Mar 042023

“Why is New York state loaning money for a brand-new luxury racing facility when the tracks they are replacing have atrocious attendance records? Over just the last four decades Belmont’s attendance has fallen 88% and Aqueduct’s has dropped an astounding 94%,” said an analysis prepared for a coalition of animal rights and education advocacy groups.

The End Horse Racing Subsidies Coalition includes New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, Alliance for Quality Education and NY Communities for Change.

NY Post – Carl Campanile and Zach Williams -Gov. Kathy Hochul hit over $450M NY taxpayer bailout of horse industry

You can make a “cultural heritage” case for keeping New York’s horse-racing industry alive, even though the free market would execute it.

But don’t insult the public by pretending the state can reap a windfall by burning more taxpayer cash on this money pit.

The Empire State faces a dire budget future; if it’s going to turn the economy around, it needs to put broad tax reduction far ahead of special-interest giveaways.

NY Post – Time to douse NY’s horse- racing ‘burn pit’

Phil has a question:

How few horsemen will read and take heed.

How many horseman will not understand and bury there heads further in the sand.

Why does read rhyme with heed and read rhyme with head.

Do horseman realize that the movement from the back 40 family farm to massive corporate agribusiness will slowly but surely erode rural voting power.

Do horsemen realize that it’s only a matter of time before the politicians smell more votes behind the urban economic analysis than the rural cultural heritage plea.

What does a vote smell like.

Bailing twine turns every farmer into MacGyver.


Canada’s National Observer – Bloomfield – Huge investors are driving small farmers off the land

Paulick Report – Newsday: New York State Is Right To Help In Belmont Renovation

Bon Appetit – Avalle – It’s 2023 and I’m Officially Tired of Gordon Ramsay Yelling at People on TV

Phil has a question:

Does Gordon Ramsay still have a show.

Woodford Reserve® 2023 Kentucky Derby® 149 Bottle, , main_imageTDN – Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle Celebrates Secretariat Anniversary

Phil has found the Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle at Wine and Beyond

Bob Appetit – Sommelier Tries 10 Whiskeys Under $50

This weeks race on the Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149

Mar 11, 2023

Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Derby  50-20-15-10-5

Paulick Report – ‘He Has Always Acted Like He Was A Little Bit Special’: Harty Excited About Tampa Bay Derby Hopeful Groveland

Paulick Report – Laurel’s Next Step For Sophomores: Coffeewithchris, Prince Of Jericho Top Private Terms Nominees

Paulick Report – ‘He’s Got The Home Court Advantage’: Freedom Road To Take Crack At Stakes Breakthrough In Tampa Bay Derby

TDN – Gotham Runners Look Ahead

Paulick Report – ‘There’s A Lot To Look Forward To’: Colebrook Circles Wood, Blue Grass As Possibilities For Raise Cain; Pencils In Jeff Ruby For Battaglia Runner-Up Scoobie Quando

Paulick Report – Pletcher: Forte Likely Bound For Florida Derby

Paulick Report – Ryan – Yakteen Points San Felipe Winner Practical Move To Santa Anita Derby

1973 Kentucky Derby

TDN – Secretariat’s Legacy Available Online

Secretariats’ Legacy

Pancho and Lefty

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Derby Dozen

DRF – Derby Watch

TDN – Thornton – TDN Derby Top 12 For Mar. 2: Will March Separate Lions From Lambs

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Where Do The Baffert/Yakteen Horses Slot In?

ESPN – Melfi – Jimmy V’s ESPYs Speech, Annotated

I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can’t trust em.

Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – The NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams and What They Need to Do to Join the Madness

The Athletic – Davis – College basketball rankings: UConn and Texas A&M rise, Duke returns, Tennessee drops out

ESPN – AP – Kennesaw St. headed to first NCAA tournament after ASUN title

Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – Drake’s Elder Statesmen Look Fit for Cinderella’s Slipper

Sports Illustrated – AP – Duke Deals Major Blow to UNC Bubble Hopes With Narrow Road Win

ESPN – Lunardi – 2023 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Sports Illustrated – McDaniel – Southeast Missouri State Punches First Ticket to Men’s NCAA Tournament

ESPN – Men’s Tournament Challenge

Paulick Report – Economic Indicators: Wagering Declines Five Percent In February, Purses Continue Upward Trend

