Jun 062023

Saturday June 10, 2023



2023 Belmont Stakes 155 GI pp

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Forte, National Treasure Lead Nine-Horse Belmont

Post  Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Tapit Shoes Brad Cox Jose Ortiz 20-1
2 Tapit Trice Todd Pletcher Luis Saez 3-1
3. Arcangelo Jena Antonucci Javier Castellano 8-1
4. National Treasure Bob Baffert John Velazquez 5-1
5. Il Miracolo Antonio Sano Marcos Menenses 30-1
6. Forte Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz, Jr. 5-2
7. Hit Show Brad Cox Manny Franco 10-1
8. Angel of Empire Brad Cox Flavien Prat 7-2
9. Red Route One Steve Asmussen Joel Rosario 15-1

Brisnet – Get to know the 2023 Belmont Stakes contenders

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Tordjman – Meet the Jockeys for the 2023 Belmont Stakes

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

Bloodhorse – Belmont Racing Festival Secretariat-Related Giveaways

Friday June 9, 2023

2023 Acorn

Dorth Vader, a John Ropes Florida homebred returns in the Acorn on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Belmont. 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 has a new trainer at Belmont, George Weaver. John R Valazquez picks up the mount for the Acorn.

50th Anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown

The “Secretariat Larger Than Life 50th Anniversary Tour” Triple Crown schedule is as follows:

  • June 8 – 11      Belmont Park, Elmont, New York


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How I won the Belmont on Secretariat – Ron Turcotte in his own words

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Secretariat Reaches Another Level in Belmont Stakes Win

Haskin – Secretariat’s Triple Crown Cover to Cover

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Rivals Had a Different View of Secretariat’s Belmont


Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Anderson’s Tremendous Belmont Call Stands Test of Time

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Johnson’s Call of Secretariat’s Belmont Reflects Era

TDN – Dave Johnson Joins TDN Writers’ Room, Talks Secretariat

Paulick Report – Hughes – Five Decades On, Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes Legacy Continues To Resonate

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘The greatest performance ever seen on a racetrack, any time, any place’ – Steve Dennis relives Secretariat’s Belmont

Bloodhorse – Belmont Racing Festival Secretariat-Related Giveaways

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Enduring influence: tracing Secretariat’s impact on the Triple Crown as a sire

Paulick Report – NYRA – Ryan Martin – Ron Turcotte On Secretariat’s Historic 31-Length Belmont Triumph: ‘I Could Hear Them Fading Away’


I asked him to tell me what he remembered from all those years of writing about sports, for he had seen some things in his time: Michael Jordan at North Carolina, a teenage John McEnroe, Bear Bryant, the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati. This is what he told me:
I was at Secretariat’s Derby, in ’73, the year before you were born – I don’t guess you were even conceived yet. That was …  just beauty, you know? He started in last place, which he tended to do. l was covering the second-place horse, which wound up being Sham. It looked like Sham’s race going into the last turn, I think. The thing you have to understand is that Sham was fast, a beautiful horse. He would have had the Triple Crown in another year.
And it just didn’t seem like there could be anything faster than that. Everybody was watching him. It was over, more or less. And all of a sudden there was  his … like, just a disruption in the comer of your eye, in your peripheral vision. And then before you could make our what it was, here Secretariat came.  And then Secretariat had passed him. No one had ever seen anything run like that – a lot of the old guys said the same thing. It was like he was some other animal out there …

John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By_(Secretariat)

Kentucky Derby 150

Kentucky Derby 150 – Derby of A Lifetime Contest

samedi 10 juin

And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.

Carl Yastrzemski

MLB Triple Crown Winners

1977 Belmont Stakes

Dorth Vader, a John Ropes Florida homebred requited herself very well in the Acorn on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Belmont running a game second to Pretty Mischievous, beaten only a short head. 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.

But similar to her rally from fifth early in the Kentucky Oaks, the daughter of Into Mischief   soon found herself in a stretch battle—this time with Dorth Vader —before prevailing at the wire. 

Bloodhorse – Angst – Pretty Mischievous Edges Dorth Vader in Acorn Stakes

TDN – Sherack – Kentucky Oaks Heroine Pretty Mischievous Delivers in Acorn Thriller

Paulick Report – NYRA – Bohl – Kentucky Oaks Winner Pretty Mischievous Digs Deep For Acorn Triumph

Global News – Blunt – Manitoba’s Assiniboia Downs horse racetrack marks 65th anniversary

When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.

Chief Seattle

Sports Business Journal – Lemire – Equibase, Pramana team up to generate horse racing betting tips

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Favorable Air Quality, Sunshine for Belmont Stakes Day

Bloodhorse – Air Quality Protocols Established for NY Horse Industry

Air Quality – Elmont

A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

Don Vito Corleone

Black Hole Sun

Phil has a question:

Isn’t it ironic that 2 iconic cops and robbers and robbers and cops shows both have big family dinners. Blue Bloods and the Sopranos.

Whose cookbook would you rather have: Blue Bloods or the Sopranos.

A “Sunday Gravy” Recipe From The Sopranos

Sunday Morning Coming Down

When I first started racing, my father said, “Win the race as slow as you can.

Richard Petty

#1 – Tapit Shoes
Were this a Grade 3
He’d offer tons of value
This spot’s a big ask

#2 – Tapit Trice
A son of Tapit
Ran in Derby’s upper half
Heard this one before?

#3 – Arcangelo
Late bloomer, like dad
Castellano gets his best
There is value here

#4 – National Treasure
Well-ridden Preakness
Bested a depleted field
Whole new ballgame here

#5 – Il Maracolo
Whalloped in stakes tries
Test of champions? Why not!
Bloodline’s all he’s got

#6 – Forte
Bad timing, bad press
Has highest talent ceiling
Feels like a bounce risk

#7 – Hit Show
Derby wasn’t bad
Not quite a win candidate
But deserves a look

#8 – Angel of Empire
A fine Churchill trip
Gets some rest and new blinkers
Should be live again

#9 – Red Route One
Needs a pace meltdown
Likely won’t find it today
Gaining mid-pack run

This feels obvious
Like patterns? Bet Tapit Trice.
Eight, three round it out

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

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s Belmont Stakes 155 Selections

Haskin – The Most Dominant Horse in the 2023 Belmont

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

Viggo Mortensen

Empire State of Mind

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Belmont Day 2023 stakes picks

Dirty Horse Club – 2023 Belmont Stakes Analysis – Updated

TDN – Sherack – ‘Tapping’ into the Field for the 155th Belmont Stakes


TDN – Thornton – Belmont Preview: Final Three Furlongs Will Yield The Drama

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Mile-and-a-Half Stakes Have Been Pletcher’s Forte

New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.

Bob Dylan

Hard Sun

2004 Belmont Stakes

Thoroughbred announcing is incredibly difficult — even veteran play-by-play announcers bristle when they think about the gig. The animals move fast and stick close together, identifiable by only their saddle cloth or jockey silks. Paquette keeps a lineup of colored pencils in the booth to mark up her race sheets with the proper silks, and scratches notes next to each horse’s name — for example, if it’s wearing blinkers or not — to fill in the details as she calls 10 races a day three days a week. As they hit the backstretch, they’re nearly impossible to discern by the naked eye — and that’s without factoring in the elements, such as rain or fog. Meanwhile, anxious bettors hang on the announcer’s every word.

“You memorize the field, get dialed in and then you’ve got to forget the names you just remembered five minutes ago,’’ says Chris Griffin, her predecessor at Parx. “It’s not something you can go to school for. They’re not talking about what to say when a horse stumbled out of the gate in the fifth race at journalism school.”

Just caught the tenth. Is Jessica related to Stuttering John?

I don’t know why anyone would want to publicly embarrass themselves. 

