May 192023

2023 Black-eyed Susan  Friday May 19, 2023

2023 Preakness 148 Saturday May 20, 2023

Haskin – A New Set of Foes for Mage

Adam Ference and Bill Dory’s Chase the Chaos (Astern {Aus}) received the green light to run in the Preakness from trainer Ed Moger Jr. Chase the Chaos earned an automatic fees-paid berth in the Preakness with his victory in the Feb. 11 El Camino Real Derby on his home track at Golden Gate Fields.

2023 Belmont Stakes  Saturday June 10, 2023

Paulick Report – NYRA, Day Chaser Cocktails Announce $50 Ticket Package To Celebrate Secretariat’s 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown

1973 Preakness Stakes – Secretariat

Paulick Report – Secretariat In The Preakness: ‘…And He Was Gone’; Jockeys Recall Chasing A Triple Crown Legend

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Secretariat Podcast: Preakness, Penny Chenery

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Secretariat Podcast: Preakness, Ron Turcotte

Kentucky Derby 150

Kentucky Derby 150 – Derby of A Lifetime Contest

Vote early and vote often. 

Al Capone

samedi 20 mai

Due to extreme smoke conditions racing at Century Mile cancelled Saturday May 20, 2023

Tarzan Boy

Haskin – A New Set of Foes for Mage

Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper

#1 – National Treasure
He never stood out
In SoCal’s depleted ranks
Somehow still live here

#2 – Chase the Chaos
And hasn’t run a step since
Enjoy the crabcakes

#3 – Mage
The Derby winner
Ran off all of his rivals
Rightly heavy chalk

#4 – Coffeewithchris
A Laurel local
Hasn’t thrived with more distance
Shouldn’t be a threat

#5 – Red Route One
Does all his running
Once the quarter pole goes by
If there’s room, watch out

#6 – Perform
Survived a slugfest
To earn his spot in the gate
Could tough out a check

#7 – Blazing Sevens
Skipped Derby – good call
Searching for last year’s lost form
Low exotic play

#8 – First Mission

Heart-stopping photo
Red Route One gets up in time
Three, one fill the tri

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2023 Preakness Stakes

Bloodhorse – Gash and Joe Perez – Mage Gets Stitches, Good for Preakness

Los Angeles Times – Sharp and Park – The Dodgers booted the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Then came a big-league backlash

You Think You’re A Man

Bloodhorse – Angst – Mage Aims to Take Next Step in Preakness Stakes

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup Presented By Del Mar Ship & Win: Mage Will Face Six In Preakness

The fact is, feminism is not what it used to be. 

Janine di Giovanni

ABC’s Wide World of Sports

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Golden Anniversary: A Second Jewel for Secretariat

Bloodhorse – Angst – The Road: Horsemen Support MJC’s Preakness Paths

SportsNet – Coyotes prospect Logan Cooley returning to University of Minnesota for sophomore season

Phil has a question:

Did Cooley decide to go back to school because he feels he needs another year of seasoning or cuz he wants to play in a better rink than the Coyotes play in.

SportsNet – AP – Connecticut governor looking to bring NHL’s Coyotes to Hartford

ESPN – Shilton – Kyle Dubas won’t return as Maple Leafs GM after 5 seasons

TSN – Who could the Leafs look to as their next GM?

SportsNet – Luke Fox – How the Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan negotiation fell to pieces

SportsNet – Toronto Marlies cut loose entire coaching staff

SportsNet – Jason Spezza resigns as Maple Leafs special assistant to GM

Phil has an answer to all the questions swirling around the big tower.

Cuz they got thumped out of the playoffs when they failed to show up against the Turtle.

Paulick Report – Nevills – Preakness Stakes News Minute Presented By Sequel Bloodstock: Root, Root, Root For The Home Team

Paulick Report – Nevills – Preakness Stakes News Minute Presented By Sequel Bloodstock: First Mission’s Scratch And Mornings With Mage

House Of The Rising Sun

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez: Is Restrepo the Face of Latinos in Horse Racing?

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Mage Adding to Runnymede’s Legacy in Classics

Girl You’ll Be Woman Soon

Every crowd has a silver lining. 

P. T. Barnum

SportsNet – Report: London Police have Hockey Canada’s third-party report

vendredi 19 mai

Friday On My Mind

The Kentucky Derby after-party has been reduced to a table (or stable) for one. The Preakness, the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, will be contested Saturday with just a single horse moving on to Baltimore from Louisville: Derby winner Mage.

