Jun 092019


I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.

Carrie Fisher

PBR Bull Fighters

Brendon Clark Invitational

Rickey got a big ranch. Rickey got a big bull. Rickey got horses. Rickey got chickens and everything. And Rickey got a 20-gallon hat.

Rickey Henderson


If you’ve been reading the American thoroughbred scribes this week they were all set to crown Tapit their king of the stamina stallions. Unfortunately for the Yanks, that little horse from Canada that the Yanks failed to sufficiently respect at the track, the breeding shed and the auctions was rather dominant at Belmont on Saturday as horses from the Northern Dancer sire line won the lion’s share of the major stakes.

I Came to Dance

Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.
Twyla Tharp

The Globe and Mail – CP – Ewing – Kawhi Leonard billboard near Oracle Arena warned Warriors what was coming

ESPN – Bontemps – Who is Kawhi Leonard?

ESPN – VanVleet to wear mouthpiece after hit to face

Garden and Gun – Summery Garden Old-Fashioned

Garden and Gun – Sweet Texas Tea

Summer In The City

You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.

Sir Winston Churchill

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacQueen – By a Triple Crown winner, out of a Triple Crown winner: no wonder she was an instant ‘equine celebrity’

The minute somebody joins a committee… they immediately suffer from committee brain. They become wildly over-enthusiastic, over-optimistic, over-pessimistic. Committees turn people into idiots, and politics is a committee.

P. J. O’Rourke

Proud Mary

TSN – CP – Police: Red Sox’ Ortiz shot, in stable condition

ESPN – Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR

Bloodhorse – NYRA Reports Record Handle for Non-Triple Crown Belmont

Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.

Truman Capote


You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.

Sir Winston Churchill

TDN – Awesome Again’s Sir Winston Pulls Off Belmont Upset

Washington Post – Culpepper – Sir Winston wins Belmont on a day, finally, bereft of controversy or the bizarre

LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Congratulations to Sir Winston

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – In Classic Debut, Sir Winston Upsets Belmont Stakes

Brisnet – DeRosa – Sir Winston lords over Belmont Stakes to give Casse second classic

NY Times – Drape – 2019 Belmont Stakes: Sir Winston, the ‘Wrong’ Horse, Prevails

ESPN – Darcy – Sir Winston’s Belmont surprise is fitting end to a wild Triple Crown season

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Sir Winston Gives Casse A Second Classic In Belmont Stakes

Phil has a question:

Has anyone asked Gary West’s opinion about Sir Winston’s move through traffic in the Belmont.

Times Like These

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

Sir Winston Churchill

TDN – DeBernardis – Longtime Owner Seeks Career High in Belmont

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – And the Triple Crown of 2019 Goes to: Mark Casse

Paulick Report – Mott: ‘The Trip Made The Difference’ For Tacitus

TDN – Belmont Wrap: Casse, Mott Pairs Look to Travers

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Triple Crown Leaves Unfinished Business for 3-Year-Olds

Paulick Report – Casse Slept Well After Belmont Victory; Travers The Goal For Sir Winston And War Of Will

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Bricks and Mortar Overwhelms Manhattan Rivals

TDN – Sherack – Bricks and Mortar Runs to the Money in Manhattan

Paulick Report – Bricks And Mortar Leads Brown Trifecta To The Finish In Manhattan

Brisnet – Reilly – Bricks and Mortar takes fifth straight in Manhattan

I tried my best to ensure I kept the respect for the middleweight division in the tradition of Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake La Motta.

Marvin Hagler


NY Times – Powell – Canada Becomes a Basketball Factory

The Seven Little Foys

The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.
Twyla Tharp

Bloodhorse – Mitole Stretches Out to Take Loaded Edition of Met Mile

TDN – Donato – Mitole Proves Up to Met Mile Challenge

Brisnet – DeRosa – Mitole wins stacked Met Mile

Summer In The City

Forbes – Genaro – Donna Brothers: A Force On Horseback For The Triple Crown


Goal Cast – Walansky – Robert Downey Jr. Announces His Plan to Clean Up the Earth — With Robots


Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

PJ O’Rourke

LA Times – Cherwa – Santa Anita denies horse racing board’s request to close despite two more deaths

Paulick Report – Santa Anita Rejects CHRB Request To End Meet; 29th Horse Dies Hours Later

TDN – Bill Finley – Santa Anita Denies CHRB Request to Close

TDN – Stronach Group, TOC, CTT Release Joint Statement

The Lilly – McGuire – These 11 books feel like summer. But they aren’t all beach reads.