It’s the way of current society. Qualified, competent or not, being in a rush to be the first to hire a woman, transgender, openly gay, or person of color.

I go to the track to get away from my old lady’s voice.

The 4th reminded me of when the Mets have a kid come on to announce an inning of a game because he won a contest. But usually the kid practices before going on.

Glad you’re enjoying yourself. Stevie Wonder could do a better job.

That’s just a dose of the vitriol tossed Paquette’s way via message boards and social media. Others pretend to offer advice, all while prefacing their remarks with “love’’ or “honey.’’ Some intimated about just how she got the job; some flat-out propositioned her.

The Athletic – Dana O’Neil – ‘Why not me?’ A first-time announcer, racing toward history, finds her stride

1998 Belmont Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How I won the Belmont on Secretariat – Ron Turcotte in his own words


Bloodhorse – Byron King – National Treasure Pursues Preakness-Belmont Double

“This is the kind of adversity that should bring us together, but the old school thinks it will just go away and the blue bloods don’t want to change, so it won’t happen. There needs to be a governing body in the sport and if there isn’t one in the next two years I don’t think the sport survives for five years and I don’t know if I want to be in the sport for five years.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Last Five Weeks an Upsetting Time for Team Forte

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.

Charles Dickens

The Ringer – Kram – The Nuggets Proved Their Championship Mettle With Their MVP Off the Floor

ESPN – Shelburne – NBA Finals 2023: How Aaron Gordon turned into a perfect fit alongside Denver’s offensive hierarchy

vendredi  9 juin

Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.

Dan Rather

1978 Belmont Stakes

I’m Your Captain

2023 Acorn

Dorth Vader, a John Ropes Florida homebred returns in the Acorn on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Belmont. 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 has a new trainer at Belmont, George Weaver. John R Valazquez picks up the mount for the Acorn.

The Athletic – Vorkunov – ‘Disappointed’ Adam Silver speaks on Ja Morant’s suspension, maturity, claims of fake gun

Music made secretly wins no respect.


Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

Sometimes Phil just has to succumb to the Urge.

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Training in NY Resumes June 9; Belmont Park to Race

Bloodhorse – Air Quality Protocols Established for NY Horse Industry

Air Quality – Elmont

Canada’s National Observer – Bulowski – Ron Quintal fought Fort McMurray’s megafire ‘The Beast’. Now he’s back in smoke and flames

Haskin – The Most Dominant Horse in the 2023 Belmont

Dirty Horse Club – 2023 Belmont Stakes Analysis

TDN – Thornton – Belmont Preview: Final Three Furlongs Will Yield The Drama

Sonata No. 10 in G major op. 96 – Part 1

Bloodhorse – Downey – Rice License Revocation Overturned by New York Court

2007 Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Antonucci Could Make History in Belmont Stakes

New York

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Pretty Mischievous the One to Beat in Acorn

Fat Bottomed Girls

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. 

William James

Sky – Balla – Who are The ChurnUps? Foo Fighters’ cryptic note fuels speculation they are mystery Glastonbury band

Times Like These

Southern Living – Tobin – How To Cut A Watermelon

ScumDiddlyUmptious – Smoky Grilled Watermelon Steak In A Spicy Balsamic Glaze

Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.

Irving Berlin

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – Durkin: Shaking Off the Cobwebs

Front Office Sports – McCarthy – ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor Neil Everett Leaving ESPN After 23 Years

Twist and Shout

National Post – AP – Kinnard – What to know about Trump’s indictment charges and what’s next

Phil has a question:

How much does it bother demented Donald that Lionel Messi signing with Inter Miami is getting more press in Florida and the US than demented Donald getting indicted.

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

Albert Einstein

ESPN – Messi to Inter Miami hot takes: What move to MLS means for the player, Barcelona and fans

Phil has a question:

Did the Messi camp get Inter Miami confused with Inter Milan.

Never Been To Spain

FiveThirtyEight – Thomas-Deveraux – Why Two Supreme Court Conservatives Just Saved The Voting Rights Act

Dog Days are Over

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – At a Glance: Who Can Challenge Cody’s Wish in Met Mile?

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

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

Leopold Stokowski

Front Office Sports – Fisher – North Carolina’s Sports Betting Approval Is A Big Bump For Sportsbooks

Sports Illustrated – Orr – Isaiah Rodgers’s Bets on the Colts Open Up a Major New Problem for the NFL

Whole of The Moon


Twist and Shout

TSN – McKenzie – Special hockey sticks to create awareness for Every Child Matters

The Ringer – Surrey – ‘Jurassic Park’ at 30: A Great Blockbuster Finds a Way to Make Hollywood Worse

Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.

Martin Heidegger

Angel From Montgomery

The Ringer – Chin – What’s Next for the Spider-Verse?

Garden and Gun – Seven Southern Drive-In Movie Theaters

The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.

Walt Whitman



Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does.

Groucho Marx

These changes won’t come easy in an industry, unlike other professional sports, that does not have a national league with a commissioner or a board of governors, with regular meetings of owners, player associations and other interested parties to create shared and unified regulation. That is why I believe it is time for a CEO-level horse racing leadership summit of racetrack owners and veterinarians.

Regardless of the findings that come out of Churchill Downs, our industry faces a watershed moment. The time has come for all stakeholders to meet this moment with a unified commitment to the safety and welfare of horses and riders. If we can do that, I believe we can earn back the public trust and strengthen the social license required to sustain horse racing into the future.

New York Daily News – Charting horse racing’s future: Major track owner Belinda Stronach makes the case for a summit to address horse injuries and deaths

TDN – Thornton – NJ Commission Suspends Cobb

Paulick Report – Voss – New Jersey Officials Hit Trainer Cobb With Seven-Year Suspension For Treatment Of Horse, Possession Of Injectables

Sports Business Journal – A’s stadium bill vote on hold through weekend

SportsNet – Ryan Huska leading candidate to be named Flames’ new coach

Mustang Sally

John Rieber – “The Stewardess Is Flying The Plane!” Celebrating 70’s Disaster Films And Action Classics From Cinema’s Greatest Decade!

I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy. 

Mitch Hedberg

jeudi 8 juin

Bloodhorse – Downey – Rice License Revocation Overturned by New York Court

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Belmont Park Cancels June 8 Due to Poor Air Quality

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

2015 Belmont Stakes

Under Pressure

Canada’s National Observer – Wood – A summer up in smoke

Los Angeles Times – Petri – Wildfire smoke has given New York the world’s worst air quality. Californians have some tips

Bloodhorse – Poor Air Quality Nixes Thursday Training at Belmont

TDN – NYRA Cancels Thursday Training

Paulick Report – Training Cancelled At Belmont, Saratoga Due To Air Quality; Decision About Racing To Come June 8

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Bargain Buy Arcangelo Takes Ebbert to Belmont Stakes

New York

Guys like you can’t escape the city. Hell, you a got a blood contract with this place. You’re married to the old girl.

Mickey Spillane

Bloodhorse – Angst – FOX Coverage of Belmont Highlights Radio, TV Schedule

Phil has a beef. When Phil was searching for videos of the 4 post Secretariat Triple Crown winners Phil kept getting the same message on a number of sites: Video Unavailable. Phil can understand media outlets like NBC trying to protect their economic interests by forcing customers to use their paid services, but come on, Justify was in 2018 and American Pharoah was 2015. Since there’s no Thoroughbred Racing Commissioner to pressure the media outlets to ensure that content for fans remains easily accessible thoroughbred racing publicity suffers at the hands of entities who make money from racing.

Phil’s a diehard badger who’ll keep digging for the info, but racing suffers when the info is not at the fingertips of the newbies. And remember that the computer generations’ attention span is a tad shorter than that of a gnat.

A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans.

