Oct 222019

Horse Racing Nation – Free: Breeders’ Cup 2019 past performances, official program

HorseCenter: Breeders’ Cup 2019 Saturday picks and plays

HorseCenter: Breeders’ Cup 2019 Friday picks and plays

samedi 2 novembre

This Is It

The weekends are too short for sleep!

Bryant A. Loney

Paulick Report – Imperial Hint Scratched From Breeders’ Cup Sprint; Suedois Out Of Mile

DRF – Hersh – Longshot Friday winners lead to $489,379 Breeders’ Cup pick six carryover

LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! How about 45-1, 28-1 and 39-1

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s 2019 Breeders’ Cup Selections

America’s best Racing – Contreras – Los Ponies’ Plays: The Breeders’ Cup Picks of a West Coast Analyst

America’s Best Racing – Vaq – Belle’s Best Bets: Breeders’ Cup Saturday Picks

Bloodhorse – TCI – Saturday Selects

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Saturday Selections


America’s Best Racing – Big-Race Showdown: 2019 Breeders’ Cup Selections

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Breeders’ Cup longshots that could spice up the exotics

TwinSpires Blog

Ring of Fire

If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Bloodhorse – Angst – McGaughey Believes Race Spacing Helped Code of Honor

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Arklow Seeks Another Major Upset for Donegal

Esquire – Rense – Anthony Bourdain, a Legendary Knife, an Auction, and a Love Story

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dancing In The Dark

Bloodhorse – Daughtery – Omaha Beach Life-Changing Friend for Rider Cambra

Sloop John B

vendredi 1 novembre

Friday On My Mind

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music, and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

Henny Youngman

fivethirtyeight – Paine – The Nationals Wouldn’t Say Die

Like A Rolling Stone

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McGrath – Where to look? Sydney gatecrashes Derby Day extravaganza with new A$7.5m super race

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Friday Selections: Always Looking For Longshots


No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.

Isaac Babel

TDN – Sherack – Breeders’ Cup Weekend is Here!

DRF – Free – Breeders’ Cup 2019: The big day has arrived


Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s 2019 Breeders’ Cup Selections

America’s best Racing – Contreras – Los Ponies’ Plays: The Breeders’ Cup Picks of a West Coast Analyst

America’s Best Racing – Vaq – Belle’s Best Bets: Breeders’ Cup Saturday Picks

Bloodhorse – TCI – Saturday Selects

America’s Best Racing – Big-Race Showdown: 2019 Breeders’ Cup Selections

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Breeders’ Cup longshots that could spice up the exotics

TwinSpires Blog

DRF – Privman – Vino Rosso ready to run a corker in Breeders’ Cup Classic

I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.

Mario Batali

TDN – Sherack – Elate Territory

Paulick Report – Classic Notes: ‘No Blips’ For Higher Power, Math Wizard ‘Needs To Improve’

Blue Bayou

America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Owner Rick Porter Savoring Every Moment of Omaha Beach’s Resurgence

DRF – Privman – After an up-and-down year for the record books, Omaha Beach heavily favored in BC Dirt Mile

Fat Bottomed Girls

LA Times – Karlamangla – Six myths about rattlesnakes, busted

I found a great many pieces of punctuation and typography lying around dormant when I came along – and I must say I had a good time using them.

Tom Wolfe

Bloodhorse – Angst – McKinzie and the Racing Ties That Bind

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – O’Brien’s Stable Makes Grand Appearance at Santa Anita

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Coolmore horses on parade

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Miller Hopes Breeders’ Cup Wins Keep Coming in Pairs

TDN – Defending Home Turf Means Something Different This Year for O’Neill

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Got Stormy Follows Proven Pattern to Breeders’ Cup Mile

Paulick Report – Feinstein: Racing’s Days Are Numbered If There’s An Equine Death During Breeders’ Cup

Out Of Time

Bloodhorse – Stevens – Racing Post – Rags-to-Riches Tales Unfold at Breeders’ Cup

For most Americans, Friday afternoons are filled with positive anticipation of the weekend. In Washington, it’s where government officials dump stories they want to bury.

John Sununu

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Vets Scratch ‘Unsound’ Thais From BC Filly & Mare Turf

Paulick Report – Distaff Notes: ‘Taking A Shot’ With Mo See Cal, Street Band ‘On Her Toes’

Bloodhorse – Midnight Bisou Heads Group of Sales-Bound BC Runners

Long time Alberta thoroughbred owner Rick Running Rabbit passed away on October 27, 2019

Wake Services will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Siksika Nation) on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

With A Little Help From My Friends

NY Times – Spencer – How Many Christmas Movies Is Too Many Christmas Movies?

Phil has an answer:

One is too many.

Sweet Guy

jeudi 31 octobre

Winston Salem Journal – Mick Scott: Yes, Linus, there is a Great Pumpkin

National Post – Brehaut – A new report finds that ‘certified’ chocolate isn’t always as advertised

National Post – Marni Soupcoff: Our sensitivity obsession is ruining Halloween for children

In The Air Tonight

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I hung a WELCOME KEITH RICHARDS banner down here every day for forty years. Eventually I just gave up.


Washington Post – Sheinin – At last, Nats are champs

NY Times – Waldstein and Hoffman – Nationals Win Their First World Series With One Last Rally

ESPN – AP – Nationals rally past Astros in Game 7 to win franchise’s first World Series

ESPN – SChoenfield – The seventh inning that shocked Houston and made the Nationals World Series champions

Washington Post – Fortier – Inside the Nationals’ postgame celebration of their first World Series title

National Post – Scott Stinson: At the World Series, the old guard wants to ‘Play Loud’ but sneers when players celebrate

Sympathy For The Devil

There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.


Bloodhorse – Haskin – Friday Selections: Always Looking For Longshots

Brisnet – Balan – Santa Anita main track may pose challenge to out-of-state shippers

America’s Best Racing – Curry – Stay Lucky Picks: 2019 Season Concludes on Breeders’ Cup Saturday

America’s Best Racing – Ehalt – Focusing on Exacta Bets in Breeders’ Cup: A Winning Strategy

America’s Best Racing – Moore – Ten Things You Should Know About the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By TVG: 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Brisnet – 2019 Breeders’ Cup Guide 

TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report

Paulick Report – Jagow – Betting Breeders’ Cup Longshots: Future Stars Friday

LA Times – Fry and Wogglesworth – Homes burning in San Bernardino as fire sweeps into neighborhood

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Satan

Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, “Never take candy from strangers.” And then they dressed me up and said, “Go beg for it.” I didn’t know what to do. I’d knock on people’s doors and go, Trick or treat.

