Aug 312020

Phil’s Phinal Countdown to the

2020 Kentucky Derby



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If you don’t catch why Jacques Plante is featured in 2020 head over to a Toronto Maple Leafs site.
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Goaltender is a normal job. Sure ! How would you like it if at your job, every time you made the slightest mistake a little red light went on over your head and 18,000 people stood up and screamed at you?
Jacques Plante

In The Air Tonight

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Muhammad Ali

Greatest Love of All

Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Washington Post – Heil and Koncius – How to host a get-together as safely — and graciously — as possible

Quanta Magazine – Mutalik – COVID-19 Is Raging. How Safe Is Your Backyard Party?

Esquire –  Dr. Michael DeBakey: What I’ve Learned

Phil has a question:

What have you learned today.

May you live in interesting times.


Goodbye Horses

Plan Perfect Derby Party



Garden and Gun – Special Collection: Off to the Races

Food & Wine – Kentucky Derby Food Ideas

Garden and Gun – Tierney – Watch the Derby in Style

Southern Living – Beeler – Kentucky Derby Party Checklist

Helter Skelter

Phil’s Kentucky Derby Party Checklist

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TwinSpires Blog – Johnson – 10 little-discussed Kentucky Derby records

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson: Thoughts on each prospective Kentucky Derby entrant

TwinSpires Blog – 2020 Kentucky Derby News & Notes


The Derby 20 Presented By NYRA Bets: 18 Will Go Forward In Rescheduled Run For The Roses

Bloodhorse – King – The Final Lineup

TDN Derby Top 12 for September 2

DRF – Derby Watch

Because the demands on the goalie are mostly mental, it means that for a goalie the biggest enemy is himself. Not a puck, not a opponent, not a quirk of size or style. The stress and anxiety he feels when he plays, the fear of failing, the fear of being embarrassed, the fear of being physically hurt, all symptoms of his position, in constant ebb and flow, but never disappearing. The successful goalie understands these neuroses, accept them, and put them under control. The unsuccessful goalie is distracted by them, his mind in knots. His body quickly follows.

Ken Dryden

Playing goal is like being shot at.

Jacques Plante

Phil has a question:

Do the goalies really do what Dryden is talking about or is anyone willing to face le disque at 150 km/hr too crazy to know.

MSG Networks – Gilles Gratton The Man Behind The Tiger Mask

The Hockey Writers – Seide -Hockey Goalies – A Breed Apart

The Hockey Writers – Top 10 Weirdest Goalies in NHL History

Phil has a question:

How many coats of paint did Glenn Hall put on the barn out by Stony Plain.

NHL – Stubbs – Hall’s memories rooted on Alberta farm

John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By

Hunter S Thompson – The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved


The Derby Room

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Edmonton AB

Dennis Fitzgerald’s New OTB is open for business.

Come down and watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, September 5, 2020.

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Paulick Report – Hughes – NTRA – Weekend Lineup: Kentucky Derby Has Finally Arrived

LA Times – Cherwa – What time does the 2020 Kentucky Derby start? What TV channel is it on?

Two Of Us / On Our Way Home

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Only in 2020: A Late-Summer Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Hovdey – On Racing: Our Sport Needs a Derby for Our Time

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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens,

TDN – DiDonato – Bumpy Road to Derby Finally Reaches Louisville

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – From exercising Ruffian to training Classic winners: Barclay Tagg with a training masterclass


TDN – McGrath -Hoping for a Horse to Lighten Our Darkness

Knowlton referred to the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, in which Tiz the Law came third behind Silver Prospector and Finnick the Fierce. There was a lot going on for Tiz the Law in that race last November – he didn’t break well and was stuck behind a slow pace, jammed in at the rail for most of the race.

“The jockeys here were race riding,” Knowlton. “They were doing what they were supposed to do, giving themselves the best chance to win.

“After the race, Manny Franco said it wasn’t the track, it was the trip.”

Paulick Report – Tiz The Law’s Only Loss Came At Churchill Downs, But Knowlton Says His Problem Wasn’t The Track

Phil has a question:

Were Keith and Bobby riding in that race.


Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Bugler to Play ‘My Old Kentucky Home’

US Racing – Rosenblatt – Tiz the Law Team Hoping to Smell the Roses on Delayed Kentucky Derby Day

Good Vibrations

US Racing – Facts before the 146th Kentucky Derby

NBC Sports – Zanzucchi – What to know about the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Lonely Bull

A figure with curves always offers a lot of interesting angles.