That’s it, that’s the list. The shortest list since before the Korean War.

It’s the first time in 75 years that only one Derby starter has entered the Preakness

Sports Illustrated – After the Derby Drama, It’s Time to Rethink the Triple Crown Calendar

#1 – Sacred Wish
Off to a late start
Quickly proving she belongs
Stands a chance in here

#2 – Pate
Wintered at Oaklawn
Showed little in graded bow
One turn might be best

#3 – Hoosier Philly
An Oaks trail flameout
Has worked bullets at Churchill
It’s turnaround time

#4 – Merlazza
The light’s coming on
Rosario booked elsewhere
Not the greatest sign

#5 – Frosty O Toole
Tampa Bay standout
Graded debut stunted climb
Can’t see it today

#6 – Miracle

#7 – Comparative
Clicking with Saez
A shining example of
Godolphin’s deep bench

#8 – Balpool
Quiet ladder climb
Now faces its toughest rung
Worthy of a piece

#9 – Faiza
Never left Bob’s barn
Owner’s a Baltimore guy
Entered with purpose

#10 – Taxed
If not for Wet Paint
She might have been Oaklawn’s best
Some price potential

#11 – Cats Inthe Timber
A home-team hopeful
Will need a deeper gas tank
To win near the pace

#12 – Towhead
Big jockey pickup
Turf might be her best surface
Strange fit for this race

Connections want this
Faiza wins like a good thing
One, three round it out

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2023 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

The Athletic – Dana O’Neill – Bob Baffert talks Preakness return, accusations of doping: ‘They just hung me out to dry’

Bloodhorse – Angst – Lexington Stakes Winner First Mission Out of Preakness

TDN – First Mission Out Of Preakness According To Godolphin

The dining room was half-empty May 18 but full of murmurs of concern. None of the Kentucky Derby runners except the winner Mage  are even in the Preakness, the first time since 1948 only one horse pressed forward to the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown. 

So, no developing rivalries to follow. Just some shiny and suspect new shooters from the second or even third divisions of the national racing armies of powerful trainers Brad Cox, Steve Asmussen, and Chad Brown. 

Not a single representative from those three camps bothered to attend. This, not that you need me to remind you, is for one of the sport’s most important races. These more important people couldn’t be bothered. 

Bloodhorse – Scheinman – Op-Ed: No Alibi for Not Supporting Preakness Traditions

Phil has a question:

What ever happened to the Canadian Derby Breakfast.

Haskin – A New Set of Foes for Mage

Baltimore Sun – Childs Walker – 2023 Preakness: Secretariat, 50 years after winning the Triple Crown, looms larger than ever

Vox – Cogan – The hidden force that shapes everything around us: Parking

Big Yellow Taxi

Sometimes Phil just has to succumb to the Urge.

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Durkin Comes out of Retirement to Call Belmont Stakes

Horse Race Insider – The Athletic – Deitsch – DURKIN TO CALL BELMONT

Los Angeles Times – Dylan – Hernandez – Column: Dodgers no longer have the backbone to be social trailblazers

TDN – JN Campbell – The Educational Parlay Of Chase Chamberlin

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Baffert Returns to Triple Crown With National Treasure

Bloodhorse – Angst – MJC Outlines Safety Protocols in Place for Preakness

CBC News – Frew – City of Regina questions sustainability of REAL business model, as company seeks to take on debt

Phil has a question:

When will the city of Regina get out the broom and we’re not talking about hosting the Brier.

Did you know that Regina has a theme song.

Do you think it will be as popular as Will You Be True To Me in Chicoutomi

Heads Will Roll

The Ringer – Bereznak – Chronicler of the Flower Moon

The Ringer – Surrey – An Open Letter to Dom Toretto Asking Him to Please Stop Making ‘Fast’ Movies

Americas’ Best Racing – Reed – 2023 Preakness Stakes Cheat Sheet: Get to Know the Horses

Rolling Stone – Andy Greene – The Biggest, Messiest Band Breakups in Music History


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. 

Oscar Wilde

National Post – Jo-Anne MacDonald – Weekly News Quiz: How did Martha Stewart prepare to be a swimsuit model?