Paulick Report – Paulick – ‘We Owe An Apology To The Racing Public’: Sunland Park Stewards Admit DQ Error

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Kentucky Derby favorite Forte closing in on world Top Ten after impressive Gulfstream comeback

TDN – Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance On-Site At Tampa Bay Derby

Paulick Report – Voss – Arapahoe Trainer Facing 10 Medication Violations, Charges For 30 Contraband Items

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – ESPN Wants to Be the Hub Connecting Live Sports

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Faiza Remains Undefeated with Santa Ysabel Score

TDN – Faiza Stays Perfect In Santa Ysabel

Paulick Report – Willman – Road To Kentucky Oaks: Faiza Stays Unbeaten With Santa Ysabel Victory But No Louisville Race For Baffert-Trained Filly

Bloodhorse- McCroskey – Danse Macabre Hands Co-Owners First Graded Stakes Win


The Ringer – Nayman – The ‘Rocky’ Movies Have Only Ever Been As Good As Their Bad Guys

Garden and Gun – Ong and Stewart – Houston’s Wide Welcome

Front Office Sports – NBA’s Adam Silver on Shortlist to Succeed Bob Iger at Disney

Southern Living – Cribb – 9 Rude Things People Do At The Grocery Store

The Florida-bred filly ($95.40) improved her record to 4-0-1 from seven starts and increased her earnings to $327,508. She was produced from the Yonaguska mare Hardcore Candy, who has five winners from six foals to race.


Perhaps as Dorth Vader and her connections continue down the winding road to the first Friday in May they will heed Yoda’s advice—”Patience you must have, my young Padawan.”

Hardcore Candy was campaigned in Alberta by Darrell Landry and then Amber Buniak and Ryan McLean. Hardcore Candy won 8 races from 40 starts with 8 seconds and 4 thirds, earning $101,308. She was Stakes placed in the Freedom of the City Stakes (Black Type) at Northlands Park.

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Dorth Vader Strikes Down Foes in 46-1 Davona Dale Upset

TDN – Carasso – Dorth Vader A ‘Force’ In Davona Dale

Paulick Report – Road To Kentucky Oaks: Dorth Vader Springs 45-1 Suprise In Davona Dale, Gives Trainer Yates First Graded Win

Yoda’s Theme

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Albert Einstein

“When Bobby Dodd and I first bought Girvin he was a beautiful, strong colt, that looked fast,” said owner Brad Grady. “As a yearling, Mr. Beau Lane told Bobby and I that we had a serious horse and explained his depth of pedigree in a way that two rednecks could understand. Bobby was always high on Girvin and gave him the accolades of a freak. He had a minor setback as a two-year-old that kept us from pinhooking him. We had the chance to race him, and he took us on the ride of a lifetime that we will never forget. It was a very easy decision to support him for both Misty and I, and when we got a glimpse of his first foals, we knew we did the right thing for him and us. He has more than blessed our family. We are grateful to Airdrie Stud and Ocala Stud for supporting Girvin, and giving him the best possible chance for success.

Leading Freshman Sire Girvin Relocating to Airdrie Stud

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Chantal Sutherland: There has to be a cap on some of the bigger trainers to keep it a level playing field for everyone

TDN – McGrath – Half a Century of One Wholehearted Guy

The Athletic – Weaver – For the Rangers’ Taylor Hearn, rodeo is the family business — and his future

A wink’s as good as a nod to a blind mule.

Cowboy Wisdom


TDN – Violence’s Raise Cain Upsets Eventful Gotham

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Raise Cain Lights Up Toteboard in Gotham

Paulick Report – Eddy – Road To Kentucky Derby: Raise Cain Delivers Gotham Upset By Wide Margin

Brisnet – Longshot Raise Cain surprises in Gotham, Shidabhuti rallies in Busher

Brisnet – Scully – Forte comes back strong in Fountain of Youth; Dorth Vader stuns Davona Dale foes

Bloodhorse – Charlie McCarthy – Champion Forte Rolls in Fountain of Youth Return

TDN – Champion Forte Super Strong in Fountain of Youth

Paulick Report -Road To Kentucky Derby: Champion Forte ‘Checking All The Boxes’ With Return Victory In Fountain Of Youth

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Practical Move Takes Command in San Felipe

Brisnet – Scully – Practical Move keeps rolling in San Felipe

TDN – Inside ‘Move’ a Winning One in San Felipe

Paulick Report – Willman – Road To Kentucky Derby: ‘Phenomenally Gifted’ Practical Move Takes San Felipe For Yakteen


Texas Monthly – Dingus – More Colorful Texas Sayings Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Phil has a question:

Was this one meant for the minions at Horse Racing Alberta:

He broke his arm patting himself on the back.