Wesley Ruggles

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: Enforceable May Be ‘More Forwardly Placed,’ ‘Break Is Everything’ For Storm The Court

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Winning Impression, Necker Island, And Money Moves

Paulick Report – Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: An Eventful Year, An Eventful Week

Bloodhorse – Angst – This Year’s Derby Horses Bring Added Experience

Paulick Report – Starr – Equibase Analysis: Ny Traffic Top Chance To Upset Derby Favorite Tiz The Law

Comfortably Numb

Paulick Report – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By BC2A Equine Sports Performance: 2020 Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Graded Stakes Capsules for a Busy Kentucky Derby Day

Homeward Bound

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TDN – Finnick the Fierce Withdrawn from Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Finnick The Fierce Withdrawn From Kentucky Derby, To Undergo Independent Evaluation

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Gamine and Swiss Skydiver Face Off in Kentucky Oaks

DRF – Russo – Kentucky Oaks: Division leaders Gamine and Swiss Skydiver square off


Bloodhorse – Churchill Believes Derby Can Bring Community Together


Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.

Will Rogers

NY Times – Drape and Hoppert – Expert Picks: Who Will Win the Kentucky Derby

LA Times – Cherwa – Horse racing newsletter: Final Kentucky Derby rankings

Brisnet – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report: Analysis and picks

Spy –  The Best Bourbon That’ll Put Hair on That Smooth Chest in 2020

Because The Night

Bloodhorse – Litfin – Speech, Honor A. P. Offer Betting Appeal in Oaks, Derby

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

George Bernard Shaw

I Came To Dance

Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs a Sloppy Playground for Tiz the Law

A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.’

Bill Dickey

Louisville Weather

DRF – Grening – Kentucky Derby: 17 years later, the Sackatoga gang is back

Sportico – Williams – Marshawn Lynch Inks Content Partnership with

Spotics – Novy-Williams – Michael Jordan Takes Equity In DraftKings, Will Advise Board

DRF – Russo – Kentucky Derby has first Black owners in 13 years

Phil has a question:

How does the horse racing industry in North America plan to survive when it’s failing to market to significant portions of the North American public.

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.

Maurice de Vlaminck

Helter Skelter


DRF – David Grening – Kentucky Derby: Rice disappointed but rooting for Max Player

Bloodhorse – Daugherty – One-Eyed Finnick the Fierce Forges Path to Derby

Shut Down

I don’t recall your name but you sure were a sucker for a high inside curve.

Bill Dickey

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Prep School: Tiz can take another step towards superhorse status


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Bloodhorse – Hall and King – King Guillermo to Miss Kentucky Derby With Fever

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – It’s difficult to believe, but this horse is 29 (and he’s the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner)

But Carmouche understands how important it is for people to see Harbut, along with his business partner Ray Daniels, in the paddock, especially at the Derby.

“We have to show people what is possible,” Carmouche said. “The way you avoid conflict is you give people love and respect.”

None of the three owners of Necker Island — Harbut, Daniels and Wayne Scherr, who is white — fit the profile of old-money, deep-pocketed thoroughbred owners.

“It’s a great portal for African-Americans into what is a multibillion-dollar industry and one we have too small a footprint in,” said Daniels, who has explained to local civil rights leaders the importance of participating in the Derby. “There’s pretty conclusive data that inclusiveness wins — it makes for a more creative business. Horse racing is setting itself up to fail if it chooses to continue to be an older white gentlemen’s club.”

NY Times – Drape – Pull Out of the Kentucky Derby? Pressure on a Black Owner Mounts

Phil has a question:

What would Branch Rickey tell Harbut.

What would John Thompson Jr. tell Harbut.

What would John Wooden tell Harbut.

What would Malcolm X tell Harbut.

What would Muhammad Ali tell Harbut.

What would Martin Luther King Jr. tell Harbut.

What would Rosa Parks tell Harbut.

What would Abraham Lincoln tell Harbut.

What would Roberto Clemente tell Harbut.

What would Jackie Robinson tell Harbut.

Phil has an answer.

Fuck them, you’ve crashed whitey’s party and anything other than running your horse and respectfully thumbing your nose is unacceptable.

Bloodhorse – Speaking Up at the Downs – By Evan Hammonds

Bloodhorse – Hall – Churchill Mulls Presentation of ‘My Old Kentucky Home’

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: Tiz The Law Splashes Through First Day At Churchill Downs

LA Times – Cherwa – Horse racing newsletter: Getting closer to Kentucky Derby Day

Phil had a question about Del Mar the other day. Sent John Cherwa an e-mail and got a response within 30 minutes.

Bloodhorse – Derby Weekend Brings Busy Radio/TV Schedule

Paulick Report – ‘We Just Have To Be The Best On One Day’: Ny Traffic Should Improve Off Haskell Performance

Reason To Believe

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Mark Twain

Paulick Report – Rey Hernandez Not Worried About Inside Post With One-Eyed Finnick The Fierce

Bloodhorse – The Field for the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Phil had a question about Finnick the Fierce breaking from the rail.

