Jun 102023

50th Anniversary of Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown

The Globe and Mail – Klinkenberg – Ron Turcotte, one of Canada’s greatest sportsmen, will forever be linked to Secretariat

Kentucky Derby 150

Kentucky Derby 150 – Derby of A Lifetime Contest

Phil reduced the frequency and content of posts post 2023 Kentucky Derby 149 and will further reduce the frequency of posts post 2023 Belmont Stakes 155.

Going, Going Gone

Won’t Get Fooled Again

The most important part are the fans, that people going home are happy. It’s their time off, and you should give them something to enjoy. 

Johan Cruyff

The Ringer – Mahoney – Ja Morant’s Landmark Punishment Isn’t About Guns

The Athletic – DiMaggio, Ali and Red Smith: How tales from a legendary Manhattan bar inspired a new space

Garden and Gun – Lotz – What Cormac McCarthy Meant to Southern Writers

The Ringer – Phillips – Cormac McCarthy Saw the Extremes of Human Experience

NPR – Cormac McCarthy, American novelist of the stark and dark, dies at 89

If McCarthy is a tad too academic for your liking try James Lee Burke.

Garden and Gun – Lotz – James Lee Burke and S. A. Cosby’s New Summer Chillers

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

And if you want to taste some Irish air try The Searcher.


Paulick Report – Voss – Will Todd Get ‘The Baffert Treatment’?

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘You have to do what’s right for the horse’ – at home with Silver Charm, Lava Man and their pals at Old Friends

TDN – Ross – THA: What You Need To Know About New HISA Drug Sanctions

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Number of Sports Bettors, Fantasy Sports Players Continues To Rise

Front Office Sports – Cohen – Cable Drops the Puck With Lowest Stanley Cup Clincher in 30 Years

ESPN – Wyshynski – How Golden Knights disrupted the NHL, won the Stanley Cup

The Ringer – Baker – The Vegas Golden Knights Make Their Own Luck—and Have a Stanley Cup to Prove It

Front Office Sports – Rumsey – Golden Knights Stanley Cup Win a Seminal Moment for Vegas Sports

Sports Business Journal – McCormick – Coachella Valley’s new Acrisure Arena skates past expectations for the AHL Firebirds, Kraken and OVG

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Fred Pope

Paulick Report – Motion Supports HISA: ‘Let’s Give What We Have A Chance’

SportsNet – Scanlan – ‘Hockey guy’ Michael Andlauer to buy Ottawa Senators, pending NHL approval

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Should the Triple Crown Schedule Be Extended?

Out of Time

The Athletic – Kosmider – How Nikola Jokić’s love of horses fueled fan campaign with ‘incredible’ impact

Sports Business Journal – Belmont Stakes caps off challenging year for Triple Crown

The Bitter Southerner – Skinner – The Global Love of Boiled Peanuts

Southern Living – SanSone – The Best Types Of Tomatoes To Grow In The South

TDN – Canada’s Leading Second-Crop Sire Counterforce To Relocate

Paulick Report – 2025 Belmont Stakes Could Be Hosted At Saratoga; Local Hospitality Leaders ‘Over The Moon Excited’

TDN – Sue Finley – NYRA: If Necessary, We’d Prefer Belmont-at-Saratoga

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Cody’s Wish in world top three after impressive Met Mile triumph

The Ringer – Kram – The Denver Nuggets Have Reached the NBA’s Summit

Sports Illustrated – Nadkarni – The Nuggets Won the Finals The Way No One Thought They Could

ESPN – NBA Finals 2023: Tales of Nikola Jokic’s journey to a title

Garden and Gun – Key – An Unruly Retriever Helps His Owner Exorcise Some Demons

Sports Illustrated – Nesbitt – Why Bill Maher Loves MLB’s New Rules, His Favorite Sports Memory With His Dad and More

Paulick Report – Watch: Jockey Suspended 30 Days For Reckless Riding After Wild Stretch Run At Ruidoso Downs

The Ringer – Shoemaker- The Enemy of the Babyface Is My Hero


Garden and Gun – Howard – Vivian Howard Navigates the New Rules of Dating

Bloodhorse – Sullivan – Reconsidering Synthetics After Churchill Safety Issues

Bloodhorse – Downey – Another Pletcher Runner Found Positive in New York

The grey 3-year-old Kaukokaipuu (‘wanderlust’ in Finnish) became the first stakes winner for Holder and first Woodbine stakes winner for jockey Rico Walcott, also from Barbados and a leading rider in Alberta.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Ted Holder, Rico Walcott and Kaukokaipuu Take Queenston Stakes

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Disarm Bests Verifying in Matt Winn Thriller

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Three Triple Crown Winners Muddle 3-Year-Old Picture

TDN – Team Arcangelo Enjoying Belmont Victory

Paulick Report – Antonucci Still Basking In History-Making Belmont Win, Has No Firm Plans Yet For Arcangelo

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Arcangelo is Don Alberto’s First U.S.-Bred G1 Winner

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Zenyatta Retires as Broodmare, Staying at Lane’s End

Los Angeles Times – Wigglesworth – In burned-out groves of giant sequoias, crews plant seeds of hope. Will they survive?

