Sep 182023

Arizona Republic – Abigail Celaya – Racetrack to shutter: Turf Paradise to stop live racing and simulcasting effective Oct. 1

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Turf Paradise to Cease Operations Oct. 1; OTBs to Close

Paulick Report – Turf Paradise Announces Closure Of Live Racing, Simulcasting Oct. 1; Sale Of Track Has Fallen Through

TDN – Turf Paradise To Close Oct. 1

Click the Arizona Republic Sports Page Link and it takes about 2 seconds to realize that your not in hockey country. When the Coyotes / NHL are in third place on the More button the only person who thinks hockey can succeed in the desert is that fool Gary Bettman.

With horse racing not even making it to the More list that speaks volumes about the popularity of horse racing in Phoenix.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

This poem is in the public domain.

Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: ‘Those Of Us Who Love The Sport Should Panic’

Phil sent an e-mail to Clark Kent asking:

Could you please advise what Horse Racing Alberta is doing to address the concerns as set out in this letter.

Phil has a question:

Where do you buy futures on whether or not Phil will get a response.

Phil often links to articles on Sports Business Journal and Front Office Sports. It’s time to panic when neither of those sites had a word on the closure of Turf Paradise.

Bon Appetit – Sarah Jampel – How to Pick Out Really Great Tomatoes

That’s an aptly named article as the best way to pick great tomatoes is to walk to your garden and pick them fresh.

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.


Pennsylvania Derby Saturday September 23, 2023 PPs

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Book 4 Closer Showcases $925K Twirling Candy Colt

Bloodhorse – Alan Porter – Pretty ‘n Smart in Two Recent Juvenile Stakes Winners

TDN – Jessica Martini – $925k Twirling Candy Colt Stands Out at Keeneland’s Book 4 Finale

Paulick Report – Mike Willman – Traditional ‘70/30’ Pick Six, Turf Pick 3 Head Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet Wagering Menu

Quanta – Kevin Hartnett – In the Universe of Equations, Virtually All Are Prime

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Jay Hovdey – Commentator: ‘To suggest a Thoroughbred could be at his peak at age seven is stretching the concept … ’

Bloodhorse – FanDuel TV Plans Coverage of Big Day at Parx Racing

The Ringer – Brian Phillips – Online Word Games Are Ruining My Life. And Probably Yours, Too.

Bloodhorse – Arcangelo Leads BC Classic Rankings for Fourth Week

Southern Living – Elizabeth Brownfield – Cooking Tips Your Parents Taught You That Are Actually Wrong

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Albert Einstein

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Reincarnate, Saudi Crown Head 11 in Pennsylvania Derby

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Good Magic Colt Tops Keeneland Book 4 Session at $700K

Garden and Gun – Silas House – John Prine in His Own Words

Angel From Montgomery

Garden and Gun – Champions of Conservation 2023

Canadian Thoroughbred – Assiniboia Downs Winds Down 2023 Race Meet

Paulick Report – ‘A True Champion For Kentucky’s Horse Industry’: Former Governor Brereton Jones Dies At 84

TDN – Former KY Gov. And Airdrie Stud Founder Brereton Jones Dies At 84

Bloodhorse – Lenny Shulman – Former KY Governor, Airdrie Stud Founder Jones Dies

CBC – Alex – MacIsaac – P.E.I. harness racing driver suspended indefinitely over results of 4 drug tests

Garden and Gun – Sallie Lewis – The Strange, Salty Joy of Pickles at the Movies

Southern Living – 8 Etiquette Rules You Probably Didn’t Know About Being a Good Weekend Guest

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

Benjamin Franklin

Atlas Obscura – Ponyhenge

Sports Illustrated – Gabrielle Herzig – Phil Mickelson Opens Up About His ‘Hurtful’ Gambling Addiction in Lengthy Social Media Post

TDN – TD Thornton – HBPA: Negotiations Between HISA And Sales Companies Equate To ‘Preferential Treatment’ For Breeders

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Ontario Breeder Murray Smith Sells $585,000 Colt at Keeneland

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.

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Turf Paradise to Cease Operations Oct. 1; OTBs to Close”


    Equibase meet numbers show 1462 starters and 202 trainers that stabled in their Nov 2022 to May 2023 meet. Where does the horse industry move to??

    TOMORROW,THURSDAY 21st has the dates for 2024 race season being discussed, what calendar will the thoroughbreds be forced to accept??

    HRA refuses to confirm the 2024 purse structure and industry distribution in a timely fashion that they provided to the racing participants before last year sales. Reply to my inquiry refers to budget approved Oct 2022! LAZY 2.0!!

    HRA is rumoured to be conducting a charm school course for spring 2024, with prominent owner,driver and jock agent receiving substantial fines for unprofessional conduct. Can’t we all get along in these difficult times??

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