Slide 4 answered it.

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Storm The Court, Attachment Rate, And Sole Volante

Bloodhorse – Oser – Enforceable Second Derby Horse for Dam Justwhistledixie

Bloodhorse – Crosby – High Hopes for Tiz the Law’s Siblings as Derby Looms

Do You Wanna Dance

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

Bloodhorse – King – Churchill Downs a Sloppy Playground for Tiz the Law

Paulick Report – Here’s To Longshots!’ Mott-Trained Derby Entrant South Bend ‘Tries Hard Every Time’

Paulick Report – ‘He’s A Remarkable Man’: Pletcher Grateful For Hall Of Fame Assistance With Derby Contender Money Moves

Superstition is the poetry of life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

TDN – Mike Smith Talks Honor A. P., Derby Memories On TDN Writers’ Room

Sportico – Novy-Williams – DraftKings, Cubs Partner on Deal With A Sports Book Outside Wrigley Field

Ooh Ooh Las Vegas

When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.

Matt Groening

ESPN – Heat go up 2-0 on Bucks as Jimmy Butler sinks free throws after time expires in wild finish

Phil has a question:

With the score is tied and no time on the clock why did Butler shoot the second free throw when the first one puts the Heat Up.

Forever Young

ESPN – AP – Preakness Stakes will be held without fans at Pimlico in October

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

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“I think it’s important, in every instance that I can, to make sure that I don’t put myself as governor ahead of the people of Kentucky,” Beshear told reporters. “So if we’re asking the people of Kentucky to watch it at home, I’m going to watch it at home, too.”

ESPN – AP – Kentucky governor will watch Derby from home this year

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilligan – The curiosity of Barclay Tagg, aged 12: Look where it has led

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: Tiz The Law Arrives In Louisville, California Contingent Steps On Track

Paulick Report – South Bend Joins Derby Cast Just Before Post Position Draw

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – If I could travel back in time to watch just one race: Jack Knowlton

Bloodhorse – The Field for the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Phil had a question about Finnick the Fierce breaking from the rail.

Slide 4 answered it.

Forbes – Martin – Kentucky Derby 2020: The Draw, The Odds, And Why The Race Is Tiz The Law’s To Lose

TDN – DiDonato – Heavy Hitters Draw Outside for Derby

Paulick Report – Tiz The Law Draws 17; Top Three Choices To Break From Outside Posts In Rescheduled Kentucky Derby

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – # 17 TIZ THE LAW MADE 3-5 FAVORITE FOR KENTUCKY DERBY-146

Man can now fly in the air like a bird, swim under the ocean like a fish, he can burrow into the ground like a mole. Now if only he could walk the earth like a man, this would be paradise.

Tommy Douglas

Who’ll Stop The Rain

Bloodhorse – King – Tiz the Law Arrives at Churchill, Honor A. P. Gallops

I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.

Bob Uecker

Good Vibrations

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell and King – Jockey Hernandez Tests Positive for COVID-19

Proud Mary

We talked the matter over and could have settled the war in thirty minutes had it been left to us.

Unknown Confederate Soldier referencing a meeting he had with a Union soldier between the lines.

The Night They Drove old Dixie Down

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Wake Me Up When September Ends

Bloodhorse – Art Collector Out of Kentucky Derby With Foot Issue

TDN – Gamine Draws Five, Made the Even-Money Choice for the Longines Kentucky Oaks

TSN – Tiz the Law looms as Kentucky Derby favourite

I never knew what basketball was. I started playing on the playground. People used to laugh at me and joke at me because I was so tall and I didn’t know the game and couldn’t play it.

Patrick Ewing

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Favored Gamine Draws Post 5 for Kentucky Oaks

Paulick Report – Dual Grade 1 Winner Gamine Installed As Even-Money Favorite For Friday’s Kentucky Oaks

A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde

Bloodhorse – King – Max Player Tops Kentucky Derby Activity at Churchill

You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse.

John Thompson

Nr. 1 Die Vorstellung des Chaos

Paulick Report – Nevills – Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Tiz the Law, Authentic, Honor A. P., And Ny Traffic

TDN – Bill Finley – Kentucky Derby Q & A With B. Wayne Hughes

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Necker Island a Derby Horse With a Timely Cause

Bloodhorse – Oser – Joseph Continues Upward Trajectory Into Kentucky Derby

Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Can’t Explain

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Arthur Hancock: One day a jockey will be going wham, wham, wham with the whip and it will be on every channel

TDN – Bill Finley -Op/Ed: A Critical Step Forward for the Sport

What this country needs is a credit card for charging things to experience.