Bloodhorse – High-Priced Donna Veloce Earns High Praise

America’s Best Racing – Reed – Five Vulnerable Favorites in 2019 Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By TVG: 2019 Breeders’ Cup Mile

Tonight, Tonight

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

William Shakespeare

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Giant Expectations Flips Before Morning Outing

TDN – Bianca – Correas Back In Distaff With ‘Prize’ Possession

Sometime Around Midnight


Paulick Report – Voss – Breeders’ Cup Safety: Wildfire Monitoring, Hair Testing, And New Diagnostics

TDN – McGrath – ‘No Racehorses Ever So Closely Monitored’


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – What’s been happening in the racing industry around the world

Paulick Report – Academy Award Winner Irons Cast In Film Adaptation Of Champion Frankel’s Career

Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.


Paulick Report – ‘No Room For Error’ With Late-Running Juvenile Fillies Turf Longshot Crystalle


mercredi 30 octobre

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I believe in all the qualities of being a liberal. I keep going back to all the great social events in our country’s history, starting with the Salem witch trials, where the conservative view was that they’re witches and should be burned at the stake, and the liberal view was there’s no such thing as witches.

George Clooney

Southern Living – Denenberg – 30 Easy Appetizers for a Spooktacular Halloween Party

Washington Post – Dougherty and Fortier – Nationals force World Series Game 7 with dominant Stephen Strasburg performance in 7-2 win

Houston Chronicle – Ray – Astros fans use memes to cope with letdown in Game 6 of World Series, stress of Game 7

NY Times – Kepner – A Dreary World Series Bursts to Life in Game 6

NY Times – Kepner – Stephen Strasburg Rewards Nationals for Their Trust

Washington Post – Svrluga – How did the Nats respond to a controversial call? By leaving absolutely no doubt.

ESPN – Schonfield – Nats’ Dave Martinez ejected after arguing controversial call in 7th

ESPN – Passan – Nationals’ Game 6 win gave fans everything they could ask for — including a Game 7

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

George Carlin

Brisnet – Michaels – Breeders’ Cup horseplayers and storylines

TDN – Sherack – Tuesday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: Drawing Conclusions?

Paulick report – Classic Notes: Code Of Honor, Vino Rosso Take First Gallops At Santa Anita

Horse Racing Nation – Code of Honor ‘matches up with any of them’ in Breeders’ Cup

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Breeders’ Cup: re-live that momentous first meet 35 years ago

Brisnet – Balan – Mandella: I got to thinking at about midnight

In The Midnight Hour

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Bloodhorse – King – Omaha Beach, Mitole Post Final Breeders’ Cup Works

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Mitole, Omaha Beach take edge off

Paulick Report – Dirt Mile Notes: Omaha Beach, Blue Chipper Both Blow Out Three Furlongs

Bloodhorse – Sentient Jet Partners With Omaha Beach

TDN – The Pat Smullen Column: California Dreaming

You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

Glinda the Good Witch

Paulick Report – Turf Notes: Old Persian Ready For ‘A Huge Race,’ Brown ‘Confident’ In Bricks And Mortar

Horse Racing Nation – Without Parole finds ‘tough spot’ in Breeders’ Cup for U.S. debut

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Maxfield Out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

TDN – Maxfield, Landeskog Out of BC

DRF – Jerardi – How high can BC contenders fly on the Beyer scale?

Girl You’ll Me A Woman Soon

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – State of the Industry Addressed at Owner Conference

Paulick Report – Voss – After Masochistic, Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition Testing More Comprehensive Than Ever


The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown
H.P. Lovecraft

TDN – Bianca – Cox, El Tormenta Surge Into Mile

Paulick Report – Distaff Notes: Home Track An ‘Advantage’ For Paradise Woods, Kentucky Contingent Arrives

Paulick Report – Sprint Notes: Imperial Hint Camp Happy With Outside Draw, Shancelot ‘Really Ready’

DRF – Free – Doyle, Street Band finding their stride together

DRF – Privman – Midnight Bisou, Sistercharlie loom as heavy favorites on Breeders’ Cup Saturday

DRF – Grening – Eight Rings has home-field advantage in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

The Beatles once famously boasted that they were more popular than Jesus. In 1973, Secretariat was more popular than The Beatles. Jesus had to settle for show money.

This is Horse Racing – Hill – Secretariat’s coming’

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

Immanuel Kant

mardi 29 octobre

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Forristal – Magical Out of Breeders’ Cup With Temperature, Retired

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Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

Louis D. Brandeis

Southern Living – Yarborough – Halloween Slow-Cooker Recipes That Are To-Die-For Delicious

TDN – Sherack – Monday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Who is in Running for Horse of the Year?

Bloodhorse – Angst – McKinzie Faces Code of Honor in Breeders’ Cup Classic


ESPN – AP – McKinzie installed as 3-1 favorite for Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – McKinzie Draws Eight As Narrow Classic Favorite

Paulick Report – McKinzie Draws Post Eight, Tabbed As 3-1 Morning Line Favorite For Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Carasso – Baffert Hoping Eight is Great for McKinzie in Breeders’ Cup Classic XXXVI

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – McKinzie, Midnight Bisou Head Work Tab at Santa Anita

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein

Washington Post – Svrluga – The story of these Nationals has never been easy to believe, so why stop believing now?

LA Times – Mitchell – Women who flashed Gerrit Cole during World Series game are banned from MLB stadiums

Inside and outside of the White House, Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with sycophants and suck-ups, minions who stroke the emperor’s ego and assure him that his decisions are wise and his phone calls are perfect and his new clothes are absolutely the best. The boos were a reality check, real-life proof that it’s not just the “corrupt” media or the “do-nothing Democrats” who oppose him.

The booing mattered. So did the pointed snub of Mitch McConnell by Bobby Rankin, a pallbearer, at Elijah Cummings’s funeral (another video I watched more than once). So did John McCain’s refusal to have Mr. Trump attend his funeral.

NY Time – Opinion – Weiner – Why Did It Feel So Good to See Trump Booed?

The Art of Baseball

The Bitter Southerner – Wellman – A Corridor Runs Through it

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
Frank Zappa

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Correas Returns to Santa Anita With Blue Prize

Marrakesh Express

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Bricks and Mortar Eyes Perfect Season in BC Turf

DRF – Andersen – Distance no question for Zulu Alpha in Breeders’ Cup Turf

Hit the Road Jack

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Midnight Bisou the One to Beat in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Do You Wanna Dance

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
Albert Einstein

Bloodhorse – U.S.-Trained Females Uni, Got Stormy to Try BC Mile

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Omaha Beach Heads Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF – Rampellini – Korean horse to run in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Dirty Deeds

Restaurant Business – Romeo – BJ’s Restaurants plans to try beer subscriptions

Hit the Road Jack

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Sistercharlie Chases Back-to-Back Breeders’ Cup Wins

Radar Love

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Mitole Looks for One More Big Victory in BC Sprint

DRF – Welsch – Mitole favored among 10 in BC Sprint

The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.
Shannon L. Alder

Young Blood

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Stormy Liberal Aims to Strike Again in BC Turf Sprint

Bloodhorse – King – Come Dancing, Covfefe Meet in BC Filly & Mare Sprint

We may look at the same moon, but our hearts sing different songs.

