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A man who plays the races successfully must have opinions of his own and the strength to stick to them no matter what he hears.
Phil has a question:
Does anyone in Alberta racing understand that the paddock isn’t just an afterthought.
What was the most popular place at Stampede Park.
CDI just made Saffie Joseph Jr. the GOAT, but unfortunately for him CDI used SCAPE as a prefix.
Dorth Vader, a John Ropes Florida homebred returns in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Churchill Downs. The 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.
Dorth Vader gets a major upgrade in jockey to Luis Saez today.
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.
#1 – Mimi Kakushi
Showed grit in Meydan
Appreciate her patience
But class jump’s daunting
#2 – The Alys Look
A big regression
When empty in Fair Grounds Oaks
Passing for this race
#3 – Gambling Girl
One-run deep closer
Still zeroing in her aim
Will gain placing late
#4 – Southlawn
But Churchill’s her kryptonite
Which streak will be snapped?
#5 – Wonder Wheel
The 2-year-old champ
Has the body of a star
But her form’s vanished
#6 – Botanical
Will have a say in fractions
Just not all of them
#7 – Wet Paint
Ruled over Oaklawn
Fits any profile you’d want
It all goes through her
#8 – Promiseher America
The Gazelle shocker
Getting good in a hurry
Are there more levels?
#9 – And Tell Me Nolies
Just cross out Faiza
And she could be the top pick
Keep on your radar
#10 – Flying Connection
New Mexico’s best
Couldn’t hack it it Del Mar
She’ll be through early
#11 – Defining Purpose
Big Ashland surprise
Was getting caught in short stretch
#12 – Dorth Vader
Figures into pace
Gave it up with more distance
Doubt she’ll be there late
#13 – Affirmative Lady
Blossomed at Gulfstream
Not afraid of a class jump
A viable horse
#14 – Pretty Mischievous
Got caught, gets blinkers
Bred up and down for success
A threat, if focused
#15 AE – Taxed
Wet Paint’s punching bag
She’ll win something nice someday
But this isn’t it
#16 AE – Julia Shining
Could have been a contender
But needs too much help
#17 AE – Hoosier Philly
Remember the buzz
When folks thought she could beat colts?
Not a concern now
Nothing too splashy
Wet Paint’s the best of her class
Fourteen, nine follow
When I first started racing, my father, one of the first things he said, he said, “Win the race as slow as you can.”
Phil has a question:
If the Leafs are putting all their hopes on the college kid to lead them out of the playoff desert what kind of a team do they have.
Phil has a question:
If that was a Canadian teams’ player how many games would he have received for a cross-check to the head and a second cross check when the player was down.
Time to get rid of the US biased asshole Bettman. (You can fill in the profanities that Phil left out, but be careful cuz some of them may get you kicked out of a baseball game.)
Having the Turtle in their heads was bad enough for the Leafs now they have to worry about the Turtle and Bennett fighting for space in their heads. The Leafs are gonna need some powerful shampoo to dig themselves out of a 2 game hole heading to Florida.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
The Leafs and the TO media need to turn the tables on the Panthers and instead of worrying about the Turtle and Bennett they need to make the Panthers worry about Marner and Matthews.
The Leafs need to start playing like alley cats.
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
That will be ere the set of sun.
Where the place?
Upon the heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
|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|
|20 – 1|
|10||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|
|15 – 1|
|50 – 1|
|21||Cyclone Mischief||Dale Romans||Joel Rosario||30 – 1|
|22||Mandarin Hero||Terunobu Fujita||Kazushi Kimura||20 – 1|
|23||King Russell||Ron Moquett||Rafael Bejarano||50 – 1|
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Friday, May 5, 2023
Vote early and vote often.
2023 Preakness 148 Saturday May 20, 2023
2023 Belmont Stakes Saturday June 10, 2023
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.
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Phil M Stockmen