Sep 172023

New York Times – Dan Brooks – Is Måneskin the Last Rock Band?

If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! 

Kurt Cobain

It’s Only Rock N Roll (But I Like It)

Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read. 

Frank Zappa

Rock N Roll Music

Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass. 

Frank Zappa

I Love Rock n Roll

New York Times – Jann Wenner Removed From Rock Hall Board After Times Interview

New York Times – – Jann Wenner Defends His Legacy, and His Generation’s

Phil has a question:

Are Jann Wenner’s comments sexist or racist or is he stuck in a time warp.

Did Jan Wenner forget his marketing smarts – yes Masters features white male rockers, but just wait for the next one.

Did Jan Wenner forget one of Bob Dylan’s Chestnuts – The Times They Are A-Changin

Hope I die before I get old.

Peter Townsend

Phil has a question:

Is Townsend speaking of numbers or mental state.

Fly At Night

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

2023 CTHS Alberta Sale Catalogue

While Phil was checking some news on TDN one of the sire charts caught his peripheral vision. Fed Biz, by Giant’s Causeway,  who stands at Highfield Stock Farm in Alberta is in the top 100 of the 2023 sire list.

Highfield Stock Farm 2023 Alberta Sale Yearlings.

Knowable – Tien Nguyen – Reviving a famously polluted California lake

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can not eat money.

Chief Seattle



Knowable Magazine – Amber Dance – Salt taste is surprisingly mysterious

Phil has a question:

Does this change the meaning of a salty field.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Master Of The Seas a much-needed boost for Breeders’ Cup specialist Charlie Appleby

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Book 3 Closer Bolstered by $900,000 Constitution Colt

TDN – Jessica Martini – Book 3 Concludes At Keeneland With $900k Constitution Colt On Top

Bloodhorse – Jockey Boulanger Hanging Up His Tack at 55

Paulick Report – Foley Barn Savoring Bango’s Record-Tying Win At Churchill Downs

SportsNet – Luke Fox – Blue Jackets’ gamble on Mike Babcock backfires, putting team in tough position before camp

ESPN – Greg Wyshynski – Why Mike Babcock is out as Blue Jackets coach, what’s next

Out Of Time

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. 

E. O. Wilson

SportsNet – Shi Davidi – Blue Jays need walk-off triple by Chapman to complete sweep of Red Sox

Phil’s doing dedications today. This one goes out to the Blue Jays fans:

You Keep Me Hanging On

Dedicated Follower of Fashion

ESPN – Playoff Tracker – MLB playoff tracker: Who has clinched, plus scenarios, schedule

Southern Living – Moriah Mason – The 8 Best Casserole Dishes Of 2023

Pyrex Multi-Purpose Glass Deep Baking Dish, Oven & Dishwasher Safe, 9 x 13-in

The Ringer – Daniel Chin – ‘Winning Time’ Goes Out With a Loss

The Ringer – Ben Zolak – The Hot Read, Week 2: The New York Jets Cannot Be Serious with Zach Wilson

Front Office Sports – David Rumsey – ESPN Paying For Record Amount Of Primetime NFL Games And Cashing In

Sports Business Journal – Alex Silverman – Coyotes’ Sakiewicz leaves team for return to soccer

Yahoo!News – UPI – Dan Hooper – Pennsylvania man goes to 777 movies in a single year

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’

Alfred Hitchcock

Vanity Fair – Chris Murphy – Russell Brand Dropped by Management Company After Sexual Abuse Allegations

Phil has a question:

Have you noticed that when it comes to kiss and tells where there’s smoke there’s fire.

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

The 2023 Western Canadian Triple Crown concluded with the 75th running of the British Columbia Derby at Hastings Racecourse Saturday September 16, 2023. WYN Racing Stables Corp’s Accidental Hero, third in the Canadian Derby at Century Mile got up mid-stretch to take the lead from the pace-setting Sunbird and prevailed over that resilient foe. Accidental Hero is trained by Larry Grieve and had Kimal Santo in the irons for the Derby. Accidental Hero is a Kentucky bred Bay Colt, by Mo Town out of the Chatain mare, Pardonmecomingthru.

Accidental Hero was a $260,000 purchase from the 2022 Ocala Breeders March Sale of 2 year olds in training and was claimed by Mark DeDomenico for $40,000.00 at Oaklawn Park.

Bloodhorse Jim Mulvihill – Accidental Hero Outduels Sunbird in BC Derby

BC Derby Gallery

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Accidental Hero Surges to BC Derby Victory for WYN Stable

Dancing In The Street

Sometimes Phil just gotta give into the URGE.

Phil’s reminded of one of his favourite movies – The Accidental Tourist

New York Times – Aaron Boxerman and James Glanz – Dire Warnings About Libya Dams Went Unheeded

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. 

Honore de Balzac

La Bamba

Phil has a question:

What would Balzac, Honore not Billy, say about Horse Racing Alberta.

How many people saw that fucking waste of money joke that HRA put out about the 2023 Alberta Fall Classic.

Phil has an answer:

Not very many when the handle is only $593,163, $52,373 on track for 10 races that are supposed to be the celebration of Alberta thoroughbred breeding.

Hastings did $1,113,502 for 9 races on BC Derby day. The WPS pool in the Summer GI was $621,929.

IN 2020 the Alberta Fall Classic set a record handle for Century Mile of over $1.3 Million –

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Alberta Fall Classic, Century Mile; Another Record Handle

– yet in 2023 the handle is less than one half. There may have been more races in 2020, but both years had 7 stakes.

