Mar 242019

NY Times – Brooks – What Rural America Has to Teach Us

Mr. Farmer

Alberta Open Farm Days

A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
E. B. White

Turn,Turn Turn

NY Times – Jolson – After Devin Nunes Sues @DevinCow, the Twitter Parody Gains a Half-Million Followers

ardTechnia – Lee – “He’s literally suing an imaginary cow”: Late-night hosts mock Nunes

Esquire – Lizza – Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret

Down on the Farm

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
Walter Scott

NY Times – Jordan – 8 Million People Are Working Illegally in the U.S. Here’s Why That’s Unlikely to Change.

Taking Care of Business

AlbertaFarmer – Connecting the dots: Less stress = less sickness = fewer treatments for cattle

I may not be a polished politician, but as a lifelong farmer, I know that most problems can be solved with a little common sense.
Stephen Fincher

Southern Living – Classic Recipes Your Grandmother Always Had on the Table

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? They’re incredibly popular. But everybody thinks of cakes and pies and fancier desserts before they think cookies. A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays.
Bobby Flay

Little Old Lady From Pasedena

The pleasure lies not in the cookies, but in the pattern the crumbs make when the cookies crumble.
Michael Korda

Century Mile Opens April 1, 2019

Paulick Report – ‘Deeply Concerned’: Pletcher’s Request For 50 H-2B Visas Denied

Mercury Blues

Soul Finger

Vox – Belluz – Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood

Medical New Today – Fletcher – What are the benefits of oatmeal?

Simple Man

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Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.

Sitting Bull

The Lonely Bull

The Globe and Mail – MacGregor – A beef tale: How a farmer flourished by letting his bulls enjoy the scenery

I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don’t believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn’t want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.
Malcolm X

Paulick Report -‘Out Of This World’: Winx Gallops To 32nd Straight Victory

NY Times – Bonisteel – A Bite-Size Square of Canada’s History, Culture and Craving

Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don’t let them take you ALIVE.

Sid Vicious

My Way

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Missteps And Upsetters

Paulick Report – Code Of Honor ‘Training Very Well,’ Heading Into Florida Derby

Brisnet – Reilly – Godolphin filly Divine Image draws post 6 in UAE Derby

Cutting Humor advanced to flank Anothertwistafate on the backstretch, and that might well have been the decisive tactical move by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez. For Cutting Humor was able to launch his bid sooner, while Anothertwistafate had to take longer to angle out for room.

Kentucky Derby – Reilly – Cutting Humor defies ‘fate’ in track-record Sunland Park Derby

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Cutting Humor Scores Big In Sunland Park Derby

TDN – First Samurai Colt Stalks and Pounces to Sunland Derby Score

Paulick Report – Cutting Humor Sets New Track Record In Sunland Derby

Brisnet – Cutting Humor holds Anothertwistafate in Sunland Park Derby; Chasing Yesterday prevails in Sunland Park Oaks

Friday all the scribes were worried that poor old Pletcher would be shut out of the 2019 Kentucky Derby picture and suddenly Sunday he has 2 horses in the Top 10 in points.

Bloodhorse – LaRue – Chasing Yesterday Runs to Her Odds in Sunland Park Oaks

Paulick Report – Chasing Yesterday Breaks Slowly, Races Wide Throughout In Sunland Park Oaks Win

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – McLaughlin’s loving being on the Dubai glory trail again – even though he won’t be there

TDN – By My Standards, War of Will Doing Well Sunday

TDN – Ross – Santa Anita: Picture Getting Clearer as Entries Taken, but Questions Remain

Paulick Report – Jeff Blea, DVM, On The Santa Anita Crisis, Medication And Racing’s Survival

The Pusher

The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.
Adlai Stevenson II

TDN – TD Thornton – The Week in Review: Meaningful Change Never Comes Easy

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – By My Standards Pulls Louisiana Derby Shocker

TDN – Goldencents Colt Blows Up the Tote in LA Derby

Paulick Report – By My Standards Upsets Spinoff At 22-1 In Louisiana Derby

Brisnet – DeRosa – By My Standards rewards connections’ faith in Louisiana Derby upset

Perhaps McCain has opposed affirmative action for so long that he doesn’t know it’s about inviting more people to meet standards, not lowering them.
Gloria Steinem

Paulick Report – War Of Will ‘Feeling A Lot Better’ Sunday After Louisiana Derby Misstep

Maybe I’m Amazed

TDN – Istan’s Street Band Upsets the Fair Grounds Oaks

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Street Band Upsets Fair Grounds Oaks

Brisnet – DeRosa – Street Band strikes up an upset of the Fair Grounds Oaks

Phil has a question:

When will some breeder cross Istan with a Holy Bull mare.


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Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
Benjamin Franklin

Dancing In The Streets

Street Fighting Man

Street Fighting Man

Street Fighting Man

One of the most basic factors in sports is that winning becomes a habit, and losing is the same way. When failure starts to feel normal in your life or your work or even your darkest vices, you won’t have to go looking for trouble, because trouble will find you.
Count on it.
Hunter S. Thompson

Phil has a question:

How much truth is there to the rumour that the Edmonton Oiler’s Sideshow Bob plans to continue with their proven utterly useless nepotistic ways and hire Krusty the Klown as the next Oilers GM.

Would the Alberta Oil movement problem be solved if everyone used as much grease in their hair as Gene Principe.