Debasish Mridha

Ghost Town

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Bast Aims to Tame Sometimes Wild BC Juvenile Fillies

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Christophe Clement: dealing with the frustration of still being a Breeders’ Cup nearly man

Seriously, though, what the hell is brimstone?


Manic Monday

Fortune – Firzgerald – What Handing Out Full Size Candy Bars on Halloween Says About You, According to Behavioral Economists

The devil doesn’t know how to sing, only how to howl.
Francis Thompson

The Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup post position draw live from Santa Anita’s trackside marquee Monday, Oct. 28 will air from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET.

Bloodhorse – TVG to Broadcast Breeders’ Cup Post Position Draw

DRF – Hersh – Walsh wearing many hats with Breeders’ Cup duo

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Contrasting styles on display Sunday

The Globe and Mail – AP – Italie – Prince’s anticipated, posthumous memoir to be released Tuesday

Friday on My Mind

Haunt an old house.
Ask for a treat.
Laugh like a witch.
Lick something sweet.
Offer a trick.
Wander a maze.
Echo a boo.
Exclaim the phrase—
Normal’s unnatural on Halloween!”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Mott Works Elate, Yoshida, Channel Maker at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – Rees – Mott: ‘Top-Class’ Elate Fits In Classic, Yoshida Should Be ‘In The Mix’

Bloodhorse – King – Bast, Eight Rings, Improbable Work Toward Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Golden – Eight Rings ‘Very Good’ In Final Work For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

TDN – Baffert Runners Tune Up for Cup Dates

Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

Bloodhorse – TSG, Breeders’ Cup Issue Statement on Equine Fatality

LA Times – Hoffarth – How much will Santa Anita horse deaths be part of NBC’s Breeders’ Cup coverage?


Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Sandy Hawley Recalls Inaugural Breeders’ Cup

DRF – Andersen – Sisterson has a plan for Bandua in BC Turf

DRF – Hersh – Royal Dornach won’t ship for BC Juvenile turf, clearing way for others

DRf – Andersen – Motion hopes Sharing might follow in dam’s footsteps at Breeders’ Cup

When Doves Cry

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Lights, camera, action: it’s the Graded stakes winner with a taste for stardom

TDN – Thornton – The Week in Review: The Book on Maximum Security? Thankfully, It’s Still a Work in Progress

My Generation

The Globe and Mail – Walsh and LeBlanc –  Former Conservative MP joins group saying Andrew Scheer must go, hopes Peter MacKay will enter leadership race

“By eradicating the Liberals from the provincial map on election day,” writes the Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly, “Albertans stand to punish themselves as much as they punished Justin Trudeau.” Alberta, he writes, should have been “strategic,” like Quebec, whose voters “will endorse any party they think will keep the federal favour train rolling.” Instead, having “rendered itself defenceless in Ottawa,” the province should “prepare itself to take a few lashings.”

National Post – Andrew Coyne: Sorry Albertchewan, cabinet ministers are supposed to be elected, not selected

le dimanche 27 octobre

Brisnet – Stars of Tomorrow | horse-by-horse guide for Churchill Downs races on October 27

NY Times – Waldstein and Wagner – How the Astros Won Game 4 of the World Series

Phil has a question:

How many jiggie fans came streaming through the doors at the OTB Phil was at on Saturday October 26, 2019 to watch and wager on the Breeders’ Crown races.

Phil has an answer:


Never apologize. Never explain. Just get the thing done, and let them howl.

Agnes Macphail


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Paulick Report – Brown Confirms Bricks And Mortar For Breeders’ Cup Turf

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Oct. 26

Where the hell am I supposed to find silver bullets? K-Mart?

Bloodhorse – Baffert, Romans Debate Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Paulick Report – Rees – ‘Two Superstars In The Making’: Baffert, Romans Talk Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Hopefuls

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Higher Power Tops Breeders’ Cup Work Tab at Santa Anita

DRF – Privman – BC Classic-bound Higher Power heads busy work tab at Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Strong Attendance Highlights Keeneland Fall Meet

Living in the Past

There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.
Sitting Bull

Bloodhorse – King – Keeper Of the Stars Reaches New Heights in Autumn Miss

Phil has a question:

Are the stewards in California blind or stupid or some combination of the 2.

All of California is telling the thoroughbred racing world what sounds good to hear for a thoroughbred racing world in turmoil. California will put the health and safety of the horses first. Talk is cheap. But when the California stewards are faced with a decision in a race they fail to take action commensurate with their duty to put the health and safety of the horses first and to ensure the health and safety of the jockeys.

The California Stewards decision in not disqualifying Keeper of the Stars for an egregious bumping session that pin-balled horses all over the track and / or not suspending Abel Cedillo for a least 15 days for a dangerous ride shows that the stewards can talk the talk, but they can’t walk the walk. Lucky for the stewards and California thoroughbred racing that veteran skilled rider Kent Desormeaux was on Holly Hundy or they could have had 4 or 5 horses go down and had a disaster of epic proportions on their hands one week before Breeders’ Cup.

Abel Cedillo may have the talent to be a superior rider, but he needs to learn the responsibilities of riding and his ride on Saturday was patently reckless. Phil doesn’t know what brand of rose coloured glasses Byron King is using to watch the replay, but Holly Hundy was not fading when Keeper of the Stars bumped into her. Either Desormeaux or Holly herself must have seen Keeper of the Stars moving over into their lane and hesitated while bracing for the contact. Cedillo should donate his entire cheque to one of the OTTB charities in California.

The CHRB should call those stewards to their office just at the pinkest moment of the Monday morning dawn and they should each be given a piece of paper that matches the colour of that moment of the Monday morning dawn.

Behind Blue Eyes

LA Times – Farmer – Column: These NFL blunders have been amplified by social media

DRF – Grening – Code of Honor takes it slow over sealed track in final BC Classic work

Bloodhorse – BC Contenders Outside California Turn in Final Moves

DRF – McGee – Amoss, on the mend, watches Serengeti Empress work for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Sprinters impress in Saturday outings

Gold Dust Woman



Everyone is a moon and has a dark side, which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain

DRF – Hersh – Defections lead to major reshuffling of BC Mile field

DRF  – Privman – American Theorem will skip Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF – Andersen – Two defections in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Werewolves of London

I love Americans! You all have a good taste.

samedi 26 octobre

FiveThirtyEighty – Hickey – The Ultimate Halloween Candy Power Ranking

Oh Henry Bar

Bloodhorse – King – Busy Work Tab in Kentucky In Advance of Breeders’ Cup

Lazy Eye

US Racing – Farrell – Breeders’ Cup 2019: Racing Faces Perilous Situation


TDN – The Jockey Club Scolds Mountaineer, WV Racing Commission in Formal Letter

Blood In The Cut

LA Times – Ko – Eat your fears with these creepy Halloween recipes

ESPN – Passan – How the Astros just gave this World Series a shot at greatness

There are some secrets, which do not permit themselves to be told.

