Mar 072023

Bloodhorse – Ehalt –  Three Years After Arrests, Racing Plots Path Forward

Phil has a question:

With wrestling applying to permit betting on their pre-determined match outcomes do you think that it’s integrity or entertainment value that is racing’s biggest problem.


Jack and Diane

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Be Better

TDN – Clippinger – Letter to the Editor: Nonsense

Bloodhorse – Donk to Support Belmont Park Modernization at Rally

New York Thoroughbred Breeders – Gallo – Message From NYTB President Tom Gallo – March 13 Rally at State Capitol

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

The media counterpoint to the attack on horse racing was slow and feeble.

The media point to the attack on horse racing was swift and powerful.

“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.

Intelligencer – Louis – Kathy Hochul Is on the Brink of 3 Wars With Her Own Party

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:

Which side wins the current political battle over slots dollars.

Which side wins the current media battle for the hearts and minds of the voters.

Which side wins the war over slots dollars.

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.

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

Phil has a question:

Is there anyone capable of steering the horse racing Titanic away from its inevitable collision with the iceberg.

Does declining wagering coupled with increasing purses sound like a sustainable business model to you.

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

TIF – TIF Reports: American Racing’s Sustainable Future

Illustrious Adena Springs Farm to Sell By May 15

This Week’s Stop on the Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149

March 11, 2023

Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Derby 50–20–15–10–5

Past The Wire – The Kentucky Derby Radar Show Episode 4 – Forte Dominates in Return Plus Tampa Bay Derby Preview

Paulick Report – Starr – Equibase Analysis: Longshot Prairie Hawk Poised For Big Effort In Tampa Bay Derby

DRF – McGee – 2023 Kentucky Derby: Pope has patience; Tapit Trice may have other plans

DRF – Free – Arabian Knight gets back to work with eye on Kentucky Derby points

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Pletcher Favored to Win His Sixth Tampa Bay Derby

Paulick Report – Pletcher Has Solid Duo In Quest For Sixth Tampa Bay Derby Triumph


Bloodhorse – Japanese Horse To Come For Santa Anita Derby

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

Phil’s Flick n a Drink

Repo Man

Devil’s Margarita


The Ringer – Joyaux – How to Fix the Oscars, Once and for All

The Guardian – Parkin — Who owns Einstein? The battle for the world’s most famous face

Rock n Roll Music

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

Country Living – Woodford Reserve Distillery Is The Best Distillery In Kentucky

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

Paulick Report – Pedulla – In Their Own Words: Turcotte’s Unforgettable Ride Aboard Secretariat

1973 Kentucky Derby

TDN – Secretariat’s Legacy Available Online

Secretariats’ Legacy

Pancho and Lefty

Bloodhorse – Arabian Knight Joins Forte in Derby Future Wager Pool 5

TDN – Forte Tabbed as Morning Line Favorite for KD Future Wager Pool 6

DRF – Derby Watch

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Derby Dozen

TDN – Thornton – The TDN Derby Top 12: Forte Crowns Himself The New Kingpin

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Forte’s Still Forte…Uh-Oh…

TDN – Bill Finley – Kentucky Oaks Top 10: Strange Year Continues

FiveThirtyEight – Planos – The College Basketball Storylines You Should Know Before March Madness

ESPN – Gasaway – The 355 men’s college basketball teams that won’t win 2023 March Madness

The Ringer – Kram – What You Need to Know About March’s Best Sports Tournament, the World Baseball Classic

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

ESPN – Lunardi – 2023 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

ESPN – Men’s Tournament Challenge

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Massachusetts Online Sports Betting Goes Live

Los Angeles Times – James – California plans to capture floodwaters to recharge depleted groundwater

Paulick Report – Stearns – The Pandemic And Horses In Need – What Are The Facts?

The Ringer – What You Need to Know About the Panthers’ Trade Up for the No. 1 Pick

The Ringer – The Ringer’s 2023 NFL Draft Guide

Sports Business Journal – NCAA men’s basketball viewership rebounds in 2022-23

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Rancour at the mic: Dubai race caller heads home saying Larry Collmus is lined up for World Cup

Bloodhorse – HBPA Conference: Fixed Odds in Racing is Coming

Paulick Report – Law – HBPA Conference: Trio Of Trainers Call HISA ‘A Façade’ To Cover ‘Personal Agendas’

ESPN – Shilton – Report: Senators sale could eclipse $900M, set NHL record

Canadian Thoroughbred – Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto to Open This Summer

TDN – Bill Finley – Did Alex Canchari Suffer from CTE?

The Star – ‘Best day to start is today’: Alberta bill sets out budget restraint, more savings

Phil has a question:

If the UCP are preaching budget restraint then why are they handing out more pre-election giveaways than Santa.

If the UCP are preaching budget restraint then why are they handing out an extra 2% of government revenues to slot operators.

