Aug 042023

While legal sportsbooks have spread around the nation, the underground betting market remains prevalent, and the NFL believes the lack of safeguards with bookmakers who operate outside of the regulated environment in the U.S. poses an integrity threat.

“We believe that additional attention and resources are needed from lawmakers and law-enforcement to address the illicit sports betting market, which still has the power of incumbency,” Nabavi wrote.

ESPN – Dave Purdum – NFL seeks federal help to combat ‘illicit’ sports betting

Sports Business Journal – NFL seeks federal help to address betting issues

Phil has a question:

Why do the UCP, AGLC and Horse Racing Alberta have their heads up each others’ asses when it comes to bringing the millions of dollars of tax dollars that are lost to illegal offshore and onshore gambling into the Alberta coffers.

What does the Undertaker do on a long weekend besides gaze out a window.

Catalog Now Available For 2023 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – 75th Manitoba Derby, August 7: Diodoro Brings Two Big Guns

Dorth Vader, John Ropes Florida homebred fresh off an hard fought second in the GI Acorn at Belmont returns in a super tough rendition of the Test GI for $500,000US at Saratoga on Saturday August 5, 2023 shortening up to 7 furlongs. The 8 horse field is jammed with graded stakes placed fillies with plenty of sizzling speed. John R Velazquez stays for George Weaver’s second race with the filly.

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.

Brisnet – Vance Hanson – Pretty Mischievous, Maple Leaf Mel clash in Test

I Can’t Drive 55


The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga (RGCS) is honored to announce that longtime gaming executive and horse racing enthusiast Joe Asher, IGT President of Sports Betting, will be the luncheon keynote speaker on Tuesday, August 15.

Asher will join more than 50 industry leaders and experts who will participate as speakers in this year’s conference which takes place August 14-16 at the Saratoga Hilton.

All the panelists at the conference will examine the trends, challenges and critical issues facing their industries, with panel discussion topics including:

  • Consolidation of Gaming: Status and Implications for Racetracks and Casinos
  • New York Casino Expansion to New York City and Surrounding Counties: Is the Finish Line in Sight?
  • Tribal Digital Gaming: Has the Moment Finally Arrived?
  • Technology and Gaming: New Challenges, New Solutions
  • The Implications of Exclusion for Racetracks and Casinos
  • Consumer Protections and the Federalization of Gaming
  • HISA – Legal Limbo and Regulatory Reluctance with Pete Sacopulos
  • Harness Racing: An Industry in Decline, or in Transformation?
  • Historical Horse Racing Machines: The Tail Wagging the Horse?
  • Racing’s Changing Customer Base, CRWs and the Future of Betting

The conference includes a welcome reception at the historic Adelphi Hotel on August 14, a networking event on the evening of August 15, and a Day at the Races beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16.

For more information, click here.


Amazing Grace

I’ve spoken with so many people in the last year who have been in the racing business their whole lives and who, from one vantage point or another, fight to do the right things by horses. They’re tired. They’re jaded. They’re getting tired of answering questions from their barista or taxi driver about horse deaths. They’re telling me they’re not sure how much longer they can keep defending the sport, and starting to wrestle with their own moral responsibility in continuing on.

More and more, I don’t know what to say to them.

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – In Wake Of Maple Leaf Mel Tragedy, There Are No Easy Answers

Bloodhorse – Tim Wilkin – Maple Leaf Mel Remains on Everyone’s Mind

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Test Tragedy a Devastating Memory for Einsidler

Paulick Report – ‘She Just Loved Running’: Remembering Maple Leaf Mel

Paste – Samantha Maxwell – It’s Finally, Blessedly, Tomato Sandwich Season

SportsNet – Eric Engels – How Canadiens GM Hughes can maximize Petry’s value after re-acquiring defenceman

Phil has a question:

Have you noticed that the comments on the Athletic are better than most sites.

(Let’s pause to note the irony in Hoffman moving to San Jose in a Karlsson trade. Hoffman was traded by Ottawa to the Sharks in 2018, who immediately traded him to to the Florida Panthers. The reason for the trade at the time: Allegations surfaced that his fianceé had harassed then-Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson’s wife online.)

ESPN – Greg Wyshynski – NHL trade grades: Penguins swing big with Karlsson deal

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Amanda Duckworth – Women’s realm: interview with Jena Antonucci, who made Triple Crown history with Arcangelo after ‘a lifetime of not being seen’

SportsNet – Penguins completing trade with Sharks for defenceman Erik Karlsson

TSN – Penguins acquire D Karlsson from Sharks in three-team deal with Habs

Phil has a question:

When you saw that Montreal was the third team did you think that Dubas might be reuniting Karlsson and Hoffman.

ESPN – USWNT exits Women’s World Cup after penalty defeat to Sweden

The agony of defeat.

ABC’s Wide World of Sports

StarTribune – Winning goal: A look at the controversial — but correct — call that ended the USWNT loss to Sweden

Phil has a question:

What’s your one word.

SportsNet – AP – Sweden eliminates U.S. on penalty kicks in round of 16 at Women’s World Cup

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.

Charlie Brown,

Sports Illustrated – Andrew Gastelum – USWNT Eliminated By Sweden for Worst Finish at Women’s World Cup

Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes.