Lady Gaga

Hickory Wind

“You’ve all called us in here for a special session, and are asking, minimally, for the state to give you all $36 million per year for the next five years for a taxpayer-funded stadium, at the same time that the governor has vetoed funding for summer school, a bill to support children’s mental health, a bill requiring paid family leave — all because the governor said we couldn’t afford them,” State Senator Rochelle Nguyen said early in a three-hour back and forth with two advocates of the bill.

“Can you explain to me why we need to provide hundreds of millions of dollars for a billionaire team to come to the Las Vegas Strip, on some of the most valuable property in the world, if we can’t provide funding for critical resources?” Nguyen continued. “Can you explain to me why this is such a good deal that we should agree that no taxes generated on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana should go to these critical state and local services for the next 30 years?”

The Athletic – Drellich – A’s Las Vegas plan takes heat in Nevada special legislative session

Phil has a question:

How can Danielle Smith and the UCPs justify spending hundreds of millions on a new arena in Calgary when the Universities and Colleges in this province had their funding slashed.

National HBPA President Doug Daniels DVM to our membership

“Regulations that lack scientific basis and are only intended for optics/public perception are doomed to fail… We stand ready to collaborate with all sincere parties in creating a safer, healthier racing environment.”
From Doug Daniels, DVM and President of the National HBPA:
In the wake of the tragedies at Churchill Downs, along with the drastic move to relocate an active race meet, I feel compelled to make a statement that clarifies and reiterates the position of the National HBPA.
HBPA affiliates and our horsemen are advocates for positive change. We vigorously support and promote the highest standards in horsemanship, safety and uniformity. We believe the multitude of factors involved with the occurrences at Churchill must be investigated, yet still understand at some point there may not be any definable evidence linking the tragedies. We do know all horses at Churchill Downs, including the fatalities, received the same veterinary scrutiny and all were in accordance with current HISA and KHRC regulatory inspections.
However, until the decision to relocate the remaining meet to Ellis Park, the previously announced measures were not relevant to the vast majority of the incidences involved and penalized horsemen without cause. In fact, once the announced initiatives were dissected, only one of the 12 fatalities could be linked to those new policies set forth by Churchill Downs.
To be clear, we stand in support of appropriate veterinary care and medication regulations that provide the optimal safety environment for our athletes. There are no magic wands to fix failing regulations. Regulations that lack scientific basis and are only intended for optics/public perception are doomed to fail. We stand ready to collaborate with all sincere parties in creating a safer and healthier racing environment and believe every regulation must be scrutinized while allowing everyone involved to be in the discussion that provides solutions.

Phil has a question:

Does anyone involved in horse racing think that the sport can survive the continued barrage of pot shots that the various factions in horse racing keep aiming at each other along with the pot shots that the animal activists keep aiming at horse racing.

Instead of ruling by royal decree from above why don’t the regulators like HISA and Horse Racing Alberta sit down with the breeding and racing groups and work out rules that make sense and are enforceable.

How many of the regulators have ever mucked a stall.

How do you apply a riding crop.

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. 

Moshe Dayan

Phil has a question:

How many times has someone from Horse Racing Alberta contacted Phil or Sal.

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.

Frank Zappa

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

ESPN – Raimondi – The Iron Sheik, pro wrestling legend and Hall of Famer, dies at 81

My biggest fear is becoming a parody of myself. That’s something I struggle with. 

The Undertaker

Man on The Moon

The Ringer – Phillips – The ‘Vice City’ Guide to Lionel Messi in Miami

Front Office Sports – Rumsey – MLS Wins Big With Messi’s Move to Inter Miami

Sports Illustrated – Selbe – Lionel Messi Explains Why He Chose Inter Miami Over Saudi Arabian Club, Other Options

Sports Illustrated – Koons – Lionel Messi to Sign With MLS’s Inter Miami, per Report

ESPN – Marsden and Liorens – Lionel Messi: Move to MLS’ Inter Miami kept future in my hands

Ice Cream

Volvo Driving Soccer Mom

You either have to make people love you or you have to make them hate you, it doesn’t really matter either way. If you can’t bring that emotion out of your audience then you’re not going to have them for long. 

The Undertaker

Corrected Coffee

Because The Night

1992 Belmont

The Ringer – Kram – The Nuggets Reminded Everyone Why They’re the Favorites

TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Belmont Stakes Report: Rush Hour

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Kentucky Derby Misfortune Links A. P. Indy, Forte

Big Yellow Taxi

Punch – Jireh – Is This Even Wine?

Rural Sprout – Besemer – Homemade Beet Wine – A Country Wine Recipe You’ve Got To Try

Never make predictions, especially about the future.

Casey Stengel

New York Times – Asimov – When Wine Becomes Crucial to Cultural Identity

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

Isaac Asimov

Personal Jesus

2010 Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – Mulvihill – Stacked Mott Barn Has Seven for Belmont Festival Stakes


Baker Street

SportsNet – Bourne – Where will Brad Treliving take the Maple Leafs? Decoding front office lingo

If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.

Conn Smythe

Short Skirt / Long Jacket

Bloodhorse – Byron King – FOX Bringing ‘A Team’ for Belmont Stakes Broadcast

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – What’s been happening: Singapore shock, Forte at the Belmont, Auguste Rodin and more …

Bloodhorse – Angst – A Belmont Stakes at Saratoga? It’s an Option

Harlem Blues

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines: How Urban Sea Laid Out The Roadmap For Coolmore’s Racing, Breeding Programs

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Belmont Distance May be Heavenly for Angel of Empire

Paulick Report – Belmont Stakes: Angel Of Empire Attempting To End 132-Year Drought

To Sir With Love

When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.

Fran Lebowitz

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – Happy birthday to Belmont Stakes party pooper Victory Gallop, loving life as Turkey’s all-time leading stallion

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – Castellano Looking for Another Career First

Bloodhorse – Gash – Belmont Contenders Stack Up in Sales Ring

Show Must Go On

Bloodhorse – Dr. Larry Bramlage – Our Voices: More Medication Not the Answer for Racing

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Declining Number of Equine Vets a Cause for Concern

Me and Julio

As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.


Sports Illustrated – Wilton Jackson – Suns Plan to Waive Chris Paul, per Report

Taking Care of Business

mercredi 7 juin

Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.

Don Vito Corleone

TDN – Mattress Mack Honored as Jockeys and Jeans Person of the Year



2018 Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Why Is It So Hard To Learn From The Past?

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”

Aldous Huxley

My Back Pages

ESPN – AP – Forte slight 5-2 fave for Belmont Stakes over Tapit Trice

The Ringer – Derek Thompson – Why So Many Young Men Are Lonely, Sexless, and Extremely Online

Smithsonian – Parks – How the U.S. Almost Became a Nation of Hippo Ranchers

I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.

Dylan Thomas

Undone – The Sweater song

Polygon – Conrad – The 10 best summer books for your 2023 beach trips

DRF – Grening – Belmont Stakes: Baffert to have first runners in New York since March 2022

FORTHEWIN! – Northam – 5 potential replacements for Padma Lakshmi we’d like to see on Top Chef, including Action Bronson

FORTHEWIN! – Curtis – Top Chef fans are crushed Padma Lakshmi will no longer host

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E

Eat all the junk food you want – as long as you cook it yourself. That way, it’ll be less junky, and you won’t eat it every day because it’s a lot of work.

Michael Pollan

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries 20 Rosé Wines Under $20

If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you’ve got to go for speed.

Sparky Anderson

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Bricks and Mortar 2-Year-Old Shines in Debut at Hanshin

Gold Dust Woman

Yet even the relatively small faction of Republicans opposed to returning Mr. Trump to power may be leery of Mr. Christie. He not only provided a key early endorsement in 2016, he led his presidential transition, and was passed over for some top jobs while serving as an informal adviser and debate coach through the 2020 election.