ESPN – AP – Mashnee Girl euthanized in 2nd fatality in 2 days at Belmont

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Snyder – Stable recovery: how horses are helping drug addicts and alcoholics build a new life in Kentucky

TDN – Disarm Splashes Home First in Matt Winn

Paulick Report – Travers Long-Term Goal For Belmont Runner-Up Forte, Third-Place Finisher Tapit Trice

Paulick Report – ‘I Wouldn’t Rule It Out’: Mott Stablemates Cody’s Wish, Elite Power Could Meet In Forego At Saratoga

SportsNet – Connecticut governor has group interested in buying Coyotes, moving team to Hartford

The Ringer – Pina – The Defense of Nikola Jokic’s Defense

TSN – Lewenberg – Rajakovic hiring gives little indication of where the Raptors are heading

TSN – CP – Taylor’s victory at RBC Canadian Open ‘monumental’ on multiple levels

Sports Illustrated – Harig – Why Did the PGA Tour Need to Partner With LIV Golf’s Backer? Follow the Money

Global News – Durant and Gouda – Italian Day on the Drive returns after 3 years along with long-time performer

The Hustle – Rylah – NYC gets closer to its toll goals

SportsNet – MacIntyre – Maurice tightlipped about Tkachuk but Panthers star expected for crucial Game 5

Phil has a question:

Where’s the announcement of the suspension for the axe wielding Pietrangelo.

Arcangelo won the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday evening making trainer Jena Antonucci the first woman to saddle the winner of a Triple Crown race.

DRF – Russo – Belmont: Arcangelo’s upset makes Antonucci first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race

SportingNews – Tidwell – Who is Jena Antonucci? Meet the trainer who made history in 155th Belmont Stakes with Arcangelo

Bloodhorse – Byron King – ‘A Chance’ Was All Antonucci Needed With Arcangelo

Jena Antonucci became the first woman to saddle a winner of the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown when Blue Rose Farm’s ARCANGELO (c, 3, Arrogate–Modeling, by Tapit) slipped through inside of the pacesetting GI Preakness S. winner National Treasure (Quality Road) and grinded ground it out to the wire in Saturday’s GI Belmont S. on Long Island.

TDN – Arcangelo Makes History For Antonucci In the Belmont

TSN – CP – Arcangelo wins Belmont Stakes to make Antonucci first female trainer to win

Paulick Report – Arcangelo Puts Trainer Antonucci In History Books With ‘Fiercely Determined’ Victory In 155th Belmont Stakes

Brisnet – Scully – Arcangelo steps up in Belmont Stakes, delivers record-setting win for Antonucci

ESPN – AP – Arcangelo wins Belmont Stakes; Jena Antonucci first woman trainer to win

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Arcangelo Hands Antonucci, Castellano First Belmont

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Honore de Balzac

Man on the Moon

Bloodhorse – Angst – Ebbert Earns First Grade 1 With Arcangelo in Belmont

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – The Belmont Stakes Finally Comes Castellano’s Way

Bloodhorse – NYRA Sees Record Handle for Non-Triple Crown Belmont

Paulick Report – Belmont Stakes Day Generates Record Handle For Non-Triple Crown Year

Paulick Report – Explanations And Excuses: 2023 Belmont Stakes Connections React In The Race’s Aftermath

DRF – Welsch – Belmont Stakes: Forte comes up short after challenging Triple Crown season

Bleecker Street Pizza

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.

Sam Walton

Empire State of Mind

Food and Wine – Ti Martin – What I Don’t Think About Anymore

The gay world that flourished in the half-century between 1890 and the beginning of the Second World War, a highly visible, remark ably complex, and continually changing gay male world, took shape in New York City…. It is not supposed to have existed.

George Chauncey

The Globe and Mail – Klinkenberg –Ron Turcotte, one of Canada’s greatest sportsmen, will forever be linked to Secretariat

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

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

John Wooden

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

“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

Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: We Need More ‘Throwback Horses’

Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.