How much more embarrassment can Daryl Katz put up with.

Phil has an answer:

Daryl Katz can put up with truckloads of embarrassment as long as Oilers fans keep shelling out their shekels for  the ridiculous priced tickets, beer and merchandise.


Horse Race Insider – Pandolfo – It’s time the harness industry stops legal raceday meds

Phil has a question:

Is Pandolfo speaking about the meds that the authorities are testing for or the few hundred other meds that the jiggie chemists have devised and the authorities aren’t even close to catching them on.

You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.
Hunter S. Thompson

Paulick Report – Voss – EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

Phil has a question:

At what exponential rate is the gap between what we do know and what we don’t know about drug cheating in athletics increasing.

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Better Bisphosphonate Test and Tighter Controls Coming

Vox – Irfan and Belluz Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think

BBC – Nordic skiing: Blood doping scandal rocks sport as five athletes arrested

Inside the Games – Butler – IOC hopeful of new tests to allow longer detection-window revealing doping in endurance sports

CBC – Goodyear – Anti-doping agencies can’t keep pace with the science of cheating

Phil has a question:

When will the testers catch up with testing for the hundreds of new versions of EPO out there.

When will Monsanto have their GMO steroid laced oats seed ready.

One of the first rules of playing the power game is that all bad news must be accepted calmly, as if one already knew and didn’t care.
Michael Korda


TDN – Trio of FL Derby Contenders Breeze

Paulick Report – Harvey Wallbanger Fastest Of 99 Half-Mile Workers At Gulfstream

Bloodhorse – Harvey Wallbanger Fires Bullet for Florida Derby

Paulick Report – Hidden Scroll ‘Content To Follow Another Horse’ In Latest Work

Paulick Report – ‘The Light Came On’ For Runner-Up Bourbon War In Fountain Of Youth

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.
Benjamin Franklin

Paulick Report – Gray Attempt Sprints To Gazebo Victory; Arkansas Derby Next

Richard Yates

It is with great sadness that the Derby Bar and Grill reports the passing of H.B.P.A. of Canada and H.B.P.A. of B.C. Secretary Treasurer Richard Yates, who suddenly died of a massive heart attack yesterday, March 22nd, 2019.

Richard was a true advocate, ambassador, and a friend to racing.

He was an integral and important part of the industry based initiative extending over the last eight years designed to stabilize and secure a productive future for Thoroughbred Horse Racing in British Columbia.

Richard was one of the group of individuals who created the outstandingly successful Hastings Racing Clubs I and II.  Richard expertly managed the clubs’ 500 members through personal meetings, phone calls, and countless emails, introducing the new members to our spectacular sport of Thoroughbred Horse Racing.

In addition to many other talents, Richard was a writer extraordinaire, who produced the very popular and insightful “Richard’s Wrap Up” after each race day, giving a rundown of the winning horses and their connections, and important events of the day in a concise, descriptive and humorous fashion.

While Richard was obviously an important and respected member of our local racing scene, his influence and assistance went right across Canada through his role for years as an officer and Secretary Treasurer for the H.B.P.A. of Canada.  He also served with distinction on numerous committees and assisted in executive matters for the National H.B.P.A. of America.

In conjunction to his professional responsibilities to the racing industry, Richard also, for 27 years, was an owner, breeder and trainer of many hard-running, decent race horses.

Richard was a well-liked and integral part of the backstretch community and gave freely of his time, trying his best to help anyone and everyone in need.

As well, Richard will be remembered for his quick wit and extraordinary ability to draw laughter from Club members, industry participants, colleagues, and friends, of which he had many.

In conclusion, we can think of no better way to end this writing than by leaving you with one of Richard’s favorite quotes:

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may”

Robert Herrick

Goodbye Old Friend!

Richard’s memorial will be held during the racing season on a date to be announced.

TSN – CP – McGregor tweets retirement announcement

Phil has a question:

Is is truly retirement when you’ve become an irrelevant irritant to your sport.


Rocket Man

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Phil’s Pharm Musings”

  1. The HBPA of Alberta wishes to pay tribute to HBPA of BC Manager Richard Yates. The news of his sudden passing is both shocking and devastating. To think we had our customary jovial conversation discussing matters facing both our jurisdictions on Wednesday afternoon and to learn that he was no longer with us a short 2 days later is a hard pill to swallow.
    Take it from someone who knew Richard for many years, he was a classy gentleman and had a true passion for everything thoroughbred and was totally dedicated serving his Board, members and workers in BC. Richard & wife Barb bred and raced horses and Richard usually had a small string of horses he trained. He was a crack handicapper and made a significant score wagering on a Pic 6 at Gulfstream a couple of seasons ago. To show his honesty he
    confided that the win about broke him even for all his wagering over the years!
    Richard visited us at San Luis Rey Downs 4 years ago while making his way to the mid US. I suggested he could take California Highway 74 a dangerous and winding mountain road to Palm Desert and save about 1 hr in his travels. I impressed that this is a white knuckle drive having made the trek many times. The Yates were on their way and at the end of the journey could not give me enough praise for recommending the route which they found “spectacular” – go figure!!
    As a tribute to Richard we plan on naming our Yearling Gio Ponti filly – Up Seventy Four. Good bye my friend.
    Mat Monaco – HBPA of Alberta

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