Mar 052022

The Guardian – Corlett – Bull survives being swept 80km down a river, over a waterfall and almost out to sea

When The Levee Breaks

If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.

Dean Smith

Raging Bull

National Post – John Ivison: Ukraine crisis a reminder why we need to make our true north very strong

The Intelligencer – Leitch – Why Isn’t Brittney Griner the Biggest Sports Story in the Country?

Sports Business Journal – NHL star Connor McDavid to endorse BetMGM

ESPN – NFL suspends Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley for at least 2022 season for betting on games

March 12, 2022 3 Year Old Stakes

Tampa Bay Downs

Columbia S 1 mile Turf

Florida Oaks GIIIT f 1 1/16 Miles Turf

Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby GII 1 1/16 Miles

Given the fact that we are in a capitalist society, we still do not want to overlook not only what a corporation produces and its profitability but also how it impacts the environment, touches human life and whether it protects or undermines the dignity of the human person.

Dean Smith

2022 Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – 2022 Triple Crown Nominations

Past The Wire – Stettin – Is the Kentucky Derby a Grade 1 race this year or next?

2022 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Bloodhorse – Champion Echo Zulu Tops 103 Kentucky Oaks Nominations

2022 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 6, 2022

TDN – Bill Finley – TDN Kentucky Oaks Top 10 for March 3

TDN – Thornton – Derby Top 12 For March 8

Bloodhorse – King – Forbidden Kingdom Vaults Into Derby Dozen Top Three

DRF – Derby Watch

Horse Racing Nation -Kentucky Derby 2022 Contenders

Racing Dudes – 2022 Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Four-Prep Weekend Shakes Things Up

Preakness 147

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.



Bloodhorse – King – Classic Causeway Duels Major General in Tampa Bay Derby

DRF – McGee – Classic Causeway likely to have 11 rivals in Tampa Bay Derby

Horse Racing Nation – Greer – First Look: Tampa Bay Derby leads 8 weekend graded stakes

Bloodhorse – Classic Causeway On Course for Tampa Bay Derby

Paulick Report – Henry – Classic Causeway Heads Tampa Bay Derby Nominations

Long time Alberta thoroughbred owner Dennis Barton passed away last week.

Next to a Racetrack “Win Picture”, Dennis loved nothing more than taking on unjust complicated systems, on behalf of the disadvantaged.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Gathering Place in Lesser Slave lake, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Following the service there will be refreshments at the Multi-Rec Centre.

Horse Racing Nation – Macatangay – What we learned: More questions after Saturday’s Derby preps

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Echo Zulu, Epicenter Light Up Fair Grounds Worktab

Paulick Report – Gotham Winner Morello’s Owners ‘Just A Small Group Of People From Saratoga Running Against The Big Dogs’

Bloodhorse – Wood Memorial Could be the Next Target for Morello

Bloodhorse – Simplification Aimed at Florida Derby Following FOY Win

TDN – Florida Derby on Tap for Simplification

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Eda Edges Under the Stars in Santa Ysabel

TDN – Eda Returns a Winner in Santa Ysabel

Bloodhorse – King – Juncture Soars in Patton, a European Road to Derby Prep

DRF – Privman – Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: Fountain of Youth Stakes analysis

TDN – Not This Time Colts 1-2 in Eventful Fountain of Youth

Bloodhorse – McCarthy – Simplification Streaks to Fountain of Youth Score


Bloodhorse – Gash – Galt, High Oak Unscathed, Rosario, Alvarado on the Mend

Brisnet – Scully – Simplification kicks clear in Fountain of Youth; Kathleen O. remains unblemished in Davona Dale

TDN – McGrath – This Side Up: An Oath to Share the Secret of Eternal Youth

DRF – Privman – Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: San Felipe Stakes Analysis

Brisnet – Forbidden Kingdom coasts in San Felipe

TDN – American Pharoah Colt Takes No Prisoners in San Felipe

Brisnet – Morello, Venti Valentine score decisively in Gotham, Busher

DRF – Privman – Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: Gotham Stakes analysis

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Unbeaten Morello Prevails in Gotham

TDN – Classic Empire’s Morello Remains Unbeaten in Gotham

DRF – Privman – Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: John Battaglia Memorial Stakes analysis

Brisnet – Scully – Tiz the Bomb strikes in Battaglia; Bubble Rock turns tables in Cincinnati Trophy

Bloodhorse – KIng – Tiz the Bomb Goes Off in John Battaglia Memorial

Bloodhorse – McCarthy – Kathleen O. Improves to 3-for-3 in Davona Dale

TDN – Firing Line Filly First in Busher

Bloodhorse – Venti Valentine Rallies to Decisive Busher Score

TDN – Karakontie’s Spendarella Makes the Grade

TDN – Baffert Duo Takes On Santa Ysabel

Bloodhorse – Four-Time Oaks Winner Pletcher Points Nest to Ashland

Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: An Outsider’s Perspective On The Baffert Conundrum

Bloodhorse – Angst – Closer Look at Initial Impact of Lasix Phase Out

TDN – Ross – Race Meet Agreement at Center of Hollendorfer, TSG April Trial

Paulick Report – Whistleblower Adrienne Hall Turns In Racing License ‘To Ensure The Integrity Of The Open Federal Cases’

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Real Or Perceived, Conflicts Of Interest A Problem For KHRC

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.

Thomas Fuller

TDN – Rees – HBPA Panel Details Myriad Flaws in HISA

Phil was questioned on why he spends more time dealing with US racing and other international racing than he does on Alberta racing. Phil will advise that Phil like 99.93142% of Albertans don’t care about Alberta horse racing.