“Now you found Jesus?” questioned Rick Wilson, who was an outspoken Republican critic of Mr. Trump before leaving the party entirely. “And now you’re going to be the guy to take the fight to Trump?”

New York Times – Goldmacher – For Christie, Winning Would Be Great. Beating Trump Would Be a Close Second.

It’s not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause.

Jack Benny

FiveThirtyEight – Skelley – Mike Pence Is Starting His Presidential Campaign From A Historically Bad Position

Phil has a question:

How do American politicians find the time to run the country when they are perpetually campaigning.

TDN – Dirt, Turf, and Synthetic by the Numbers

Phil has a question:

Will PETA and the more radical animal activists be satisfied with a reduction in horse deaths and not the elimination of horse deaths.

TDN – Air Quality Concerns KO Racing at Finger Lakes

Paulick Report – The Story Behind The Research: Why Studies Sometimes Seem To Contradict, And Why They Take Such A Long Time

Paulick Report – Arszman – The Horse Owner’s Role in Fighting Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: How Much Are You Willing To Change?

Boys of Summer

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.

Igor Stravinsky

Money won. It always has. Maybe it always will. The challenge is figuring out if the morality was always just part of a public relations move to survive or if money changed their minds. But Tuesday was maybe the most impactful yet in stripping away the norms of professional sports and laying it bare as a money-making enterprise above all else.

The Athletic – Brody Miller – In the PGA Tour, LIV Golf battle the money won. Morality was always secondary

The Ringer – Kevin Clark – The Cowardly End of Golf’s Civil War

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Sports Illustrated – Rosenberg – In One Stunning and Silent Move, Jay Monahan Brings in Billions and Kills LIV Golf

Sports Illustrated – Schwarb – PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan’s Private Meeting With Players Was a ‘S— Show’


Sports Business Journal – Facing the Music

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

Igor Stravinsky

Front Office Sports – AJ Perez – PGA Tour-LIV Golf Merger Likely to Face Regulator Scrutiny

Los Angeles Times – Farmer – PGA and Saudi-backed LIV Golf agree to merger after years of barbs and lawsuits

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.

Honore de Balzac


Sports illustrated – Traina – Samantha Rivera on Going Viral for the Stiff Arm Seen ’Round the World

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

Aldous Huxley

The 500-unit chain will use the proceeds from the sale-leaseback deal to repay debt, fund capital projects and buy back stock.

Restaurant Business – Guzkowski – Red Robin sells 9 stores for $29M in sale-leaseback deal

National Post – Wells – Posthaste: Why thousands upon thousands of Canadian businesses may be about to close for good

Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

Angela Carter

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – On the Rise: Sara Elbadwi

In a phone interview from prison with Mr. Asimov, he dismissed the seriousness of his crime, saying that his victims were just a law firm, an insurance company and a bank. “It’s not exactly like sticking up an old lady,” he said.

NY Times – Maag – ‘Never Seen Pizza Boxes at a Wake Before’: Mourning a N.Y. Pizza Legend

People in China say: ‘If you love your children, send them to New York. If you hate your children, also send them to New York.

Li Na

The Evolution of Dance

New York, you are an Egypt! But an Egypt turned inside out. For she erected pyramids of slavery to death, and you erect pyramids of democracy with the vertical organ-pipes of your skyscrapers all meeting at the point of infinity of liberty!

Salvador Dalí

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How Japanese legend Deep Impact conquered the bloodstock world – Nancy Sexton appreciation

Gimme Shelter

You can write songs in New York because it’s not always perfect. To write a good song, things can’t be perfect.

Tom Odell

Paulick Report – Michael Copeland Appointed CEO Of Woodbine Entertainment

TDN – Thornton – 6-Mo. Extension to Maryland Racing Agreement; Details Not Disclosed

TDN – Dan Ross – Proposed HISA Rule Change: Emergency Power to Suspend Live Racing?

Honky Tonk Women

The Ringer – Mahoney – Six Degrees of Jeff Green

The Ringer – Harvilla – ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: ‘If It Makes You Happy,’ Sheryl Crow

All I Wanna Do

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Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World: A History - Alexander, William

The difference between a bland tomato and great one is immense, much like the difference between a standard, sliced white bread and a crusty, aromatic sourdough

Yotam Ottolenghi

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

There’s a point of no return when you’re cooking tomatoes. A little too much heat, a little too long in the pot, and you lose that sense of fresh ripeness that makes tomatoes so great.

Geoffrey Zakarian

12 Tomatoes – Winters – Italian Grandmas Line The Street And Make Pasta Outside Their Homes

Garden and Gun – The Skillet – Clements – A New Orleans Nana’s Tomato Sauce

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Miles Kington

Serious Eats – Achitoff-Gray – How the Science of Salt Can Improve Your Tomatoes


Nothing feels quite so good as pouring salt in an open wound.

Tammy Blackwell

Southern Living – Holland – Why Southerners Love To Salt Their Watermelon

The Takeout – Pagan – Things Just Keep Getting Worse for Beyond Meat

Me and Julio

Burger Barn

Burger Barn Menu

The Burger Barn fries are not quite as well salted as they once were, but the Burger Barn chefs understand that applying salt just as the fries come out of the fryer creates that to die for melding of salt, grease and potato. Add one of their burgers and an old fashioned milkshake, Phil’s favourite is licorice, and you’re set for the day.

Phil has a question:

What is a New Yorker milkshake.

Fat gives things flavor.

Julia Child

The Gothamist – Casey – This Is The ‘New Yorker’ Milkshake. Yes, That’s Cheesecake.


Canada’s National Observer – Simes – Strong case for wetlands made as stream bank collapse in Saskatchewan

TDN – Wagering in 2023 Continues Slight Decline Through May

Paulick Report – Economic Indicators: Despite Record Derby Wagering, All-Sources Handle Declines In May

Paulick Report – On-Track Handle Up 20 Percent As Penn Mile Card Sets All-Time Wagering Record At Penn National

The Takeout – Hasiotis – 11 of the Best Fictional Chefs of All Time

The Athletic – Sean Gentille and Michael Russo – The NHL in Atlanta: Why Chapter 3 could be completely different

Bat Cave

I once took a ride to the beach in L.A., and all along the shore there were all these so-called jazz places. And I saw these college guys and session players playing this fusion Muzak stuff. It was just a lot of notes, and the more notes they played, the more it kept them from expressing anything. So I came back home and got out my Zeppelin albums.

Jeff Buckley

TDN – Ransom – Where Are They Now? When One Grade I Winner Isn’t Enough

The right vehemently has attacked anything they deem “woke,” though they have repeatedly failed to define what it even means. As the GOP sharpen their claws and gear up try to take over White House next year, instances like these remind us that they will never rely on reason, intelligence or principle when it comes to policy and legislation. It will always thrive on hate, discrimination and racism—pillars that have upheld the party since its inception.

The Root – McDuffie – Conservatives, If You Want To Ban “Woke” Materials In Schools Shouldn’t You At Least Read Them First?

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.

Djuna Barnes

On Broadway

Los Angeles Times – Colvin – Former Vice President Mike Pence launches 2024 presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

Dante Alighierile

Comfortably Numb

Brisnet – Hanson – Pretty Mischievous tops eight-filly Acorn; Amazing Grace back against males in Belmont Gold Cup

Brisnet – Reilly – In Italian leads Just a Game; War Like Goddess tackles Brown quartet in New York

The Gothamist – Brand – Inside the 77 sq ft Greenwich Village apartment with no bathroom for $2,350/month

ESPN – Shilton – Clearing up the confusion on Florida panthers

Werewolves of London

Bernardo was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years. But Justice Patrick LeSage additionally designated him a dangerous offender, which means the sentence was indeterminate. He could be kept behind bars for his entire life. From the bench, LeSage turned to the convicted murderer and said: “Mr. Bernardo … You have no right ever to be released. The behavioural restraint that you require is jail. You require it, in my view, for the rest of your natural life. You are a sexually sadistic psychopath.”

