Feb 192022

Sal called Phil last week and said that Phil was giving the Triple Crown too much emphasis and that Phil should be giving the tracks and the 3 year old Stakes races running each week more emphasis. Phil will accede to that request.

Sal also said that Phil was giving other sports too much emphasis over horse racing and horse racing should receive top billing in HolyBull.ca. Phil will accede to that request.

Sal also said that Raging Bull should receive more emphasis on Holybull.ca. Phil will accede to that request.

2018 Hollywood Derby

Sal also said a load of other Bullshit to Phil. Phil can only accede to so much at one time.

On Top Of The World

The Three Branches of Government: Money, Television, and Bullshit.

P. J. O’Rourke

Bloodhorse – Johnson – 3 Stakes Plays to Wrap Up February

Medina Spirit Disqualified from 2021 Kentucky Derby

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Albert Einstein


February 26, 2022 3 Year Old Stakes

Oaklawn Park

Honeybee S GIII   $300,000 3 yo Fillies 1 1/16 Miles Dirt
Rebel S GII $1,000,000 3 yo 1 1/16 Miles Dirt

February 27, 2022 3 Year Old Stakes

Sunland Park

Island Fashion S   $75,000 3 yo  Fillies 1 Mile Dirt
Mine That Bird Derby $100,000 3 yo 1 1/16 Miles Dirt

Rebel, Rebel

Covers – Zochodne – Alberta Sportsbook RFP Draws Interest From Major Canadian and U.S. Operators

Phil has a question:

Who is representing the Alberta horsemens’ interests in the Alberta sportsbook negotiations.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Dollars and Sense: Oregon Bill Concerning for ADWs

Bloodhorse – Rowe – Vancouver to Woodside Park Stud in Victoria

Phil has a question:

Is Vancouver moving to Victoria due to rising sea levels.

CBC – ‘Normie Kwong was one of a kind’: CFL trailblazer and former lieutenant-governor honoured at memorial

TSN – Fuhr’s career served as an inspiration to young players of colour

TSN – IIHF to hold World Juniors in August, Women’s U18s in June

Rebel, Rebel

National Observer – McCarten – Was funding for Canada’s vaccine protests linked to Putin’s plans for Ukraine?

To mistrust science and deny the validity of scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You’d better go look for work as a plant or wild animal.

P. J. O’Rourke

Rebel Jesus

2022 Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – 2022 Triple Crown Nominations

2022 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2022 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 6, 2022


TDN – Bill Finley – A Small Stable with Big Dreams, Eddie Barker Eyeing Derby

Bloodhorse – Ehalt –  At 76, Barker Eyes First Derby With Shipsational

TDN – Derby Top 12 for February 23

Bloodhorse – King –  Risen Star Top Three Rise, a New No. 1 in the ‘Dozen

Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders

Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby

Preakness 147

Horse Racing Nation – Pimlico will offer 16 stakes on Preakness weekend

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Rebel Waltz

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Secret Oath Says ‘Adios’ to Honeybee Rivals

TDN – One-Eyed Runner Pulls off Rebel Shocker

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – One-Eyed Un Ojo Registers 75-1 Upset in Rebel Stakes

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Godolphin Again Dominates Dubai Carnival: Derby Hope?

TDN – Pinehurst Takes Them Gate To Wire In Saudi Derby

Bloodhorse – Emblem Road Takes Saudi Cup for Home Team

Paulick Report – Newgrange, Barber Road Ready For Rematch In Saturday’s Rebel

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Baffert’s Undefeated Newgrange Tops $1M Rebel Field

Horse Racing Nation – Greer – How Baffert’s Kentucky Derby dispute affects the leaderboard

Horse Racing Nation – Ryan – Baffert’s Derby owners: No word on when horses may be moved

Phil has a question:

Is the question when or if.

TDN – CHRB Completes Medina Spirit Postmortem Review

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Secret Oath Stands Tall in Honeybee


Bloodhorse – Rollins – Straight Up G Tops Mine That Bird Derby Field

LA Woman

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – James Willoughby – ‘The Saudi Cup might be the best race the sport has ever staged on a level playing field’

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon, Mishriff Top Saudi Field

Bloodhorse – Gash – Tampa Bay Derby on Radar for Belgrade

Bloodhorse – A. P.’s Secret to Represent Joseph in Fountain of Youth

Paulick Report – Paulick – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Classic Causeway Puts Idaho Real Estate Developer O’Keefe On Derby Trail

Horse Racing Nation – Brinkmeyer – Kentucky Derby 2022: Who’s in, out and on the points bubble?