DRF – Grening – Castellano looks to ride momentum of first Derby win

Paulick Report – Kane – Jockeys’ Kindness Overwhelms Mage Owner Norma Barnes-Euresti In Midst Of Childhood Dream

America’s Best Racing – Big-Race Showdown: Expert Selections for Black-Eyed Susan, Preakness Stakes

TSN – LeBrun: It’s never been more apparent to me that relocation is probably the most likely option right now for the Coyotes

Newsweek – Aleks Phillips – Miller Lite Boycott Calls Grow Over Beer Commercial: ‘Did Nobody Learn’

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

Frank Zappa

Keep Me Hanging On

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Coffeewithchris Gives Local Fans Something to Cheer For

Context – Sherfinski and Baptista – As climate risks rise, flood insurance costs stun US homeowners

Phil has a question:

Why are they blaming climate change when the previous ratings were brutally incompetent and failed to penalize those who chose to build on known flood plains.

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

P. T. Barnum

My Way

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dennis – ‘He’s like a little teddy bear when he’s with Cody’ – Kelly Dorman on the fairytale of Cody’s Wish and Cody Dorman

The Ringer – Kram – How Do the Heat Keep Doing This?

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – For Mage’s Connections, Pressure Is a Good Thing

DRF – Russo – Mage has a melting pot of owners

You know why divorces are so expensive? They’re worth it.

Willie Nelson


Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – McGaughey Ready to ‘Perform’ at Preakness

Bloodhorse – David Joseph – Arabian Lion Strong Favorite in Sir Barton

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Mets’ Owner’s Casino Bid Complicating MLS Stadium Project

Get Back

jeudi 18 mai

DRF – Grening – 2023 Preakness: For Velazquez to get off the schneid, National Treasure must focus

TDN – Ken Rudulph `Will Not Be Appearing on FanDuel’ Pending Review

Paulick Report – FanDuel Takes Host Rudulph Off The Air Over Social Media Comments

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Cowboy Wisdom

DRF – Hersh – Fresh faces with fresh legs have become the fashion in the Preakness

Front Office Sports – WBD Touts Charles Barkley-Gayle King CNN Show At Upfront


Sports Illustrated – Charles Barkley Goes Off on Ja Morant, ‘Idiots’ Defending Him in Emotional Commentary

Charles Barkley on Morant


TDN – Preakness 148 Contender Updates

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Mage’s Derby Win Keeps Connections’ Phone Lines Busy

Business Wire – VICI Properties Inc. to Acquire Four Properties in Alberta Canada in Sale-Leaseback Transaction With Century Casinos, Inc.

Yahoo!Finance – Century Casinos, Inc. Announces Sale-Leaseback of Four Properties in Alberta, Canada

VICI Properties Inc.

SportsNet – Paul D. Grant – Five reasonable destinations for the Arizona Coyotes (and one pipe dream)

Phil has a question:

How stupid are Gary Bettman and the NHL when they fail to realize a NO! vote on an arena for professional hockey is a NO! vote for hockey telling those that will listen that the people of Arizona are not hockey fans and over 2 decades of education in the sport hasn’t changed many minds.

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Cowboy Wisdom

SportsNet – Coyotes president Gutierrez on team’s future: ‘We remain committed to Arizona’

Phil has a question:

Are the Coyotes’ owner’s pockets as deep as their commitment.

Mustang Sally

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Ehalt – At a Glance: Seven Rivals Await Mage in Preakness

Bloodhorse – Angst – Winning Move Takes Deep Dive Into Mage’s Kentucky Derby

The Atlantic – Mull – The Free-Returns Party Is Over

I always tell my mom that if she would have just bought me a Barbie when I was little, I would have gone into real estate.

Trixie Mattel

Famous Blue Raincoat

The Ringer – Nayman – ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Can’t Top the Original—but That’s a High Bar

The Ringer – Heifitz – The 2023 NFL Quarterback Commitment Index: Post-Draft Edition

Favre has portrayed himself as an unknowing and tangential participant in the welfare-embezzlement scheme. But it appears nobody benefited more. Interviews and an analysis of legal filings and records, which include dozens of text conversations—some of which have not previously been public—paint Favre as a ringleader from start to finish.