The Toronto Star – DiManno – Paul Bernardo does not deserve any deliverance

Phil has a question:

How many judges would have the balls to issue that sentence and statement today.

Has DiManno ever seen Deliverance.

Burning Down the House

Los Angeles Times – Mays and Mason – Newsom threatens DeSantis with kidnapping charges after migrants flown to Sacramento

FiveThirtyEight – Skelley – Why Some Republican Candidates Might Not Make The Debate Stage

Sports Business Journal – A’s Vegas ballpark bill not passed before deadline


SportsNet – MacIntyre – Panthers’ toughness becomes weakness as Golden Knights capitalize on undisciplined play

ESPN – Stanley Cup Final 2023: What we learned in Game 2

Front Office Sports – McCarthy and AJ Perez – NHL Analyst Chris Chelios Won’t Be Renewed By ESPN

Sports Illustrated – Andres – Erik Spoelstra Cuts off ESPN Reporter’s ‘Ridiculous’ Question About Nikola Jokic After Game 2 Win

Sports Illustrated – Andres – Colts’ Isaiah Rodgers Speaks Out on NFL’s Probe Into His Alleged Gambling

The best sports interview was many years ago when the sports reporter was interviewing Patrick Roy about something that Patrick’s father had told him. Patrick leaned over and asked the reporter: “Can you keep a secret?” “Yes” replied the reporter who was busting at the seams as he anticipated getting the scoop on what Roy senior had told Patrick. Patrick leaned over and said: “So can I.”

Mr. Spaceman

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They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.

Casey Stengel

Times Like These

The Athletic – Kahler – NFL players on gambling policy, suspensions: ‘That could have been any one of us’

The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.

Martin Heidegger

Because The Night

Food and Wine – Giglio – An Italian American Family in Jersey City Holds the Secrets to the Best Wine to Pair with Tomato Sauce

Bacinos – 25 Best Pizza Places in Manhattan, NY

Mental Floss – Mayer – A Brief History of Pizza

Lombardi’s Original Pizza

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six. 

Yogi Berra


Phil has a question:

Do any other trainers have a street named after them.

Pizzeria Libretto

The universe is hilarious! Like, Venus is 900 degrees. I could tell you it melts lead. But that’s not as fun as saying, ‘You can cook a pizza on the windowsill in nine seconds.’ And next time my fans eat pizza, they’re thinking of Venus!

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dunnenzies Pizza

If you’re ordering chain, you’re a person with poor taste. Everyone lives near a pizza place that’s better than a chain. They can’t stand up to a local pizzeria.

Dave Portnoy

Del Monaco’s

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax. 

Mike Royko

Big Al’s

I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.

Al Pacino


An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.

Anthony Bourdain

Triple Beam Pizza

Sex is like pizza: if you’re going to use BBQ sauce, you better know what the fuck you’re doing.

Oliver Markus Malloy

You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin

Bacinos – Why Does Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?

Phil has a question:

When you check all the boxes are they round or square.

When you think outside the box is the box round, square, rectangular, triangular, oblong, elliptical, dodecagonal, conical or flat.

12 Tomatoes – Heichelbech – Detroit Style Square Pizza

The Hustle – Rylah – Is American cheese due for a comeback?

I Am, I Said

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.

Charles Dickens

The Ringer – O’Connor – Seven NBA Observations on Nuggets-Heat, Ja Morant, and Coaching Changes

The Ringer – Kram – The Heat Can Win at Sea Level or a Mile High

Sports Illustrated – Mannix – Heat Give Nuggets a Needed Wake-Up Call

The Ringer – Pina – Did Nikola Jokic Dominate Just Like the Heat Wanted Him To?

The Boxer

You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.

Bruce Lee

The Ringer – Chin – ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Is a Multiversal Masterpiece

Los Angeles Times – Carras – ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ swings to sky-high $120.5-million opening

Gold Dust Woman

1989 Belmont

America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Sunday Silence: The Star No One Wanted

Sound of Silence

How can you think and hit at the same time?

Yogi Berra

Bloodhorse – Catching Up With Old Friends: Touch Gold

We have these weapons of mass destruction on every street corner, and they’re called donuts, cheeseburgers, French fries, potato chips, junk food. Our kids are living on a junk food diet.

Joel Fuhrman

Study Finds – Sherman – Best Mets Players Of All Time: Top 5 New York Athletes, According To Sports Experts

Baba O’Riley

While Phil was researching New York tunes for the Belmont Preview and Review it came to Phil’s attention that while Shea stadium had quite a few famous concerts the actual number of concerts at Shea was smaller than one would expect. Phil contrasted that with what Tim Reid, the idiot who put the final brush strokes on the demise of of Edmonton Northlands and is now working on destroying REAL,  had planned for the never constructed concert venue where the remains of the race track and barns still stand. If a stadium in a city that has almost as many people as the 4 western provinces combined is not having weekly outdoor concerts then how did Reid think that a city with 1/10th of the population of New York would support the venues he was proposing.

The better question is who at Edmonton Northlands and now REAL missed the boat when vetting Reid’s credentials. With the ability to fact check that the Internet provides it’s unadulterated negligence to not vet the CV of someone you’re hiring for a tough level executive position.  Any horseplayer knows that past performance is a much truer indicator of future performance than pie in the sky fantasizing. With Tim Reid at the helm the Edmonton Northlands steamship struck the proverbial iceberg head on, but there’s still a chance that the residents of the city of Regina wake up before REAL becomes UNREAL.

The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.

Don Vito Corleone

Won’t Get Fooled Again

With roughly 56,000 fans in attendance, this was the largest concert at Commonwealth since Garth Brooks played the stadium in 2022. The concert was attended by fans from across the country as Edmonton and Vancouver are the only Canadian stops on Comb’s 2023 world tour.

Edmonton Journal – Parker – Review: Luke Combs led a night of big country at Commonwealth

Leather Jacket

CTV News – Maess – Regina outbid on two major summer stadium concerts: REAL

You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes

John Wooden

Phil has a question:

Did the dog used to eat Tim Reid’s homework.

Is is not about time for Regina city council to call bullshit.

Brisnet – Reilly – Red Carpet Ready versus Chocolate Gelato in Jersey Girl; Brown has trio in Wonder Again

Tomorrow’s Girls

SportsNet – Remparts take down Thunderbirds for third Memorial Cup title

Paulick Report – Study: Is Evolution Driving Improvements In Racehorse Speed?


Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)

Sometimes, all you can do is watch things burn, and wait for the ash to settle.

Jodi Picoult

Paulick Report – Belmont Notes: National Treasure Slated To Breeze Monday

Bloodhorse – Geaux Rocket Ride Wins Affirmed, Eyeing Haskell

TDN – Candy Ride’s Geaux Rocket Ride Much The Best In Affirmed

The moon is brighter since the barn burned.

Matsuo Basho

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – War Like Goddess Faces Tough Field in New York Stakes

I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don’t like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.

Ernest Hemingway

Southern Living – Yarborough – Why Bridge Is The Best Card Game That Everyone’s Forgotten

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Owner Brant, Trainer Brown Loom Big in Just a Game

In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.

John F. Kennedy

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – ‘You shouldn’t really fall in love with a horse’ – Nicholas Godfrey with memories of Deep Impact, sire of Derby winner Auguste Rodin

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Declining Number of Equine Vets a Cause for Concern

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Bears Make Surprise Move, Open Stadium Talks With Naperville

The 2023 Tale of Two Cities stars Chicago where the Bears are being courted by every conceivable Illinois municipality while in Phoenix Gary Bettman’s failed pet project the Coyotes are being shown the door to the desert.