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – ‘Japan Road to KY Derby’ Rolls on at Tokyo Racecourse

Paulick Report – Voss – Hope, Frustration, And A Love Of The Horse: Next Generation Of Racing’s Leaders Look To The Future

Paulick Report – Elizabeth Martiniak – Letter To The Editor: ‘What Has Happened To My Favorite Sport?’

If one more person tells me this is just like old times, I swear I’ll jump out the window.

Buster Keaton

Paulick Report – ‘Improving’ Epicenter To Target Louisiana Derby; Zandon To Blue Grass

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Epicenter Posts Frontrunning Risen Star Win

TDN – Not This Time Colt Front and Center in Risen Star

Brisnet – Scully – Epicenter runs away with Risen Star

Paulick Report – Epicenter Cruises To Front-Running Victory In Risen Star; Earns 50 Kentucky Derby Points

TDN – Carasso – Godolphin Homebred ‘Bursts’ Into Derby Discussion in Japan

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Combustion Takes Hyacinth on Japan Road to KY Derby

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: Though Defeated a Huge Race for Smile Happy

Brisnet – Hanson – Turnerloose takes to the dirt in Rachel Alexandra upset

Bloodhorse – Oser – Turnerloose Upsets Rachel Alexandra Stakes at 17-1

Paulick Report – Turnerloose, Geroux Team For 17-1 Rachel Alexandra Upset

TDN – Nyquist Filly Upsets Rachel Alexandra S.

TDN – La Crete Undergoes Successful Surgery

Bloodhorse – Gash – La Crete has Successful Surgery After Condylar Fracture

TDN – Shahama Makes The Grade In UAE Oaks

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Happy Soul Keeps Win Streak Alive in Dixie Belle

TDN – Happy Soul Coasts to Victory in Dixie Belle

New Yorker – Wood – Led Zeppelin Gets Into Your Soul

Immigrant Song

If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.

Wilson Mizner

Horse Racing Nation – Stahl – Medina Spirit is DQ’d from 2021 Kentucky Derby

TDN – Medina Spirit DQd From Derby, 90-Day Suspension for Baffert

Bloodhorse – CDI to Acquire Colonial Downs, Casinos in $2.4B Deal

Gambling Insider – Century Casinos to acquire Nugget Casino Resort in $195m deal

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – French Derby-winning rider Vincent Cheminaud joins exodus to US

Paulick Report – With Hall Of Famer Cordero As Mentor, Apprentice Jose Gomez Making Splash At Big A

Bloodhorse – Canadian Graded Stakes Take Hit for 2022

Tainted Love

The court pointed out that as a minor Valieva is a “‘protected person’ and that the WADA code says nothing about whether they’re subject to suspension”

Sports Business Journal – IOC dismisses notion of Russian doping culture amid Kamila Valieva case

FiveThirtyEight – Meyers – Russian Doping Isn’t The Only Problem In Figure Skating

Sports Illustrated – AP – Kamila Valieva Listed Two Legal Oxygen Boosters on Olympic Forms

Phil has a question:

What type of blinders are the IOC and the other governing body members wearing.

Do the IOC and the other governing bodies not understand the reason for out of competition testing.

How can you trust the cheating Russian sports bodies to self regulate.

How disgusting is it to be doping a 15 year old child, then using their status as a minor to circumvent the the anti-doping rules.

When did her doping start – age 12.

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. But perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

 Winston S. Churchill


The Globe and Mail – Reuters – Grohmann – IOC president Bach disturbed by Valieva’s meltdown, hits out at entourage

Phil has a question:

Whose worse – Maxwell and Epstein or Valieva’s coach and entourage.

