Aug 272023

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

What is next for Waters? In the book he writes “… my newest and greatest challenge: finding ways to fix a broken prison system.” His idea, “… create vocational schools inside select prisons. Inmates would have to qualify and earn the right to attend these schools by proving that they are completely committed. The schools will be operated by private entities outside of the Bureau of Prisons. They will be run like charter schools, offering courses and training in automotive, electrical, construction, and plumbing trades, and other fields in desperate need of workers.”

Walters already has put a plan into action and helped fund creation of a new facility in Las Vegas called the Billy Walters Center for Second Chances, where he has partnered with Hope For Prisoners founded by Jon Ponder.

Forbes – Walter Pavlo – Billy Walters’ ‘Gambler’ Reveals Much About An American Icon

THIS IS NOT a self-help article. It is not meant to be instructive, meaning that unlike many stories about people we idolize, its purpose is not to give advice on how to be more like Billy Walters. It is an admiring article, for sure—Walters is a remarkable person. We might wish we could be like him, but we probably can’t. Despite the lengths he goes to in his book to explain his gambling methods, and despite his generosity in speaking with me and answering any question I asked, the answer to the one question everyone has—how, exactly, did he become the best sports gambler of all time?—is the hardest to explain.

Men’s Health – Ryan D’Agistino – Don’t Bet Against Billy Walters

There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners.

Hunter S. Thompson

Phil has a question:

Do you really think that Walters will give away any secrets if he has them.

Does the book say how much Walters paid Donald Trump for his pardon.

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

How many people would rather pay for Walter’s book than get a free book about a retired jockey.

Ooh Las Vegas

Phil dished out 35 Canadian Shekels for Walter’s book despite Walter being pardoned by the fat orange blob. Don’t expect a book report. Phil was musing that this could be a good 1st prize in a horse racing contest. Maybe Horse Racing Alberta will give one out in their next contest.

All gamblers lose regularly, but they rarely discuss it in public. Losing is bad for the image, dude. Nobody buys Hot Tips from Losers. Remember that.

Hunter S. Thompson

On The Nickel

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

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

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

Mashed – DB Kelly – The Best Recipes For Fresh Tomatoes

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

New York Times – Alan Feuer and Zach Montague- Proud Boys Lieutenant Sentenced to 17 Years in Jan. 6 Sedition Case

Phil has a questioning:

Which is cheaper:

A trial, all the appeals and up to 17 years of housing and meals or a missile to shoot down a plane.

Do those fucking assholes realize just how lucky they are to still be alive today.

“I thought it was indicative of the times that we live in,” Smith said. “People are looking for an excuse to b—- and moan, and so they’re going to have that kind of attitude, and they’re going to feel that way. I didn’t say anything bad about Rihanna. I wouldn’t. I know she’s fantastic. I know she’s phenomenal.

“What’s the problem? I can’t be a fan of a particular artist? That’s what seemed so distorted and utterly ridiculous. But it was a fresh reminder of the times that we’re living in, the high level of sensitivity and how either you have to watch every little thing you say, or most of the time, you simply can’t give a damn about the backlash.”

The Athletic – Jason Jones – What’s next for Stephen A. Smith? A life outside of sports can be in the future

Phil has a question:

If Stephen A ran for President would anyone in Dallas vote for him.

Have you ever noticed that all the sports commentators sound the same when the volume’s set at 0 and there’s a great tune playing on your audio device.

Money For Nothing

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Stacie Clark-Rogers On The Powerful Impact Horses Can Have On Society: Difference Makers Presented By Avion Law

Porto Bello Belle

Paulick Report – ‘Top Jockey,’ ‘Role Model’: Junior Alvarado Wins 2023 Mike Venezia Memorial Award

Front Office Sports – Illegal Streaming Costs Sports Billions, Leagues Want Swift Government Action

Phil has a question:

How much is illegal gambling costing the province of Alberta.

The Bitter Southerner – Mani Basu – The Other Palm Beach

Los Angeles Times – Nabih Bulos – ‘Barbie’ is being censored. The film’s rollout in the Arab world hits a snag

Phil has a question:

If the rollout of Barbie in the Arab world hit a snag, what about the rollout of Golda.

Don’t be humble… you’re not that great.

Golda Meir


I have only one eye. Do you want me to look at the road or the at the speedometer. 

Moshe Dayan

SportsNet – WHL’s Hurricanes hire former Flames coach Bill Peters, Aliu issues statement

Phil has a question:

Do guys like Aliu serve any real purpose other than whining about the past.

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

Marcus Aurelius

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – $150,000 Pink Lloyd Full Brother Tops CTHS Ontario Sale

CTHS Ontario 2023 Sales Results

Phil has a question:

What Alberta sprinter came from the Great Gladiator broodmare line.

When’s the last time you saw a sale topper from a 22 year old mare and a 22 year old sire.

Sports Illustrated – Nick Selbe – Giants’ Alex Cobb Loses No-Hitter With Two Outs in Ninth Inning

Phil has a question:

What word would you use.