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Empire State Of Mind

Belmont Breeze

Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit

Chuck Palahniuk

Daily Beast – Porch – How to Tackle a Bullying, Alcoholic, Racist Named Hemingway

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. 

James Baldwin

We Don’t Need Another Hero

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

Aldous Huxley

Esquire – D’Agostino – Harrison Ford Has Stories to Tell

Phil’s reprising Sal:

Sal says that while Phil was able to read and post select writings from the NY Times – The Rail Blog all we’re left with today is the NY Times – Hoppert and Drape – Belmont 2017: Our Predictions to Win, Place and Show.

Sal doesn’t want to shatter your illusions that thoroughbred racing is prospering when the amount of landscape that thoroughbred racing retains in the major and minor newspapers’ sports sections couldn’t grow a handful of radishes.

And in 2023 we will not see or hear as much about the Belmont and thoroughbred racing as we did in 2017. And much of what we won’t see in 2023 is behind internet pay walls where you pay with cash or personal information discouraging racing fans both new and old from reading it. And much of what we do see will be negative publicity dealing with the recent spate of horse deaths at major tracks.

Phil’s reprising, but the message remains the same:

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – This racing industry is worth saving – but it will take a selfless, serious effort to do it

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By The Jockey Club: David O’Connor On Equine Sport’s Social License To Operate



University of Waterloo – Drug testing athletes now easier

Phil has a question:

How much do you think that drug testing has improved in the 5 years since that article was written.

How much do you think that the cheaters have improved in the 5 years since that article was written.

How quickly will AI make drug testing quicker and cheaper.

How quickly will AI make cheating quicker, less detectable and cheaper.

Is it not time for a re-education of trainers on the methodology of testing.

How many trainers don’t understand that this isn’t the good old days where the labs could only test for a couple of things at a time at a great cost.

Is is not time for a re-education of the regulators on the methodology of testing.

Paulick Report – Trainer Nick Dilodovico: ‘There’s Still So Much To Learn’

Sports Illustrated – Forde – Churchill Downs’ Decision to Suspend Racing Was the Only Responsible Move

New York Times – Drape – Churchill Downs to Cease Racing as It Investigates Deaths of Horses

NY Times – Drape – At Churchill Downs, Humans Failed the Horses Again

NY Times – Mather – Why Do They Euthanize Racehorses Who Break Their Legs?

TDN – Multiple Arrests in Pre-Dawn Raids on Derby Day

SportsNet – AP – Stables, trainers try to move through grief over euthanized horses as racing thunders on

Sports Illustrated – AP – Churchill Downs Suspends Racing, Moves Spring Meet in Wake of 12 Horse Deaths

Bloodhorse – KHRC: No Common Variable in Recent Equine Fatalities

TDN – Thornton – Q&A on Churchill/Ellis with Track Surfaces Expert Mick Peterson

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Churchill Downs Suspends Meet; Dates to Shift to Ellis

TDN – Bill Finley – Churchill Downs to Suspend Meet, Move Racing to Ellis Park

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Pletcher Facing Equine Medication Positives in Florida

University of Waterloo – Drug testing athletes now easier

Phil has a question:

Is it not time for a re-education of trainers on the methodology of testing.

Tina Turner at Devil’s Lake

I’ll go on was my mantra before I ever knew what a mantra was.

Tina Turner

Proud Mary

The Ringer – Renaldo – Tina Turner and the All-Too-Radical Existence of the Black Woman Rock Star

Rolling Stone – Lorena O-Neil – Tina Turner Was Open About Her Abuse. Now Her Legacy Is Saving Survivors

Turner often said she did not relate to the “invincible” persona that others put on her. “I don’t necessarily want to be a ‘strong’ person,” she told the New York Times. “I had a terrible life. I just kept going. You just keep going, and you hope that something will come.”

The Guardian – Snapes – Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83

River Deep, Mountain High

Garden and Gun – Ace Atkins – Simply the Best: A Southerner’s Ode to Tina Turner

Whole Lotta Love

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. 

Albert Einstein

Mental Floss – Partridge – When Tina Turner Set a Guinness World Record

2007 Belmont

NY Times – Mir – The Newest High-End Amenity: Houses That Come With Horses

Los Angeles Times – Lin – Manson follower Leslie Van Houten could be freed after court overrules Newsom

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By The Jockey Club: David O’Connor On Equine Sport’s Social License To Operate

Paulick Report – Lomon – ‘She Changed My Opinion About Racing’: Ukranian Helen Savostenko Enjoying Internship With Catherine Day-Phillips

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.

Joseph Heller

It’s Only Love

The Ringer – Lazic – With ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ Scorsese Tells the Ultimate Gangster Story

I think it is very important that films make people look at what they’ve forgotten.

Spike Lee

Garden and Gun – Liles – Chasing the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.

Charles Darwin

Proud Mary

The Ringer – Harvilla – ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: All Hail Beck, King of the Losers

If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often. 

Leonard Cohen


Sometimes Phil just has to succumb to the Urge.

Southern Living – Milstein – Grandpa’s Favorite Tomato Recipes For Any Summer Meal

Southern Living – 9 Companion Plants You Should Never Grow With Tomatoes (And 5 You Should)

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett-Atkinson – Forget herbicides. Sandblasting will whack those weeds

Phil has a question:

Have any of these groups been consulting with Snoopy.

Southern Living – Yarborough – The South’s Most Iconic Recipes of All Time

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. 

Ernest Hemingway

The Bitter Southerner – Alison Law – 2023 Summer Reading Roundup

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.

Joseph Heller

What’s Love Got To Do With It

Garden and Gun – Gidick – Planting a Pollinator’s Paradise

Flight of The Bumblebee

SportsNet – Sachdeva – How Alphabet Sports Collective is bringing together hockey’s LGBTQ+ community


Sports Illustrated – Mannix – The Nuggets Are Must-See TV. Too Bad Most Denver Fans Haven’t Been Able to Watch.

The Athletic – Aldridge – The Nuggets and Heat show that not being reactionary to postseason heartbreak can pay off

Definition of rock sports journalism: People who can’t write, doing interviews with people who can’t talk, in order to prepare articles for people who can’t read.

Frank Zappa, updated by Phil M. Stockmen

TSN – Treliving to be hired as Leafs general manager

The team with the best players wins. 

Jack Welch

SportsNet – Bourne – How Maple Leafs’ hire of Brad Treliving as GM puts spotlight on Brendan Shanahan

SportsNet – Luke Fox – Why the Brad Treliving hiring by the Maple Leafs makes the most sense

Phil has a question:

Is MLSE’s goal to win Championships or to just keep selling tickets.

Does Luke Fox know the difference between an objective reporter and a shill.

Is Luke Fox as stupid as his columns read or is he just writing down so that Leaf Fans can understand.

Does Luke Fox not understand that the reason that Johnny G and the Turtle both wanted out of Cow Town was that something was inherently wrong with Treveling’s team’s atmosphere and as GM he has to take the heat for that.

If New York is the Big Apple is Toronto the Little Road Apple.

Are the scribes in TO pleased with the hiring of Treliving because of his skills as a GM or because he constantly fucks up and makes weeks of easy press trying to fix the messes he makes.

How bad of a contract will Treliving give Matthews to keep him in the LRA.

Does Phil know the difference between a and some.

Does Phil care.

If you’re ordering chain, you’re a person with poor taste. Everyone lives near a pizza place that’s better than a chain. They can’t stand up to a local pizzeria.

Dave Portnoy

Check My Brain

Sometimes Phil just has to succumb to the Urge.

