Nov 022019

mercredi 6 novembre

Bloodhorse – Abundance of Caution – By Evan Hammonds

mardi 5 novembre

Escape Clause sold to KATSUMI YOSHIDA for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton 2019 November Sale.

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Yoshida Spends Big for Handful of Talented Broodmares

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Vino Rosso, Mitole Retire to Spendthrift

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Lasix: the last thing we should do is kick the can down the road one more time

TDN – Feinstein Renews Call for Racing Suspension at Santa Anita

TDN – On Lasix: Letter to the Editor from Jerry Brown

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.

The Atlantic – Mull – Why Most of America Is Terrible at Making Biscuits

White Lily

NPR – Hartke – Is The Power Of The Flour Really The Secret To Baking The Perfect Biscuit?

TDN – Berry – Vow And Declare Restores Local Pride In Melbourne Cup

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Haynes – Aussie Vow And Declare Lands Thrilling Melbourne Cup

BBC – Keogh – Melbourne Cup 2019: Vow And Declare wins; Frankie Dettori banned as runner-up Master Of Reality demoted

TDN – Vettise – Vow And Declare wins the Cup for Australia

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Haynes – Dettori Suspended for Melbourne Cup Ride

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.

David Brinkley

Paulick Report – Midnight Bisou ‘Thrives On Her Job,’ Could Take On Male Rivals In Pegasus Or Saudi Cups

Paulick Report – 2.08 Million View Breeders’ Cup Classic Telecast; Two-Day Wagering Totals Reported As All-Time High

The Bitter Southerner – Pitts – Carl Perkins – Greetings From The Land of Blue Suede Shoes

NY Times – Pennington – Do the Giants Have Ailurophobia? A Black Cat Turns a Game Sour

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

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

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – ‘Plan B’ Horses Reap Rewards for Breeders

Phil has a question:

What’s a Plan B in thoroughbred racing in Alberta.

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Stars Will Shine at The November Sale

Paulick Report – Independence Hall Dominates Sunday’s Nashua By 12 1/4 Lengths

DRF – Pampellini – Independence Hall wins Nashua in a romp

Crain’s Detroit Business – Walsh – Fewer hunters means fewer dollars for Michigan’s conservation programs

Esquire – Sanchez – Flames of Santa Barbara: The Fire in Coyote Canyon

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

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McGrath – Cup beset by drama and controversy – but get set for a major international victory

Brisnet – Reilly – 2019 Breeders’ Cup winners sport pedigree connections to past BC champions

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Curlin Second Classic Winner to Sire a Classic Winner

LA Times – Cherwa – Racing! Santa Anita signs off until Dec. 26

DRF – Privman – Mixed emotions in wake of BC Classic

Paulick Report – McKinzie To Race In 2020; Baffert Trainee Will Target Saudi, Dubai World Cups

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

John Lubbock

Bloodhorse – Oser – Breeders’ Cup Runners Add Excitement to November Sales

TDN – Martini – Fasig-Tipton Next Up for Blue Prize

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Got Stormy to Remain in Training for Barber

DRF – Hersh – Uni, Got Stormy could see rematch next year

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Bellafina Withdrawn from Sale, Will Race in 2020

Bloodhorse – Dam of Dennis’ Moment Added to The November Sale

TDN – Dennis’ Moment’s Dam, Foal Half-Sister Added to FTKNOV

Paulick Report – Rees – ‘Very Driven Stable’: Cox Celebrates Two Breeders’ Cup Winners, Likely Champs In 2019

Paulick Report – Paradise Woods Retired; Ollie’s Candy, Serengeti Empress To Race In 2020

DRF – Andersen – Sharing might be considered for a trip to Royal Ascot


Paulick Report – Voss – ‘A Gun To Our Heads’: California Trainers Struggle With What Lies Ahead

ESPN – Breeders’ Cup ends with death of 37th horse at Santa Anita

Financial Post – Bloomberg News –  Miller , Roeder and Patton – McDonald’s fires CEO Steve Easterbrook because he had a consensual relationship with an employee

Never complain and never explain.

Benjamin Disraeli

le dimanche 3 novembre


Sacre Bleu Blanc et Rouge

Bloodhorse – Crosby and Daugherty – Midnight Bisou Withdrawn from Sale, Will Race in 2020

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.

Ernest Hemingway

Sunday Morning Coming Down

DRF – Free – Rainbow 6 jackpot mandatory payout has possibly two singles

National Post – Scott Stinson: The Houston Astros are the team of data (that failed them in the end)

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

Washington Post – Khurshudyan – Astros first team to lose four home games in a best-of-seven series in MLB, NBA or NHL history

MarketWatch – Blasi ‘Mattress Mack’ says he lost $13 million betting on the Houston Astros. Silver lining? The attention he got was worth $8.6 million for his store

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.