FiveThirtyEight – Nerkar – The Winter Olympics Are A Wealthy Countries’ Club

WAYS TO SAVE THE MOVEMENT: In DC, Sally Jenkins wrote the Olympics “can be fixed, or at least repaired,” with three “basic reforms.” The IOC needs to “establish term limits” for its officials. It also needs to “establish a truth commission” — an independent body to “weigh rule changes that would make the IOC athlete-centered, and based on the underlying reality that elite Olympic-level competition does not build up young bodies but rather is a fundamentally unhealthily striving enterprise that breaks them down, physically and psychically.” The third reform would be to undertake a “total reconstruction of the anti-doping effort and wholesale reconsideration of the banned list.” WADA should be replaced with an “entirely independent body”

Sports Business Journal – Beijing Games leave marred legacy, hard questions for Olympic future

Sports Business Journal – Betting in New York yields massive early numbers

ESPN – Seifert – XFL to be ‘petri dish’ for football innovation, prospect development as part of partnership agreement with NFL

Phil has a question:

How much will sports betting on the XFL and USFL cut into thoroughbred racing’s handle.

Composers shouldn’t think too much – it interferes with their plagiarism.

Howard Dietz

Sports Illustrated – Baccallieri – How ‘Sex and the City’ Sent Me Down a Fake Baseball Rabbit Hole

TDN – McGrath – This Side Up: The Cap of Good Hope

Bloodhorse – The Jockey Club Rescinds Mare Cap Rule

TDN – Sue Finley – Jockey Club Rescinds 140 Mare Cap Rule

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Breeders React to Jockey Club Mare Cap Rule Rescission

Paulick Report – Nevills – Making Claims: Rescinded Stud Book Cap Leaves The Question Of Who’s In Charge

With A Little Help From My Friends

Bloodhorse – Angst – What’s Going On Here: Unknowns in Medina Spirit Case


Paulick Report – Adrienne Hall: USTA Should Focus On Harness Racing’s Real Problem

The Darkness That You Fear

Bloodhorse – Downey – Judge Hears Arguments on HISA’s Constitutionality

TSN – CP – Villeneuve adds Daytona 500 start to storied racing career

If you ain’t trying to cheat a little, you ain’t likely to win much.

Richard Petty

Phil has a question:

Do you call it car doping when you tweak the engine specs.

Do you call it car doping when you tweak the body specs.

FiveThirtyEight – Dowsett – Who Refs The NBA’s Referees?

Space Song

TDN – TDN Launches ‘Bettor Things With Joe Bianca’ Handicapping Podcast

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – KY Bill Takes Aim at Jockey Club Stallion Cap

TDN – Thornton – Bill Filed in Ky to Sidestep Stallion Cap

Bloodhorse – Gash – Improved Transparency Proposed at KHRC Meeting

The 1960s was an era of big thoughts. And yet, amazingly, each of these thoughts could fit on a T-shirt.

P. J. O’Rourke

TDN – Thornton – KHRC Mum on Medina Spirit, Vows Future Transparency

DRF – Hegarty – Baffert appears before Kentucky stewards in hearing on betamethasone positive

TDN – Thornton – From ‘Collector’s Item’ to Derby Trail Kingpin

TDN – Fernando – Taking Stock: Quality of Baffert and Hancock with The Avengers

TwinSpires – Kelly – True Crime in Horse Racing: The Notorious Life of Arnold Rothstein

“I don’t think he is a cheater,” she said. “He might push the envelope, but he doesn’t cheat.”

TDN – Bill Finley – Horsemen’s Rep Says Vitali Meth Positive is Environmental Contamination

The Ringer – Serrano – This Oscars Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words

The Ringer – Seigel – ‘Oh Shit, This Is Real’

Phil’s Drink n a Flick

Wild Thing

Epicurious – Plain Popcorn

The Wild One

Wild Night

If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?

Martin Scorese

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hovdey – Introducing the untold stories of the backstretch

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – If we don’t clean up our act, we won’t have a sport

TDN – Letter to the Editor: The Real Reason for the Negativity


Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Paul Gauguin

Paulick Report – Voss – ‘Morally Wrong’: Sad Journey Of Creative Plan Raises Concerns About Horse Welfare At Turf Paradise

March Madness

ESPN – Lunardi – 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – Bracket Watch: SI’s Projected Field One Month Out From Selection Sunday

Beware the Ides Of March


Sports Illustrated – Coleman – Duke Assistant Jon Scheyer Provides Update on Krzyzewski After Health Scare

ESPN – Purdum and Bearman – Mattress Mack vows to keep going after $9.5 million Super Bowl loss

ESPN – Purdum – High-stake battle rages over California sports betting push

The Bitter Southerner – Detweiler – The Auctioneer

Eight Miles High

In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender.

