Apr 272023

Wine Industry Network Adviser – Wilcox –  Countdown to Success: 11 Ways to Invite New and Young Wine Lovers to the Table

Vine Pair – Williams – Can Hip Hop Help Solve Wine’s Millennial Problem?

Wine and Hip Hop

NY Pizza X Etna Rosso from Sicily, Italy | Tasting Notes From The Streets EP 5

N.Y. State Of Mind

Empire State of Mind

Bloodhorse – Fox Sports’ Taylor Ready for Derby With Jace’s Road

Phil’s Drink ‘n a Flick

Pink Squirrel

Once Were Brothers

The Weight

The Weight

A high class horse could not win a race with a feather on his back if he is not in condition.

Pittsburgh Phil

The New Yorker – Brody – In Praise of the Long Movie

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

Alfred Hitchcock

No Races this week on the Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149

Brisnet – Get to know the 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter – Meet the trainers who will compete in Kentucky Derby 2023

Kentucky Derby 150

Kentucky Derby 150 – Derby of A Lifetime Contest

Vote early and vote often. 

Al Capone

2023 Preakness 148 Saturday May 20, 2023

DRF – Russo – Some Kentucky Derby hopefuls now setting their sights on Preakness

Bill Dory & Adam Ference’s Chase the Chaos the El Camino Real Derby winner with a guaranteed spot in the Preakness has been entered in the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday April 29, 2023.

Angel From Montgomery

TDN – Preakness 148 Offers Limited Edition Ale

2023 Belmont Stakes  Saturday June 10, 2023

Win the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party!

Plan the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party!

Kentucky Derby 149 Contest

Alberta horse trainer Rod Cone to receive Ken Cohoe Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Night of Champions.

With 987 wins and over $9.8 million in earnings, Rod is a multiple graded stakes winning trainer, including three Canadian Derby wins.

Join us on Friday, May 5th, at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.

Book your tickets before April 28th. Contact CTHS office at 403-229-3609 or visit www.cthsalta.com for tickets and more information.

Updated Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

XBTV – Triple Crown Trail

One interesting pedigree note this year is a possible exacta box with Forte and Two Phil’s, and this may hit an emotional note more than a scientific one.  Forte’s maternal grandsire Blame and Two Phil’s’ maternal great-grandsire Birdstone are both stamina-heavy stallions who probably caused more grief to racing fans than any horses in memory. To this day there still are tens of thousands of fans who refuse to watch Blame’s Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over their beloved Zenyatta, who was only inches from a 20-race undefeated career, and Birdstone’s Belmont Stakes victory over Smarty Jones, one of the most popular horses ever who was only yards away from being an undefeated Triple Crown winner, but was basically ganged up on by the jockeys of his main opponents. This is a totally believable exacta that would finally give these two horses (Birdstone is now actually pensioned) some well-deserved positive press.
Speaking of Two Phil’s, for those who feel his sire Hard Spun might be compromised at 10 furlongs, Hard Spun’s dam is by Turkoman, who ran one of the fastest Marlboro Cups ever and placed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Travers, out of a half-sister to Belmont and Preakness winner Little Current, by English Derby winner Roberto.

Haskin’s Derby Rankings: How to Find a Derby Winner… With Your Eyes

DRF – Derby Watch

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Forte Continues Reign Atop Derby Dozen

TDN – Thornton – TDN Derby Top 20: Cadence Quickens, Plot Thickens

XBTV – Jeff Siegel’s Kentucky Derby Deluxe Dozen (updated 4/14/23)

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: The Waiting Game Begins

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Derby 2023 Contenders

Horse Racing Nation – Shifman – Kentucky Derby 2023: Early full-field odds and analysis

Opening Day/Kentucky Derby Party Experience

Vector sold out an impression of a seal or stamp with scuffs grunge style


What Needs To Be Done if Thoroughbred Racing wants to remain relevant

Phil’s adding the new and reprising the old articles:

Never insult anyone by accident. 

