Mar 312019

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

Edgar Allan Poe

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.

Jonathan Swift

Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Still Crazy After all These Years

She Drives me Crazy

Basket Case

Psycho KIller

Wild Thing


The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.
Ken Kesey

NY Times – Nadelson – A Beloved Restaurant Where Fried Chicken Achieves Its Highest For

What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen.

Alice B. Toklas

Dixie Chicken

Southern Living – Markus and Cole – The South’s Best Fried Chicken

Max’s Wine Dive

Garden and Gun – Portman – Garden & Gun’s Fried Chicken Bucket List

Shirley Mae’s Café

Salute to the Black Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby

That, in turn, can loose a whole bale of details, such as that the 1882 Kentucky Derby happened on the third Tuesday of May rather than the first Saturday; that the starter used a kettle drum; that one ham in the refreshment stand yielded 2,000 sandwiches, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal; and that one of the 14 horses wound up identified as “the Pat Malloy colt.” It also does the important work of reminding that the Derby used to specialize in African American jockeys before the sport heinously and inanely drove them away.

One such name: Babe Hurd.

“Hurd’s birth name may be lost to history, but his equestrian skills survive,” reads the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, edited by Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel and John A. Hardin. On May 16, 1882, Hurd, then 15, after first racing at 13 for a former Maryland governor, Oden Bowie, became one of 11 African American jockeys to win 15 Kentucky Derbies between 1875 and 1902.

Washington Post Sports – Culpepper –  In the 1882 Kentucky Derby, Apollo pulled off a feat that’s still unmatched *

* NY Times – Hoppert – Justify Wins Kentucky Derby, Conquering Rain, Mud and a 136-Year Curse

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

Blackberry Farm

Phil has a question:

Did Huck Finn set up the Garden with a Master class.

Blackberry Farm – Seeds

Knox News – McDermott – Blackberry Farm’s master gardener named a top food ‘maker’ by Food & Wine

We Don’t Need Another Hero

To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.
Herman Melville

Food and Wine – Donnelly – 3 Wines to Pair with Fried Chicken

Love To Know – Frazier – 12 Perfect Wines to Pair With Fried Chicken

Southern Kitchen – Gardner – Drinks that’ll give your (yard) bird the fine dining treatment

Chicken Farm

If you made all the French fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they’re so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you’re willing to prepare them – chances are good it won’t be every day.
Michael Pollan

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Champagne Anyone Pops Gulfstream Park Oaks Upset

TDN – DeBernardis – Street Sense Filly Puts It All Together in Gulfstream Park Oaks

Phil Has a question:

Did Champagne Anyone know that Phil was featuring Champagne and Fried Chicken.

2017 Wirz Vineyard Riesling













A Forest

Only 5 Kentucky Derby points races left.

Phil’s not including the overseas races as Phil doesn’t think anyone will be coming over after the bashing the overseas horses took in the UAE Derby.

Wood Memorial  Aqueduct Apr 6, 2019 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 6, 2019 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 6, 2019 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 13, 2019 20-8-4-2
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 13, 2019 100-40-20-10

2019 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

Children, old crones, peasants, and dogs ramble; cats and philosophers stick to their point.
H. P. Lovecraft

Phil has a question:

How many people know the difference between Sync and NSync.

How many people have Synced their devices without knowing the difference.

How many people have watched their personal information go Bye, Bye Bye when they Synced without knowing the difference.

NY Times – The Week in Books

Tracks of My Tears

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Miguel de Cervantes

Phil has an idea:

Someone should print thousands of cards with that saying on it and every time one of those red light beggars comes tapping on your window drop one of the cards into their hat.

Phil has a question:

Was Ben Ginter the father of the new craft beer revolution.

Prince George Citizen – Ben Ginter a big part of B.C. brewing history

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard Shaw

Rebel Rebel

The Ennead understands that there are some things Phil will never tire of.

