May 052023

Clay was just 18 when he won Olympic gold in 1960 in the light heavyweight category. Just look how callow he appears, particularly in comparison to the guys to his left and right, who look like 40-year-old bricklayers in comparison. Esquire – Muhammad Ali: What I’ve Learned Muhammad Ali print signed by Muhammad Ali and LeRoy Neiman vendredi 5 mai

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.

Pittsburgh Phil

Friday On My Mind

Garden and Gun – Florio – The Kentucky Derby Vs. the King’s Coronation

Louisville Weather

Sports Business Journal – New experiences in store for F1 Miami

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.

TDN – 50 Years Ago Today, I Was At Secretariat’s Derby

The Athletic – Sayles – Kentucky Derby 2023: 5 long-standing traditions at Churchill Downs

The Athletic – Genaro – Analyzing the horses in the Kentucky Derby field: Favorites, contenders, pretenders and more notes

Bloodhorse – Gregory A. Hall – Updates for Picture Perfect Oaks and KY Derby Days

Bloodhorse – Angst and Joe Perez – Derby Notebook: More On Scratches and AEs

TDN – Sherack – Kentucky Derby Report: Eventful Thursday Morning Beneath the Twin Spires

DRF – Grening – Kentucky Derby: Forte gallops after minor shoe adjustment

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Pletcher: Forte, Two Other Derby Entrants ‘On Course’

Bloodhorse – Angst – Skinner Fourth Horse to Scratch From Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Continuar Out of Derby; King Russell Draws In

TDN – Continuar Out Of Derby, King Russell In As Last AE

WDRB – Crawford and Delouche – ‘I’M A SCAPEGOAT:’ Suspended Derby trainer fires back at Churchill Downs

TDN – Joseph: `Churchill Trying To Save Face’

CDI just made Saffie Joseph Jr. the GOAT, but unfortunately for him CDI used SCAPE as a prefix.

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

Paulick Report – Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Scratches All Saffie Joseph Runners; Mandarin Hero Draws In To Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Suspends Joseph Indefinitely

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 – America’s Best Racing – Kentucky Derby at a Glance


This Is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Friday’s Oaks Day stakes picks

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

Speed’s relative.

Richard Petty

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.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Cox Stablemates Wet Paint, Botanical to Clash in Oaks

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2023 Kentucky Oaks

#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
Post-winter glow-up
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
Tapeta monster
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
Regression foreseen

#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
Massive pedigree
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

Southern Living – Cribb – The Difference Between the Kentucky Derby Hat and Fascinator

Esquire – Daley – My Old Myopic Kentucky Home

Garden and Gun – Henderson – Racetrack Pie

Garden and Gun – Henderson – How to Make the Triple Crown Cocktails (with a Few Twists)

America’s Best Racing – Big-Race Showdown: Expert Picks for Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby

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

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

Chicago Sun Times – Patrick Finley – Bears seek permit to begin demolition of Arlington International Racecourse

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

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


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

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

TDN – Thornton – Federal Judge Rules HISA Constitutional After Law’s Rewrite

SportsNet – Fox – ‘Baffling’: Maple Leafs blow lead, lose Knies to pesky Panthers in Game 2

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.

SportsNet – Public Enemy No. 1: Maple Leafs displeased with Panthers’ Bennett after Game 2

TSN – Bennett embracing the ‘villain’ roll; will he see further discipline for Game 2 antics?


SportsNet – Panthers’ Bennett fined for cross-check on Maple Leafs’ Bunting

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.

Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Cowboy Wisdom

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.

I Fought The Law

The Ringer – Pina – The Nuggets Are No Longer a Joke When Nikola Jokic Sits

FiveThirtyEight – Kaleigh Rogers – New England States Are Exonerating Colonial-Era Witches — But Not Everyone Is On Board

Witchy Woman

First Witch
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

Third Witch
That will be ere the set of sun.

First Witch
Where the place?

Second Witch
Upon the heath.

Third Witch
There to meet with Macbeth.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – ‘Kentucky Derby has always been a bucket list item for me’ – sports presenter Joy Taylor enjoys the ride with Jace’s Road

TDN – Friday Insights: Baffert Debuts $700k Nyquist Colt At Santa Anita

The Athletic – O’Neil – A world away from Kentucky Derby glory, Secretariat’s forgotten daughter found a bright future

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: LeBron James and Anthony Davis face a harsh reality after Lakers’ Game 2 loss

The Ringer – Princiotti – Seven Big Questions for NFL Teams After the Draft

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
23 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

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Phil M Stockmen


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