Robert A. Heinlein

TDN – Letter To The Editor: Resnick – In Response to Computer Assisted Wagering

TDN – Liebman – Letter to the Editor: Computer Assisted Wagering

There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners.

Hunter S. Thompson

Phil has a question:

What happens to horse racing when you run out of mother’s milk.


Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Sports Betting Giant Selling Its U.S. Operations

Officials believe they must cater to whales to protect betting handle that’s been virtually flat for decades, never mind keeping pace with inflation. What they fail to grasp is that if rank and file players continue walking away, today’s precious purses will be unsustainable.


Michele Fischer, vice president of the United States division of SIS Content Services, which is the largest distributor of horse racing content to global wagering operators, said fixed-odds wagering on U.S. horse racing would be an attractive addition to sports betting platforms. She said there’s still time for the industry to make the move but the clock is ticking.

“We have to look at the industry five years from now, 10 years from now,” Fischer said. “We are getting left behind—and I’d say this for other equestrian sports—we’re becoming niche—very niche—very quickly,” Fischer said. She predicted that the day is soon coming when sports without a direct presence on sports betting sites will lose traction with the mainstream audience. 

“There’s always going to be people that want to come to the racetrack and they’re going to want to bet on horse racing. That’s a small group,” Fischer said. “But (fixed-odds sports betting) is a huge opportunity for this entire industry to get out with all these other sports.”

Bloodhorse – Angst – Opportunity for Racing as Sports Betting Eyes Content

Phil has a question:

How can anyone in Alberta expect the fucking jokers over at Horse Racing Alberta to be able to meet the challenges alluded to by Fischer and Pricci when all they can do is cash their paycheques and gaze out the windows while the one real performance metric they publish – handle declines year after year.

TDN – Ross – When Do CAWs Help And Hurt California Racing?

Phil has a question:

If you asked any of the minions at Horse Racing Alberta what they understand about CAWs would their response involve crows.

In all of the articles about CAWS why is there no mention of the actual dollar amounts of the rebates and how those amounts impact what the tracks receive and what ends up dwindling down to the horsemen.

… the number of people betting on sports and the volume of wagering across the United States quickly surpassed horse racing’s totals and continues to grow.

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Icon Global: Merging Sports Betting With Horse Racing

How will horse racing attract new customers when a new customer looks at sports betting and sees a fairly level wagering field with fixed odds with a small vig (takeout) and then looks at horse racing where the tracks themselves provide better information and easier ways to bet for a preferred class of customers, the  CAWs, the takeout is usurious and the CAWS get a rebate that’s pretty close to the vig in sports betting.

To quote Craig Bernick – Good luck.

There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners.

Hunter S. Thompson

Phil has a question:

When will Alberta have sports betting terminals in every lounge that has VLTs.

When will the sports betting terminals in every lounge that has VLTs have horse racing available.

What does the Undertaker do besides gaze out his window.

Phil’s not archaic. Phil understands that most people in Alberta sports bars bet on their phone, tablet or laptop on a grey area site that pays nary a nickel of taxes to the province of Alberta.

According to Cummings’s research, in the past two decades, adjusting for inflation, total betting on US horseracing from the general public decreased 63 per cent. Betting from CAWs, meanwhile, increased 150 per cent. Cummings called Gulfstream Park, the track I went to with McKeever, “ground zero” for the computer groups. “Horseracing is not in a position to reject customers. Yet we have accepted and embraced these whales, with little to no consideration of the damage that they do if left unchecked,” Cummings told me. “It’s not a good thing to be losing Joe Q Horseplayer, and we’ve lost a lot of them.”

McKeever, for his part, sees himself on Joe Q Horseplayer’s side. His team of 13 full-time employees and contractors at EquinEdge wanted to do its own CAW wagering. But McKeever refused. “I am for the small guy, that’s what I’m pushing for,” he told me. “I give them every bit of information that I have, everything we develop, all of our technology. Everything I do is for the little guy. The big guy thinks he knows it already. It’s the little guy I want to take care of.”

