Aug 222023

August 26, 2023 Century Mile Entries

August 26, 2023 Canadian Derby PPs

Edmonton Sun – Frank Fontana – Mano Dura ships in from Manitoba seeking second-straight win in Canadian Derby

Bloodhorse – Jim Mulvihill – Mano Dura Faces Full Field of 12 in Canadian Derby

The Province – Randy Goulding – Sunbird a ‘happy horse’ after big B.C. Cup win at Hastings

Nick and Pauline’s aptly named Spaghetti Mouse won the 2005 BC Derby, but Nick and Pauline have never won the Canadian Derby.

Unfortunately for Phil, Phil didn’t have Spaghetti Mouse in his Pick 4 ticket.

Pepino’s now occupies Nick’s old restaurant space in Vancouver.

Phil’s heard good things about Tasty Bistro in Vancouver.

Terry Jordan has never won the Canadian Derby, but we all remember True Metropolitan winning a few Stakes at Stampede Park and Northlands Park.

Spaghetti Mouse didn’t cross the Rockies for the 2005 Canadian Derby, but Peter Redekop’s Alabama Rain did and won the 2005 Canadian Derby for Lance Giesbrecht with Pedro Alvarado in the irons.

Sweet Home Alabama

Kentucky Rain

The 75th Running of the Manitoba Derby is in the record books at Assiniboia Downs. 

Phil has a question:

How close to the $3,708,804 record will Century Mile come.

Does Horse Racing Alberta having a bigger and faster growing bureaucracy than the Manitoba Racing Commission count.

HBPA Alberta

Canadian Derby Giveaway


Mashed – Theresa Rex and Joel Stice – The Right Way To Cut A Tomato

Mashed – DB Kelly – The Best Recipes For Fresh Tomatoes

Garden and Gun – Jenn Rice – Tomato Sandwich Rules and Regulations

Mashed – Susan Olayinka – Easy Toasted Tomato Sandwich Recipe

Southern Living – Steve Bender – Episode 31: The Trick With Heirloom Tomatoes

Mr. Farmer

I have a garden. We have fresh tomatoes and strawberries. People are different here… People out in California, they grow up quicker. They have a lot of excess, and they have a lot more things than we do here in Hungary. There, they start doing makeup when they’re 13, when we would still be out in the countryside making sausage. 

Barbara Palvin

Slate – Tariro Mzezewa- Oh, It’s Tomato Girl Summer, Is It?

Tomorrow’s Girls

Tasting Table – Brent Llenos Smith – Common Mistakes Everyone Makes With Hot Dogs

Phil has a question:

Is less not more.

Mashed – Maria Scinto – The Real Reason Chicagoans Don’t Put Ketchup On Their Hot Dogs

Paulick Report – Jockey Club Of Canada To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Race Presentations In Alberta

TDN – Exaggerator Colt ‘Skips’ to $1-Million Charles Town Classic Win

Immigrant Song


Brisnet – James Scully – Elite Power faces Gunite in Forego; Arabian Lion, New York Thunder square off in Allen Jerkens

TDN – Dan Ross – HISA Proposes $80.9 Million 2024 Budget

The Ringer – Seerat Sohi – The Eight Biggest Questions Ahead of the 2023 FIBA World Cup

Bon Appetit – Alexis Deboschnek – A Pickle Martini Is the Best Dirty Martini

Hutterite Pickles

Hutterite Pickles

A number of years ago Phil took a bunch of empty jars back to the stall at the market and asked the young man if they re-used the jars. He gave me a look like I was fucking stupid for asking such a stupid question.

Hutterite Brethren

The Hutterite community cookbook

The Hutterite community cookbook

DRF – Dave Grening – Outstanding Travers matches a champ vs. three Triple Crown race winners

Phil’s reprising:

Bloodhorse – Steve Haskins – Travers a Big Race… For Justify

TDN – Alan Carasso – Stars Come Out To Play on Travers Day

New York Thunder (5-2) has quite the varied resume, winning on three disparate surfaces. His last in the G2 Amsterdam was his best, making two moves on the lead, repulsing a turn challenge, then separating himself from rivals despite fast fractions and staying on his left lead until the dance was done.

21², 43², 1:07³, 1:14³  for 6½ furlongs with the chart comment eased up late is pretty quick in Phil’s book.

The Farkash clan will be rooting for the 2, but the son of Army Mule’s in tough company facing a couple of graded stake winners.


Gold Dust Woman

Bloodhorse – Tom Wilkin – Baffert Trio Settle in at Saratoga Ahead of Travers Day

2018 Travers

1994 Travers

DRF – David Grening – Prat replaces Saez on Mage for Travers

TDN – Mage’s Dam Puca and GISW Dalika to Keeneland November; Both Offered by Case Clay

Paulick Report – Attorneys: Track Relationship With State Racing Commissions Complicates Facility’s Right To Exclude Trainers

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – Louisiana Commission Investigating After Owner Appears To Admit Program Training

Front Office Sports – Andrew Cohen – Barstool Sports Is ‘Losing Millions’

Black Label Pizza

Phil has a question:

Isn’t Black Label the beer that’s on tap at the Dover OTB.