Edgar Allen Poe

Cutting the Budget

Cutting the Budget

Phil has a question:
Do you think that Jason Kenney’s UCP government put as much effort into trimming the Alberta budget as Dave and his accountant buddy did.

There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.
Sitting Bull

Speaking at City Hall on Thursday night, he crumpled up a piece of paper and threw it to the ground. The paper represented the United Conservative Party’s promise to keep in place city charters negotiated over years with Edmonton and Calgary. The budget announced that the charters would be revoked and funding for the two cities cut from $500-million to $455-million starting in 2023.

“I expected their word to be worth something,” Mr. Nenshi told The Globe and Mail of Mr. Kenney’s platform promise.

The new fiscal framework, which had been signed by the previous New Democratic government, had already made a significant cut. “Calgary would not return to 2017 levels of funding until 2032,“ Mr. Nenshi said. “They told Calgarians that they would honour that promise. They didn’t. They ripped it up and unilaterally put in a new fiscal framework that is significantly lower than even that.”

The Globe and Mail – Giovanetti and Tait – Mayors of Calgary, Edmonton criticize funding cuts to cities in Alberta budget

National Post – Carmichael – Alberta delivers an orthodox budget that is short on long-term thinking

Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.
Eva Peron


NY Times – Garner – A New Biography of Janis Joplin Captures the Pain and Soul of an Adventurous Life

Paulick Report – Voss – Breeders’ Cup Safety: ‘Everything That Can Be Done, Is Being Done’

Esquire – Tosches – Not I, But the Grace of Bobo, Which Was with Me

Nation’s Restaurant News – Buzalka – 32 New Food and beverage treats for NFL fans

The Phantom of the Opera

The older you get, the more you live with ghosts.

Nick Tosches

Nation’s Restaurant News – Are there any surprises in the top 10 burger chains?

Phil has a question:
Are you surprised that Red Robin’s not in Top 10.
Are you surprised that Red Robin is closing all of its Alberta locations
Are you disappointed that Red Robin is closing all of its Alberta locations.

US Racing – McNamara – Breeders’ Cup 2019: Winning at Santa Anita Not Easy for NY-based Trainers

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

Christian Nestell Bovee


Bloodhorse – Vino Rosso Puts in Final Breeders’ Cup Classic Work

Paulick Report – Pletcher: Classic Contender Vino Rosso ‘Thriving’ At Belmont

DRF – Grening – Vino Rosso’s work shows he’s still on top of game

Ghost Riders In The Sky

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

TDN -Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Oct. 25

Bloodhorse – Blue Prize, Hog Creek Hustle, Imperial Hint Work For BC

Paulick Report – Dennis’ Moment ‘Well Within Himself’ In Bullet Workout At Santa Anita

DRF – Privman – Sadler in with several chances to build some Breeders’ Cup momentum

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

Pale Blue Eyes

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Preparations Have Been ‘According To Plan’ For Undefeated Maxfield

Paulick Report – Covfefe Fires Second Straight Bullet Ahead Of Filly & Mare Sprint

Paulick Report – War Of Will ‘Actually Focuses’ In New Blinkers; Got Stormy Will Be ‘More Effective’ At Santa Anita


vendredi 25 octobre

Brisnet – Welcome fellow degenerates by Peter Fornatale

How To Build a Supefecta

The Man Who Sold the World

Cision – News – Royal Canadian Mint Silver Collector Coin Honours Métis Leader and Father of Manitoba Louis Riel

Phil has a question:

Was issuing a commemorative coin for the leader of the Northwest Rebellion the day after the Federal election just pure ironic coincidence or is this a signal for the 21st century Northwest Rebellion.

The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.
Ian Fleming


NY Times – Kepner – Two Down, the Astros Retain Their Confidence

ESPN – Doolittle – Houston Astros look beatable — very beatable — for the first time all season


NY Times – Wagner – ‘Let the Viejos Play’: In the World Series, Age Is an Asset

My Generation

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Francis Bacon

TSN – CP – Astros fire assistant GM Taubman

Sound of Silence

Phil has a question:

Did they fire this idiot because of the taunt or because the taunt shows that he has Zippo management skills.


Horse Racing Nation – Zipse: Separating Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders, pretenders

DRF – Privman – Horse of the Year contenders dot Breeders’ Cup races; 11 pre-entered in Classic 

DRF – McGee – Castellano to ride Owendale in Breeders’ Cup Classic as Geroux heals

Good Vibrations

Literary Hub – Mauceri – On the Difficulty of Explaining Why a Piece of Music is Good

I Walked With a Zombie

DRF – Andersen – Walk In Marrakesh picks up Dettori for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Literary Hub – Betts – Finding a Way to Understand the World on a Basketball Court

Me and Julio Down By The schoolyard

We ask only to be reassured about the noises in the cellar and the window that should not have been open.

TS Eliot

Purdy’s Coming to Grande Prairie


Bloodhorse – Johnson – Breeders’ Cup: Early Thoughts on 2019 Pre-Entries

Keep Me In Your Heart

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

William Shakespeare

LA Times – Plaschke – Column: Joe Maddon’s Angels arrival overshadowed by ongoing Tyler Skaggs drug probe

Cat People

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.

Wednesday Addams

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Imperial Hint blazes through half-mile at Monmouth

TDN – TD Thornton – At 252 Mares Bred, Justify, Mendelssohn Lead the Way

Paulick Report – Gorajec: Justify Case Would Have Been Handled Differently In Different States

Paulick Report – Wrona – Australia: After Winx’s Four-Peat, Time For A New Name On The Cox Plate

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McGrath – Australia badly needs a new star: could the Cox Plate provide one?

jeudi 24 octobre

National Post – Washington Post – McCoy and Lopes – Six-hundred tons of oil has contaminated Brazil’s coast, and authorities have no idea where it’s coming from

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

John Maxwell

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Race Order, Wagering Menu Set

Paulick Report – TVG To Air Special Breeders’ Cup Workout, Handicapping Coverage


TDN – HOTY Candidates Bricks and Mortar, Midnight Bisou & Code of Honor Head 188 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

Lao Tzu

Unchained Melody

LA Times – Castillo – World Series: Stephen Strasburg stars as Nationals rout Astros for 2-0 series lead

NY Times – Waldstein and Hoffman – World Series: Nationals Stun Astros in Game 2 to Seize Control

Washington Post – Sheinin – The mighty Astros have lost their mojo, and they’re running out of time to get it back

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams

Phil has a question:

Is Mattress Mack cheering for the comeback or the epic upset.

Was the chant in the Washington Dressing room: “Thank God they got Osuna! We’re so f—ing glad they got Osuna!”