Financial Times – Roeder – I used AI to bet on horse-racing. Here’s what happened

Phil has a question:

Are McKeever and the rest of the CAWs willing to give their rebates to the little guys.

How will horse racing attract new customers when a new customer looks at sports betting and sees a fairly level wagering field with fixed odds with a small vig (takeout) and then looks at horse racing where the tracks themselves provide better information and easier ways to bet for a preferred class of customers, the  CAWs, the takeout is usurious and the CAWS get a rebate that’s pretty close to the vig in sports betting.

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Icon Global: Merging Sports Betting With Horse Racing

To quote Craig Bernick – Good luck.

There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners.

Hunter S. Thompson


No business can change what it does not measure. Racing’s public measurement of support, via wagering, hides serious issues.

TDN – Letter To The Editor: Craig Bernick

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

Aldous Huxley

50th Anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown

Ragged Branch Secretariat Reserve Straight Bourbon

Ragged Branch to Release Secretariat-Inspired Bourbon

Ragged Branch Secretariat Reserve was made from a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley. Aged for over five years and Bottled-in-Bond, the bourbon is priced at $99.99 MSRP. It will launch on April 22nd in Virginia ABC stores and at the Ragged Branch Distillery, with limited availability to follow in several mid-Atlantic markets and a few select, online retailers. The commemorative bottle features unique art by New York based artist Eric Helvie. Concurrent with the bourbon’s debut, a new larger-than-life-size statue of Secretariat will be erected in Ashland, Va., following a “Triple Crown Tour” that will bring it to racecourses throughout the 2023 season.

Paulick Report – Douglas – Hastings Racecourse Gears Up For April 30 Opening Of 45-Day Meet

Business in Vancouver – Korstrom – Hastings Racecourse readies for busier 2023 season

Kentucky Derby Leader Board as at April 24, 2023

Horse Points Trainer Probable Jockey Odds
1 Forte 190 Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr.
2 Practical Move 160 Tim Yakteen Ramon Vasquez
3 Angel of Empire 154 Brad H Cox Flavien Prat
4 Tapit Trice 150 Todd Pletcher Luiz Saez
5 Two Phil’s 123 Larry Rivelli Jareth  Loveberry
6 Lord Miles 105 Joseph A Saffie Jr. Paco Lopez
7 Derma Sotogake (JPN) 100 Hidetaka Otonashi Christophe Lemaire
8 Kingsbarns 100 Todd Pletcher
9 Raise Cain 64 Ben Colebrook
10 Rocket Can 60 William Mott Junior Alvarado
11 Hit Show 60 Brad H Cox Manuel Franco
12 Confidence Game 57 Keith Desormeaux James Graham
13 Verifying 54 Brad H Cox Tyler Gaffalione
14 Sun Thunder 54 Ken McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr.
Wild On Ice 50 Joel Marr Kenneth Tohill
15 Mage 50 Gustavo Delgado Javier Castellano
Blazing Sevens 46 Chad Brown
16 Disarm 46 Steve Assmussen Joel Rosario
17 Reincarnate 45 Tim Yakteen John R Velazquez
18 Jace’s Road 45 Brad H Cox Florent Geroux
19 Skinner 45 John Shirreffs  Juan Hernandez
20 Continuar JRD Yoshito Yahagi Ryusei Sakai
AE Cyclone Mischief 45 Dale Romans
AE Major Dude 40 Todd Pletcher
AE Mandarin Hero 40 Terunobu Fujita Kimura Kazushi
AE King Russell 40 Ron Moquett Raphael Bejarano
AE Arctic Arrogance 36 Linda Rice Jose Lezcano
AE Instant Coffee 32 Brad H Cox
AE Continuar (JPN) 30 Yoshito Yahagi
AE Funtastic Again 30 Wesley Ward Gerrado Corrales
AE Dreamlike 30 Todd Pletcher

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Cox Brigade Records Final Derby Tuneups

DRF – Russo – Kentucky Derby: Angel of Empire, Jace’s Road work together

Bloodhorse – Angst – Mage, Confidence Game Impress in Final Derby Works

Bloodhorse –  McCroskey – Defining Purpose, Mimi Kakushi Put in Final Oaks Works

Dillon Brooks, the Memphis agitator who dismissed James as “old” after Game 2 and then got ejected from Game 3 for striking James in the groin, finished a dismal series performance with 10 points in Game 6 while Lakers fans booed his every move.