Paulick Report – Road To Kentucky Derby: Sonny Leon Guides Congruent To John Battaglia Memorial Surprise

Bloodhorse – Byron King and McCroskey – Florida Shipper Congruent in Harmony in Battaglia

Brisnet – Johnson – Congruent surges from last to first in John Battaglia Memorial; Botanical romps in Cincinnati Trophy

Phil has a question:

Did you have a powerful enough search light to find any of the 3 year olds that switched barns from Baffert.

Does the Baffert Barn have better water, hay and oats.

TDN – UAE Derby Next For Al Bastakiya Winner Go Soldier Go

Bloodhorse – Shidabhuti Superior in Busher; Little Vic Wins Tom Fool

Paulick Report – ‘He Gave Me Everything’: Desormeaux Drives Stilleto Boy To Victory Over Proxy, Defunded In Big ‘Cap Thriller

High School Confidential

Paulick Report – Yates – ‘It’s Like Everybody’s Dream’: Cristian Torres Making The Most Of Oaklawn Opportunities

Garden and Gun – Russell – Six Movies to Celebrate NASCAR’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

There is no doubt about precisely when folks began racing each other in automobiles. It was the day they built the second automobile.

Richard Petty

Speedway at Nazareth

Los Angeles Times – Column: DeSantis wants to displace Trump as the GOP’s 2024 nominee. But he has hurdles to overcome

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

Eric Hamelback, CEO, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association: “Today, we stand firmly on our victory in the Fifth Circuit, however we are disappointed in the Sixth Circuit ruling. We have stated from the onset that there are multiple aspects of unconstitutionality plaguing HISA. The Fifth Circuit ruled on the arguments presented to them, and the Sixth Circuit ruled on the arguments they were presented. With that, we remain confident in our arguments and committed to our case. As seen now, the shifting legal uncertainty only upholds more confusion ahead for the industry and should lead everyone to agree we need a new bill to correct this uncertainty. We will keep fighting all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary to protect our industry and make sure our rules and regulations are built on a legal foundation.”

Paulick Report – Paulick – Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Finds HISA Constitutional

Bloodhorse – Downey – 6th Circuit Appeals Court Declares HISA Constitutional

TDN – Ross – California First to Sign Voluntary Agreement, Pay HISA 2023 Fees

Phil has a question:

Does any participant in Alberta racing who has witnessed the absolute clusterfuck of Horse Racing Alberta think that HISA will be a benefit to US horse Racing.

What does the Undertaker really do.

Los Angeles Times – James – Murdoch has survived scandal after scandal. Will Dominion-Fox News lawsuit be different?

The Ringer – Solak – Bryce Young and the QB Size Dilemma

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – The High-Stakes World of Sports Insiders

Paulick Report – Saffie Joseph Suspended 15 Days For Gabapentin Positive; Artie’s Princess Disqualified From Grade 2 Win

Garden and Gun – Lotz – What Italian and Southern Hospitality Have in Common

Phil won’t be giving out Italy On Plate for this years Kentucky Derby Contest if has one, but Phil did receive Frankie Dettori’s Italian Family Cookbook and Phil was pleasantly surprised. Most of the recipes are simple highlighting fresh seasonal ingredients. Frankie’s Bolognese recipe may not be in the same league as Marcella Hazen or even the Soprano’s Sunday Gravy, but it is easier and quicker. Plenty of pictures and anecdotes from Frankie and Marco Pierre White.

Phil’s sure that White did most of the work on the recipes and Phil’s now gotta get a copy of White Heat, even if it’s not an original edition.

More is lost by indecision than by wrong decision.

Carmela Soprano

Phil’s purchased quite a few used cookbooks over the years and found that most have been viewed, but seldom used.

Have you ever Loved a Woman

Phil M Stockmen

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