Johan Cruyff


The Ringer – Solak – The New Path to a Super Bowl

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Good Luck Copying The Rams’ Championship Blueprint

Paine hit the right word, but no GM or coach ever acknowledges the role that luck plays in team building and winning seasons.

Phil has a question:

Does the I’m going to Disneyland not lose something when Disneyland’s only a bus ride away.

Was Bill Belichek smart or lucky when the Patriots drafted Tom Brady at 199.

RFO: Sebastian Aho. Consider that Aho is the Hurricanes’ leading scorer and already has 20 goals this season, for the sixth 20-goal campaign of his career. The only Carolina Hurricane who has ever had more? Ron Francis (10). Aho is just 24. He’s the present, and the future, of the franchise.

ESPN – Shilton – NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus reasons for optimism for every team

Phil has a question:

How many people in the Carolina organization would admit it was pure luck drafting Aho at the 35th selection overall in the 2015 NHL Draft where Boston had 3 first rounds picks and whiffed on them all except for Jake Debrusk who you’d politely describe as a journeyman and wants a trade out of Boston.

When will the NHL realize that raising its draft age will get the players into the league closer to their draft year making the draft more of a marketing tool.

Why is the NHL keeping its salary cap so flat when the major market teams like the Leaf, Habs, Bruins and Rangers and every Canadian team except the Senators would spend to the max.

When will the NHL owners realize that then NBA commissioner Stern sent Bettman to the NHL so that the NBA could prosper.

The Ringer – Thompson and Russillo – The Great Debate: What’s the Single Most Amazing Sports Statistic in U.S. History?

The Guardian – AP – Sarah Palin loses libel lawsuit against New York Times

Phil has a question:

Was Sarah Palin’s lawsuit about libel or keeping her fading name in the news.


Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants.

P.J. O’Rourke

Sports Business Journal – McCormick – Sounders working on new HQ, training center

I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bullshit.

Mel Brooks

The Ringer – Malone – Coverage of the Brad-Jen-Angelina Love Triangle Was a Morality Play About Infidelity and Motherhood

Sports Business Journal – Cheerleader scandal marks latest black eye for Cowboys, NFL

ESPN – Projecting 2022 NFL quarterback trade market: Could Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, others change teams? Everything we know

The Ringer – Kelly – The Ringer’s 2022 NFL Draft Guide

ESPN – Pryor – How the Steelers got better by hiring Brian Flores, who will continue litigation against NFL

Transparent communication to customers, let alone internal stakeholders, is a necessity to compete in the modern American sporting marketplace.

Racing is in competition with other sports, not just for attention, but more than ever, wagering dollars. And make no mistake, those other sports are doing a far better job of communicating with customers about rules, officiating and infractions than almost any organization in American racing.

Many across the American racing landscape wish to see a more communicative, transparent approach to adjudicating the sport at every level.

HISA’s leadership should take note sooner rather than later.

TDN – Pat Cummings – Letter to the Editor: Concerns About HISA


Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Rebel at Oaklawn Park and Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park”

  1. CENTURY oval starts to heat up

    CENTURY becomes HRA DIVISION RACING, how much of the $2.6 million of regulatory expenses will they get, as the deadwood still continues to get paid!!

    CENTURY presents a 24 page document for signature when entering the grounds, ASHA presents it to membership, when will HBPA wake up??

    CENTURY gets tough on TCO2 overages, with a class 3 and 60-180 day suspension, BC harness slap on the wrist of purse loss and 5k fine is a joke.

    CENTURY drop in handle with a $5 million loss in live thoroughbred shown in canadian thoroughbred article $43 million to $38 million,. Harness pitching a NO HITTER on 12th race, Feb 9th with no winning combinations for ex/tri/super shows how mighty the sport has fallen in alberta.

    STALL lists due Feb 22th, let’s hope projection of only 468 race horses isn’t reality, as the old owners and equity flee faster than the Chinook winds .

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