Tom Wilson

Check My Brain

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: Asmussen ‘Extremely Excited’ About Max Player After Final Breeze

Paulick Report – Jockeying Around With Art Collector: Hernandez Filling In For Exercise Rider Aboard Derby-Bound Colt

Every Picture Tells a Story

Paulick Report – ‘Take Nothing For Granted’: Fate Puts Albaugh Family Stables Back In The Derby Game

Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.

Joe Garagiola

So Alive

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Paulick Report – Oaklawn Stakes Winner Mr. Big News A Late Declaration For Kentucky Derby


Bloodhorse – Baffert Chasing Record-Tying Sixth Kentucky Derby Win

Paulick Report – Lamoreaux: Old Trainers Never Die – They Just Win The Derby

Sportico – McCann – Maximum Security Loses Derby Appeal as Judge Cites Belichick’s Spygate Precedent

Kentucky Derby 2020: Tiz The Law’s Clincher

California Turf Goup

1994 Travers

2002 Travers

2018 Runhappy Travers

2020 Alabama

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – Pletcher will run Money Moves in Kentucky Derby

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

Viggo Mortensen

Courier Journal – Frakes – Kentucky Derby notebook: Barclay Tagg ‘satisfied’ with Tiz the Law’s final workout

Good Vibrations

Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.

Will Rogers

Paulick Report – Derby Notes: Attachment Rate, Authentic Turn In Final Breezes

Horse Racing Nation – Rushie opting for Pat Day Mile over Kentucky Derby

2020 Forego

2020 Forego Chart

Phil has a question:

Have you ever seen a thoroughbred close from that far back to win, win, win in the slop.

What does the mud and the rain do to the corona-virus.

Have you ever seen the rain

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A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

Albert Einstein


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If you’re looking for one tip on handicapping:

When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”

Esquire – What I’ve Learned – Richard Petty

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.


Phil will wait to make his prognostications once posts are drawn and weather is clearer.

Louisville Weather

Nearly Lost You

Vox – Resnick – How chaos theory helps explain the weirdness of the Covid-19 pandemic

Phil has a question:

Will the 2020 Kentucky Derby be run at I I/IV miles.

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.

Charles V

Paulick Report – Campbell: Should The Derby Be Cancelled? It Depends On Who You Ask

God’s Away on Business

Paulick Report – Voss – West: Recent Appeals Court Ruling On Maximum Security Disappointing, But ‘It’s Time To Move On’

Ball of Confusion

Bloodhorse – King – Shirl’s Speight, Dr Post Out of Kentucky Derby

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Derby 2020: Final works and final decisions

Bloodhorse – Ehalt and King – Kentucky Derby Jockeys Must Be at Churchill by Aug. 31

CBS Sports – MaCarriston – Kentucky Derby 2020: Horses, jockeys, trainers, owners competing in the race

Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish.


DRF – Privman – Kentucky Derby: After months of waiting, the song remains the same

The Song Remains The Same

Bloodhorse – Ehalt and King – Tiz the Law, Enforceable Lead Kentucky Derby Workers

DRF – Grening – Kentucky Derby: Tiz the Law beats the rain with fast five-furlong drill

Chelsea Hotel has a question:

Is that Leonard Cohen at the window.

Dance Me To The End Of Love

Paulick Report – Ny Traffic Has ‘Very Good Chance’ After Successful Final Breeze

Paulick Report – ‘This Is The Time’: Sole Volante Sharp In Five-Furlong Turf Breeze Ahead Of Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – ‘Really Strong’ Art Collector Tops Derby Workers Friday Morning At Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – Angst – Tiz the Law Carries New York Banner Into Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Tiz The Law ‘A Different Horse’ This Year, Return To Churchill Won’t Be A Problem

I’m Your Man


Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Sound of Silence

Phil M. Stockmen

  One Response to “Phil’s Phinal Countdown to the 2020 Kentucky Derby – Uno”

  1. Fall update of the HRA accountability failure.

    HRA 2019 annual report was finally posted in mid August a record for ineptitude in informing stakeholders!

    Highlights none! PG 28 400k given by Century for marketing ininactives. Derby room in Chinatown has been opened for months still links to closed Santos! River Cree taps OTB shutdown last month, still in web site, why? Because the powers to be are out to lunch.

    Positive PG 28 CFO terminated after fudgate 111k tribunal expense, with a excessive golden handshake!

    The recent Stock article about 280% increase in live betting with the Trudeau sunny days are ahead theme is a disgrace!!! Page 9 report 40 mil revenue, 34 slots and 6 HRA,with a 85/15% pie, Clark Kent must be sampling Sinclair’s promotional samples!!

    Two long term racing participants did call the comments as erroneous, and one remarked about the high cost of popcorn, apathy is past rock bottom!

    Minister Toews finalization of horse racing assistance on June 11 was before the revised deficit of 8 to 25 billion.

    Thunderstorms are on the horizon for the industry, long after Thunder leaves on Oct 1!

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