Sports Illustrated – Rosenberg – ‘The Driving Force’: How Brett Favre’s Demands for Cash Fueled a Scandal

TDN – Texas Judge Says No to ADMC Injunction

Paulick Report – Texas Racing’s Future Remains Uncertain; Several Stakeholders Hoping To ‘Find A Way To Participate With HISA’

TDN – Ross – Sam Houston Handle Down 92%, Texas Industry At Crossroads

DRF – Hegarty – Joseph horses subjected to extra testing at Gulfstream

Paulick Report – Voss – NYRA: Saffie Joseph Not Planning To Run Here While Under Investigation

Bloodhorse – Byron King – KHRC’s Joseph Investigation Includes Necropsies, Videos

MLB – The long, strange history of the baseball cap

Paulick Report – Caesars Sportsbook Partners With Keeneland, Red Mile Ahead Of Sports Betting Launch In Kentucky

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mercredi 17 mai

Two of the new pick five bets will link races on the Friday card to races on the Saturday card, with both ending in the Preakness, which is scheduled as the 13th race on a 14-race card. Both also include the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

DRF – Hegarty – Pimlico looks to highlight Black-Eyed Susan card; adds two-day betting options


Paulick Report – Fort Erie Ready To Commence 126th Season With Free Concert, Food Trucks

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Sports Betting Industry Starts Year With Quarterly Record

TSN – NHL ‘terribly disappointed’ after Tempe voters reject arena for Coyotes

SportsNet – Future of Coyotes up in air after Tempe rejects arena deal

Sports Business Journal – Tempe voters shoot down Coyotes’ arena deal

Front Office Sports – Tabeek – Coyotes’ $2.1B Entertainment District Plan Rejected

A Horse With No Name

Phil has a question:

What about the Turf Paradise land.

CTV News – ‘Deeply impacted us’: REAL CEO says COVID-19 main reason for current deficit, financial challenges

Phil has a question:

Would you believe the guy who destroyed Edmonton Northlands with his pie in the sky fantasies.

Did Regina come up with that infantile idiotic sexual innuendo slogan cuz they knew REAL was fucked.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – The ‘Puma System’ Has Mage Fit for Triple Crown Bid

Phil has a question:

Since Mage is training on the Puma System is there a shoe deal in his future.

Does Mage use Bolt and Hamilton for inspiration.

Black Moon Rising

Paulick Report – ‘He Picks Up The Rhythm On His Own’: Mage Responding To Trainer Gustavo Delgado’s Program

Paulick Report – Preakness Notes: Cox Expects First Mission To ‘Take A Step Forward,’ National Treasure’s Post 1 Brings Back Pleasant Memories

Garden and Gun – Mint Julep Month: Carthusian Julep

Paulick Report – Scheinman: The Pimlico Special Contains A Pantheon Of Thoroughbred Immortals

Paulick Report – Voss – Not A Job But A Lifestyle: The Mental Health Challenges Facing Jockeys

Bloodhorse – Tordjman – America’s Best Racing – Meet the Jockeys of the 2023 Preakness Stakes

Polygon – Levitt – Disney Princesses, ranked by how well they’d survive the real world

Immigrant Song

CBC – Qiao – Robert Munsch’s classic The Paper Bag Princess has been optioned to become a film

Paulick Report – McGaughey: Kentucky’s Regulatory Vets Showed ‘Some Over-Caution’ During Kentucky Derby Week

TDN – Thornton – FTC: Latest Anti-HISA Suit Doesn’t Come ‘Within a Furlong’ of Demonstrating Harms


Phil has a question:

Would you say that the jiggies are pissed.

Have beer sales skyrocketed to provide all the piss for these pissing contests.

Paulick Report – ‘Committed To Getting Rid Of The Drugs’: Jeff Gural Will Lobby For New Jersey’s Harness Industry To Join HISA

Discipline is knowing what you’re supposed to do and doing it as best you can… On third down and short yardage, the Raiders don’t jump offside. That’s discipline – not a coat and tie, not a clean shave.

John Madden

First We Take Manhattan

TDN – 2022 Alberta Award Winners Celebrated

CTHS – 49th Annual Night of Champions a Success!

Brisnet – Hanson –  Competitive renewal of Dinner Party headlines Preakness Day undercard

Southern Living – Denenberg – 10 Best Cooking Tips We’ve Learned From Ina Garten

Phil has a question:

When will the Barefoot Contessa appear on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Business Wire – VICI Properties Inc. to Acquire Four Properties in Alberta Canada in Sale-Leaseback Transaction With Century Casinos, Inc.