Henry Ford


TDN – Taking to Twitter, Repole Calls For Change, Transparency

Paulick Report – Forte Co-Owner Repole Calls For National Racing Commissioner

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. 

Henry Ford

Politico – Cadelago and White – Gavin Newsom wants 28th Amendment for guns in U.S. Constitution

Phil has a question:

Did Newsom just throw his hat into the 2028 presidential ring.

How Come You Don’t Call Me

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

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

Rock N Roll Music

Study Finds – Sherdan – Best MLB Announcers Of All Time: Top 5 Baseball Broadcasters, According To Sports Experts

Just a Bit Outside!

Delish – Boozy Orange Julius

Orange Julius

Phil has a question:

Does Orange Julius still make hot dogs.

There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities. No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring, or the rustle of an insect’s wings. But perhaps it is because I am a savage and do not understand. The clatter only seems to insult the ears.

Chief Seattle

Fool’s Overture

The Firebird

Music is the space between the notes

Claude Debussy

Rabble – Engler – Roger Waters is a principled rock star to be emulated, not smeared

Comfortably Numb

ESPN – Treble achieved! Manchester City win Champions League despite tough test from Inter Milan

Sports Illustrated – Chavkin – Raptors Set to Hire Grizzlies Assistant Darko Rajakovic as Head Coach, per Report

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.

Branch Rickey

Tougher Than The Rest


Phil has a question:

Would you get the same reaction from a 10 year old kid today.

Leather Jacket

The Athletic – McIndoe and Jordan – Quirks of the Stanley Cup: Examining the evolution and oddities of hockey’s Holy Grail

Phil has a question:

When will Hockey Canada start the legal proceedings to have the cup returned to the dominion of Canada to be awarded to the top amateur team in the dominion of Canada.

Will the cup named Stanley ever have a victory parade through the park named Stanley.

Once In A Lifetime

SportsNet – Hobbled Tkachuk, outmatched Panthers running out of magic after Game 4 loss

ESPN – Shilton – ‘Emotions will be high’: Knights win, eye Cup clincher in Vegas

TSN – CP – Golden Knights beat Panthers to take commanding 3-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

SportsNet – Will NHL punish Knights’ Pietrangelo for leaving penalty box for game-ending scrum?

Phil has a comment:

If that was an Edmonton Oiler or Toronto Maple Leafs player that fucking jerk Bettman would have to take his socks off to count the number of games they’d get suspended.

Sports Illustrated – Andres – Heat Mascot Sent to ER After Conor McGregor Punch During Game 4 Skit, per Report

The Sporting News – Bryan Murphy – How to watch ‘Once Upon a Time in Anaheim’: TV channel, live stream for ESPN special on Mighty Ducks franchise

Phil has an answer:

With both the volume and the picture off.

Enjoy The Silence

Los Angeles Times – Chawkins – Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, who eluded authorities for 18 years, dies at 81

Al P Pitchko’s Grigoro won a starter allowance at Century Mile on Friday June 9, 2023 giving trainer Rod Cone his 3rd victory for 2023 and 990 career victory edging ever closer to the 1,000 win milestone.

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – Up to the Mark Rallies to Dominate Manhattan Stakes

TDN – Up To The Mark Posts Towering Victory in Manhattan

Gimme Sympathy

The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.

Norman Mailer

Bloodhorse – Angst – Cody’s Wish Keeps Dream Alive With Met Mile Triumph

Brisnet – Hanson – Cody’s Wish all class in Met Mile

TDN – Carasso – Met Win More Than ‘Wish’-ful Thinking

The three toughest fighters I ever fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I’m surprised I’m not diabetic.

Jake LaMotta

Twist and Shout

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Caravel Wins Fifth Straight in Jaipur

TDN – BC Champ Caravel Beats the Boys Again in Jaipur

Paulick Report – Caravel Trounces The Boys In Grade 1 Jaipur, Earns Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Berth

Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.


My Way

Bloodhorse – Arabian Lion Claws His Way to Woody Stephens Victory

Paulick Report – Paulick – Arabian Lion Steps Up To Grade 1 Company, Gives Baffert Third Woody Stephens Victory

Mr. Brightside

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – Clairiere Defends Ogden Phipps Title With Game Victory

Bob Hope, like Mark Twain, had a sense of humor that was uniquely American, and like Twain, we’ll likely not see another like him.

