May 062023

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This Is It

Stack Exchange – Why didn’t the Roman numeral system have a zero digit of its own?

Money For Nothing

Learn to finance your money to advantage.

Pittsburgh Phil

Louisville Weather

Pitchfork – Erlewine – Remembering Gordon Lightfoot With 8 Essential Tracks

Early Morning Rain

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

Rocket Man

Bloodhorse – Gregory A Hall – Latest Changes for Kentucky Derby Day

The Show Must Go On

Sports Illustrated – Taddeo – Patrick Mahomes to Call Riders Up at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby

Sports Illustrated – Fifty Years Later, Secretariat’s Triple Crown Run Still Seems Unbeatable

Paulick Report – Voss – The Magic Number: How Did We Arrive At 20 Kentucky Derby Starters?

Paulick Report – Derby Favorite Forte Scratched By State Veterinarians After Morning Gallop

Bloodhorse – Derby Favorite Forte Scratched

Bloodhorse – Angst – Forte, Angel of Empire Favored in Early Derby Wagering

ESPN – Marks – Kentucky Derby 2023: How to bet and the horses to bet on

TDN – Kentucky Derby Day 149 is Here!

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

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

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Secretariat Bounces Back in Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Secretariat Podcast: The Derby, Penny Chenery

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

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

Sports Illustrated – Forde – ‘The Lowest of the Lows’: The Drama That Has Clouded Derby Week

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

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

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

Bloodhorse – Continuar Out of Derby; King Russell Draws In

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

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

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


Check My Brain

Equineline 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders’ pedigrees and race records!

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

So Alive

Bloodhorse – Angst – The Road: Feel Like a Million?

Radar Love

The basis of all speculation is the amount of profit to be obtained on an investment.

Pittsburgh Phil

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

1 – Hit Show
Lost a brutal bob
But proved he could take a punch
Post draw does him in

#2 – Verifying
Who needs a rider?
Could be a fun summer horse
Holding stock for now

#3 – Two Phil’s
Blue-collar hero
will dominate state derbies
Over the summer

#4 – Confidence Game
Valentine’s candy
Was on discount at Walgreen’s
The last time he ran

#5 – Tapit Trice
Would it be cliché
To say he’s my Belmont horse?
Will be gaining ground

#6 – Kingsbarns
Why’d it take so long
For a final-prep winner
To land a jockey?

#7 – Reincarnate
Hit the wall last out
Started with *Name Redacted*
This isn’t his spot

#8 – Mage
Looked clear at Gulfstream
Must resolve his gate issues
To factor again

#9 – Skinner Scratched
Thrilling So-Cal tilt
A California third
Won’t make a dent here

#10 – Practical Move

#11 – Disarm
He did just enough
To make it into the gate
C’s don’t get Derbies

#12 – Jace’s Road
Two races this year
Lost by combined 19 lengths
Nah, I think I’m good

#13 – Sun Thunder
Here’s a game – don’t cheat
Name the best Sun Thunder race
Go ahead…I’ll wait

#14 – Angel of Empire
Flawless Oaklawn prep
If he’s got one more level
This could go through him

#15 – Forte Scratched
Was his Gulfstream surge
A display of his resolve
Or tank-emptying?

#16 – Raise Cain
Moves up in the mud
He’ll pass a few in the stretch
But far from enough

#17 – Derma Sotogake

Doesn’t need the lead
But if he sets cruising speed
He might just draw off

#18 – Rocket Can
That Holy Bull win
Feels like a lifetime ago
Small exotic threat

#19 – Lord Miles

#20 – Continuar

#21 – Cyclone Mischief
Constantly around
Never in a headline spot
Also-ran fodder

#22 – Mandarin Hero
Nearly shocked the world
In American debut
Save a place for him

#23 – King Russell
Surprise! He’s running.
Could be a fun Preakness horse
In too deep today

With a well-placed trip
Angel of Empire wins it
Then five, twenty-two

Leaving on a Jet Plane

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

SportsNet – Quick Shifts: Panthers slyly shift all pressure on Maple Leafs

Either Fox is fucking stupid or he’s being doing Chinese Math with Roman Numerals instead of watching the games. There was nothing sly about the Panthers shifting the pressure to the Maple Leafs and the Panthers have used the TO media that thinks that the earth revolves around that big spike to their advantage. The Turtle has been at his aggravating best and Bennett is reprising the dirty tricks he learned with the Flames as he leads the only panthers still in Florida, the stray alley cats.


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

Opening Day/Kentucky Derby Party Experience

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Phil M Stockmen

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