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

NY Times – Cacciola – The Clippers Posed a Test, and the Lakers Didn’t Pass It

Take Me to The River

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Publilius Syrus

Bloodhorse – Not Enough – By Evan Hammonds

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: U.S. Horse Racing’s Lack Of Organization, Leadership Magnified During Crisis

ESPN – AP – McKinzie, Code of Honor top Classic field for Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Horse of the Year Route May Not Run Through BC Classic

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Catalina Cruiser to Lane’s End After Breeders’ Cup

Stop at your neighbourhood McDonald’s and pick up one of their Monopoly activity foldouts for your kids, grandkids or greatgrandkids. It’s probably the only Canadian geography lesson they’ll get from K – 12.

McDonald’s Monopoly

Bloodhorse – King – Former Hollendorfer Trainees Among BC Pre-Entries

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Maybe McKinzie can get the 10 Furlongs After All

Esquire – Hill – The Carpetbagging Gamblers of the Garden State

Phil has a question:

How much revenue did the Canadian federal government and the Canadian provinces lose when the Harper government killed the single event sports betting bill in the Senate.

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?

Benjamin Disraeli

Literary Hub – Mitchell – Dead Kennedys in the West: The Politicized Punks of 1970s San Francisco

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You

San Francisco Year Zero – Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team by Lincoln A. Mitchell

Silence is loaded with answers.


Washington Post – Carman and Tan – Made in America 

Take Me to the River

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.


Dished-Vancouver – Hunter – A definitive list of Halloween candy ranked worst to best

Today – Mettler – Snickers released a limited-edition pecan bar for fall but it didn’t last long

Heads Will Roll

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Champion Game Winner to Race at 4

Today – Walansky -Who is Bobby Flay dating? Fans of the celebrity chef are excited by recent reveal

Holiday in Cambodia

Food & Wine – Marchetti – Eggplant & Porcini “Meatballs” in Tomato Sauce

TDN – Bill Finley – Math Wizard Sale Finalized

Garden and Gun – October 2019 Reading List

mercredi 23 octobre

Breeders Cup Pre-Entry Announcement Wednesday at 11:30 AM ET

188 Horses Pre-Entered for 2019 Breeders’ Cup


Brisnet – Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries for 2019

Driving – Williams – Stash-ing the original Model S

Sportsnet – Nicholson-Smith – Soto seizes World Series stage after unacceptable actions from Astros

Washington Post – Dougherty and Fortier – Nationals hold off Astros to steal Game 1 of World Series, 5-4

NY Times – Waldstein and Hoffman – How the Nationals Won Game 1 of the World Series

ESPN – Passan – Nats’ Juan Soto 2nd-youngest with home run in 1st World Series game

ESPN – Passan – Juan Soto getting to Gerrit Cole turned the World Series upside down

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Cowboy Wisdom

Bloodhorse – King – McKinzie, Mitole, and Bast Breeze for Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – O’Heir – Magical Spearheads Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup Team

Paulick report – O’Brien On Breeders’ Cup Contingent: Magical, Anthony Van Dyck Top Probables

Phil has a question:

Will Van Dyke be riding Van Dyck.

Is it fair for any person to have to learn a language where Van Dyke is pronounced the same as Van Dyck.

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Hunter S. Thompson

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Smith Aboard Yoshida: We’ve Been Here Before

TDN – Ross – Santa Anita: Safety and Welfare with Breeders’ Cup in Sight

Paulick Report – Mitole ‘Really Proud Of Himself’ After Bullet Gate Work At Santa Anita

I’m seeing ghosts.

Sam Darnold

Psychology Today – Samuel – How Did Halloween Become a Monster Holiday?

Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.

Richard Harris Barham

Werewolves of London

Garden and Gun – Pumpkin Carving You Have to See to Believe

Garden and Gun -1

It’s easier to dismiss ghosts in the daylight.

Patricia Briggs

Psycho Killer

TDN – EquiLottery Partners With Sportradar

Some places speak distinctly. Certain dark gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwreck.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Paulick Report – Campbell – Commentary: Illinois Racing Abandoned By Churchill Downs; Regulators Should Hold Company Accountable

Phil has a question:

Isn’t it time that the racing industry woke up and stopped relying on everyone else to look after it.

Isn’t it time that the racing industry woke up and realized that the profit making track operators’ obligations are to their shareholders and not the racing industry.

Isn’t it time that the racing industry woke up and realized that the government regulators’ obligations are to their voters and not the racing industry.

Isn’t it time that the racing industry woke up and realized that the paper pushing bureaucrats’ loyalties are to their own positions and not the racing industry.

Sympathy For The Devil

The Globe and Mail – Kelly – Raptors snub home fans, Kawhi Leonard during interminable opening night celebrations

Garden and Gun – Harris – Fall Bulbs for Spring Blooms

mardi 22 octobre

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

William Shakespeare

LA Times – Kim – ‘We don’t just study’: Inside Asia’s bloody history of student-led protests

Breeders Cup Pre-Entry Announcement Wednesday at 11:30 AM ET

TDN – XBTV Launches Breeders’ Cup Portal


Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Riley – Battaash to Bypass BC after Prix de l’Abbaye Defeat

Lonesome tears

If you would reflect well and wisely, you would realize that those events you regard as personal misfortunes have served a useful purpose even in this worldly life, and indeed have worked for your betterment.

Christine de Pizan

NY Times – Clark – Sausages, the Busy Cook’s Best Friend

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens

The Bitter Southerner – Mitchell – An Undeserved Gift

Sportsnet – Yankees’ CC Sabathia officially announces retirement

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Cowboy Wisdom

Sports Illustrated – Apstein – Astros Staffer’s Outburst at Female Reporters Illustrates MLB’s Forgive-and-Forget Attitude Toward Domestic Violence

Phil has a question:

When will these MCP asshole jerks learn to shut the fuck up.

Have you ever seen an article in any media about someone not saying something stupid.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.


Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Cowboy Wisdom

NY Times – Kepner – For Astros and Nationals, a World Series Flush With Aces

Washington Post – Boswell – The World Series is back in D.C. after 86 years. Enjoy the ride, because anything can happen.

Washington Post – Allen – What you need to know about 2019 World Series

ESPN – Schoenfeld – World Series viewers guide: Can Nationals stop Astros?

DRF – Andersen – Prat picks up mount on Serengeti Empress for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Bloodhorse – Angst – W.Va. Investigation Finds No Evidence of Animal Cruelty


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hatward – USADA may be our last chance to clean up racing in America

TDN – DiDonato – Medaglia d’Oro Trifecta On Top at Fasig-Tipton October Opener

Paulick Report – Pedulla – Funny Cide Owners ‘Would Love To Get Back To The Derby,’ To Skip Juvenile With 2020 Contender

lundi 21 octobre – 2019 Breeders Cup Pre-Entry Day

Is there more to a seat in parliament
Then sitting on your arse

Billy Bragg

Phil was driving the other day and noticed a number of signs saying re-elect a number of incumbent candidates. Last time Phil heard or saw any of these incumbent’s names was one election ago. Phil would vote early and often for any party whose platform was a reduction in the number of the arse sitters.

