Mar 192022

March 26, 2022 3 Year Old Stakes


UAE Derby GII  ≅ 1 3/16 Miles Dirt

Bloodhorse – Angst – Speedy Pinehurst Stretches out in UAE Derby at Meydan

UAE Derby Sponsored By Mubadala – Entries


Louisiana Derby GII 1 3/16 Miles Dirt

Crescent City Derby 1 1/16 Miles Dirt
Crescent City Oaks f 1 Mile 70 yards Dirt Fair Grounds Oaks f GII 1 1/16 Miles Dirt

Paulick Report – Epicenter Installed As 7-5 Favorite In Louisiana Derby

Horse Racing Nation – Shifman – Louisiana Derby 2022: Odds and analysis

Brisnet – Hanson – Epicenter, Call Me Midnight rematch on tap in Louisiana Derby

Brisnet – Hanson – Echo Zulu gets back to work in Fair Grounds Oaks

Paulick Report – hampion Echo Zulu Launches 2022 Campaign In Fair Grounds Oaks


Fukuryu Stakes BT ≅ 1 1/8 Miles Dirt

March 27, 2022 3 Year Old Stakes

Sunland Park

Sunland Park Derby GIII 1 1/8 Miles Dirt

Sunland Park Oaks f 1 1/16 Miles Dirt

DRF – Anderson – Slow Down Andy set to start in Sunland Park Derby

Paulick Report – Slow Down Andy, Straight Up G Shipping From California For Sunland Derby

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Slow Down Andy, Straight Up G Vie in Sunland Park Derby

Ruby Tuesday


TDN – Thornton – Baffert, Zedan Escalate Appeals to Higher Kentucky Court

Bloodhorse – Dick Downey – Baffert Turns to Court of Appeals in Suspension Case

Bloodhorse – Ehalt and Byron King – Messier, Other Baffert 3-Year-Olds to Join Other Barns

DRF – Privman – Messier, three other Kentucky Derby prospects moved from Baffert’s barn

Horse Racing Nation – Baffert sends 4 Kentucky Derby prospects to new trainers

TDN – Four Baffert Derby Hopefuls Moving to Other Trainers

Well, computers and the Interstate Horseracing Act changed all that – but the economic model has been very slow to adjust to a fair market rate for the track’s races. The result is that the account wagering company makes a larger percentage of the wager than the racetrack and horse owners combined.

Having said that, the track and their purse account on many occasions receive an ADW handle payment of 5% of the wager, which means that, for every $1m bet on these tracks at an ADW, the tracks and their purse accounts each received $25,000.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Friend or foe: why it’s time for racing to ask questions about Advance Deposit Wagering

Paulick Report – European Authorities Arrest 26 After Investigation Into Horse Doping Ring

Horse Racing Nation – Greer – Baffert’s Kentucky Derby hopefuls: Where are they now?

Horse Racing Nation – Greer -First Look: Kentucky Derby preps lead weekend calendar

FiveThirtyEight – Thomson-DeVeaux and Yi – Do Americans Really Want Permanent Daylight Saving Time?

Phil has a question:

What do most people want – permanent DST or an excuse for being late and a reason to bitch and be bitchy twice a year.

The Guardian – Baraka – A drowning world: Kenya’s quiet slide underwater

Phil has a question:

How quickly would the Pharaohs and ancient Egyptians have built canals to carry the excess water for irrigation to the many and expanding African deserts.

Walk Like an Egyptian

The Guardian – Leigh – This thing of ours: why does The Godfather still ring true 50 years on?

NY Times – ‘The Godfather’ Explained in Seven Quotes


Esquire – Long – The Wrath of Caan

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

I’m On Fire

Bon Appetit – Lange – A Skeptic Tries: Pancakes

And in the best-son category, City Zip is hands-down the best stallion son of the celebrated Mr. Prospector sire Carson City. Best known as a broodmare sire, Carson City

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Collecting Wins For City Zip

Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.