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

Mark Twain

Over my lifetime, heavy usage has woefully eroded profanity’s power. 

Lionel Shriver

I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.

John Wooden

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.

Gordie Howe

Bon Appetit – Dawn Perry – BA’s Best Mac and Cheese

TDN – Lucas Marquardt – Op/Ed: Synthetics, Fans, and the Future of Racing

TDN – Adapt, Evolve, or Be Forced Out of Existence. Letter to the Editor: Amanda Luby, Welbourne Stud

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Sports As Much About Real Estate As Titles for Stan Kroenke

Paulick Report – Kim Wickens – Owner Of Famed Stallion Lexington Survived Brush With Death, Paved The Way For American Runners In England

TDN – ‘It is Incumbent on Our Racetracks to Provide Leadership in the Face of the Current Crisis.’ Letter to the Editor: Gavin Murphy

TDN – Ellis Park Meeting Concludes with 22% Increase in All-Sources Handle

The Ringer – Zach Kram – Why Are the Angels and Other MLB Teams Giving Good Players Away?

Phil has a question:

Will the Angels be dropping their ticket prices.

Los Angeles Times – Jaweed Kaleem and Sandhya Kambhampati – Locals fear getting priced out of Maui after fires: ‘There will be no option but to leave’

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Dennis – Arcangelo shines a little light as darkness descends on Saratoga – and not for the first time

TDN – JN Campbell – Practical Joke Colt Tops Texas Yearling Sale

Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: Industry Reactions To New York Thunder Ring Hollow

Paulick Report – Bill Casner: Synthetic Tracks Are Safer – Here’s Why


Paulick Report – New Mexico Governor Calls For Changes To Improve Safety, Catch Illegal Drugs In Racing

DRF – David Grening – Bolshoi Ballet to use Joe Hirsch Turf Classic as bridge to Breeders’ Cup Turf

Garden and Gun – The Art in Craft Whiskey

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Mental Floss – Jake Rossen – Pastrami vs. Corned Beef: What’s the Difference?

Sports Business Journal – Terry Pegula dissolves Bills, Sabres parent company

Front Office Sports – AJ Perez – Mississippi DHS Widens Probe on Favre’s Involvement in Facility Funding

Paulick Report – Del Mar – Jim Charvat – Geaux Rocket Ride, Stilleto Boy Put In Final Works For Pacific Classic

Paulick Report – ‘We Didn’t Want To Bother Anybody’: One In Vermillion Departs Saratoga Before Dawn Sunday

Paulick Report – ‘Every Horse Brings You To This Point’: Antonucci Reflects On Arcangelo’s On Travers Preparation, Victory

Bloodhorse – Tom Wilkin – Everyone Goes to See the Travers Winner

Los Angeles Times – Julia Wick, Jaweed Kaleem, Christopher Reynolds, Emerson Drewes – earing economic disaster, Maui wants tourists to return. But feelings are complicated

TDN – Sue Finley – `We’re Not Going to Have to Worry About Tradition. We’re Going to Be History.’ Q and A With Mark Casse

TDN – Mike Kane – ‘No Evidence’ of Issues with Tracks, According to NYRA’s O’Rourke


Canada’s National Observer – Jamie Sandison – Canada’s relentless battle with record heat and devastating wildfires

Southern Living – Valerie Fraser Luesse – 40 Things Southerners Say When It’s Hot

Paulick Report – After Two Breakdowns On Travers Day, Will Race Meet At Saratoga Continue?

TDN – Bill Finley – Fatalities Mar Travers Saturday at Saratoga

Paulick Report – Favorite New York Thunder Suffers Fatal Breakdown In Jerkens Memorial

Phil commented before the race that the Farkash clan would be cheering for One in Vermillion, but after a fatal breakdown in the race there’s not much humour left.

The recent breakdowns at Saratoga and the rash of breakdowns at Churchill Downs this year may be just statistical anomalies, but even the recent lowered breakdown rate of about 1.5 horses per 1000 races still means that horses are breaking down. With about 100 horses racing on each card that means that there’s one breakdown every 7 days on average. That may be an acceptable mortality statistic to the thoroughbred industry, but is it acceptable to the general public and the newbies that the industry is trying to attract as fans.

Cards like Travers and Alabama days when the stands are packed with non-regulars are when the industry hopes to convert a percentage of non-regulars to regulars. But when the spectacle is Maple Leaf Mel or New York Thunder breaking a leg and being humanely euthanized on track the tracks will be lucky to not lose many of the regulars.

To the betting public the thrill of victory tips the scales over the agony of defeat, but add death and destruction and there’s nothing you can say or do that will attract and keep the new fans.

Thousands of pets die daily from traffic accidents and even are abused and neglected, but the horse deaths are televised and front and centre and can’t be swept under the carpet.

The key question is: how long will the betting public accept even one horse death as part of the business.

