Aug 042023

SportsNet – Report: Arizona Coyotes look to buy land in Mesa for new arena

TDN – TD Thornton – New Site Plan for Turf Paradise, but Future Racing Still Hinges on Gaming Legalization

TDN – Open Letter to Arizona Horsemen: “Horse Racing in Our State is Not Dead”

Phil has a question:

Did he borrow Gary Bettman’s rose coloured Arizona hockey glasses.

TDN – Thornton – Turf Paradise Won’t Open in November as Sale of Property Nears Closing

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Turf Paradise Will Not Open In November; Future Racing May Depend On Legislative Relief

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Turf Paradise to Not Open for Usual Meet Start in Nov.

Paulick Report – After Three-Year Blackout, Arizona Horseplayers To Get Stronach Track Simulcasts Back

Horse Racing Nation – Victor Ryan – Arizona racing is called a ‘laughingstock’ by commissioner

The New Yorker – Finnegan – Can Horse Racing Survive?

Shuttered Tracks

Phil has a question:

Is the question now when, not if.

The Stronach Group Pledges $31.7 Million to California Consolidation


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.

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.

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

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

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Mike Joyce’s ‘Unequivocally Good’ Work For PDJF: Difference Makers Presented By Avion Law

TDN – The Jockey Club Of Canada Announces 50th Anniversary Race Presentations

Paulick Report – Oaklawn Park Announces Largest Purse Increase In Track History; Allowances Up To $145,000

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Criminal Probes For Player Gambling Put Pressure On NFL, NCAA Policies

Sports Illustrated – Richard Johnson – Iowa Sports Betting Investigation: Seven Athletes Charged in Probe

Garden and Gun – Jonathan  Miles – Around the World in Five Southern Cookbooks

The Ringer – Miles Surrey and Megan Schuster – The Definitive Ranking of Movie Monsters

TDN – Expanded Streaming Options Available for Round Table Conference

Bloodhorse – Purses at Tampa Bay Downs to Rise $5.5M in 2023-24

Salon – Rae Hodge – Racehorse deaths aren’t a mystery: We’ve known all along why they’re dying

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Las Vegas’ Epic Sports Push Comes With Growing Pains

The New Yorker – Leslie Jamison – Why Barbie Must Be Punished

Personality Crisis

FiveThirtyEight – Rakich – Is This The Indictment That Really Hurts Trump?


National Review – Andrew C. McCarthy – Trump Can’t Win

Phil has a question:

Can thoroughbred racing learn anything from Trump’s campaign.

Is damage control the best policy or is it better to say yes, this is brutal, but the majority of the people accept it.

Does damage control not play into the hands of the vocal minority interests.

Salon – “My favorite meat”: Mitt Romney goes viral in an alien-like ode to hot dogs

The Ringer – Becoats – The USWNT Can’t Keep Getting Away With This

Phil has a question:

Have you seen a team that can forecheck as well as the South Africans.

Given how women’s soccer has grown in the rest of the world, no one expected this World Cup to be an easy one for the USWNT. But who would have thought that it would be this difficult?

SI:AM – Dan Gartland – USWNT Advances, but It’s Not All Good News

Phil M. Stockmen

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