Yahoo!Finance – Century Casinos, Inc. Announces Sale-Leaseback of Four Properties in Alberta, Canada

VICI Properties Inc.

mardi 16 mai

2008 Preakness

Paulick Report – Undefeated Faiza ‘Bright, Alert And Happy’ Ahead Of Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Sole KY Derby Starter Mage Draws Post 3 in Preakness

TDN – Mage Draws Post Three as 8-5 Preakness Favorite

Los Angeles Times – Cherwa – Mage’s path to the Triple Crown gets easier as Preakness field shrinks

Phil has a question:

Are you as thrilled as Phil with the 8 horse field in the Preakness.

If you’re going to be in Baltimore for Preakness week you might want to check out the red-hot Orioles. They play the Angels and Shohei Ohtani on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Go catch a game. You’ll enjoy it. The sport’s never been better.

TDN – Bill Finley – If Baseball Can Change, So Can the Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Curry – Looking at the 2023 Preakness Stakes by the Numbers

Painting by Numbers

TDN – Preakness Contenders Get Acquainted With Pimlico

The Ringer – McNear – Is ‘Jeopardy!’ a Sport? Its New EP Certainly Thinks So.

Canada’s National Observer – Lane and Mohanraj – Meet Pollinator Man: The superhero fighting climate change and inspiring children

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – ‘It’s pretty dangerous’ – Chantal Sutherland ‘gun-shy’ of Gulfstream geese after freak injury

Punters – Dye – Champion jockey Shane Dye: Why are jockeys still wearing safety vests?

CTV News – Poskey – Regina Exhibition Association struggling to keep afloat financially, report says

Phil has a question:

Does that make Tim Reid 2 for 2 in bankrupting Exhibition Associations.

TSN – Report: Four bids for Senators submitted, including one at $1 billion

Diodoro said Aristocracy was not milkshaked.

“Who the heck is milk shaking a horse in 2023?” he said. “That’d be like you sitting in a bar, drunk and falling off your stool, and someone telling you, ‘Hey, Ray, there’s a check stop just down the road. You better not drive.’ Then you have a couple more drinks and get in your vehicle and think you’re going to make it through.”

Paulick Report – Robertino Diodoro Suspended, Fined For Oaklawn TCO2 Violation

Love Shack

Paulick Report – They Said, They Said: Gaming Commission, Team Forte Dispute Timeline Of Meloxicam Case

Chicago Mag – McClelland – Nature Always Bats Last 

If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?

Yogi Berra

The Bitter Southerner – France – Painting the Great Unseen

Sports Business Journal – Ourand – Fox doubles down on sports; NBC glances over it

DRF – Russo – Rich Strike to Blackwood Stables in Versailles

Sports Illustrated – Your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2023 Cover Models Are Martha Stewart, Megan Fox, Kim Petras and Brooks Nader

You didn’t read wrong; that’s the cooking lady Martha Stewart on the cover and inside Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. Just be thankful it wasn’t Guy Fieri.

There’s nothing that will change someone’s moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums. 

Larry Flynt

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

lundi 15 mai

Caprese salad (insalata caprese if you’re on Capri) is a dish to make when fresh tomatoes are at their peak; you should be able to smell them before you round the corner at your local farmers market. The time comes but once a year, so make the most of it.

Bon Appetit – Martinez – BA’s Best Caprese Salad

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Sole KY Derby Starter Mage Draws Post 3 in Preakness

Phil has a question:

Are you as thrilled as Phil with the 8 horse field in the Preakness.

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Undefeated Faiza Takes Game on Road in Black-Eyed Susan

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Five Weekend Takeaways Include Notes on Mage, Arcangelo

Paulick Report – Lucci – Fixed Odds Returns Better Prices In Nine Of 10 Races On Monmouth’s Opening Day Card

Paulick Report – Secretariat In The Preakness: ‘…And He Was Gone’; Jockeys Recall Chasing A Triple Crown Legend

TDN – Sunrise at Old Hilltop Tours Return this Week at Pimlico

Bloodhorse – Angst – Author Toby: HISA May be Racing’s Last, Best Chance

TDN – Thornton – The Week in Review: Betting on Good Karma to Overcome Bad Headlines

If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. 

