mercredi 6 novembre
mardi 5 novembre
Escape Clause sold to KATSUMI YOSHIDA for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton 2019 November Sale.
Phil has a question:
Have any of these babblers like Jerry Brown actually listened and reasoned out what they say.
Thoroughbred race horses are such a fragile breed that they require Lasix so they can complete a race without bleeding.
Do any of these babblers realize that their illogic for the requirement of Lasix provides the anti-horseracing crowd with ammunition for the bans on horse racing they want.
Phil has a question:
What race were the stewards watching.
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
lundi 4 novembre
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Phil has a question:
What’s a Plan B in thoroughbred racing in Alberta.
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Never complain and never explain.
le dimanche 3 novembre
Sacre Bleu Blanc et Rouge
Phil was going to announce his guess the difference in sale price between Midnight Bisou and Escape Clause in response to Assiniboia Downs’ The Insider’s chintzy guess the sale price of Escape Clause for a $25.00 ASD betting voucher and $25.00 of ASD merchandise. Phil wouldn’t even waste the ink on an e-mail for those prizes.
Phil’s prize was going to be a copy of On Swift Horses, a $5o Prepaid gift card and a $50 gift certificate to a restaurant within 50 km of your residence. And remember that Phil funds the prizes from his own pocket.
My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.
Now you may ask yourself what in the world Phil is doing still flogging the 2019 World Series loss by the Houston Astros and Mattress Mack’s $13 million bet on the Astros to win. Cuz Mattress was hedging his bets. Mattress may have had business reasons to be hedging his bets and his hedging is a tad different than horse players who hedge their bets as Mattress had various scenarios that presented him with a win, but it’s still hedging.
Everyone hedges when they bet an exactor, trifecta, superfecta box and when they use more than 1 horse per race in their P3s, P4s and Pxs. We all justify that type of hedging by hoping that the 25 to 1 shot comes first of our boxed horses. The problem with all hedging is that it’s like using your Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku to cut rocks. Pretty soon you dull your handicapping and wagering skills and you’re looking for the horse that might beat you in a ticket rather than the horse than can beat all the others. Pretty soon you scouring the Pps for shadows rather than open length wins.
Worst case of hedging is when you see the clown whose alive to 3 horses in a Px and then bets $20 to win on the horses he doesn’t have. Not only is that a waste of the most valuable resource a bettor has – currency of the realm it fuddles up your head for future handicapping and wagering. Your mind gets so afraid of its own shadow that it forgets that it’s gambling and taking a risk for a reward.
Phil is not advocating recklessness and Phil knows that Let’s Be Careful Out There, but Phil reminds you to step out of the shadows and take the measured risk without resorting to the shotgun approach.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Three year olds fared ok on Breeders Cup 2019 Saturday, but not necessarily the 3 year olds that were expected to fare well.
Another feather in the cap for British Columbians John D. and Tanya Gunther when their home bred Without Parole rallied for third in the Breeders’ Cup mile followed by Vino Rosso’s victory in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic. That’s a Triple Crown winner, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and an Ascot winner from their 2015 crop.
The highs of gambling are paid for by the lows, made possible by them. Sure, there are a few people who always seem to win at games of chance, like James Bond. But how much do they enjoy gambling? The joy of occasionally winning for most of us mortals comes from the thrill of risk and proximity to the precipice. The fact that we often fall makes so much more special those lovely floating moments when the tightrope across the chasm of losing feels miraculously wide and secure.
You’ll have to excuse Mike Smith’s rather drab performance at the 2019 Breeders’ Cup on Saturday. The 51 save first star performance in the Edmonton Oilers win over the Pittsburgh Penguins must have taken a lot out of him.
‘Why’ is a question no animal can ask, because both the question and answers require speech. Have you ever seen an animal shrug?
Belvoir Bay’s victory held additional significance for her connections because she was one of the horses affected by the devastating San Luis Rey fire two years ago.
“Peter was literally driving down the freeway telling me, ‘There’s a major fire. I’m running straight there.’ He didn’t care about anything but the horses,” said Barber. “And I must have spoken to him about 20 times that day. Unfortunately we couldn’t find five or six of our horses. Belvoir was one of them, and we didn’t find her until a couple days in. Fortunately she was safe and someone had her, but she was all mixed up. She went to the clinic for two, three weeks. We gave her hyperbaric treatment and really nursed her back. Pete did a masterful job.”
“It was harrowing, we couldn’t find her,” said Miller. “She was injured and had some burns and needed to be at the clinic for three weeks. And so [that’s] part of the emotion with her. She’s just special.”
Phil has a question:
Does Miller use the same milliner as Richard Mandella.
Not only has Belvoir Bay done her fair share of winning it’s taken some rather stout opponents to beat her. Her second in Dubai this spring looks much better when you realize that it took Blue Point (IRE)
to beat her. Blue Point’s credentials are described on Godolphin’s stallion page:
Breaking smartly from the stalls, Blue Point was settled further back that day than he had been in the King’s Stand and jockey James Doyle was still motionless entering the final two furlongs. Once asked for his effort, Blue Point cruised to the front and held off a sustained challenge from Dream Of Dreams, battling brilliantly to prevail by a head.
He became only the third horse to win both races in the same week in the past 100 years – and the first to win both since they have been run as G1 contests.
He is also the only horse ever to win three G1 sprints at Royal Ascot.
Blue Point retired to stud with a Timeform rating of 132, and is the fastest and best performer to date by former Godolphin flagbearer and now leading Darley stallion, Shamardal.
Unfortunately, gambling and winning don’t often go hand-in-hand.
samedi 2 novembre
Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away:
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.
Edgar Allan Poe
That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.
For a quart of Ale is a meal for a King.
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.
The 2019 BC Juvenile wasn’t much of a head scratcher. The perceived inside speed Dennis’ Moment stumbled to his knees out of the gate, a fact that the announcer never picked up and most people probably never noticed. The other jockeys decided to play after you Alphonse and let Storm the Court get away on the front end with relatively soft fractions and none of the stalkers or closers were able to run down a horse who get brave on the front end.
If Peter Redekop’s Anneau d’Or remains on the Kentucky Derby Trail after almost catching the leader in the BC Juvenile in only his second start and first start on dirt there’s going to be some raucous times at the Derby Bar and Grill this spring.
With Sharing winning the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf at a decent price Phil figured the Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Day P4 requisite longshot requirement was filled and his P4 ticket coming home with Dennis’ Moment and Eight Rings was money in the bank. Then like a semi coming the other way.
Phil M Stockmen