New York Times – Through Philanthropy and Activism, Bob Barker Fought Animal Cruelty

Radar Love

Phil has a question:

Does the Undertaker have Keith Clark on guitar.

Study Finds – Pizza Rat wasn’t unique! City-dwelling creatures adapt to survive, researchers explain

Nature Conservation – Urbanisation generates multiple trait syndromes for terrestrial animal taxa worldwide

Not TV or illegal drugs but the automobile has been the chief destroyer of American communities.

Jane Jacobs

Phil has a question:

Did they study night owls.

Summer in the city

Mr. Jones

The Province – Donna Kennedy-Glans – The Canadian city that got radical with its crime problem — and it worked

Peter Redekop’ s Abeliefinthislivin, a Gray or Roan Colt, by Arrogate out of Half A. P. didn’t have a hard way to go as he closed from his stalking position to draw clear of the pacesetter Heroic Move and continue to edge clear of the pack. American Blaze closed for second with Accidental Hero getting up for third, but neither seriously challenged the victor. Amadeo Perez was in the irons for conditioner Barbara Heads. Abeliefinthislivin ended up the betting favourite with Phil speculating that loads of that late money emanated from the Derby Bar and Grill where the atmosphere and after party outshone anything at Century Mile.

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

Fast Eddie Felson

It was a good day for Barbara Heads as she also won the Northlands Distaff Handicap with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and William Decoursey’s Infinite Patience with Antonio Reyes in the saddle.

The Manitoba Derby winner Mano Dura finished mid pack so there will be no Western Canadian Triple crown winner this year, but Peter Redekop’ s Abeliefinthislivin, will be aiming for 2 out of three in the BC Derby on Saturday September 16, 2023.

Angel From Montgomery

Angel From Montgomery

Angel From Montgomery

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

$1,886,188 total handle looks pretty good for Canadian Derby Day, but when you compare it with Assiniboia Downs Manitoba Derby Day handle of $3,708,804 for 7 races Phil gotta ask the question:

What is Assiniboia Downs doing better than Century Mile.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Abeliefinthislivin Powers to Big Win in Canadian Derby

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Abeliefinthislivin Gets Up to Take Canadian Derby

DRF – Matt Hegarty – Bolshoi Ballet sweeps to easy win in Sword Dancer

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Bolshoi Ballet Dances to Victory in Sword Dancer

TDN – Alan Carasso – Bolshoi Ballet Romps in Sword Dancer

Phil Has a question:

With another GI on his resume will the Coolmore Gang hustle Bolshoi Ballet off the stage and into the breeding shed as a replacement for his sire Galileo.

Who will be a better sire: Bolshoi Ballet or Moscow Ballet or Nijinsky or Fred Astaire.


Los Angeles Times – Column: Nancy Pelosi on Dylan, the Grateful Dead, a wild night in Argentina — and the healing power of music

Gimme Shelter

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Arcangelo Follows Belmont Victory by Taking Travers

TDN – Arcangelo Proves The Right ‘Choice’ In Travers 154

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’

Paulick Report – ‘All The Credit To Jena’: Belmont Winner Arcangelo Cruises To Travers Triumph

Bloodhorse – Tom Wilkin – Repole Trying to Figure Out What Went Wrong

Forte was unsettled in the gate, never seemed to really calm down, came out of the gate crooked and never got into the race. Nuff said.

House of the Rising Sun

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.”

Terry Pratchett

Los Angeles Times – Justin Chang – Review: Helen Mirren shines (and smokes) in an otherwise lackluster ‘Golda’

A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.

Golda Meir

Hawkmoon 269

The Athletic – Rustin Dodd and C. Trent Rosecrans – ‘The Sandlot,’ 30 years later: Remembering the enduring magic of a baseball classic

Killing Me Softly

The New Yorker – Joshua Yaffa – Putin’s Deadly Revenge on Prigozhin

Back In The USSR

Back in the USSR

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

Winston Churchill

The Bitter Southerner – Shane Mitchell – The Wounded Fruit

The Bitter Southerner – Shane Mitchell – A Day at the Luling Watermelon Thump

Watermelon it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.

Enrico Caruso

Watermelon Feta Appetizer

Literary Hub – David Hepworth – It Conveyed Them: When The Beatles Recorded “Twist and Shout”

Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout

Piece of My Heart

Remember this, folks – I am a Hillbilly, and I don’t always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.

Hunter S. Thompson

Bloodhorse – Co-Owner Langlois Reflects on Winning the King’s Plate

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

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.

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Billy Walters Wants to Teach You to Beat the House”

  1. 2022 Horse Racing Alberta Annual Report
    Track on 2 slots goldmine $85k HRA revenue for last 2 months 2022, opened Oct 28, 2022
    Century Downs slots down 8%, so HRA 23mil will be down 2 million revenue
    Betmakers no HRA revenue was $32 mil Aussie mutuels,anything to pump $
    HRA admin cost up $450k, $400k report means more bureaucracy

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