Shunryu Suzuki

DRF – Russo – 2022 Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Classic Causeway

McChump Racing Tour – In Quest of the Legendary Alberta Downs

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries 12 Sparkling Wines

The New Yorker – Lane – “The Batman” Is a Waste of Robert Pattinson

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung. 

P. T. Barnum

The Ringer – Shoemaker – Scott Hall Understood the Soul of Wrestling Fans


2022 Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – 2022 Triple Crown Nominations

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

Paulick Report – View From The Eighth Pole: Another Kentucky Derby Asterisk?

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 – Derby Dozen:  Messier Out of the Box, Into Derby Dozen

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: Something Seems Familiar About These Contender

Preakness 147

Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Always on My Mind

TDN – Bill Finley – Derby Winner Grindstone Passes Away

… finishing about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:11.45 in his debut on the unique course.

DRF – Anderson – Brickyard Ride leads the way in Sensational Star

Horse Racing Nation – Greer – 32 are nominated for Florida Derby: Who’s likely to show?

Horse Racing Nation – Greer – See how the Arkansas Derby field is shaping up

Paulick Report – Smile Happy Will Return To Keeneland For Blue Grass Stakes

Washington Post – Golden – ESPN announcers protest Florida bill restricting LGBTQ discussion during basketball broadcast

WTOP – Barlow – Anheuser-Busch ends sponsorship of Washington Commanders

TDN – White Abarrio on Track for Florida Derby

Paulick Report – White Abarrio Relaxed In Easy Breeze Ahead Of Florida Derby

TDN – Barese Tunes up For Wood

Paulick Report – Henry – Jockey Switch For Shipsational in Florida Derby

Horse Racing Nation – Greer – See how the Arkansas Derby field is shaping up

Paulick Report – Tesio-Bound Shake Em Loose Could Aim For Preakness

Paulick Report – Shake Em Loose Trounces Favorite In Private Terms

Bloodhorse – King – Epicenter, Call Me Midnight Rematch in Louisiana Derby

Paulick Report – Simplification Gets Easy Breeze At Gulfstream

TDN – Simplification, Smile Happy Highlight Saturday Gulfstream Worktab

Bloodhorse – Barber Road Breezes in Preparation for Arkansas Derby

Paulick Report – ‘You Haven’t Seen The Best Of This Horse, Yet’: Barker Confident In Florida Derby Hopeful Shipsational

Raging Bull

Paulick Report – Japan: Earthquake Closes Fukushima Racecourse, Upcoming Race Dates Canceled

TDN – ARCI Lexington Conference to Focus on HISA and Sports Betting

Front Office Sports – Fox Bet Struggles Amid Ownership Dispute and Poor Reach

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Street jockey: five-time Japanese champ Christophe Lemaire launches fashion label


Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: Rillito Racetrack Setting Stage For Accountability Standards

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

P. T. Barnum

Bloodhorse – Brown Readies Early Voting, Zandon for Key Derby Preps

Paulick Report – Early Voting ‘Doing Everything The Right Way’ Ahead Of Wood Memorial

TDN – Early Voting Works for Wood Memorial

Bloodhorse – Shipsational to Remain South for Florida Derby

Paulick Report- Golden – Mandella To Take It Day By Day With SA Derby Hopeful ‘Kingdom’

TDN – Forbidden Kingdom Misses Workout with Temperature

Bloodhorse – Forbidden Kingdom Misses March 18 Work With Temperature

Bloodhorse – Secret Oath Sizzles in Five-Furlong Breeze

Paulick Report – Rebel Winner Un Ojo Will Return In Arkansas Derby

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Cox Pins Kentucky Derby Hopes on Cyberknife, Zozos

Paulick Report – Louisiana Derby: Rattle N Roll Should Appreciate Extra Distance Despite Three-Week Turnaround

Bloodhorse – King – Protections for Bettors Discussed at CHRB Meeting

TDN – Bill Finley – Sports Betting Bill Advances in Kentucky

Bloodhorse – King – Kentucky House Passes Sports Wagering, Goes to Senate

Phil has a question:

Why in the world do the US states need a Senate.

