May 042023

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Louisville Courier-Journal – Opinion – Four dead horses in six days at Churchill Downs shows horse racing’s reality problem

Bloodhorse – Gregory A Hall – Churchill Calls Equine Fatalities Rare but Unacceptable

TDN – Churchill Expresses Concern After Deaths of Two Saffie Joseph Horses

Paulick Report – Voss – Churchill Saw Two Sudden Deaths Of Horses From The Same Trainer In Four Days; What Does It Mean?

DRF – Hegarty – Joseph granted permission to scratch horses from Thursday, Friday cards at Churchill

Paulick Report – After Two Sudden Deaths, Trainer Saffie Joseph Plans To Scratch Five Churchill Entrants; Lord Miles Remains In Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Angst – Joseph Plans Some Scratches but Will Run Lord Miles

Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Suspends Joseph Indefinitely

Radar Love

Bloodhorse – Angst – KHRC Forces the Scratch of Lord Miles From Derby

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Practical Move to Scratch From Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Angst – Uninjured After Throwing Rider, Verifying Set for Derby

Bloodhorse – Mulvihill – Romans Confident Cyclone Mischief Will Make Derby Field

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Oaks Runner And Tell Me Nolies Drops Rider, ‘Seems OK’

DRF – Hersh – Kentucky Derby: Team Illinois takes a shot with the horse nobody wanted – Two Phil’s

TDN – Petrunyak – Two Phil’s Carries the Flag for His Chicago Home Team

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough. 

Mario Andretti

Southern Living – Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Saveur – Detroit-Style Pepperoni Pizza

Louisville Weather

America’s Best Racing – Curry – Get to Know ‘A Stake in Stardom’ Kentucky Derby Contender Jace’s Road

Bloodhorse – Meet the Field for the 149th Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Meet the Jockeys of the 2023 Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Milvihill – Q & A: Johnny V On What It Takes to Win the Derby

Dorth Vader, a John Ropes Florida homebred returns in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Churchill Downs. The 2023 Oaks has drawn an overflow field and is one of the more competitive in recent years.  Dorth Vader is by Girvin (Tale of Ekati) out of the Yonaguska mare Hardcore Candy who 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.

Over at Oaklawn Park Arnold Bennewith, Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest, Lana Wiest, Randy Howg, R6 Stables (Tim Rollingson et al), Gary Kropp and Norman Tremblay’s 2022 Canadian Derby Winner Great Escape steps back up to stake company in the Lake Ouachita Stake for $150,000US on Friday May 5, 2023.  Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Francisco Arrieta will be in the saddle.

1994 Metropolitan Handicap

Cadillac Ranch

There is nothing like winning a race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

SportsNet – Steinberg – Flames Mailbag: Should GM and coach hires be external or internal candidates?

Phil has a question:

Was the decision to let Treliving walk before getting around to firing Darryl Sutter an oversight by the Flames or a deliberate decision.

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Assessing Kentucky Derby Contenders by Final Works

TDN – TIF Hosting Derby Prop Contest For Racing Charities

TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Kentucky Derby Report: No Shortage of ‘Confidence’

Paulick Report – Equibase Analysis: Angel Of Empire Gets Slight Edge Over Deep Kentucky Derby Field

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Dutrow to Return With Starter May 6 at Belmont Park

Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster.

Johan Cruyff

Brisnet – Hanson – Grade 1 winners clash in Modesty; Caravel imposing in Unbridled Sidney


I do love cars. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Brisnet – Hanson – Rich Strike, Secret Oath return to scene of signature wins for Kentucky Oaks Day

TDN – Bill Finley – One Year Later, Rich Strike Looks to Get Back to the Top

Brisnet – Hanson – Santin among three potential repeaters in Kentucky Derby Day grass stakes

To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent. 

Johan Cruyff

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Connections of Two Phil’s Keep it Easy Until Derby Day

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez –  Family at the Core of Rivelli’s First Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Angst – Forte’s Partners Enjoy Family-Like Connection

America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Lifelong Horse Lover Mandy Pope’s Pursuit of Quality on Display in Derby With Tapit Trice

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Major Dude Bypasses KY Derby, Reroutes to American Turf

I’m not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw. 

Johan Cruyff


Bloodhorse – Gash – Reincarnate, Mage Could Add Classic to Good Magic’s CV

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell –  Bloodlines Presented By No-No Cribbing Collar: Hit Show’s Little-Known Kentucky Derby Connection

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – What’s been happening: Churchill Downs under scrutiny, Belmont Park rebuild, Frankie Dettori and more …

Paulick Report – ‘Full Circle’: Kentucky Derby Alum Giant Finish Serving As Pony For Trainer Ray Handal’s First Oaks Starter

Bloodhorse – Mott Looks for Derby Win He Can Immediately Celebrate

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Wests Back in KY Derby After Maximum Security DQ

Kentucky Derby

PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Hit Show Brad H Cox Manuel Franco 30 – 1
2 Verifying Brad H Cox Tyler Gaffalione 15 – 1
3 Two Phil’s Larry Rivelli Jareth  Loveberry 12 – 1
4 Confidence Game Keith Desormeaux James Graham 20 – 1
5 Tapit Trice Todd Pletcher Luiz Saez 5 – 1
6 Kingsbarns Todd Pletcher Jose Ortiz 12 – 1
7 Reincarnate Tim Yakten John R Velazquez 50 – 1
8 Mage Gustavo Delgado Javier Castellano 15 – 1
9 Skinner John Shireffs Juan Hernandez 20 – 1
10 Practical Move Tim Yakteen Ramon Vasquez 10 – 1
11 Disarm Steve Assmussen Joel Rosario 30 -1
12 Jace’s Road Brad H Cox Florent Geroux 15 – 1
13 Sun Thunder Ken McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr. 30 – 1
14 Angel of Empire Brad H Cox Flavien Prat 8 – 1
15 Forte Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr. 3 – 1
16 Raise Cain Ben Colebrook Gerado Corrales 50 – 1
17 Derma Sotogake (JPN) Hidetaka Otonashi Christophe Lemaire 10 – 1
18 Rocket Can William Mott Junior Alvarado 15 – 1
19 Lord Miles Joseph A Saffie Jr. Paco Lopez 15 – 1
20 Continuar Yoshito Yahagi Ryusei Sakai 50 – 1
21 Cyclone Mischief Dale Romans Joel Rosario 30 – 1
22 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

TIF Derby Prop Contest Racing Charities

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 – Will Forte or the Gray Make Pletcher’s Day?

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

DRF – Derby Watch

Bloodhorse – Byron King’s Derby Dozen for May 3

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: Playing ‘Good Trip, Bad Trip’ With The 2023 Field

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.

Phil M Stockmen

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