Yogi Berra

Bloodhorse – Several Preakness Contenders Arrive at Pimlico

TDN – Perform, Red Route One Tune Up For Preakness; Mage Arrives at Pimlico

Bloodhorse – Perform Puts in Final Breeze Ahead of Preakness

Bloodhorse – Cutback Suits Key of Life in Miss Preakness


ESPN – AP – Horse dies at Churchill Downs, eighth fatality in recent weeks

Los Angeles Times – Fleishman – Two Florida moms are at the center of the fight against book banning in America

Southern Living – Can You Cook Tomatoes In Cast Iron?

Southern Living – Locker – 8 Myths About Cast Iron, Debunked

Bon Appetit – Lauren Joseph – The Best Cast Iron Skillet (Because You Need One for Nearly Everything) 

“This was,” says a rival team executive, “incredibly dumb.”

Sports Illustrated – Mannix – The Problems Continue to Mount For Ja Morant and the Grizzlies

The Toronto Star – DiManno – There will never be another Harold Ballard. Thank God

Phil has a question:

Are the Leafs any better now than they were during the Ballard days.

If someone remembers me as a coach, they still call me ‘Coach,’ but if they know me for the video game, they just call me ‘Madden.’

John Madden

Bon Appetit – How A Sommelier Designs The Wine List For A Restaurant

Phil has a question:

Would you go to a restaurant where Homer Simpson designed the beer list.

le dimanche 14 mai

Study Finds – Melore – Who’s America’s favorite mom? The answer will probably make you LOL

Paulick Report – Shore: After The Week We’ve Had, ‘Racing Is Unequivocally Not Entitled To Think About Growth Right Now’

Phil has a question:

How many horse persons will say that this article hits the nail right on the hoof and then go back to doing exactly what they’ve been doing since time began.

LitHub – Eliza Smith – The ghost of Edgar Allan Poe has taken over Eurovision.

Stupidity is a talent for misconception.

Edgar Allan Poe

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Sports Betting Has Reached a Tipping Point

HK Racing – Agars – Brazilian jockeys Silvestre de Sousa and Vagner Borges banned by Hong Kong Jockey Club for betting offences

Front Office Sports – Cohen – U.S. Integrity Launches Gambling Tipline Amid Betting Scandals

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.

Cowboy Wisdom

Do It Again

Canadian Thoroughbred – Assiniboia Downs 2023 Season Ready to Roll

Assiniboia Downs Player Portal

Bloodhorse – Hovdey – Mage Can Calm the Turbulent Post-Derby Waters

All Comes Crashing

Garden and Gun – Mischner – Toast the Preakness with a Black-Eyed Susan

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

James A. Michener

The Spruce – Iannotti – How to Grow and Care for Black-Eyed Susan

Southern Living – How To Grow And Care For Heirloom Tomatoes

Garden and Gun – Steve Russell – Southern Food Buff Matt Lee Puts on His Farmer Hat

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

YKnot – Farmer Hats and Caps: The Importance of Wearing a Hat When Farming

Mr. Farmer

A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. Your mother Will not mind at all if I do.

Cat In The Hat

Horse Products

Green International Harvester Pick-Up Truck L-120 stock images

SportsNet – Tkachuk on Leafs fans: ‘I don’t think they want Florida that much anymore.”

There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can’t think of one at the moment.

Paul Theroux


Woolly Bully

Sports Business Journal – SBJ Unpacks: PBR rides into World Finals with 30 sponsors

PBR – Standings

Wild Thing

Phil has a question:

Is there a more politically incorrect film song clip.

2023 TeePee Creek Stampede


Up On Cripple Creek

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: I was wrong: These Lakers can win an NBA championship

Phil has a question:

What is more astonishing – that the LA Lakers turned their season around or that a sports writer admits he’s wrong.

Because the Night

America’s Best Racing – Curry – 2023 Preakness Stakes by the Numbers

America’s Best Racing – Meet the 2023 Preakness Stakes Contenders

Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Royal Ascot here we come: dominant double for George Weaver in ‘win and you’re in’ qualifiers at Gulfstream

TDN – No Nay Mets Books Ascot Ticket With Inaugural Royal Palm Juvenile Win

TDN – Nyquist’s Crimson Advocate Takes Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies S.