Dick Van Dyke

Gimme Shelter

Hotel California

DRF – Illman – Next cruises to front-running victory in Brooklyn Stakes

Bloodhorse – Brooklyn Winner Next Proves Rewarding Claim

Losing My Religion

TDN – Elite Power Overwhelms Rivals In True North

Under Pressure

Garden and Gun – Lotz – James Lee Burke and S. A. Cosby’s New Summer Chillers

Food and Wine – – ‘The Bear’ Chocolate Cake

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

George Halas

UNO Pizzeria & Grill

25 0r 6 to 4

Los Angeles Times – Ashley Lee – Padma Lakshmi opens up about leaving ‘Top Chef’: It wasn’t ‘sustainable’ anymore

Phil has a question:

Did Padma discuss this with Martha during the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue shoot.

SportsNet – Scanlon – Frustrated Steve Apostolopoulos withdraws bid to purchase Senators

TSN – Report: Apostolopoulos withdraws bid for Senators

Phil has a question:

If that was an American city how quickly would that fucking jerk Bettman have expedited the sale.

When are the NHL owners going to realize that David Stern sending Bettman to the NHL was for the benefit of the NBA and get a real commissioner.

Has Belinda tapped Bettman as commissioner of the thoroughbred racing league so he can keep racing in Phoenix.

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

Conn Smythe

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Butkus spoke admiringly about the athleticism of Hernandez and his colleagues when interviewed following the Santa Margarita presentation.

“Everybody wonders how a little guy of that size can control a big animal like that,” Butkus said. “They may sit in that saddle when they get in the gates but after that it isn’t until they get to the winner’s circle that they get to sit down again. If you can imagine doing squats for whatever the amount of time the horse runs the route—I mean, it is brutal on your legs. So you gotta hand it to these guys. They have to be in shape.”

Bloodhorse – Gantz –  Adare Manor Soars in Santa Margarita

ESPN – Voepel – Brittney Griner, Mercury confronted by ‘provocateur’ at airport

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.

In upper stretch, Dorth Vader moved up to challenge for the lead outside Munnys Gold but soon thereafter Pretty Mischievous edged clear to a half-length lead outside horses. Dorth Vader dug in gamely but Pretty Mischievous kept her focus all the way to the wire to score another Grade 1 victory.

DRF – Russo – Oaks winner Pretty Mischievous takes Acorn by a head after stiff stretch battle

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

Brisnet – Scully – Pretty Mischievous adds Acorn

This is Horse Racing – Halloran – Familiar result for Pretty Mischievous in Acorn

Sweet Home Alabama

Food and Wine – Castrodale – Jack Daniel’s Fetches Favorable Supreme Court Decision in Dog Toy Lawsuit

TDN -Desormeaux to be Subject to Breathalyzer Before Every Race Day or Morning

Unchained Melody

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

Darling Be Home Soon

The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.

Bill Russell

Brisnet – Reilly – Siskany continues international dominance of Belmont Gold Cup

Mercury Blues

TDN – Marketsegmentation Can’t Be Caught In New York

Brisnet – Reilly – Marketsegmentation in control throughout in New York

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – In Italian Dominates the Just a Game Stakes

Brisnet – Heavily favored In Italian makes all in Just a Game

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load. 

Bear Bryant

Scott’s Pizza Tours

The Intelligencer – Hartmann – The Craziest Details From the Trump Documents Indictment

Los Angeles Times – Wire – Trump indicted on 37 charges, including violations of Espionage Act, in classified documents probe

FiveThirtyEight – Rogers – How Other Candidates Are Reacting To Trump’s Federal Indictment

I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings do to other real human beings.

Walter Jon Williams


TDN – McGrath – Could Sunday Silence’s Grandson Close the Circle?

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

Chief Seattle

Don’t Let Me Down

Southern Living – 45 Father’s Day Cookout Recipes Dad is Sure to Love

Martha Stewart – Cappiello – The 6 Best Bourbons to Gift Dad This Father’s Day

LiquorLaboratory- Lydia Martin – 8 Best Bourbons for Father’s Day


Woodford Reserve® 2023 Kentucky Derby® 149 Bottle, , main_imageTDN – Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle Celebrates Secretariat Anniversary

Ragged Branch Secretariat Reserve Straight Bourbon

Ragged Branch to Release Secretariat-Inspired Bourbon

TDN – ‘Rising Star’ Extra Anejo Back on Track at Ellis

Study Finds – Anderer – 2 years later, over 1 in 6 unvaccinated COVID patients still have symptoms

The Vulture – Willmore – Flamin’ Hot Has an Unintentionally Grim Message

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – The A’s Mess Should Make MLB Do Some Soul Searching, But It Won’t

Phil has a question:

Why don’t all sports leagues base a team’s share of TV revenue on their winning percentage.

In The End

Phil M Stockmen

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