Brooks left the Grizzlies’ locker room before reporters were allowed in.

SportsNet – Lakers, LeBron James decimate Grizzlies in Game 6, advance to second round

The Old Man Down the Road

The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Ringer – O’Connor – It’s Time to Take the Lakers Seriously (Again)

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Update: Trio Of Workers Away From Muddy Churchill Downs On Friday

Paulick Report – Keeneland Hits $224 Million Wagering Record During 15-Day Spring Meet

Phil has a question:

When will a big broom sweep all the dead wood out of Horse Racing Alberta.

Bloodhorse – Record Purses, Wagering Highlight Keeneland Spring Meet

TDN – Keeneland Closes Out Record Spring

Sports Business Journal – Facilities: Early data show not only increased MLB attendance with faster games, but improved F&B sales, too

While you’re watching hockey over the weekend cast a sharp eye on the ads on the ice surface. While Phil was handicapping Saturday’s races at a local small chain watering hole he noticed that the ads just inside the blue lines at Maple Leaf Rink changed during the game.

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Where Would The NFL Draft Be Without The Gurus?

Bloodhorse – Compton and Gash – OBS Spring Sale Concludes With $1.3M Into Mischief Colt

TDN – Martini and Bossinakis – Steady Results as $1.3-Million Into Mischief Colt Stars at OBS Finale


Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Barber – Gambling White Paper Released, Raises BHA Concerns

Phil has a question:

Did the grey area offshore betting shops come up with these super nanny ideas to drive the British gambling business offshore.

Will the same rules apply to stock market investing.

Will the same rules apply to crypto investing

Will the same rules apply to investing with a Nigerian Prince.

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Hugh Mitchell on Woodbine

DRF – Andersen – Yakteen pair of Practical Move, Reincarnate put in fast works for Kentucky Derby

DRF – Welsch – 2023 Kentucky Derby Clocker Report: Confidence Game makes an appearance

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Kentucky Derby Horses Take It Easy in Slop at Churchill

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Japanese Runners ‘Take Up the Challenge’ on Derby Day

Kingsbarns was to have his final workout for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Jose Ortiz was scheduled to work him and is the leading candidate to ride him in the race.

DRF – Grening – Kentucky Derby: Kingsbarns, Mage try to join exclusive company in their fourth start

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Isabella Leslie – Nicknames and Quirks of Some Kentucky Derby Hopefuls

TDN – McGrath – Mage Benefits From Feet Of Clay

Horse Racing Nation – Flatter: Who can sleep after the loss of Wild On Ice?

Paulick Report – Nevills – Jareth Loveberry’s Unlikely Ride From Michigan Bullring To The Kentucky Derby

DRF – Welsch – Kentucky Derby Clocker Report: Oaks fillies dominate Thursday training session

TDN – Stronach Appoints Gilmore To Key Positions

Premier Smith, who as Wildrose leader was a renowned exponent of austerity, has left herself an escape hatch for accusations of hypocrisy. The province isn’t contributing to the cost of the arena per se — perish the thought — but is merely contributing to the cosmic-scale infrastructure upgrades that have made the building of the arena suddenly possible. Smith also says, having appeared in a Flames uniform at the press conference to take her share of credit for the deal, that she is hoping the bargain “doesn’t become an election issue.” That’s not hypocrisy, mind you — it’s a lie. It probably didn’t take more than an hour or two for Conservative political strategists to begin smugly briefing the Calgary Herald’s Don Braid on what a clever trap the UCP has created for the New Democrat opposition in Calgary.