Girl From Ipanema

TDN – Oxley Receives Dinny Phipps Award

On Broadway

NY Times – Paulson – Who Won and What Happened at the 2019 Tony Awards

LA Times – Nakano – What time are the Tony Awards? It’s (ridiculously) complicated

NY Post – Hoffman and Oleksinki – Forget the Tony Awards: Here are Broadway’s worst moments this season

Under the Boardwalk

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

Alfred Hitchcock

NY Times – Paulson – Survey Says: Look for ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Ferryman’ to Take Tony Trophies

NY Post – Riedel – Tony Awards 2019 predictions: Prepare for some big surprises

The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of our cattle. Some branded our young cattle so they could claim them.

Chief Joseph

River Deep Mountain High

Bloodhorse – Volponi – Hog Creek Hustle Rallies to Upset Woody Stephens

TDN – DiDonato – Overanalyze’s Hog Creek Hustle Springs the Upset in Woody Stephens

Summer In The City

Hog Creek Hustle (Overanalyze) looks interesting on the cutback in trip. A good second to War of Will (War Front) in the GIII Lecomte S. in January, he exits a sound runner-up effort from a high draw in the one-mile GIII Pat Day Mile S. at Churchill May 4. He needs to pick up his feet some, but the price will be right and the race should be run to suit.

TDN – Carasso – Sophomore Sprinters Go Seven in Woody Stephens

Phil has a question:

Don’t you wish you would have read that on Saturday morning.


TDN – DeBernardis – Ghostzapper’s Guarana Romps in the Acorn

Bloodhorse – Guarana Wins Acorn in Second Career Start

Washington Post – Butler – All the times Alec Baldwin has suggested he’s done playing Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Bloodhorse – Angst – Midnight Bisou Lights Out in Ogden Phipps Win

TDN – Sherack – Midnight Bisou Does it Again in Ogden Phipps

Gold Dust Woman

Atlantic – The Editors – Shakespeare and Company

LA Times – La Ganga – What’s L.A. reading? Our habits are as diverse as the city itself

Brisnet – Caldwell – Marconi wires Brooklyn to wrap up 2019 Belmont Stakes Festival

Bloodhorse – Oser – Marconi Makes the Grade in Brooklyn Invitational

This Mess We’re In

Bloodhorse – Versatile World of Trouble Displays Talent in Jaipur

TDN – World of Trouble Proves Too Good in Jaipur

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Rushing Fall Dominates Just a Game

Bloodhorse – Sherack – Rushing Fall Goes Gate to Wire in Just a Game

My Girl

Sportsnetwork – Report: Erik Karlsson hoping for competitive offers from Senators, Canadiens

Phil has a question:

After the havoc that Erik Karlsson’s wife wreaked on the Senators dressing room is Dorion sharp enough to know when he’s being played.

How much does Erik clear the candle flames by when his wife says jump.

When The Whip Comes Down

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Majid Wires Easy Goer to Kick Off Belmont Stakes Action

TDN – Shackleford’s Majid Wires the Easy Goer

What They Do

Phil has a question:

Where’d they get that towel.

Paulick Report – Pennsylvania Approves Grant For Marketing, Forms New Committee To Tackle Issues In Racing

Phil has a question:

What’s the new regime over at Horse Racing Alberta doing to try and get the thoroughbred handle past 50% of 2018 mark.

Is it not time to eliminate that waste of taxpayers’ money called Horse Racing Alberta and subsume horse racing under AGLC.

SportsNet – Raptors fans line up for Jurassic Park three days before Game 5


National Post – In basketball, as in life, everything is more random than it seems


Paulick Report – Pender Suspended 30 Days By CHRB For ‘Animal Welfare’ Violation

Paulick Report – Voss – Maryland Seeks To Improve Quality, Safety With Stricter Performance Requirements

National Post – The Telegraph – Squires – Rome instills new rules for tourists banning everything from bare chests, love padlocks and bad behaviour

Summertime Blues

National Post – The Telegraph – Bodner – Russia films its own Chernobyl tale after Kremlin meltdown at hit TV series


The New Yorker – Wickenden – The United States Constitution on Broadway, and What It Means to Us

The Atlantic – Khan – The Tony-Nominated Play That Savages the U.S. Constitution

Summer Dress

Phil M Stockmen

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