Daily Beast – Eril Uebelacker – You Can Bet on Trump’s Weight Ahead of His Surrender to Jail

Canada’s National Observer – John Woodside – Calls mount for a federal firefighting force

Sports Business Journal – Terry Lefton – ‘Field of Dreams’ developers eyeing big attendance, sponsor deals

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – What’s been happening: Mostahdaf halts Paddington run, Luis Saez out of Travers, Do Deuce plans and more …

TDN – Blue Diamond Stud Branches Out With Acquisition of Kentucky’s Stonereath Farm

Paulick Report – NYRA Implementing Enhanced Veterinary Scrutiny Prior To Racing, Training

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Rob Whiteley Doing His Part To Make World A Better Place: Difference Makers Presented By Avion Law

Paulick Report – Luis Saez Fractures Wrist In Saratoga Incident; Burning Bright Suffers Likely Cardiac Event

Los Angeles Times – Benjamin Orsekes – Biden is vacationing at a Lake Tahoe home. For locals, he’s another tourist tearing them apart

Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal investigation. Some unnamed sources told Russian media they believed the plane had been shot down by one or more surface-to-air missiles. Reuters could not confirm that.

The Globe and Mail – Reuters – Angus McSwan – Before Prigozhin plane crash, witnesses heard a ‘metallic bang’

Phil has a question:

Which of the 3 blind mice will be leading the investigation.

TSN – CP – Matthews signs four-year, $53M extension to stay with Maple Leafs

SportsNet – Report: Matthews’ extension with Maple Leafs to be paid almost entirely in signing bonuses

ABC and FiveThirtyEight – Republican debate highlights and analysis: Fiery faceoff on Trump, Ukraine and more

Phil has a question:

Will the winner be determined by the candidate that the Trump camp attacks the hardest.

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – Two Years After Going All In, Sean McVay’s Rams Have the NFL’s Most Chaotic Roster

New York Times – Laura King and Nabih Bulos – Mercenary chief and Putin foe Yevgeny Prigozhin killed in jet crash, Russian state media says

Phil has a question:

What will Donald Trump’s fate be when he’s no longer useful to Putin.

Does the fat fucking orange blob even understand what happened in this plane crash.

How long before Putin blames the Ukrainians.


Nothing personal, it’s just business

Otto Berman

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Derby Optimism Turns Into Travers Confidence for Mage

Paulick Report – Ryan Martin – Forte Draws Rail As Travers Favorite; Faces All Three Triple Crown Race Winners

Horse Race Insider – John Pricci – TRAVERS 154: THE SUMMIT AT THE SPA

TDN – Mike Kane – In Historic Showdown, Stars Collide in Travers

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Busy Travers Week of Radio, Television Coverage

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So, I stole a bike and asked him for forgiveness.

Michael Corleone

Leaving on a Jet Plane

TDN – Dan Ross – Golden Gate Closure: The Breeders’ Takes

War is a thug’s game. The thug strikes first and harder. He doesn’t go by the rules, and he isn’t afraid of hurting people.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Temporary licenses were approved for nine service providers, eight of which will operate mobile applications in Kentucky. Kambi was approved as a service provider for retail operations without a mobile application. Mobile providers include Bet365, BetMGM, Caesars, Circa, DraftKings, Fanatics, FanDuel, and Penn Sports Interactive.

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – KHRC Approves Sports Wagering Operator Licenses

TDN – Sports Wagering Licenses Approved in Kentucky

Phil has a question:

When will the UCPs permit free enterprise and competition in the province of Alberta.

What UCP cronies are getting their pockets filled at the taxpayers’ expense.

CDI will operate Race and Sports Books at its racetracks and Historical Racing Machine (HRM) facilities in Kentucky which include:

CDI’s new sports betting kiosks will be located among existing bar and simulcast areas for guests to place wagers. Each of CDI’s HRM venues will implement a “Bet & Jet” feature that offers guests designated parking spaces for 15 minutes in order to quickly and easily place their in-person sports wager.

TDN – CDI To Open Six Race And Sports Books At Kentucky Properties Sept. 7

Phil has a question:

Why does the UCP gambling policy in Alberta reek of the Bible Bill Aberhart era mentality of you can have a beer but not enjoy it.

When will the UCP start treating Albertans like adults.

Does the UCP not understand that Las Vegas is the No. 1 US travel destination from YEG and YYC.

Toronto Sun – WARMINGTON: Deputy Prime Minister fined $273 for speeding in rental car

Phil has a question:

Is Post Media become nothing more than a right wingnut shill gossip rag.

Is there such a dearth of news in Canada that Post Media has to report on speeding tickets.

What tunes was Chrystia Freeland listening to.

I Can’t Drive 55

Good Vibrations

The on-track handle spiked 17.6%, while Woodbine’s entire “Home Market Area” brought in just shy of $3 million in wagering, an 8.6% increase over 2022. The “foreign market” wagered $14.5 million, up significantly from $10.3 million in 2022.