National Post – Colby Cosh: Danielle Smith’s big-money arena bribe to Calgary voters

Phil has a question:

How bad does Danielle Smith have to be for Conrad Black’s right wing rag to call her a liar.

TDN – Pimlico’s Alibi Breakfast to Honor Jay Privman and Rob Carr


Bloodhorse – OBS Spring Sale Highlighted by $2.2M Gun Runner Colt

TDN – Big Guns Out at OBS for $2.2M Gun Runner Colt

TDN – Martini and Bossinakis – $2.2-Million Gun Runner Colt Powers Day Three as OBS Spring Sale Stays the Course

Bloodhorse – Compton and Gash – Gun Runner Colt Sells for $2.2 Million at OBS Spring

The Ringer – Sherman – Winners and Losers of the First Round of the 2023 NFL Draft

ESPN – Kiper – 2023 NFL draft: Mel Kiper’s Round 1 winners, reaches, value picks

The Ringer – Kelly – First Round Draft Grades

Sports Illustrated – Verderane and Manzano – NFL Draft 2023: Grades For All 31 First-Round Picks

Paulick Report – Maryland Commission Approves Resumption Of Racing At Laurel Park

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By The Jockey Club: Corey Nakatani’s Claim To The Hall Of Fame

Paulick Report – Suspensions For The Tracy Brothers Made ‘Indefinite’ After Louisiana Commission Hearing

Gregory John Tracy Banned for Life subject to Appeal, James Anthony Tracy Indefinitely Suspended

Paulick Report – Voss – Graded Stakes-Winning Trainer/Owner Summarily Suspended For Possession Of Contraband At Remington

DRF – Hersh – Kentucky Derby: Two Phil’s cruises through five-furlong drill at Hawthorne

Also completing his final work for the Derby away from Churchill Thursday was Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner Two Phil’s. The son of Hard Spun breezed five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Hawthorne Race Course, earning the bullet from 16 horses who breezed at the distance there.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Raise Cain Smoothly Breezes Toward Kentucky Derby

DRF – Kentucky Derby: Raise Cain gets final work; jockey still to be determined

DRF – Andersen – Skinner gains Kentucky Derby berth; Juan Hernandez gets mount

The Guardian – Vargas and Pengelly – Jerry Springer, influential US talkshow host, dies aged 79

Phil has a question:

How long before Tucker Carlson jumps on this opportunity.

DRF – McGee – Kentucky Derby: Wild On Ice euthanized after training injury

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Report: Wild On Ice Euthanized Following Derby Work

Bloodhorse – Wild On Ice Injured After Breeze, Will Miss Derby

TDN – Wild On Ice Out Of Derby

Paulick Report – Wild On Ice Out Of Kentucky Derby After Injuring Hind Leg In Churchill Work

ESPN – Kiper – 2023 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper’s final first-round predictions

The Ringer – Solak – The Five Biggest Questions Entering the 2023 NFL Draft

Under Pressure

The Ringer – Nine Bold Predictions for the NFL Draft’s First Round

Under Pressure

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – NFL Draft Is The Gift That Keeps Giving For Media

Sports Illustrated – McDaniel – Colorado Players in Transfer Portal Detail Troubling Team Dynamic Under Deion Sanders

Sports Illustrated – ESPN Fires Marly Rivera for Obscene Confrontation With Competitor

Bloodhorse – Precious – NYRA, N.Y. State Reach Tentative Deal on Belmont Funds

Bloodhorse – Angst – Across-the-Board Strength for Churchill Downs Inc

Southern Living – Grandma’s Favorite Family Reunion Recipes

Bloodhorse – Japanese Duo, Sun Thunder Breeze at Churchill for Derby

How much should I factor jockeys into Derby bets?