Ooh Las Vegas

Three year olds fared ok on Breeders Cup 2019 Saturday, but not necessarily the 3 year olds that were expected to fare well.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Vino Rosso Outruns McKinzie in Breeders’ Cup Classic

LA Times – Cherwa – Vino Rosso wins Breeders’ Cup Classic, but another horse dies in last race at Santa Anita

NY Times – Tierney and Drape – Another Horse’s Death Overshadows Vino Rosso’s Win at Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Sherack – Curlin’s Vino Rosso Dominates BC Classic

Brisnet – Pletcher gains first Breeders’ Cup Classic win with Vino Rosso

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Vino Rosso Pulls Clear Late In Injury-Marred Breeders’ Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom Euthanized

DRF – Privman – Vino Rosso an emphatic winner in Breeder’s Cup Classic

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.


First We Take Manhattan

Bloodhorse – King – Bricks and Mortar Finishes Perfect Season in BC Turf

TDN – Giant’s Causeway’s Bricks and Mortar Reigns Supreme in BC Turf

Brisnet – Reilly – Bricks and Mortar sums up Horse of the Year case by going distance in BC Turf

Paulick Report – Bricks And Mortar Bolsters Horse Of The Year Credentials In Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF – Andersen – Bricks and Mortar stays undefeated on the year in Breeders’ Cup Turf, improves Horse of the Year chances

Sunday Morning Coming Down

TDN – The TDN’s Ben Massam Passes Away

All Along The Watchtower

Bloodhorse – Angst – Uni Defeats Males in Breeders’ Cup Mile

TDN – Carasso – More Than Ready’s Uni Leads Home Female Exacta in the Mile

Brisnet – Hanson – Uni flies late to beat Got Stormy in the Breeders’ Cup Mile

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Mile: Uni Wins Mare, Filly Battle To Wire With Got Stormy

Gimme Shelter

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – Blue Prize Rolls to Breeders’ Cup Distaff Win

TDN – Pure Prize’s Blue Prize Upsets Midnight Bisou in the Distaff

Paulick Report – Blue Prize (ARG) Gives Connections First Breeders’ Cup Win In Distaff, Midnight Bisou Second

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.


Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Mitole Catches Shancelot in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

TDN – Sherack – Eskendereya’s Mitole Registers Mighty Victory in BC Sprint

Brisnet – Mitole confidently wins the Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Paulick Report – Mitole Confidently Ridden For Breeders’ Cup Sprint Victory

Gimme Shelter

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Iridessa Outduels Vasilika in BC Filly & Mare Turf

TDN – McGrath – Old Head on Young Shoulders to the Rescue

TDN – Bianca – Ruler of the World’s Iridessa Fends off Vasilika in F/M Turf

Brisnet – Reilly – Iridessa puts Joseph O’Brien in Breeders’ Cup record book with F&M Turf upset

Sloop John B

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Spun to Run Scores Front-End Upset in BC Dirt Mile

TDN – Sherack – Hard Spun’s Spun to Run Goes Gate-to-Wire in BC Dirt Mile


‘Why’ is a question no animal can ask, because both the question and answers require speech. Have you ever seen an animal shrug?

Tom Wolfe

Bloodhorse – King – Belvoir Bay Gives Miller Third Straight BC Turf Sprint

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.”

TDN – Bianca – Equiano’s Belvoir Bay Wires the BC Turf Sprint

Brisnet – Hanson – Belvoir Bay gives Miller a Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint three-peat

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.


Bloodhorse – Angst – Covfefe Trumps Rivals in BC Filly and Mare Sprint

TDN – Into Mischief’s Covfefe Proves Best in F/M Sprint

DRF – McGee – No firm plans for Covfefe, but Bellafina will be back in La Brea

Angel From Montgomery

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McGrath – Michelle Payne story the surprise movie hit of the year – and you can see why

Ride Like A Girl

Sloop John B – Lamb – Melbourne Cup 2019: The ultimate form guide for race that stops a nation

Big Night

Southern Living – Rogers – 50 Musicals Everyone Should See in Their Lifetime

Unfortunately, gambling and winning don’t often go hand-in-hand.


Goodbye Horses

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

NY Times – Khatib – 13 Books to Watch For in November

On Swift Horses

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.

Charles Bukowskoi

NY Times – Witz – Beer, Here. The Merchandising of College Sports Leads to Team-Branded Ales

For a quart of Ale is a meal for a King.

William Shakespeare

National Post – Tyler Dawson: Stop glorifying craft beer. It’s overpriced and still bad for you

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin

National Post – Matt Gurney: Tyler Dawson is terribly wrong about craft beer, which is (often) amazing

I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

Tom Waits

Sloop John B

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Record Friday Handle

Bloodhorse – 2019 Breeders’ Cup Friday

Sloop John B

TDN – Bill Finley – Unexpected Derby Contender Emerges

TDN – Sherack – Court Vision Colt Leads Home Parade of Longshots in Juvenile Head Scratcher

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.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Storm the Court Upsets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Paulick Report – Storm The Court Fends Off Challenge From Anneau D’Or To Upset Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF – Grening – Storm the Court tops parade of longshots in BC Juvenile


TDN – Bianca – Speightstown’s Sharing Follows in Dam’s Hoofsteps With Breeders’ Cup Upset

Bloodhorse – Sharing Rallies to Take BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

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.

Another One Bites the Dust

The Weight

Phil M Stockmen

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