Brisnet – Reilly – No Nay Mets, Crimson Advocate book Royal Ascot tickets in Royal Palm Juvenile stakes

Because The Night

TDN – Confidence Game Out, Coffeewithchris In Preakness

Bloodhorse – Blazing Sevens Posts Final Drill Ahead of Preakness

Paulick Report – Mage Gallops At Churchill Before Vanning To Pimlico; First Mission Fires Bullet

Bloodhorse – First Mission Breezes for Preakness; Mage Set to Depart

Paulick Report – Martin – Arcangelo Denies Bishops Bay By Head Bob In Peter Pan Thriller

Bloodhorse – Ehalt and McCroskey – Arcangelo Edges Bishops Bay in Peter Pan Thriller

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Ryan Reynolds Out of Running for Senators 

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – NFL Plays Own Game Of ‘Succession’ With Schedule Release

Bon Appetit – Davis – Padma Lakshmi’s Guide to Fun, Stress-Free Dinner Parties

Sports Illustrated – Panchal – 5 Absolutely Breathtaking Images of SI Swimsuit Model Padma Lakshmi

The National HBPA has never done anything more than insist that the regulatory authority writing the rules for this industry be structured in a way that respects the constitutional rights of all horsemen and be operated in a way that is transparent, responsive and accountable. We will continue to fight for these rights in court. We believe the best path forward for the industry—the best way to keep our horses and their humans safe—is a regulatory framework built on those principles: transparent, responsive, accountable, constitutional.

Bloodhorse – Hamelback: Now Not the Time to Go Low or Assign Blame

Bloodhorse – Gagliano Our Voices: Safeguard Our Game by Supporting HISA

Bloodhorse – HISA to Investigate Equine Deaths at Churchill Downs

Phil has a question:

Which level of bureaucracy do the horsemen have to bow down to.

samedi 13 mai

“Just tomato, mayo, salt, and pepper, on white bread,” I always say.

Southern Living – Rick Bragg – Rick Bragg Sets The Record Straight On What Makes The Best Tomato Sandwich

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard

Searching With My Good Eye Closed

Alternative Nation – Roy – Foo Fighters New Drummer Appears To Be Revealed


As for the impact of Hawkins’ passing, Roger said: “We’re never going to forget him. I can’t take him out of my phone,” surely he is mourning just like all of us will continue to do.

Alternative Nation – DJ Rhodes – Queen Member Reveals New Foo Fighters Drummer?

Best of You

Phil has a question:

Where can you buy futures on who will be the drummer(s) on their upcoming tour.

Why isn’t Meg White ever mentioned.

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it’s hard for me to resist.

Levon Helm

My Hero

Speaking of Brussels


Southern Living – Wells – 80 Fresh Tomato Recipes To Make All Summer Long

At the end of the day, you can’t compete with Mother Nature. If you’ve got a great tomato, just a pinch of sea salt is all you need. 

Zac Posen

Garden and Gun – Schipa and McDuffie – Peachy Pecan Pie Pancake for Mother’s Day

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Mom Cooks Best

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Brian O’Driscoll

Garden and Gun – Harris – What My Mother Taught Me

The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can’t eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as ‘progress’, doesn’t spread. 

Andy Rooney

Southern Living – Yarborough – Is It Rude To Bring Store-Bought Food To A Potluck?

BetTech Ecosystem 2023: The state of play in sports betting and iGaming globally

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing Campaign Earns Major Award

TDN – All Post-Race Samples for Derby and Oaks Cleared

Brisnet – Get to know the 2023 Preakness Stakes contenders

TDN – Bill Finley – Lord Miles Won’t Go in the Preakness

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Derby Winner Mage Confirmed Preakness Starter

Also confirmed to run Tuesday, Adam Ference and Bill Dory’s Chase the Chaos (Astern {Aus}) received the green light from trainer Ed Moger Jr. Chase the Chaos earned an automatic fees-paid berth in the Preakness with his victory in the Feb. 11 El Camino Real Derby on his home track at Golden Gate Fields.
Moger said that Chase the Chaos, who will be his first Preakness starter, will work Saturday and ship to Baltimore on Tuesday.

TDN – Preakness Update: Two Phil’s Out, Blazing Sevens, Perform and Chase the Chaos In

“I’m lost for words,” Dory said. “This is above and beyond what I ever expected to happen to me in horse racing. Being a small-time owner type of deal, I was hoping to make it to the Canadian Derby (G3) at our local track one day. That was my dream. This has surpassed my dreams a thousand-fold.”