Including their five to seven pounds of tack, the Derby three-year-olds can carry 126 pounds max, which means a jockey must weigh no more than 119. At that number or less, jockeys must be rock-hard athletes whose horse sense and racing acumen are honed to guide a 1,200-pound Thoroughbred blasting through the Derby’s mad scrum at forty miles an hour. In that fray, a jockey never “sits”; he or she crouches above without touching the saddle, knees and hips taking the brunt of the horse’s twenty-foot stride. As the Triple Crown kickoff, drawing huge fields of only lightly experienced runners, the Derby is a skilled pilot’s race like no other. John Velazquez is one of just ten jocks to have won the race at least three times. Mike Smith has $345 million–plus in winnings and has twice taken the Derby. Irad Ortiz Jr. has posted $268 million in his career, $37 million of which he hauled in just last year. Smith and Ortiz alone win between 16 and 20 percent of the races they enter. When sculpting your bets, take a hard look at who’s in the irons, because all Derby jockeys can ride. If you forget them, they’ll sting you.

Garden and Gun – Martin – Ask G&G: Florida Shark Fears, Hush Puppies Without a Deep Fryer, and a Derby Betting Tip

TDN – Derma Sotogake Drills; Thursday Oaks Schedule Quickens

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Update: Derma Sotogake Stars On Wednesday Worktab At Churchill Downs

TDN – Martini and Bossinakis – Zedan Continues Buying Spree as OBS Spring Sale Marches On

Bloodhorse – Gash – Steady Trade Continues on Day 2 at OBS Spring Sale

TDN – Triple Crown Hero Justify Returns To Coolmore Australia For Shuttle Duty

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Balnikhov Invades Golden Gate for San Francisco Mile

Paulick Report – Laurel: Veteran Passero’s ‘Quick Fixes’ Could Have Racing Resume By Saturday

TDN – Campbell – Training Open As Laurel Cards Races For Saturday

Sports Business Journal – Fanatics to launch first gambling app in Tennessee, Ohio on Monday

Sports Business Journal – DraftKings plans to launch streaming service

ESPN – Pelton – NBA playoff mailbag: Where Heat-Bucks ranks among the biggest upsets in postseason history

Paulick Report – Pink Lloyd, Sikura Among Eight Inductees To Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame

To Meghan, this style of teaching feels worth it because it allows her to bring what she loves about dance to so many  more students, even  if she doesn’t have the glory of winning more competitions or sending students on to Canada’s National Ballet School. “The percentage of kids I teach that are going to have a career in dance is so minuscule, I would much rather focus on helping them have a good time, be active, and make friends and memories,” she says.

That’s true of all kids, in all physical activities. No matter how much thinness matters or doesn’t at the Olympics, most of our kids aren’t going there. And yet the sports leagues and dance classes we sign them up for are structured around the possibility that one of them might. That helps to justify training regimens and messaging that perpetuate anti-fat bias.

LitHub – Sole-Smith – The 80-Pound Rule and How Youth Sports Hurt Kids’ Bodies

Bartolo Colon

GQ Sports – Gordon – “The Impossible Has Happened!”: The Magical Story of Bartolo Colon’s First and Only Home Run

The Weight


The Weight

The Weight

The Weight

Some times Phil just has to give in to the Urge.

Fernando Toro, 82, a native of Santiago, Chile, won 3,555 races with purse earnings of $56,299,765 during his North American riding career of 1966 through 1990. Toro won his first race in his native country at the age of 15 in 1956 and topped the Chilean national jockeys standings twice. Before arriving in America, Toro won three editions of the prestigious Gran Premio, as well as the 1964 Clasico St. Leger, a race in the Chilean Triple Crown series. Based in Southern California, Toro won 80 graded stakes in North America. At the time of his retirement, he ranked in the top 10 in stakes wins at Del Mar (No. 6), Hollywood Park (No. 8), and Santa Anita (tied at No. 8). 