LA Times – Erskine – Taste-testing Dodger Stadium’s new food, including a brazen $21 sandwich

Phil has a question:

When teams like the Dodgers are upping their food game this season does it mean that what they’re really doing is upping their food prices this season.

A Hot Dog At the Ball Park Is Better Than Steak At the Ritz

Humphrey Bogart

NY Times – Kepner – The Secrets of Pitching’s Outlaws

Excerpted from “K: A History of Baseball In Ten Pitches,” by Tyler Kepner, published by Doubleday, April 2, 2019.

 You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
Yogi Berra

You wonder, as those fans wearing the Tulowitzki and Donaldson jerseys try to tell Trent Thornton from Clayton Richard from Daniel Hudson, whether Rogers might have some second thoughts about all this.

When your team is plainly not trying to win, why should you expect your customers to care?

National Post – Scott Stinson: Finally, the Blue Jays start a season with the bad team they’ve long wanted

Boys of Summer

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Field of 10, No Purse Boost On Tap for Wood Memorial

Bloodhorse – Omaha Beach, Improbable Fire Bullets at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – Tacitus’ ‘Demeanor,’ ‘Pedigree’ Should Be Advantageous In Wood Memorial

Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence to the speech-maker and his own moment of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regard for the rule that, thought comes before speech.

Luther Standing Bear

New Yorker – Fry – “Heathers” Blew Up the High-School Comedy

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

Girl Next Door

It is not down in any map; true places never are.
Herman Melville

NY Times – Op Ed – Rarick – How to Save the American Racehorse

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nick Luck: Craig Fravel talks Breeders’ Cup, Santa Anita, Lasix and the whip

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

Marie Curie

Horse Race Insiders – Berner – Bleeders: It’s All in the Families

There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.
Timothy Leary

Another Brick In The Wall

I totally deplore the notion of an M.D. giving pills to patients – a medical doctor giving psychological or psychoactive change agents to another person.
Timothy Leary

TDN – Bill Finley – Op/Ed: The CHRB May Just Have Saved the Sport of Horse Racing


If you’re a Conservative, why aren’t you behind conserving the land?
Ken Kesey

TDN – Ross -Santa Anita: Reactions from Those Present

When The Whip Comes Down

All things share the same breath: the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Phil has a question:

How could you go wrong with a beer that’s brewed just north of the Spirit River Highway a few kms NE of Rycroft.

Will Dunvegan Brewing be opening a distillery using one of the many stills hiding in the bushes surrounding Rycroft.

Somewhere Down The Crazy River

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley

TDN – TD Thornton – Lasix Dosage Halved for Remainder of Santa Anita, Golden Gate Meets

Paulick Report – ‘A Watershed Moment’: Santa Anita Resumes Racing With Strongest Medication Regulations In U.S.

Bloodhorse – Ganz – CHRB Implements New Race-Day Medication Rules

Take Me To The River

Paulick Report – Voss – Bisphosphonates: What We Know About Off-Label Use, And What One Drug Company Is Doing About It

Paulick Report – Jockey Club Calls For Major Drug Reform, Says Fatality Spikes Will Continue Without It

This Mess We’re In

NY Times – Rabin – New York Sues Sackler Family Members and Drug Distributors

PBS – What Purdue Pharma’s settlement with Oklahoma means for the opioid crisis

Phil has a question:

What is the difference between the Sackler family and El Chapo.

Phil has an answer:

El Chapo’s death toll was lower.

It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
Bertolt Brecht

The Pusher

National Post – Fitzpatrick – Canadian trucker charged El Chapo’s cartel $155,000 to move two loads of cocaine: documents

Piece of My Heart

Driving – Maronese – The Wagon Queen Family Truckster is headed to the Barrett-Jackson auction

You Can Call Me Al

Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.
Gary Lineker

National Post – Hanna – You’re using a cutting board incorrectly. Reader, the hole has a purpose

National Post –  30 Smart Kitchen Tips

Gold Dust Woman

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?