Vote early and vote often.

Al Capone

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.



NBC Sports Zanzucchi – What to know about the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

I’ve lost a million and a half on the horses and dice in the last two years. And the funny part is, I still like ’em, and if someone handed me another million I’d put it right in the nose of some horse that looked good to me.

Al Capone

Bloodhorse – Ward’s Breeders’ Cup Trio Top Keeneland Works

Paulick Report – ‘Top Of The Ranks’: Kimari, Other Ward Trainees Work Toward Breeders’ Cup At Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Bricks and Mortar Leads Brown’s Breeders’ Cup Workers

TDN – Bricks and Mortar, Sistercharlie Top Breeders’ Cup Contenders On Busy Sunday Worktab

DRF – Grening – Bricks and Mortar looks sharp in Breeders’ Cup drill

Brisnet – Reilly – Bricks and Mortar inclining toward Breeders’ Cup Turf; Catalina cruises into Sprint

Paulick Report – Brown ‘Leaning Toward’ Turf For Horse Of The Year Candidate Bricks And Mortar

Bloodhorse – King – BC Classic Prospects Breeze in Florida, California

Paulick Report – Come Dancing ‘Sensational’ In Six-Furlong Work For Breeders’ Cup

DRF – Free – Paradise Woods takes it nice and easy in BC Distaff work

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

TDN – Bill Finley – The Safety of the Horses: Racing Must Do Better

DRF – Grening – Guarana to miss BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF – Free – Injury, likely careeer-ending, rules Pee Wee Reese out of BC Turf Sprint

Sportsnet – Davidi –  Astros – Nationals World Series a reminder of value of dominant starters

Wild Thing

Phil has a question:

Is there anyone out there who didn’t see that song coming.

Washington City Paper – The Law of the Letter: Could Nats’ Curly W Be Taken Away?

CoreyBrinn – Am I at a Nationals game or Walgreens drive thru?

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Perfect Day

Paulick Report – Rees – Returning From Injury, Mena Appreciates ‘Good Shot’ In Breeders’ Cup With Peace Achieved

Garden and Gun – Burke – The Everglades’ Wild Hope

Southern Living – Rogers – 5 Great New Books To Read in October

le dimanche  20 octobre

Adam said Thunberg has now left the Fort McMurray area.

“I don’t know why the world is so scared of her. She stands about four feet tall and she’s probably, I’m guessing about 110 pounds, that’s about it,” Adam said, dismissing those who criticize Thunberg’s views because she’s young.

“We talk to our kids every day and sometimes our kids give us meaningful answers that we are looking for.”

The Globe and Mail – CP – Franson – Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

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

Sitting Bull

“I’d argue that a horse is not an office desk,” he said. “They’ve done their service, we can put them in a place where they can live out their natural lives as opposed to sending them to another place … I’ll be blunt, with the risk of being turned into steaks. That’s not right.”

Edmonton Journal – Cook – ‘A horse is not an office desk’: City strengthens animal relocation rules following horse auction scare

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.

Fred Astaire

For Deirdre, there could next be a trip to Hong Kong in December. For Magical, all roads and freeways surely lead to California and, in particular, Santa Anita Park.

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Mottershead – Resilient Magical Lands Champion Stakes Crown

Brisnet – Reilly – Champions Day double for O’Brien: ‘unbelievable’ Magical rebounds, Kew Gardens outduels Stradivarius

Phil has a question:

Can you phil in the blank with the names of the North American trainers who would bring a horse back to a GI on 2 weeks rest.



LA Times – Castillo – Jose Altuve’s walk-off home run sends Astros past Yankees and into World Series

NY Times – Altuve’s Homer Stuns Yankees and Sends Astros to World Series

Houston Chronicle – Rome – Astros: One swing, ‘complete mayhem,’ and the AL pennant

Phil has a question:

When you get a big fat one high over the middle of the plate does someone have to whistle for a hitter like Altuve to recognize it.

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

Babe Ruth

NY Times – Kepner –For the Yankees, Good Is Not Good Enough in the Age of the Astros

Washington Post – Bogage – The former Expos are finally in the World Series, and Montreal isn’t sure what to think

When a batter swings and I see his knees move, I can tell just what his weaknesses are then I just put the ball where I know he can’t hit it.

Satchel Paige

Ballad of Bill Lee

Phil has a question:

Is Mattress Mack still wagering to hedge his bets on the furniture refund.

ESPN – Purdum – Astros biggest World Series favorites since 2007

Harper’s – Symmes – The $68,000 Fish

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.

Satchel Paige

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Wayne O Finds Winner’s Circle at Keeneland

And the astute Canadian name players should have had a quid or 2 on Shuster in the 7th at Santa Anita.

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers

Remember that next time you vote.

Question Time

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Watch Mr. Monomoy running greenly yet still gobble up lengths down the stretch after getting clobbered out of the gate in Wayne O’s race.

TDN – Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Bulletin

Bloodhorse – King – Elate, Got Stormy Breeze at Churchill Downs Toward BC

Paulick Report – Math Wizard ‘On Time’ For Breeders’ Cup Classic; No Rider Yet Named

Paulick Report – Catalina Cruiser Pivots To Sprint; Bellafina ‘Looked Really Good’ In Penultimate Work

Bloodhorse – Stronach Group Issues Statement on Equine Fatality

TDN – Stronach Group Releases Statement Following Saturday Breakdown at Santa Anita

Southern Living – 20 Unspoken Rules of Etiquette That Every Southerner Follows

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer

TDN – Bill Finley – Rodriguez Says He’s Still Seeking Payment; Zayat Says Debt Has Been Paid

Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising and they wouldn’t have to advertise it.

Will Rogers

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Laura King – Dubai’s brave new world where smaller owners can mix it with the Maktoums

The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.

Oscar Wilde

samedi 19 octobre

“Joe,” said Marilyn Monroe, just back from Korea, “you never heard such cheering.” “Yes I have,” Joe DiMaggio answered.

Esquire – Talese – The Silent Season of a Hero

Put Me In Coach


LA Times – Rohan – Yankees’ CC Sabathia knew he suffered a career-ending injury, and he was OK with it

Baseball Reference – Pitchers by Wins

Phil has a question:

Will there ever be another 300 game winner.

TSN – Braley ‘disappointed’ in Lions season, doing complete evaluation of team

Phil has a question:

Does Braley wish he’d have asked any thoroughbred horsemen from Alberta about the CCW before the Lions hired him.

Bloodhorse – Vino Rosso Heads Breeders’ Cup Works at Belmont

DRF – Grening – Vino Rosso finishes strong in Breeders’ Cup Classic work

Bloodhorse – King – Covfefe, Dennis’ Moment Lead BC Workers in Kentucky

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Oct. 18

Bloodhorse – Catholic Boy Retired to Claiborne Farm

TDN – Catholic Boy Retired to Claiborne

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Updated Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Deep Track Could Influence 2019 Breeders’ Cup

National Post – Terence Corcoran: Politicians want to be friends with climate warriors like Greta. It won’t work

The collegiate idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it.