Bloodhorse – California Chrome, Arrogate to Hall of Fame Together

Tougher Than The Rest

Horse Racing Nation – Three Kentucky Derby Longshots


Los Angeles Times – James and Contreras – Disney sues Ron DeSantis over Florida district: ‘A targeted campaign of government retaliation’

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.

Walt Disney

Phil has a question:

Other than Topo is there a more powerful mouse than Mickey.

Mighty Mouse

Not even close.

Arithmetic is being able to count up to 20 without taking off your shoes.

Plato or Mickey Mouse

BBC – Epsom Derby: Classic race moves to avoid clash with FA Cup final

Thoroughbred Charities of America Named Charitable Beneficiary of the Derby Dozen Handicapping Event

BBC – Ukraine to Belfast

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again. 

Robert A. Heinlein

Bloodhorse – Fox Sports’ Taylor Ready for Derby With Jace’s Road

That previous deal was “built around a 50-50 cost split between” Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corp. and the city, but the new agreement “sees the bulk of costs covered by the municipal and provincial governments.”

Sports Business Journal – Flames strike deal with city, province for new arena

Phil has a question:

Are the UCP going to change their party colours to red and white with Danielle Smith playing pre-election Santa Claus.

If Calgary is the big business free enterprise city it boasts about why the fuck does it come running to the province to pay for a new arena.

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – Nate Silver Leads List Of Execs Laid Off By Disney and ESPN

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett-Atkinson – Meet the man turning mushrooms into meat

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘The Grand National is more than just a horse race’ – Julian Muscat considers the Aintree protests

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Consultant Passero Retained to Evaluate Laurel Safety

Paulick Report – Freeman: Dettori’s Finale Is Going So Well – Is It Really The End?

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby, Oaks Morning Workouts Open To Public Beginning April 27

Bloodhorse – Byron King – PA Official: ADMC Program Delayed Until May 22

Phil has a question:

Does anyone know what HISA’s role in racing is other than to collect money and pay salaries.

TDN – Martini and Bossinakis – $1.45-Million Arrogate Colt Leads The Way At OBS Spring Opener

Bloodhorse – Gash – OBS Spring Sale Off The Blocks for Day 1

TDN – Letter to the Editor: John Sikura

TDN – Anderson: Woodbine’s ‘Bully Tactics’ Could Result In ‘Mass Exodus’ Of Ontario-Breds

Canada’s National Observer – Jackson Todd – What Tucker Carlson’s call to ‘Liberate Canada’ tells us about the growing U.S.-Canada far-right

Let us never forget the solemn truth that the nation is not constituted of the living alone. There are those as well who have passed away and those yet to be born. So this great responsibility comes to us as heirs of the past and trustees of the future. But with that responsibility there has come something greater still, the opportunity of proving ourselves worthy of it; and I pray that this may not be lost.

Robert Borden

Bloodhorse – J. Keeler Johnson – 13 Trends to Know Before Betting on 2023 Kentucky Derby

Dirty Horse Club –THE 2023 Kentucky Derby ANALYSIS

Paulick Report – ‘Laid-Back’ Mage Makes First Appearance At Churchill; Javier Castellano To Ride In Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Castellano to Ride Mage in Kentucky Derby

The Ringer – Kelly – The Ringer’s 2023 NFL Draft Guide

The Ringer – Ruiz – The “I Can Fix Him” Era of QB Scouting Is Alive and Well—Especially in This Draft Class

Bloodhorse – California Chrome, Arrogate to Hall of Fame Together

DRF – Grening – Nakatani, Arrogate, California Chrome, Songbird top 2023 Hall of Fame class

TDN – Thornton – HISA’s Medication Control Program Reportedly Delayed Again

CityNews – Casaletto – Hot-dog-eating legend Chestnut throwing 1st pitch for Blue Jays’ Loonie Dogs Night

Phil has a question:

Do Century Mile or Century Downs ever have Loonie Dogs Night.

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Derby Post Positions by the Numbers

Phil M Stockmen

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