May 022023

Lou Gehrig mardi mai 2

I’m not a headline guy. I know that as long as I was following Ruth to the plate I could have stood on my head and no one would have known the difference.

Lou Gehrig

Sotogake (outside leg trip)


Man on the Moon


Phil has a question:

What were the choice Japanese profanities.

The Ringer – McNear – The Search for the Lost ‘Jeopardy!’ Tapes Is Over. The Mystery Behind Them Endures.

The last one on opening day was notable as Dennis Dale, Kelly and Cathy Rycroft’s BIG UNION ($5.50), became the first winner saddled by young trainer Nicole Rycroft. Rycroft has been the longtime assistant to top trainer Craig MacPherson. Big Union raced on a contested quick pace (23.04, 46.00) and then proceeded to draw away late to win in a romp in 1:11.14 – the fastest of the day.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Hastings Racecourse Opens 2023 Season, Nicole Rycroft Wins

ESPN – 2023 Kentucky Derby: Odds, post positions, jockeys

America’s Best Racing – Tordjman – Meet the Jockeys for the 2023 Kentucky Derby

Special knowledge is not a talent. A man must acquire it by hard work.

Pittsburgh Phil

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Laura King – ‘UK racing is in a terrible mess – we have been moving most of our horses into America’ – interview with Dr Jim Hay

Bloodhorse – Gregory A Hall – Forget Two Minutes, 2021 Derby Unresolved in Two Years

Bloodhorse – Champion Forte Handed 3-1 Favoritism in Kentucky Derby

TDN – Sherack – Champion Forte Draws Post 15 for Kentucky Derby, Tabbed as 3-1 Favorite

Paulick Report – Todd Pletcher-Trained Forte, Tapit Trice Draw Well To Lead Morning Line For 2023 Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Favored Forte Avoids Unfavorable Draw in Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Wet Paint Installed as 5-2 Favorite in Kentucky Oaks

TDN – Sherack – Streaking Wet Paint Headlines Full Field Drawn for Kentucky Oaks

DRF – Russo – New Churchill Downs paddock will be old paddock by 2024

TDN – Thornton – The Week in Review: It’s Official, Derby Generates $400M Economic Impact

America’s Best Racing – Reed – Ten Unforgettable Kentucky Derby Upsets

Speed’s relative.

Richard Petty

Sympathy For The Devil

1994 Woodward

America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – NBC Sports Analyst Randy Moss Evaluates the 2023 Kentucky Derby Field

When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”

Richard Petty

Anvil Chorus

Sports Business Journal – Dodger Stadium gondola project changes hands

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Week Holds Plenty of Potential for Spendthrift Farm

TDN – Petrunyak – Norm Casse Enjoying the Ride with First Oaks Filly

America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – California Chrome: A Horse Who Brought Dreams to Life

Show Me How To Live

TDN – Freshman Sire Phoenix Of Spain Off The Mark At Leicester

Never Been to Spain

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – ESPN Touts Streaming While Seeking Broadcasting Balance

Kentucky Derby







Hit Show

Brad H Cox

Manuel Franco

30 – 1



Brad H Cox

Tyler Gaffalione

15 – 1


Two Phil’s

Larry Rivelli

Jareth  Loveberry

12 – 1


Confidence Game

Keith Desormeaux

James Graham

20 – 1


Tapit Trice

Todd Pletcher

Luiz Saez

5 – 1



Todd Pletcher

Jose Ortiz

12 – 1



Tim Yakten

John R Velazquez

50 – 1



Gustavo Delgado

Javier Castellano

15 – 1



John Shireffs

Juan Hernandez

20 – 1


Practical Move

Tim Yakten

Ramon Vasquez

10 – 1



Steve Assmussen

Joel Rosario

30 -1


Jace’s Road

Brad H Cox

Florent Geroux

15 – 1


Sun Thunder

Ken McPeek

Brian Hernandez Jr.

30 – 1


Angel of Empire

Brad H Cox

Flavien Prat

8 – 1



Todd Pletcher

Irad Ortiz Jr.

3 – 1


Raise Cain

Ben Colebrook

Gerado Corrales

50 – 1


Derma Sotogake (JPN)

Hidetaka Otonashi

Christophe Lemaire

10 – 1


Rocket Can

William Mott

Junior Alvarado

15 – 1


Lord Miles

Joseph A Saffie Jr.

Paco Lopez

15 – 1



Yoshito Yahagi

Ryusei Sakai

50 – 1

AE Cyclone Mischief Dale Romans Joel Rosario 30 – 1
AE Mandarin Hero Terunobu Fujita Kazushi Kimura 20 – 1
AE King Russell Ron Moquett Rafael Bejarano 50 – 1

America’s Best Racing – Curry – A Beginner’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby

John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By_(Secretariat)

Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved – Hunter_S_Thompson

Brisnet – Get to know the 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders

2023 Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 6, 2023

2023 Kentucky Oaks

Friday, May 5, 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

TDN – Preakness 148 Offers Limited Edition Ale

2023 Belmont Stakes  Saturday June 10, 2023

Plan the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party!

Kentucky Derby 149 Contest

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 on Top in Closing Derby Dozen, Shuffling Beneath

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

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 for tickets and more information.

Phil M Stockmen

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