Bloodhorse – King’s Plate Day Delivers Record Handle at Woodbine

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – KHRC Upholds Medina Spirit DQ; Case Headed to Court

TDN – TD Thornton – Medina Spirit’s Derby DQ Upheld at KHRC Level, Ripening Case for Court Challenge

Phil has a question:

How many lawyers’ kids will get their university tuition paid from this Appeal.

What are you betting on next?

I’m looking forward to football season, having a lot of fun watching games. I’m gonna win games I shouldn’t win, I’m gonna lose games that I should win. But to me, watching games, the excitement of that, it’s like when I was a kid, I enjoy it. If it gets to a point that I don’t, I’ll quit.

Vanity Fair – Dan Adler – Billy Walters Wants to Teach You to Beat the House

Phil has a question:

When will the Odds Professor’s book be hitting the printers.

Paulick Report – HIWU Weekly Update: Peter Miller, Steve Asmussen, Christophe Clement Named With Pending Violations

Bloodhorse – Colt From Barkley’s First Crop Tops WTBOA Sale

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Nonios Gelding Tops C.T.H.S. Manitoba Yearling Sale

Sports Buusiness Journal – Bret McCormick – Royals unveil renderings of ballpark finalist sites

Sports Illustrated – Mike McDaniel – White Sox Could Consider Move to Nashville, per Report

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – White Sox Latest Chicago Team To Ponder Move As Lease Nears End

Phil has a question:

What aren’t the city bonds paid off after 32 years.

Study Finds – Sophia Naughton – Instant regret! Two-thirds of Americans say don’t tell guests ‘make yourself at home’

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

Benjamin Franklin

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘A two-minute duel that will shape the season’ – Steve Dennis on the Travers Stakes

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Key Players Surprised, Unmoved About Preakness Comments

This Mess We’re In

Paulick Report – Ken Rudulph: ‘I Don’t Belong Here In Horse Racing’

Ken Rudolph Twitter Feed

TDN – TD Thornton – NYRA, State Want Dismissal Of ‘Meritless’ Lawsuit To Block Belmont Renovation

Bloodhorse – Stakes Worth $3.775M Set for Churchill’s September Meet

The Athletic – Matt Slater – ‘Pirated live sport endemic in UK’ as study suggests over eight million watching illegal streams

Phil has a question:

How many Albertans are betting on illegal gambling sites and how much tax revenue is the UCP allowing to slide out of the province.

ESPN – Knicks sue former employee, Raptors, cite disclosure of ‘proprietary information’

SportsNet – AP – Knicks sue Raptors, accusing foe of using ex-Knicks employee as ‘mole’

Phil has the same question as the commenters:

Why the Knicks and not a winning franchise.

The Shape I’m In

Sportsnet – Edmonton Elks offer evacuees from N.W.T. wildfires free tickets to game vs. Ottawa

TSN – Elks to announce LeLacheur as interim president, CEO

Phil has a question:

Is the appointment of the Captain a sign of how fucking pathetic the Elks and the CFL are.

How successful where the Captain and Tennille at rebuilding horse racing in Alberta.

How many of the evacuees will turn down the tickets.

When will the CFL fold.

The Mess We’re In

Sports Business Journal – White Sox considering move from South Side home

Southern Living – The Top 7 Commandments Of Southern Entertaining

FiveThirtyEight – Geoffrey Skelley – At Least 8 Republicans Have Made The First Debate. Could 3 More Join Them?

Paulick Report – ‘It Was Fast Enough’: Scotland Fires Bullet In Final Work For Travers

Phil M Stockmen

  2 Responses to “2023 Canadian Derby Draws Full Field of 12 and 2 Also Eligibles”

  1. Mucka

    Phil sent an e-mail to Clark Kent asking why DRF does not even have Century Mile or Century Downs listed in the drop down menu for track news.

    DRF Track News

    No response yet.

    Maybe they’ll have to hire another useless bureaucrat to see if they can see DRF from their window.

    Phil’s hit a number of watering holes and businesses this week and asked the same question:
    Are you going to the Canadian Derby this weekend.
    Not one person Phil spoke to knew what the Canadian Derby was or had heard anything about the Canadian Derby. Most didn’t even know that there was a horse race track by the airport.

    PT Barnum said it best:

    Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing!

  2. HRA promotion of horse racing has hit a ultimate low

    The old days of Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal race promotions and media coverage are a long lost memory as the on track crowds disappear.

    EDMONTON SUN derby article is a absolute disgrace, as a photo from a race from 2020 derby undercard is used as a page filler.

    Last year’s handle was a shocking $1.8 million will it be exceeded, DOUBTFUL!

    CENTURY MILE 2022 Canadian Derby on track paid attendance was rumoured 4,518 patrons per industry insider, was that counting number of feet on tarmac and in the entire building.

    ASD hit $3.5 mil in 2022 and $3.7 mil in 2023 on Manitoba Derby Day with a bit of marketing effort. That’s totally lacking in Alberta but HRA pumps their chests like a wild turkey during mating season.

    Forecast of sunny 26c Should be the only free giveaways being done by Alberta HBPA and they’re not much.

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