Bloodhorse – Gulfstream – Joseph – Chase the Chaos Gives Owner a Pinch-Me Moment

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – 148th Preakness: Derby Winner Mage Could Meet 9 Rivals

Bloodhorse – Disarm, Red Route One ‘Gunning’ for May 20 Preakness

Front Office Sports – Cohen – Investment App Commonwealth Hits Big With Mage’s Kentucky Derby Win

Century Casino Fort Road Opens New Sports Bar

Phil has a question:

When will the UCP stop trying to foist their anti-gambling, anti-fun morals on this province and allow the casinos and racetracks to open sportsbooks. – Cazentre – Vernon Downs racetrack/casino warns it may close this year without state tax relief

Sports Illustrated – Bishop – ‘What a Scene’: How a Canadian Expat’s Seattle Bar Became the Heart of Kraken Nation

Los Angeles Times – Arellano- Appreciation: The staying power of Joe Kapp’s ‘The Toughest Chicano’ Sports Illustrated cover

The Conversation – Scott White – Plastic rats and playoff beards: Superstitious behaviours in hockey fans and players increase during the playoffs

I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.

Babe Ruth

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Reed Quits as Rich Strike’s Trainer Amid Film Conflict

Paulick Report – ‘The Movie Or The Horse’: Reed Splits With Dawson, Rich Strike To Move To A New Trainer

Phil has a question:

How will thoroughbred racing ever prosper when fucking clueless, fucking classless clowns like Reed and Dawson destroy excellent marketing opportunities over a few shekels and petty ego squabbles.

Would you say that this is all for the good of the horses’ asses.

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: The Kentucky Derby And The American Dream

Paulick Report – Forte FAQ: Why Did It Take So Long To Find Out About That Positive Test? And Other Questions, Answered

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Forte Disqualified From ’22 Hopeful; Pletcher Suspended

TDN – Sue Finley – Forte Disqualified From Hopeful; Connections Will Appeal

Phil has a NONFAQ question:

Was it in an ointment.

Was it in the Vitaminwater.

Can you measure a picogram on your bathroom scale.

In The Air Tonight

Paulick Report – ‘Surprised’ Pletcher ‘Seeking Some More Clarity’ About Forte’s Preakness Status

Paulick Report – KHRC, HISA Rules On Vet Scratches Leave Forte’s Preakness Status Up In The Air

Bloodhorse – Angst – Forte Placed on Vet’s List, Will Miss Preakness Stakes

TDN – Thornton – HISA, FTC Link Grim Headlines to HBPA’s Desire for ‘Status Quo’

TDN – Bill Finley – Lord Miles Under Consideration For Preakness And Belmont

Phil has a question:

Why does Forte have to go on the HISA 14 day vet’s list but Lord Miles does not.

Why did HISA have clueless bureaucrats write their rules instead of consulting with the horse people.

Land of Confusion

TDN – Bill Finley – Monmouth Meet Will Offer Expanded Opportunities for Fixed Odds Players

Paulick Report – Santa Anita – Ryan – Yakteen Will ‘Play It By Ear’ With Practical Move; Reincarnate, Fort Bragg Return To Baffert’s Barn

Paulick Report – ‘I Don’t Know Whether To Laugh, Cry, Or Enjoy It’: Frankie Dettori Launches Farewell Tour With Classic Victory

The Bitter Southerner – Mustafa – Immigrant Spaghetti

Immigrant Song

The Ringer – Thompson – A Diet Conspiracy: Is Ice Cream Secretly Good for You?

The Ringer – Tedder – The Cure’s 50 Best Songs, Ranked

In Between Days

The Ringer – Sherman – The NFL Is on a Mission to Take Over Your Calendar

TSN – Titans reveal schedule by asking tourists to guess opponents’ team logo … Priceless!


The Raven

Sports Business Journal – A’s shift Vegas ballpark plans to Tropicana site

National Post – Frank Stronach: Canada is broken and our political parties are not up to the task of fixing it

TSN – CP – Why Reynolds, Snoop Dogg, other celebrities want to buy the Senators

Garden and Gun – Pedersen – Healing on a South Carolina Horse Farm

ESPN – Wyshynski – Blackhawks win NHL draft lottery, Connor Bedard sweepstakes

Phil M Stockmen

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