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football hockey a game or a religion? The people of this country Canada have allowed sports hockey to get completely out of hand.

Howard Cosell, as updated by Phil

SportsNet – Sachdeva – New Maple Leafs GM Treliving on Matthews’ contract, Keefe, future of Core Four

SportsNet – Treliving to make decision on Keefe’s ‘unique situation’ a priority as Maple Leafs GM

Phil has a question:

Has Sutter sent his CV in for the LRA coaching job.

Hawkmoon 269

SportsNet – Penguins hire former Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas as president of hockey operations

SportsNet – New Penguins president Dubas to handle GM duties on an ‘interim basis’

Phil has a question:

Do you think that Dubas would have hired Treliving for the Penguins.

The honeymoon phase always ends, for everyone.

Rose Leslie

New Girl Now

Sometimes Phil just has to succumb to the Urge.

SportsNet – Treliving the leading candidate to replace Dubas as Maple Leafs GM

Phil has a question:

How could the Leafs even think about putting Brad Treliving on their Gardiner Freeway Long list let alone hiring him when the player he failed to keep with the Flames has strapped the Panthers on the top of his shell and is leading them in their quest for the Cup.

Did the Leafs even interview the girl with the short skirt and long jacket.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. 

Peter Drucker

Front Office Sports – Could ESPN Be In Bob Myers’ Future?

The Athletic – Kawakami: Bob Myers’ genius, Joe Lacob’s urgency and the end of a Warriors partnership

ESPN – Wojnarowski – Warriors president-general manager Bob Myers steps down

Phil has a question:

What would it have taken for the Leafs to lure Myers.

What would it take for the NHL to lure Myers as their Commissioner.

SportsNet – Spencer Carbery’s inevitable departure from Maple Leafs a win for Capitals

The Athletic – Portzline – Mike Babcock is the Blue Jackets’ choice for coach — but why him?

SportsNet – Panthers’ Tkachuk cracks jokes with Shaq, Barkley on Inside The NBA

Sports Business Journal – South Florida faces busy June with NBA, NHL Finals

Ain’t Nobody But Me

Southern Living – Barnes – Duncan Hines Was A Real Person—And A Southerner

Dixie Chicken

Steal a chicken if you get a chance, Huck, because if you don’t want it, someone else does and a good deed ain’t never forgotten.

Mark Twain

TDN – Petrunyak – Belmont Tune Ups Include Final Works from Cox Barn Trio

Paulick Report – Belmont Notes: Forte, Tapit Trice Post Final Works For Pletcher

Bloodhorse – Rollins and Mulvihill – Major Dude Overcomes Major Trouble to Win Penn Mile

TDN – Bolt d’Oro Colt is the Dude in Penn Mile

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Kalik Leads Throughout in Slow-Paced Pennine Ridge

TDN – Carasso – Collected’s Kalik Wires Pennine Ridge

Bloodhorse – Rollins and Mulvihill – Gunite Pulls Away in Aristides; Webslinger Wins Audubon

TDN – Carasso – American Pharoah Filly Bags Summertime Oaks

Bloodhorse – Ganz – Window Shopping Delivers in Summertime Oaks

Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Let’s Dance

Paulick Report – ‘Really Proud Of Her’: 11 Months After Brain Injury, Cindy Weaver Will Accompany Husband With Dual Royal Ascot Hopes

Bloodhorse – Mulvihill – Rick Dutrow Granted Kentucky Trainer’s License

TDN – Thornton – Dutrow Licensed to Train in Kentucky

Paulick Report – ‘I Plan On Being In Kentucky Quite Often’; KHRC Committee Grants Dutrow Trainer’s License

She Came In Through the Bathroom Window

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – How Frankel overcame the burden of expectation to become world #1 sire – Nancy Sexton examines the racing legend’s second career at stud

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Love Horses; That’s The Bottom Line’

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By The Jockey Club: David O’Connor On Equine Sport’s Social License To Operate

Doesn’t Remind Me

Bloodhorse – McCroskey  – Two Phil’s Bypasses Belmont, Headed to Ohio Derby

DRF – Hersh – Two Phil’s will skip Belmont Stakes, points to Ohio Derby


Praise in public; criticize in private.

Vince Lombardi

The promotional banners inside and outside the course boasted of the Derby being ‘historic, unmatchable, eternal’. The first two are undeniable. The third, we hope, is a claim we will not have to abandon any time soon. 

TDN – Emma Berry – Continents Collide as Derby Prevails Under Duress

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Porteous – O’Brien Wins Record-Breaking Derby With Auguste Rodin

Bloodhorse – Forte, Tapit Trice Post Final Breezes Before Belmont

Bloodhorse – Belmont Contender Il Miracolo Drills at Gulfstream

TDN – Pretty Mischievous Drills Towards Acorn

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Cox Adds Tapit Shoes to His Belmont Lineup

River Deep Mountain High

If all our agents would abridge their speeches one half, I am satisfied the effect produced would be much greater. The ‘art of leaving off’ at the right time, and in the right place, is one of the most difficult things to learn. 

William Lloyd Garrison

Bloodhorse – Gash – Thrashes Transfer Four Horses From Cox to Davis

Proud Mary

Bloodhorse – Arcangelo Breezes Five Furlongs Toward Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – ‘We’ll Give Him The Opportunity’: Peter Pan Winner Arcangelo Works Toward Belmont Stakes

Dirty Horse Club – A Heads-Up on The Belmont Stakes

Times Like These

Paulick Report – Voss – Would Churchill’s New Safety Measures Have Kept Fatally-Injured Horses Out Of The Starting Gate?

Paulick Report – HISA To Conduct Additional Post-Entry Screening At Churchill; Equine Forensic Specialist To Conduct Fatality Review

TDN – HISA Issues Churchill Downs Update

Bloodhorse – Byron King – ‘Urgency Became Clear’ to Address Churchill Fatalities

Paulick Report – Lazarus: Nothing – Including A Pause In Racing – Is Off The Table When Addressing Churchill Fatalities

Paulick Report – Voss: On Churchill Fatalities, HISA, And The Answers We May Not Find

TDN – Mack – Op/Ed: No More Dirt

Phil has a question:

Do you think that PETA and the other animal rights advocates will be satisfied with a reduction in fatalities.

Private Dancer

There is a painful joke that Europeans often tell of their Gallic neighbors: God created France, the most beautiful country in the world with so much good in it, and ended up feeling guilty about it. He had to do something to make it fair. And so, he created the French people.

Janine di Giovanni

Bloodhorse – Downey – Judge: Stewards’ Action in Justify Case Lacks Clarity

Magic Valley – The Eighth Pole – Peter Monaco – The life and times of a 1970s New York horseplayer

Rock N Roll Music

TDN – McPeek: Swing High, Swing Hard

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about god while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

Alan Watts

River Deep Mountain High

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Harry Wilson – Soul Sister Gives Dettori Group 1 Double in Oaks

Paulick Report – Frankie Dettori ‘Stuck For Words’ After Final Epsom Oaks Triumph Aboard Soul Sister

If they think we’ve got an edge, we’ve got an edge.

Red Auerbach

Study Finds – Best NBA Coaches of All Time: Top 5 Team Leaders in NBA History, According to Critics, Fans

Any coach needs talent. You start with talent. Without talent, we’re all in the soup.

Red Auerbach

The Ringer – Pina – The Heat Deliver One More Miracle to Off the Celtics

Sports Illustrated – Mannix – Heat’s Trademark Toughness Puts Miami on the Right Side of History

ESPN – Friedell – Heat stomp Celtics in Game 7, carry dream run into NBA Finals

Comfortably Numb

The Ringer – The 40 Best TV Finales of the 21st Century, Ranked

Texas Monthly – The List: The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas

Pendulum 401


The Raven

Canadian Gaming Business – Father of ice hockey icon backs campaign against sports betting ads in Canada

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand.