P. J. O’Rourke

Phil has a question:

Do the politicians think that a couple of boxes of Billy’s Pan Pizza will appease Greta.

How effective would Greta be if she had Lisbeth Salander on her team.

“We cannot allow this crisis to continue to be a partisan, political question,” Thunberg said in a speech before thousands of people on the steps of the legislature.

“The climate and ecological crisis is far beyond party politics and the main enemy right now should not be any political opponents, because our main enemy is physics.”

National Post – CP – Derworiz and Bennett – No mention of oilsands as activist Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

The Globe and Mail – Cryderman – Days before election, Greta Thunberg tells Albertans climate change cannot be ‘partisan, political question’

Phil has a question:

How many knee jerk redneck Albertans bothered to listen to Greta’s message before they made up their closed minds.

Would any of those knee jerk redneck Albertans admit that what Greta said made more sense than anything emanating from any politician north or south of the 49th. .

Thrillist – Kryza – 34 Frozen Pizzas, Ranked by How Close to Delivery They Taste

Narcity – Kundacina – University Of Alberta Billboard Says Climate Change Will Give Us “Beefier Barley”

NY Times – Asimov – How Climate Change Impacts Wines

Phil’s not taking sides on the climate change debate and Phil’s sure you’re so full of rhetoric from all sides that you’re about to burst, but when the wine growers and other farmers start to take notice so perhaps should we.

Knockin on Heaven’s Door

Phil has a question:

Does anyone have a Plan B.

Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.

P. J. O’Rourke

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: A New Breeders’ Cup Era?

DRF – Welsch – Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Dennis’ Moment stands out on busy morning

DRF – Hersh – Channel Maker works for BC Turf, vans to Kentucky for California flight

DRF _ Privman – Catalina Cruiser likely to Breeders’ Cup Sprint after sharp drill

DRF – Grening – Our Country works on dirt but remains pointed to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF – Privman – Donna Veloce wows in work for BC Juvenile Fillies

TDN – St. Patrick’s Day to Stand at Journeyman Stud

My Clone Sleeps Alone

Bloodhorse – Angst and King – Hollendorfer Not Allowed to Race in Breeders’ Cup


Paulick Report – Mike Smith Picks Up Rosario’s Former Mount, Yoshida, For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Garden and Gun – Blount Jr. – Southern Ingenuity – Thoughts on some inventions we need—and some we don’t

50 Amazing Uses for 5 Gallon Buckets

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P. J. O’Rourke

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Size Isn’t Everything When They Run Big

Any random group of thirty Vietnamese women will contain a dozen who make Julia Roberts look like Lyle Lovett.

P. J. O’Rourke

vendredi 18 octobre

New York Times – Kepner – Why Are the Astros 3-1 Up? It’s All About the Ks.

Paradise By The Dashboard Light

TDN – Omaha Beach to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Paulick Report – Nick Luck Hosting New Interview Series Ahead Of 2019 Breeders’ Cup

ESPN – Wyshynski – Ned Colletti’s baseball lessons for NHL scouting

DRF – McGee – Covfefe, Come Dancing working from home for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF – McGee – Ward has strong trio set for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Paulick Report – Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Home To Endangered Equines

UGA Today – Sutton-Jackson – Abandoned Chernobyl villages could save a rare species

I Come And Stand At Every Door

TDN – Ross – Details Emerge in Ruis Request for Public Hearing Over Justify

ESPN – NBA commissioner Adam Silver says financial losses in China ‘substantial’

LA Times – AP – China denies it asked for Daryl Morey’s firing over Hong Kong tweet

DRF – Hegarty – Hollendorfer denied injunction, BC status uncertain

With that said, the Racing Commission does not have any specific regulation that directs our racetracks to dispose of horse remains in any specific manner. However, the Racing Commission desires that all equine athletes that compete on our racetracks whose racing lives have come to an end are treated in a dignified and humane manner. During the 2019 Legislative Session, the West Virginia Racing Commission was successful in getting legislation passed to give it funds to conduct necropsies on horses that die or that are euthanized on our racetracks. Going forward, as we are able to implement a plan to utilize those funds, deceased horses will be transported to qualified necropsy facilities for a necropsy. Thereafter, the facility will be responsible for the humane and respectful disposition of the remains.

Paulick Report – Voss – Industry, Animal Rights Activists React To Photo Of Thoroughbred In West Virginia Landfill

Phil has a question:

What are the Commissions waiting for – PETA to shut them down.

What is the policy or lack thereof in Alberta.

Paulick Report – Amplify Hopes To Make New Fans From Keeneland College Day Attendees

Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.

Henry Ford

When change is floated in the horse business, responses are often negative and tinged with reasons why our business could not accept such change.

Get over it. Change or fade into oblivion.

If you care about racing, it’s time to petition your state’s racing commissioners and demand they take their roles and the administration of racing far more seriously. It is in everyone’s best interest, and that includes our horses, to do so.

Paulick Report – TIF’s Cummings On West Virginia Incident: Horse Racing Must Address ‘Industry-Wide Nightmare’

Not Fade Away

Paulick Report – Sport Horse World Questioning Use Of Compounded Drug After Reports Of Sudden Deaths

Paulick Report –  Meittinis – Vet Rebuts Casner: Lasix Use Does Not Compromise A Horse’s Musculoskeletal System

Phil has a question:

Would you believe your pusher when he tells you crystal meth is good for you.

Lunatic Fringe

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Fish Collar Cutlets with Herbed Mayonnaise

Louisville Courier-Journal – Ladd – You can spend the night at a Kentucky distillery for the price of one bottle of bourbon

I Think I’m In Love

KSAT12 – Patton – Campus chickens combat crickets at Boerne elementary school

Dixie Chicken

We all like chicken.
Malcolm X

jeudi 17 octobre

NY Times – Wagner – For Yankees, Rainout Complicates the A.L.C.S. Pitching Plan


ESPN – Holmes – The burnout of the shooting star Carmelo Anthony

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard

I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then – whoosh, and I’m gone… and they’ll never see anything like it ever again… and they won’t be able to forget me – ever.

Jim Morrison

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – SPORTS BETTING SOARS

TDN – TD Thornton – Euthanized Mountaineer Horse Allegedly Dumped at Landfill

TDN – TD Thornton – Runner-Up in Disputed ’18 Santa Anita Derby Rebuffed By CHRB

Bloodhorse – Angst – Ruis Attorney to Push CHRB to Explain Justify Decision

Phil has a question:

When will the litigation start.

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.

Arthur Schopenhauer

TDN – Bill Finley – Brown Leaning Toward BC Turf for Bricks and Mortar

Bloodhorse – McKinzie on Top in Final Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

DRF – Free – Omaha Beach works an easy half-mile, but for which race?

