Aug 072023

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Again Breaks Records

Fasig-Tipton – The Saratoga Sale August 7-8, 2023 Results

The Ringer – Andrew Gruttardo – The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket: In a Real Jerk Move, a Winner Is Crowned

The Ringer – Khal Davenport – The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket: Cartman Beat Larry David by One Vote

The Ringer – Andrew Gruttadaro – The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket: The Elite Eight

The Ringer – Andrew Gruttadaro – The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket: The Sweet 16

The Ringer – Adam Nayman – Some Movies Are Filled Exclusively With Jerks. These Are the Best Ones

The Ringer – Andrew Gruttadaro – The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket: Round 2

The Ringer – Andrew Gruttadaro – The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket

The Ringer – Alan Siegel – Playing a sleazy, blustering buffoon the audience loves takes skill—just ask Adam Scott, Ben Stiller, or Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The Ringer – Andrew Gruttadaro – The Gradations of Assholery: A Jerks Week Explainer

ScreenRant – Charles Nicholas Raymond – Karate Kid: Daniel Is The REAL Villain Theory Explained

An open enemy is better than a false friend.

Greek proverb


Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Acadian Driftwood

TDN – Bill Finley – 1/ST Racing Considering Moving Date of the Preakness; NYRA Not on Board with Move

TDN – Mike Kane – Decisive Delgado Could Not Wait for Castellano

TDN – Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay Now Available

Jockey Club – 71st Round Table Transcripts and Video Replay

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Disney’s Iger: PENN Entertainment Outbid Competitors ‘By Far’

Paulick Report – PENN Entertainment Enters Online Sports Betting Agreement With ESPN

Phil has a question:

Will Portnoy have a complaint.

Front Office Sports – David Rumsey – Portnoy Is Back In Control Of Barstool Sports Brand ‘Until I Die’

National Post – Christopher Nardi – Opposition blasts Liberals for ‘political’ appointments of judges that reward party donors

Phil has a question:

How many judges that were appointed by the Harper Conservatives had party ties.

Garden and Gun – Tom Wilmes – Meet the Makers of the Newly Crowned World’s Best Bourbon

Sports Illustrated – Conor Orr – Everyone Will Ultimately Decide an Opinion on Eric Bieniemy’s Coaching Style Based on the Commanders’ Results

The Ringer – Nate Rodgers – Think You’re a Good Person? That’s Up to the Cart Narc and His Camera.

Sports Business Journal – 49ers’ York accused of insider trading violations

The Intelligencer – Will Leitch – No Wonder Athletes Are Shutting Up About Politics

Phil has a question:

Since Donald Trump seems to be the leader of the mocking haters will the fat fucking jerk show us how he could do better or just keep flapping his fat fucking hole.

Why doesn’t the fact fucking orange piece of shit run around a soccer pitch for 90 minutes and show us how it’s done. The public could bet on when he’ll have a heart attack.

Sports Illustrated – Alex Miceli – Jack Nicklaus Loses Attempt to Regain Control of His Name and Likeness

Golf Digest – Jeffrey Toobin – The inside story of Jack Nicklaus’ legal battle against his own company

“The horse was just a magnificent horse,” he continued. “He was beautiful, and I’ve never sold a yearling, or Taylor Made hasn’t, that has so much stallion power. Into Mischief, Beholder’s half brother, has been the leading sire in America four years in a row. So when you have that sire power, and the father of the yearling is Curlin, you have elite power. If he wins a grade 1, it’s a $75 million syndication.”

Bloodhorse – Teresa Genaro – Curlin Colt Out of Beholder Commands $4 Million

Paulick Report – $4-Million Son Of Beholder Tops Record-Setting Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

TDN – Another Into Mischief Colt Joins Parade of Seven-Figure Yearlings at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

The Athletic – Nando Di Fino, Richard Deitsch and Jon Greenberg – ESPN launching sportsbook in fall: What this means for the media giant, Barstool Sports and bettors

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – ESPN, PENN Entertainment Looking To Break Sports Betting’s Duopoly

Phil has a question:

Why does Alberta have only 1 legal online betting site that is run by the government when the UCP is supposed to be a free enterprise supporting party.

Is the sports betting market slowly eroding the horse race betting market.



Sports Business Journal – Investors look for hope ahead of Disney earnings call

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

NY Post – Yaron Steinbuch – Newly-unearthed memo lays out ‘controversial’ strategy for Trump to overturn 2020 election: report

Daily Press – David MacAulay – Prestigious horse races coming to Colonial Downs this weekend

25 or 6 to 4

DRF – Ron Gierkink – Mano Dura pulls clear to upset Manitoba Derby

Sports Illustrated – Richard Johnson – The Decisions Behind College Sports’ Realignment Craze Are All Business

Washington Post – Richard Sima – Soccer players react in milliseconds in penalty kicks. How do they do that?

Southern Living – Valerie Fraser Luesse – 25 Thinly Veiled Southern Insults

Sports Business Journal – Bill King – FanDuel expanding in-play wagering options on the PGA Tour

Phil has a question:

What about the in-play wagering options in curling.

Front Office Sports – Michael McCarthy – Fox’s Audience Drops 21% For USWNT’s World Cup Exit

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Dennis – ‘The grief enveloping those closest to the horse involved is hardly bearable’ – Steve Dennis on a somber Saratoga weekend


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

The Athletic – Sean Gentille and Shayna Goldman – NHL trade grades: Penguins acquire Erik Karlsson in deal that fixes mistakes

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.

Beat Goes On

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

The agony of defeat.

ABC’s Wide World of Sports

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Again Breaks Records”

  1. CENTURY DOWNS experienced an $800k or 8% drop in casino revenue for the first 6 months, even with a UCP increase in operator takeout from 15% to 17%. The built in excuse of competition from a nearby new casino will be used as a BS reason rather than adapting to new market dynamics.

    Positive news is the S7 million UCP lifeline was paid off in March, and the harness driver fee was increased from $20 to $25 – a paltry increase!!

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