Have elections become the biggest industry in the not so United States.

We Can’t Make it Here

TDN – Thornton – NJ Commission ‘Politely Declines’ to be HISA Middleman


Bon Appetit – Davis – Margaret Atwood’s Dream Dinner Party Features a Crystal Ball and Hammer

LitHub – Temple – A Close Reading of the Best Opening Paragraph of All Time

Phil has a question:

If it’s the best opening paragraph of all time why do you need to explain why.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

Ronald Reagan

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Kentucky Court Denies Baffert Stay of Suspension

TDN – Petrunyak – Familiar Arguments at Hearing for Baffert’s Stay of Suspension

Remember, the Muse favors working stiffs. She hates prima donnas. To the gods the supreme sin is not rape or murder, but pride. To think of yourself as a mercenary, a gun for hire, implants the proper humility. It purges pride and preciousness.


The Ringer – Sherman – Coach K Is Leaving College Basketball. College Basketball Is Leaving the Era of Coach K’s.

FiveThirtyEight – Lourim – Where Did The Big Ten’s March Magic Go?

FiveThirtyEight – Planos – How St. Peter’s Became This Year’s Cinderella

Sports Business Journal – Merchandise at St. Peter’s in high demand following run to Sweet 16

ESPN – Medcalf – March Madness: Reseeding the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball Sweet 16

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Grant Hill Talks March Madness Memories and Coach K’s ‘Genius’

The Ringer – Sherman – Winners and Losers of the Second Round of March Madness

The Ringer – Sherman – Winners and Losers of the First Round of March Madness

CBS Sports – Boone – March Madness: Saint Peter’s becomes third 15 seed to advance to Sweet 16 with magical win vs. Murray State


Phil has a question:

How fast can the Chinese crank out St. Pete’s jerseys and merchandise.

“People talk about how there isn’t any parity in women’s basketball… This is March Madness,” Berube said. “It’s awesome for mid-majors, because it’s great basketball. Yes, Power 5 conferences like the SEC, the Big Ten, they’re great teams… But you’re seeing it. Like, there is awesome basketball at the mid-majors, and I’m loving it.”

Sports Illustrated – Baccallieri – First Round Shows There’s Plenty of Room for Madness in the Women’s Tournament

Sports Illustrated – Baccallieri – March Madness Faced a Gender Reckoning. Now Everyone Gets a Pasta Station—but What Else?

Girl Next Door

The Ringer – Raftery – The Rise and Fall of the Erotic Thriller

Baker Street

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, A Tale of Two Cities

The New Yorker – Menard – The Crisis That Nearly Cost Charles Dickens His Career

Phil’s Drink ‘n a Flick

Hair of the Dog

Reservoir Dogs

Plain Popcorn

Eli’s Coming

First Witch: When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Second Witch: When the hurlyburly’s done,
 When the battle’s lost and won.
Third Witch: That will be ere the set of sun.
First Witch :Where the place?
Second Witch: Upon the heath.
Third Witch: There to meet with Macbeth.
First Witch:  I come, graymalkin!
Second Witch: Paddock calls.
Third Witch: Anon!
ALL: Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.

William Shakespeare, MacBeth

Los Angeles Times – Ordona – BuzzMeter 2022: Our experts predict the Oscar winners — and so can you (all polls open)

FiveThirtyEight – Druke, Consing and Venezky – Who Is America’s Favorite Actor?

The Ringer – A Taxonomy of Hot Male British Actors

The Ringer – Nayman – The Unbound Discipline of Jane Campion

The Ringer – Surrey – How ‘Drive My Car’ Is Changing the Definition of Best Picture

Baby Can You Drive My Car

LA Times – Phillips – Here’s what you need to know about the 10 best picture Oscar nominees

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Laura King – Meet the right-hand man taking centre stage with Hot Rod Charlie in Dubai


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kiaran McLaughlin: Invasor winning the Dubai World Cup is my fondest memory

The Ringer – Lindbergh – The Twins—Yes, the Twins—Landed MLB’s Best Free Agent. What Does That Mean for the League?