DRF – Privman – Nine confirmed for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF – Free – With No. 6 in his sights, Smith recalls his five Breeders’ Cup Distaff winners


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Stabell – How phasing out U.S. race-day medication may affect the European sales market

LA Times – Su – Beijing whips up NBA anger, then winds it down, disappointing Chinese nationalists

DRF – Privman – Geroux still hopeful to make Breeders’ Cup

DRF – Hersh – Either of O’Brien’s Dewhurst duo would be formidable in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF – Grening – Scabbard snags Smith for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF – Andersen – Channel Maker will take a shot at Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF – Welsh – Imperial Hint hitting peak for third try at Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Ramble On

DRF – Hersh – El Tormenta flying under Breeders’ Cup Mile radar, just as he did in the Woodbine Mile

DRF – Andersen – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf field remains in flux

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

mercredi 16 octobre

NY Times – Goldberg – This Fungus Mutates. That’s Good News if You Like Cheese.

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Burn – Enable to Race in 2020 With Third Arc Victory the Aim

DRF – Free – No Breeders’ Cup Turf for Enable, but she may race next year

ESPN – Doolittle – How a Wednesday ALCS rainout could shuffle Astros’, Yankees’ pitching plans

Baby, The Rain Must Fall

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Phil has a question:

Who has the advantage, the Nationals who will have a rested pitching staff or the winner of the ACLS who will have a pitching staff sharp from work.

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

Charlie Chaplin

The Atlantic – Mull – How America Lost Dinner

Not Fade Away

Southern Living – Rogers – 50 Classic Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

Paulick Report – Rees – Doyle Hoping To Continue ‘Fantastic Ride’ With Street Band In Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Undark – Eisbein – Death Valley’s Park Service Wants Them Gone. But Are Wild Donkeys Really the Enemy?

Paulick report – Rees – Amoss Undecided On Breeders’ Cup Race For Serengeti Empress

NY Times – Hong Kong Protesters Are Targeting Starbucks. Apple Could Be Next.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Josh Billings

ESPN – Protesters trample, burn LeBron James jerseys in Hong Kong

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.


Times Like These

Paulick Report – ‘Very Pleased With Him’: Cox Tabs Owendale For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Brisnet – Hanson – In Excess a cautionary tale of making the right Breeders’ Cup race choice

I Don’t Like Mondays

2010 Breeders Cup Juvenile


Devils Haircut

TDN – Bill Finley – Omaha Beach to Stay in Training Following Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Emotional Father-Son Moments Celebrated In Weekend Stakes At Hastings

1998 Santa Anita Derby

Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

Charlie Brown

NY Times – Where Pugs Rule the Racetrack

Southern Living – 33 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Golden – Blacker Preparing For First Breeders’ Cup With ‘Very Smart’ Hit The Road

mardi 15 octobre

NY Times – Myers & Buckley – American Basketball vs. Chinese Hardball: Guess Who Won

LA Times – Elliott – Column: LeBron James makes it clear that good business with China overshadows other agendas

No two persons ever read the same book.

Edmund Wilson

Bloodhorse – Haskin – It’s Vino Rosso’s Time

TDN – Sunday’s Breeders’ Cup Notes

Bloodhorse – Code of Honor Has First Work Since Gold Cup at Belmont

Paulick Report – Code Of Honor Cruises Through ‘Easy’ Work Toward Classic

Bloodhorse – Math Wizard Breezes at Gulfstream for Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Math Wizard ‘Moving Forward,’ Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup-Bound Totally Boss Heads Keeneland Works

DRF – Rampellini – Owendale sets sights on Breeders’ Cup Classic

Wine Spectator – Anthony Bourdain’s Art, Tools, Manuscripts Up for Auction

Fivethirtyeight – Paine – It Was Always Going To Be Astros-Yankees, Wasn’t It?

On the Mound

TDN – O’Brien Quartet Possible for Breeders’ Cup

Old wood best to burn,

old wine to drink,

old friends to trust,

and old authors to read.


Washington Post – Haupt – Celebrity book clubs are the new big thing. But are the picks worth reading?

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami

BBC’s Top 100 Books You Need to Read Before You Die

In a good book the best is between the lines.

Swedish Proverb

The Outline – Davis – A Good Place: Flea has a book club

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Between Two Books

Fat Bottomed Girls

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Joseph Brodsky

Andrew Luck Book Club

White Rabbit

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
C.S. Lewis

Sarah’s Book Shelves – The Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Book Clubs

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

Abraham Lincoln

Bloodhorse – Morticia Closes Racing Career as Millionaire

TDN – Santa Anita: Racetrack Community Unites to Reshape Narrative


TDN – Dennis’ Moment Fires Bullet

Bloodhorse – King – Dennis’ Moment Tops Breeders’ Cup Workers at Churchill

Little Deuce Coupe

TDN – Martini – Nixon Has Big Plans for Grantley Acres

Esquire – Ornette Coleman: What I’ve Learned

On Broadway

The Bitter Southerner – The Real Blanche Dubois

DRF – Free – Velazquez to ride Secret Spice in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

TDN – Midnight Bisou Heads BC Breezers at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Golden – Midnight Bisou ‘Just Cruised’ Through Santa Anita Workout

Brisnet – Kristufek – Ten not too early Kentucky Derby contenders — Part 1

Brisnet – Kristufek – Ten not too early Kentucky Derby contenders — Part 2

I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.

Pete Rose

I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that none of the 10 light the board on the first Saturday in May.

Hawthorne Sal

Times Like These

Bloodhorse – Haskin – How Good is Omaha Beach?

TDN – Pasadena Fan Fest Returns for Breeders’ Cup

Where It’s At

TDN – BC Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Zenyatta’s Classic

TDN – Bianca – Gouverneur Morris to Skip Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Golden – Mandella: No Decision Yet On Which Breeders’ Cup Race Omaha Beach Could Enter

Concerto in G Major

If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.

Louis Armstrong

The Outline – Gordon – Joke’s on me for seeing this awful movie 


Every Version Of The Joker Ranked From Worst To Best

The Way You Look Tonight

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.

Robin Williams

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2019 Breeders Cup Preview”

  1. HRA business revenue plan in shambles for 2019

    The recent midyear Horse Racing Alberta revenue update reveals Downs slots at par, Mile slots slightly under budget. However the THREE new vlts at track on 2 should balance the books xxx using HRA’s metrics!

    Bill Andrew ASHA president did discuss informally with the finance minister that the horse industry couldn’t absorb any more cuts. What did the HBPA do?????

    A quick industry fix would be for Clark Kent to forgo the global symposium on horse racing $3300 and go to the society of American Magicians convention in Vegas so he learn to pull mega bucks out of a hat.

    Positive news is HRA is changing its logo to NDPA , NO DAMN PLAN ALBERTA with it’s embellished business plan!

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