Phil has a question:

Is that how the Alberta Advantage works.

Alberta Fall Classic Charts

Phil has a question:

Can you make up your own story while the bureaucrats in Alberta are busy gazing out their windows.

In any bureaucracy, there’s a natural tendency to let the system become an excuse for inaction.

Chris Fussell

Highway To Hell

Speaking of the Summer GI Bucyk needs a bit of work at the gate and learning how to rate. He had 2 gate trouble comments in his past races and now a third. Let’s hope his trainer gets these problems resolved before they become a pattern.

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Into Mischief Sets Seven-Figure Yearling Sales Record

Stand By Me

SportsNet – AP – Wild-Card Roundup: Blue Jays overtake Mariners in race for final spot

All Along The Watchtower

Sportsnet – David Singh – Blue Jays win in 13 vs. Red Sox after countless blunders by both teams

Phil’s doing dedications today. This one goes out to the Blue Jays fans:

Keep Me Hanging On

Dedicated To The One I Love

TDN – Jessica Martini – $875K Authentic Part of Late Sparks At Keeneland Book 3 Opener

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – $875K Authentic Colt Tops Day 5 of Keeneland September

Rock On

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – David Jennings – Comer Banned Three Years in Irish Doping Scandal

Sports Business Journal – Austin Karp – Vikes-Eagles on ‘TNF’ marks NFL streaming record

Not Fade Away

Front Office Sports – David Rumsey – The New Billionaire’s Club: Incoming Owners Helping Reshape NFL

Sports Illustrated – NFL Week 2 Picks From the MMQB Staff: Chiefs and Bills Look to Bounce Back

You don’t need a weather man To know which way the wind blows.

Bob Dylan

American Woman

Bloodhorse – Bob Kieckhefer – Godolphin’s Master of The Seas Dominates Woodbine Mile

TDN – Alan Carasso – Master of The Seas Another Godolphin Romper In the Woodbine Mile

Phil has a question:

Is it possible to cryo-freeze the testes and then reverse the process after a successful racing career.

The Horse – Reversible Gelding? It’s Possible

Great American Adventure – Henry Stone –  Can You Reverse A Gelded Horse?

Phil has another question:

If you had a testes transplant what DNA would the testes be producing.

The Verge – Rachel Becker – Transplanted testicles will always make the donor’s sperm

Phil has another question:

Can modern medicine find a way to trick the transplanted testes to produce the recipients DNA.

If you cloned a champion gelding and then transplanted the testes to the gelded champion would the champion’s progeny be recognized by the Jockey Club.

PLOS ONE -Kai Yi, Naoyuki Hatayama , Shuichi Hirai, Ning Qu, Shogo Hayashi, Shinichi Kawata, Kenta Nagahori, Munekazu Naito and Masahiro Itoh – Development of heterotopic transplantation of the testis with the epididymis to evaluate an aspect of testicular immunology in rats

The words ‘Space Age’ have a quaint, nostalgic tone – sitting on midcentury modern furniture watching ‘The Jetsons.’

P. J. O’Rourke

My Clone Sleeps Alone

Sometimes Phil just gotta give into the URGE.

Los Angeles Times – Louis Sahagun – ‘Round them up and castrate the boys’; California conservationists take aim at wild burros

Radar Love

Bloodhorse – Jay Hovdey – Paralyzed 14 Years, Straight Appreciates Good Moments

Ace Of Spades

Bloodhorse – Byron King – V V’s Dream, West Saratoga Take Pocahontas, Iroquois

Paulick Report – ‘It’s Very Special’: West Saratoga Kicks Off ‘Road To Kentucky Derby’ With Iroquois Win

TDN – Exaggerator’s West Saratoga Upsets The Iroquois

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.

Frank Zappa


Phil has a question:

Was that the Battersea omnibus.

TDN – Jill Williams – Godolphin’s Eternal Hope Completes Turf Triple European Invasion in JC Oaks

My Generation

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Fernando Toro: I wish the stewards would take more control of aggressive riding

Heart of Soul

TSN – Ohtani to miss rest of season with oblique injury


Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P. J. O’Rourke

TDN – Letter To The Editor: The Unspoken Safety Factor In Horse Racing Fatalities From The Handicapper’s Perspective

One of the greatest threats to mankind today is that the world may be choked by an explosively pervading but well camouflaged bureaucracy.

Norman Borlaug

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Carson’s Run, She Feels Pretty Land Woodbine Grade 1s

Not Fade Away

Phil has a question:

Could you describe that Bonnie Raitt Look in one word.

TDN – Alan Carasso – Lael, DeVaux Sittin’ ‘Pretty’ For Breeders’ Cup Following Natalma

TDN – Heartwarming Journey for Carson’s Run’s Connections Continues in Woodbine’s WAYI Summer

Sloop John B

Pricing water delivery closer to its real costs is a necessary step to improving use efficiency. 

Norman Borlau

Rolling Stone –  Alex Morris – They Played Football as Children. Now Their Families Mourn

Gimme Shelter

It’s better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money.

P.J. O’Rourke

ESPN – Ryan Clark – Babcock resigns as coach of Blue Jackets amid investigation


DRF – Steve Anderson – Golden Gate planning to race until June 2024

Proud Mary

Bloodhorse – Byron – King – Bango Scores Record-Tying 11th Churchill Victory

Not Fade Away

Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

P.J. O’Rourke

TDN – Taiba, Zandon And Arabian Lion To Stand At Spendthrift In 2024

Not Fade Away

Phil M Stockmen

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