealthy family’s kid just can’t cut the mustard let that kid in provided the wealthy family pays tuition and living costs for 2 students and a deserving but impecunious student gets free tuition and living. Seems to me that would benefit kids from unfortunate circumstances, kids from fortunate circumstances and the reputation of  the universities with the only ones suffering being the middlemen bribe takers.

Pomp and Circumstances March No. 1

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
P. J. O’Rourke

NY Times – Robertson, Blinder, Harmon and Medina‘I Put My Work In’: Honest College Applicants Await Their Fates

LA Times – Markazi – Lynn Swann says USC was ‘blindsided’ by alleged actions of administrator in college admissions scandal

Phil has a question:

Does USC use the same metric for competence of management and senior executives as the Edmonton Oilers.

Shouldn’t this scandal be Lynn’s swan song.

Don’t blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.

John D. Rockefeller

The buck stops here!

Harry S Truman

Immigrant Song

Bloodhorse – War of Will Logs Final Breeze Ahead of Louisiana Derby

Paulick Report – Martin – War Of Will, Country House Rematch Set For Louisiana Derby Louisiana Derby S. (Grade II) 


Bloodhorse – Code of Honor Breezes for Florida Derby

TDN – ‘Scroll’, ‘War’ Tune Up for Fla Derby

TDN – Rebel Winners in Fine Condition

Paulick Report – Baffert Update: Game Winner To Santa Anita Derby, Improbable To Arkansas Derby

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Improbable Defeat of Baffert’s Stars Scrambles Derby Picture

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Omaha Beach Edges Game Winner in Second Rebel Division

Brisnet – Hanson – Omaha Beach Noses Out Game Winner in Rebel Thriller

TDN – Omaha Beach fends off Game Winner in Rebel division thriller

Paulick Report – Omaha Beach Turns Back Champion Game Winner In Second Rebel

Bloodhorse – Balan – Long Range Toddy Upsets First Rebel Division

TDN – Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable in First Rebel Division

Brisnet – Hanson – Long Range Toddy mows down Improbable in first division of Rebel

Paulick Report – Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable In First Rebel Division

Baba O’Riley

What did we learn from the Rebel Rebel.

The 2019 Kentucky Derby picture keeps getting murkier and murkier as we go further along the Derby Trail.

With qualifying points being spread around this year 40 points may be the minimum to get in.

A jockey never wins a race but poor rides on Galilean and Improbable cost both of those horses in the first division of the Rebel Rebel.

Steve Asmussen unlike Samson can win Stakes races no matter how long his hair is or what jacket he has on.

What Richard Mandella looks like sans Panama.

Omaha Beach looked like he was in a work while Game Winner was really working to try and catch him and seemed spent once they crossed the finish line.

Vic Stauffer remains one of the best race callers in the North America.

Suntory – the large Japanese owned global distillery owns a number of what you may think are craft distilleries including Jim Beam, Basil-Hayden, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Alberta Premium and far too many scotches to mention.

Some things Phil Never tires of.

Rebel Rebel

Rebel Rebel

American Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

Paulick Report – Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O’Rourke

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore – Closing Maisons-Laffitte? Maybe that’s not the answer to France’s financial crisis

Did anyone abstain?

Nope; all twenty chefs gamely scooped up spoonfuls. Even the mayo-averse. “I’d rather get dipped into a tank full of scorpions naked than do what I’m doing now,” said Karl Worley. But by the end, he began to come around. “This isn’t as bad as I thought,” he said, choosing Kewpie as his favorite. “But I’d still rather eat ketchup.”

Garden and Gun – Alexander, Rhodes and Sanders – G&G’s Great Mayonnaise Taste Test

Phil M Stockmen

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