Phil has a question:

Does anyone including the HISA Board and Executives have the slightest clue on how HISA will operate amongst the myriad alphabet soup state and Federal agencies, boards and commissions.

How many lawyers’ kids will get put through college on the HISA litigation gravy train.

Does the Undertaker scurry down the halls of HRA to rat on Phil when Phil mixes metaphors.

Oops, I Did it Again

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Change the culture – or risk going the way of the circus and dog racing

Paulick Report – Goreé: Arizona Horse Tracks Are ‘A Killing Field’ And It Has To Stop

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Six-day careless riding ban for Tom Marquand on Saudi Cup card

Paulick Report – Paulick – Jury Awards Vaccarezzas $1.5 Million In Negligence Lawsuit Against California Veterinarian Baker

TDN – U.S. Wagering, Purses Climb in February

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: Shift to New York a Curious Move on Prat’s Part

Paulick Report – Paulick – Go East Young Men: Prat, Rispoli Leaving Southern California

Horse Racing Nation – Ryan – Top jockey Prat will head east to ride at Keeneland, Belmont

Past The Wire – Umberto Rispoli moving his tack east to NYRA, Prat follows

TDN – We Are NY Horse Racing Ad Hits Airwaves

Something I have also heard privately many times is that our industry is an old one, and I don’t refer to the centuries-old tradition of breeding and raising Thoroughbreds. Old racing executives don’t die so much as they simply fade away, as is pretty clear from the average age on many of the alphabet soup organizations’ boards and executive rosters. The prevailing feeling seems to be that family ties can pave the way to a prominent position that you then parlay into a series of relatively secure roles for as long as you feel like collecting a check.

Paulick Report – Voss: Racing’s Young People Are Trying To Tell You Something

Phil has a question:

Has Voss heard of the QKB and the Undertaker.

Washington Post – Fritz – What’s behind the confidence of the incompetent? This suddenly popular psychological phenomenon.

National Library of Medicine – Kruger and Dunning  – Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments

Phil has a question:

Have Kruger and Dunning heard of the QKB and the Undertaker.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Lukas to Owners: Hire Trainers With Integrity

Times Union – LIberatore – Disgraced trainer Bob Baffert to remain in Racing Hall of Fame

Paulick Report – Kentucky: Koenig Introduces Bills To Legalize Sports Wagering, Alter Pari-Mutuel Tax Rates, Breakage

Bloodhorse – Angst – HBPA Members See Great Potential in Fixed-Odds Wagering

National HBPA – National HBPA Conference Panel Calls Fixed Odds “The Future of Horse Racing Wagering”

Phil has a question:

Do these guys dream in 3D Technicolour.

How much pent up demand for horse racing fixed odds wagering is there in Woogivsafukistan and Khantbetistan.

Has Century disclosed the fixed on wagering on Century Downs.

Circle Game

ESPN – Thompson – The final March of Coach K

Sports Business Journal – Tickets for Coach K’s final UNC-Duke home game going for thousands

March Madness Bracket Contest – Breakfast of Champions

Cereal Boxes - Roberto Clemente - Trainers4Me

New Yorker – Rosner – The Many Lives of Roberto, a Soup

NCAA – 2022 March Madness: Men’s NCAA tournament complete schedule, dates, TV times

ESPN – Lunardi – 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Washington Post – Dirda – How do you choose a book? Book lists by other writers are a great place to start

Phil has a question:

How many books are on Donald Trump’s book list.

Do any of those books have words.

The Ringer – Kaelen Jones – What’s the Value of the NFL Combine?

Phil has an answer:

Helps the NFL publicity machine keep the league in front of its fans during the off-season.

Sports Business Journal – SBJ Football: Eagles dig deeper into data with KAGR pact

FiveThirtyEight – Babin – Not Even Gumbo Is Safe From Climate Change

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: Blame clueless owners for selfishly canceling MLB games and hurting fans

The Ringer – Bauman – Opening Day Is Canceled. MLB Has No One to Blame But Itself.

The Ringer – Chin – The Five Biggest Takeaways From ‘The Batman’

The Ringer – Surrey – ‘The Batman’ Is Unlike Any Superhero Movie Before It

The Ringer – The 25 Best Batman Villains, Ranked

The Ringer – Kting-Schreifels – Designing Gotham

The Ringer – Nayman – ‘The Batman’ Is the Batman Movie We Deserve

Global News – Smith – End of an era: St. Albert’s last payphone to be removed

Leather Jacket

Phil has a question:

Does this mean that St. Albert cannot be saved by Superman or expect a visit from Dr. Who.

Does this mean that Horse Racing Alberta cannot move their offices to St. Albert.

Sports Business Journal – Sabres’ struggles continue to eat away at season-ticket base

Phil has a question:

Does Gary Bettman understand that the drop in ticket sales in Buffalo is caused by the border restrictions that the 50-60% of their fanbase face when they cross from Canada to the States and back.

This Mess We’re In

Sports Business Journal – Finance agreement expected soon on $1.4B Bills stadium

LA Times – Kaufman – ‘It’s all from Bunnies’: Inside the ‘vicious’ feud tearing Playboy alumni apart

Rolling Stone – Wade – Trump, Who Wanted to Withdraw the U.S. from NATO, Now Claims Credit for Its Existence

Phil has a question:

Does demented Donald wear red flip-flops to match his tie.

American Idiot

The Guardian – Marilyn Manson files defamation suit against sexual abuse accuser Evan Rachel Wood

This Ain’t a Scene It’s an Arms Race

The Bitter Southerner – Guess – Alabama Dreaming with Mani Perry

People have to start talking to know more about other cultures and to understand each other.

Martin Scorsese

Once In A Lifetime


Phil M Stockmen

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