TDN – Mendelssohns March Scores In The Slop At Oaklawn

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Irwin – When Barry met Frankie (part two): ‘If the opportunity comes, I’ll take it with both hands’ – Frankie Dettori on the Kentucky Derby

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Irwin – When Barry met Frankie (part one): ‘In America, I spend most of my time pushing horses’ – Frankie Dettori in conversation with Barry Irwin

Paulick Report – Formidable Forte: ‘Good Foundation’ From Champion 2-Year-Old Campaign ‘Makes A Lot Of Things Easier This Year’

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Educated Risk’ Proves A Practical Move

Vic Stauffer @goofonroof
I’ve separated from @OaklawnRacing I thank them for 6 1/2 GREAT yrs. We disagreed about the severity of a tweet I recently posted. Respect their opinion. In LV to enjoy competing vs fellow horse players in the NHC. Humbly appreciate all the well wishes. Our game is the BEST! VJS

DRF – Rampellini – Byers replaces Stauffer as Oaklawn Park announcer

Phil has a question:

Would the world not be a better place if more people kept all their zippers zippered.

Hardest Button to Button

Past The Wire – A Master at work, Track Announcer Pete Aiello in the booth at Gulfstream Park


National Post – Mulgrew – High court justice Russell Brown under investigation after altercation at Arizona resort

Garden and Gun – Ganz – A Century-Old Trout Hatchery in Virginia Is Making Waves

New York Post – Barrabi – WWE reportedly wants to offer betting on scripted match results — here’s how

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – Alberta Champ Rico Walcott To Ride at Woodbine

ESPN – How a former Alabama basketball player and his friend ended up charged in the death of Jamea Harris

Paulick Report – Still Searching For ‘Viable Solutions’: Maryland Racetrack Redevelopment Project Faces Nearly-Doubled Cost Thanks To Three-Year Delay

TDN – HISA Q&A: The ADMC Program

Garden and Gun – Schipa – Noshing Nostalgia: Meals From Your Childhood

The Ringer – Fader – Greg Oden’s Long Walk Home

Sports Business Journal – Sources: NFLPA monitoring Lamar Jackson contract situation for collusion

Phil has a question:

When did not lining up to overpay an overrated player become collusion rather than good football sense.

Do you think the scribes actually believe the bullshit their shoveling.

CTV News – Judicial council reviewing complaint against Supreme Court of Canada’s Russell Brown

The judge ruled that while giving someone the finger may not be civil, polite or “gentlemanly,” it is protected by the freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He concluded that citizens are to be “thicker-skinned, especially when they behave in ways that are highly likely to trigger such profanity.”

The Star – Mosleh – ‘It is not a crime to give someone the finger’: Quebec judge issues candid ruling in neighbour dispute

Bloodhorse – NHPBA – LA Attorney General Predicts Additional HISA Litigation

Bloodhorse – Jockey Club of Canada – Canadian Graded Stakes Increase to 42 for 2023

Canadian Graded Stakes for 2023

TSN – Woods’ girlfriend asks judge to resolve dispute over NDA

Phil has a question:

If there’s smoke is there fire.

Where do you buy futures on how long it takes for ex- to appear.

The Bitter Southerner – Gaffney and Park – Washed Away

Paulick Report – Frankie Dettori: Elite Power ‘Took My Breath Away’ In Riyadh Dirt Sprint

Paulick Report – TIF: NYRA Policy Leads Sport As Computerized Robotic Wagering Impact On Display In Gotham Stakes

Bloodhorse – HISA to Use ‘Can’t Race’ Flags to Enforce Rules

TDN – HISA to Begin Using Can’t-Race Flags Beginning March 27

Begin the Begin

Begin the Beguine

TDN – Thornton – HISA Authority Challenges ‘Piggyback’ Strategy in Amended Louisiana Lawsuit

National Post – Frank Stronach: Intrusive government regulators must back off

Los Angeles Times – Battaglio – Rupert Murdoch did not believe the 2020 election was ‘stolen,’ despite what you heard on Fox News

The Ringer – Tedder – Open Up the Pit: The State of Hardcore in a Post-Turnstile World

Front Office Sports – Pointdexter – Investigation Links Astroturf to Deaths of Six Former Phillies

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

Bon Appetit – Sevier – 53 Easter Side Dishes to Satisfy Spring Cravings

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

FiveThirtyEight – Salvino – Don’t Be Shocked If Justin Verlander Keeps Defying Baseball’s Aging Curve

Sports Business Journal – Bruins season ticket prices going up in 2023-24

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

Esquire – Posnanski – Inside the Plan to Fix Baseball

Atlas Obscura – Zeldovich – Inside Canada’s Polar Bear Jail

Slate – Grabar – Consultants Gone Wild

Phil has a question:

Which came first – the brutal incompetence of municipal politicians and bureaucracy or the robber consultants.

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?

National Post – Frank Stronach: Intrusive government regulators must back off

Canada’s National Observer – ‘Politics looking for a problem’: How these political scientists see Alberta’s proposed anti-trespassing bill

Phil has a question:

Have Danielle Smith and the UCPs solved every problem in Alberta.

Would Frank Stronach call this intrusive government regulations.

Now you may ask yourself why is Phil reprising an old article below.

Phil received a brochure the other day for a lawyer who has called his firm – Limitless Law Group. Phil had to think for a second about the name as limitless may mean the same as unlimited, but the latter is conjured more quickly and differently and the connotation is vastly superior to limitless. The two words may have very similar meanings but they are not equal.

The Guardian – Moran – How to write the perfect sentence

Famous Last Words

Auto Blog – Hurd – Ford files patent for cars that can repossess themselves

Phil M Stockmen

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