Sports Illustrated – Hoekstra – Fuzzy Logic

The Ringer – Jones – Deshaun Watson Will Join the Cleveland Browns

Phil has a question:

What didn’t the Browns learn about prima donnas during the Odell Beckham Jr. fiasco.

Eli’s Coming

Vampires are such prima donnas.


ESPN – Trotter – At what price? Deshaun Watson trade might cost Cleveland Browns more than money, draft picks

Phil has a question:

Do you think that Jimmy Haslam who claims to be so stupid that he didn’t know his company was stealing million of dollars of rebates from truck divers gives a Flying Fuck about his tarnished reputation.

… as CEO, it’s actually his job to be aware of the major, potentially felonious goings-on in his company. For Browns fans, this raises an unsettling conundrum: Either Haslam’s a thief/liar/scam artist, or he’s just totally incompetent. There’s no in between. In any case, it’s safe to assume he’s not the next Robert Kraft or Dan Rooney.

Grantland – Borcas – An Idiot’s Guide to the Pilot Flying J Rebate Scandal

The Ringer – Clark – Princiotti, Solak and Ruiz – Instant Reaction to the Deshaun Watson Trade

Portobello Belle

Sports Business Journal – Browns defend signing Deshaun Watson following severe backlash

Phil has a question:

What’s Al Sharpton’s position on Deshaun Watson’s misogynistic behaviour.

If Deshaun Watson is serious about cleaning up his name and improving his behaviour wouldn’t the first step be resolving the 22 lawsuits pending against him and offering each of those persons a sincere apology rather than continue to subject them to the agony of having to relive his abusive behaviour.

ESPN – Trotter – ‘It was just very insulting’: Inside Baker Mayfield’s falling out with the Cleveland Browns

Texas Monthly – Trigger: The Life of Willie Nelson’s Guitar

The Tale of Trigger

Texas Monthly – LeBlanc – The “Keep Big Bend Wild” Effort Aims to Forever Protect Texas’s First National Park

Phil has a question:

When will the Rio Grande run dry.

Til The Rivers All Run Dry

Poker Game

Summer in the City

Front Office Sports – Baker – The NHL Cares About Music More Than Ever

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

Hunter S Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Can’t Always Get What You want

Vice – Santos – Why We Listen to Music With Lyrics We Don’t Understand

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Tear in my Heart

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad’Dib, then, take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most special care that you locate Muad’Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place.

From “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan

Garden and Gun – Eckert – A Timeless Nashville Landmark: The Loveless Café

Love of the Loveless

I don’t think I need to try everything to know I don’t like it.

 Alice Oseman

Sports Business Journal – Commanders games no longer on local Audacy radio stations

ESPN – Wyshinski – NHL cancels Evgenii Dadonov trade with Anaheim Ducks, sends RW back to Vegas Golden Knights

SportsNet – AP – NHL voids Dadonov trade to Ducks, citing violation of no-trade clause

Snake Eyes

ESPN – NHL trade deadline tracker: Latest updates on deals, rumors and grades for 2022

ESPN – NHL trade grades

The Hockey News – Proteau – The Winners From the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline

ESPN – Wyshynski – NHL reviewing Vegas Golden Knights-Anaheim Ducks deal due to Evgenii Dadonov’s no-trade clause, sources say

The Hockey News – Stephens – Golden Knights Trade Dadonov, Pick to Ducks

Phil has a question:

Do Ducks have Verbeeks or Verbills.

Why did the Duck cross the road.

ESPN – Kaplan – Answering the big questions ahead of the NHL trade deadline

Sports Illustrated – Al Sharpton Vows to Not ‘Let People Forget About’ NBA Investigation Into Robert Sarver

Phil M Stockmen

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