Johan Cruyff

Fox Sports – Doug McIntyre – USA’s three-peat dream ends in heartbreaking shootout loss to Sweden

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sports Illustrated – Andrew Gastelum – Dramatic Video Review of Penalty Kick Ends USWNT’s Run at Women’s World Cup

Dancing Queen


Immigrant Song


Volvo Driving Soccer Mom

may have been more appropriate.

Phil has a question:

Did the US regress or are the other countries catching up.

Would Bobby Clark breaking someone’s ankle have helped.

Who will the right wingnuts blame for the loss.


Front Office Sports – Andrew Cohen – Saudi Soccer Spending Not Slowing Down, U.K. Broadcast Deal Expected

Phil has a question:

How much money do the Saudis spend on women’s soccer.

Fox Sports – Netherlands vs. South Africa highlights: Dutch advance with 2-0 win

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

Never Been To Spain

Sometimes Phil just has to give in to the Urge.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Diane Crump: It took ten years for the sport to open up and start using women regularly

Sports Illustrated – Emma Baccellieri – Power Rankings: Where Every World Series Contender Stands

Phil has a question:

Is Mattress Mack smiling happy today.

GrubStreet – Tammie Teclemariam – A Big Fat Blob of Boring

Vulture – Josh Bell – Every Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, Ranked

Pizza Dude

Happy Together

Paulick Report – Catalog Now Available For 2023 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale

Sports Illustrated – Clare Brennan and Andrew Gastelum – Women’s World Cup Power Rankings: How Far Has the USWNT Fallen?

The Intelligencer – Ed Kilgore – Trump’s Indictment Is Forcing His GOP Rivals to Re-litigate 2020, Too

Bloodhorse – Derby Runner-Up Two Phil’s to Stand at WinStar

TDN – HOF Rider Jerry Bailey Talks Jim Dandy And More On Writers’ Room

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

Conn Smythe

If you can’t beat ’em behind the barn, you can’t beat ’em down the stretch.

The Ortiz Bros.

Street Fighting Man

SportsNet – Mark Spector – Former agent Jeff Jackson brings fresh, unique perspective to motivated Oilers

Sports Illustrated – Greg Bishop – The World Has Moved On, but They Say Injustices From Qatar World Cup Remain

Canadian Gaming Business – Great Canadian Entertainment cooks up ‘groundbreaking’ Gordon Ramsay deal

Phil has a question:

Why don’t the thoroughbred tracks make a similar deal with Bobby Flay.

Blood in the Cut

Sometimes Phil just has to give in to the Urge.

As the season gallops on, the HBPA continues to provide a united voice for horsemen when track or facility issues arise. The Manitoba division holds several meetings during the year, including a session before the racing meet begins, a recent meeting (held Sunday, July 30), and an annual general meeting in September.

The biggest day of Assiniboia’s meet is just around the corner, with the 75th running of the Manitoba Derby on Monday, August 7. The $125,000 race is the first leg of the Western Canadian Triple Crown. Manitoba Derby day will also feature two $50,000 stakes races: the Harvey Warner Manitoba Mile and the Escape Clause Stakes.

Dunn is upbeat about Assiniboia’s racing season thus far. “Our 2023 live race season has experienced significant on-track attendance this year, including strong representation from a young audience, record or near-record wagering which has then created the environment for our continued record purses and record shipping incentives available to be offered for the horse people who race here.”

Canadian Thoroughbred – Hayley Morrison – What’s Going on Inside Assiniboia Downs

Paulick Report – NYRA To Host Whitney Two-Day Pick 6 Wager, Cross-Breed Cross Country Pick 5

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – Round Table: Restrictions On Computer-Assisted Wagering Groups Do Work

Phil has a question:

Instead of restricting the CAWS why don’t the tracks spread the rebates amongst the regular bettors.

In The Air Tonight

In The Air Tonight

Music is the silence between the notes. 

Claude Debussy

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – Antonucci: HISA Regulations Have Been ‘A Great Equalizer’

Phil has a question:

Does having a horse win one of the Triple Crown races suddenly make a trainer a genius.

In opera, there is always too much singing.

Claude Debussy

CBC – Geoff Leo – Report blames Regina’s sexualized rebranding fiasco on unnamed junior staffer, but critics say that’s absurd

Phil has a question:

Did the QKB teach George Cuff how to sweep things under the carpet.

Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love.

William Shakespeare

The Ringer – Lex Pryor – America’s Bee Problem Is an Us Problem

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

Atlas Obscura – Paula Marcoux – Eat Like a 19th-Century Lumberjack With This Recipe

The Lumberjack Song

Sometimes Phil just has to give in to the Urge.

Salon – Maggie Hennessy – Why do I cook like a Sicilian? Seeing myself in the food of Italy

TDN – NY Claiming Rules Revision Would Keep Horses In-State for 60 Days

FiveThirtyEight – Nathaniel Rakich – If RFK Jr. Wants To Be President, He’s Running In The Wrong Primary


Sometimes Phil just has to give in to the Urge.

Front Office Sports – Michael McCarthy – Fox Sports And Fox News Have Split Narratives On Women’s World Cup

Sports Business Journal – Fox’s Carli Lloyd walks back USWNT comments following criticism

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Updated: 164th King’s Plate: Pletcher-Trained Abadin Could Enter

Phil M Stockmen

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