Howard Cosell

Summer Dress

The Athletic – Buckley: How do you define God’s work? In defense of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Phil has a piece of advice for Mike Pence:

Go fuck yourself.

Los Angeles Times – Houston Mitchell – Dodgers Dugout: Will Sisters controversy help end Clayton Kershaw’s Dodger career?

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

Sky Pilot

It sure sounded as if a conclusion has already been reached, or at least something close to it. But the choice was made, as Silver intimated, to delay all those unflattering headlines while hoping against hope that the general public finds these Finals compelling in the meantime.

The Athletic – Amick – Ja Morant likely facing a significant suspension as Adam Silver hints we’ll know his fate soon

TSN – Silver says Morant not being charged with a crime won’t prevent NBA penalties

Phil has a question:

How many games will the taunting manner of Morant’s actions add.

DRF – Grening – Belmont Stakes: National Treasure shows plenty of energy in return to work tab

TDN – National Treasure on Track for Belmont

Jazz, to me, is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America: the eternal tom-tom beating in the Negro soul – the tom-tom of revolt against weariness in a white world, a world of subway trains, and work, work, work; the tom-tom of joy and laughter, and pain swallowed in a smile.

Langston Hughes

Cut Me Some Slack

Bloodhorse – Arabian Knight Returns to Work Tab at Santa Anita

DRF – Grening – White Abarrio works five furlongs ahead of Met Mile

Sound of Silence


Mental Floss – Debczak – The 48 Biggest Summer Blockbusters of the Past Half Century

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Lawyer Questions Authenticity of Brian Davis’ Claims

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Questions Mount in Brian Davis’ Lawsuit Over Commanders Sale

If a manager of mine ever said someone was indispensable, I’d fire him.

Charlie O. Finley

Front Office Sports – Cohen – Oakland A’s Release Renderings For $1.5B Las Vegas Ballpark 

SportsNet – Spector – Why it’s time for NHL to move on from the Arizona Coyotes soap opera

TSN – Cassidy apologizes for Coyotes barb: ‘It was a dumb thing to say’

Bloodhorse – Dr. Schivel Targets True North After Comeback Win

I Hear Motion

Nickelback: The soundtrack of Miami’s NBA Finals run. From Hanna, Alberta, about a three-hour drive from where I grew up. I saw them at the Junos, a Canadian award show, a few months ago. Their lawyer was one of the first people they thanked. There’s probably a story there.

The Ringer – Sohi – A Semiserious Guide to the 2023 NBA Finals

Phil has a question:

If everyone hates Nickelback as much as they say, why do they keep selling records and making money.

US National Anthem

Nathaniel gets it.

ESPN – Wyshynski – Stanley Cup Final: Lapsed fan’s guide to Panthers-Knights

Front Office Sports – Cohen – Shaq Served FTX Suit at NBA Playoff Game, Also Sued For Astrals NFT Startup

In the nineties, everybody wants to talk about their rights and privileges. Twenty-five years ago, people talked about their obligations and responsibilities. 

Lou Holtz

Food and Wine – A Special Digital Issue: 40 Years of the Food & Wine Classic

Last Goodbye

Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty

Don Vito Corleone

The Ringer – Holmes – Are the ‘SNL’ White Boys OK?

The Ringer – Siegel – With or Without You: The Oral History of the ‘Americans’ Finale

Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!

Walt Whitman


Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Runner Reincarnate To Skip Belmont Stakes, Target Travers Stakes

The Athletic – Schneidman – Aaron Rodgers, the Packers and the long succession: ‘Just tell the truth, you wanted to move on’

Phil has a question:

When the Packers’ chose to move up in the draft and select a future QB were they trying to win a Super Bowl or trying to ensure future ticket sales.

Pendulum Meats

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

Los Angeles Times – GOP-controlled Texas House votes to impeach Republican Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton

Food and Wine – Isle – The Best Way to Learn How to Pair Wine Is to Eat Potato Chips

We need to take vegetables out of the role of side dish, even in low-fat, vegetarian diets, whose calories are generally derived mainly from grains and other starches.

Joel Fuhrman

Hardest Button to Button

The Ringer – Chin – How Many Spider-Characters Can the Spider-Verse Hold?

Boris The Spider

Sports Business Journal – A’s potential Tropicana ballpark facing pushback from Las Vegas lawmakers

SportsNet – Scanlan – Senators fans still await, but arduous sale process bound to produce quality ownership

Down on the Farm

Paulick Report – Belmont Notes: Red Route One Breezes Half Mile

DRF – Grening – Belmont Stakes: Red Route One, Raise Cain put in slow works


Men’s Health – Samuel – Arnold Schwarzenegger Explains His Olympia-Era PED Use

Behind Blue Eyes

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Judge Sides With MLB, Orders Diamond Sports to Pay Up

Sports Business Journal – Judge rules Diamond must pay MLB teams’ fees

Front Office Sports – MLB’s Rob Manfred Says Sinclair Exec Threatened Bankruptcy

The Ringer – Surrey – ‘Yellowjackets’ Is Biting Off More Than It Can Chew

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Padres Land New Broadcast Home Amid Diamond Sports Debacle


Texas Monthly – If a Texas Bee Summers in California, Is Its Honey Still Texan?

Flight of the Bumblebee

Garden and Gun – Luna – Meet the Muralist Covering the World’s Walls with Honeybees

Have you ever really loved a woman.

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Met Mile’s Move Proved Good Business Decision For NYRA

Paulick Report – Tinky: The Met Mile Rescheduling A Business Win? Not So Fast, Ray

When you are using social media, remember the mantra “think more, share less.

Carl T. Bergstrom

Proud Mary

Paulick Report – Chicago Bears To Explore Other Stadium Options Besides Arlington Park

The Province – Randy Goulding: Hastings Racecourse has experienced analyst in Bailey Williams

Hors D’oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Bloodhorse – Hearing Officer Upholds Medina Spirit DQ

New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.

David Letterman

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The Ringer  – Prestige TV Has Taken a Page Out of Sportswriting’s Media Playbook

I Fought The Law

Paulick Report – Belmont Notes: Red Route One Has Easy Gallop; Angel Of Empire, Hit Show Work At Churchill

You Oughta Know

Bloodhorse – Forte Breezes for Belmont, Kingsbarns Out After Colic

Paulick Report – WATCH: Forte Pleases Pletcher With Belmont Breeze

TDN – Forte, Angel of Empire, Hit Show Lead Belmont Work Tab; Kingsbarns Ruled Out

Le sacre du printemps

Bloodhorse – Churchill Seeks Answers on High Number of Fatalities

You can observe a lot by watching.

Yogi Berra

The Athletic – Kaplan – Oilers’ Evander Kane closer to erasing debts after judge’s ruling in bankruptcy case

Simple Man

Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.

Don Vito Corleone

CBC – Larsen – Vancouver’s Donnelly Group of bars and restaurants files for creditor protection


Bloodhorse – Byron King – Tapit Trice Could Become Tapit’s Fifth Belmont Winner


TDN – National Treasure Jogs At Belmont; Taiba To Met Mile

Take Me Home

The Athletic – Wheeler – What is the scouting process for NHL Draft prospects? Everything you need to know in 2023

Phil has a question:

When will Gary Bettman and the NHL get half a brain and bump the draft age up by a year.

When will the NHL owners get a quarter of a brain and get rid of Gary Bettman and get a real Commissioner.

SportsNet – Fox – Bettman talks Senators sale, Coyotes trouble, second Toronto team and more

Front Office Sports – Why the NHL Is Trusting a Cable Channel with the Stanley Cup

Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit

Chuck Palahniuk

Phil M Stockmen

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