Bertolt Brecht

Black Hole Sun

The Guardian – McClinton – Nicolas Cage files for annulment after just four days of marriage

Metro – Storey -Nicolas Cage files for an annulment just four days after surprise Las Vegas wedding

Phil has a question:
How much Botox can a pair of lips take before they sag below your knees.

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh Las Vegas

LA Times – Rubin, Ormseth, Hussain and Winton – The bizarre story of the L.A. dad who exposed the college admissions scandal

Piece of My Heart

NY Times – Hoffman – What Better Muse than James Harden’s Beard?

Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life. Perfect your life. Beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.

Chief Tecumsah

Paulick Report – Steffanus – Vinegar And Horses: What’s It Used For, And Does Science Back It Up?

If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.

Garden and Gun – Alexander, Rhodes and Sanders – Southern Chefs’ Go-To Road Trip Snacks

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

Hermann Hesse

Show Me How To Live

Bloodhorse –  Plus Que Parfait Finds Path to Victory in UAE Derby

TDN – Berry – American One-Two in the UAE Derby

Paulick Report – Ortiz Doubles Up As Plus Que Parfait Digs In For UAE Derby Triumph

Phil has a question:

Have you ever noticed how much more enjoyable it is to watch thoroughbred racing where the commentators provide insights and intelligent comments with no blonde bimbo babble.

With no ontrack wagering allowed in Dubai do you think all of those men in their kandoras were busy posting to Instragam, Spotify, Facebook or Twitter in the 10 or so minutes before post time.

It is not Kafka’s fault that his wonderful writings have lately turned into a fad, and are read by people who have neither the ability nor the desire to absorb literature.

Hermann Hesse


Esquire – Rai – 5 celebrity chefs making their big, fat, Dubai debut in 2019

Horse Race Insider –  Pricci – Pace Didn’t Make This Race

“I watched on the TV over by the jock’s room because I watched the 11th race on that TV and my horse [Restoring Hope] won. So, I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going back to that TV,” Servis said. “When he broke and Luis decided to go and it looked like he was going to get the lead by himself. I said, ‘That’s good.’ Then, I saw 24 [seconds] and I said, ‘Well, that’s good.’ Then, I saw his ears up and I saw the 48.8 or something, I said, ‘This is good,’ because I know he’s going kick. I said, ‘This is really good.’

“Luis walked the dog. He backed them up. I have to give him credit. I think it had a lot to do with it,” he added. “I’m not downgrading the horse, but Luis did a great job.”

Paulick Report – Saez ‘Walked The Dog’ With Maximum Security In Florida Derby

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Maximum Security Much the Best in Florida Derby

TDN – DeBernadis – No Catching New Year’s Day Colt in Florida Derby

Paulick Report – Maximum Security Goes Gate-To-Wire In Florida Derby

Phil has a question:

How did Maximum Security get such slow uncontested fractions much slower than the Oaks fractions.

What can you learn from a race where the lone speed set slow fractions and then held on with the closers unable to make up ground.

Does Mott know how to say Pay Day Mile and ask Pat to come back and give his horse a decent trip.

With all due deference to Steve Haskins and the Sundre other Derby Dozen pickers their Derby Dozens have been poached, boiled, scrambled, fried and deviled, with Mr. Arnold waiting in the wings. Phil can’t remember seeing such an inconsistent group of 3 year olds on the Triple Crown Trail. None of the contenders and pretenders look capable of winning the Triple Crown and from the last few races Phil’s not sure if we’ll have a 2019 Kentucky Derby winner.

2019 Kentucky Derby Points

Land of Confusion

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Hoping For Clarity

TDN – Derby Top 12 for Apr 2

Bloodhorse – Haskins – Derby Dozen April 2 2019 presented by Shadwell Farm.

LA Times – Plaschke -LeBron James’ inaugural Lakers season ends as a complete bust

Pictures of You


Phil M Stockmen

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