Sep 202023

ESPN – Tim Keown – Oakland vs. the A’s: The inside story of how it all went south (to Las Vegas)

2023 Live Horse Racing Season One Of Best Ever At Assinibioa Downs

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Assiniboia Wraps With Second-Highest Handle in Track History

Phil has a question:

Is Horse Racing Alberta part of the Alberta Advantage.

Arnold Bennewith, Rick,Wiest, Clayton Wiest, Lana Wiest, Randy Howg, R6 Stables, Gary Kropp and Norman Tremblay’s Heroic Move, 4th in the Canadian Derby at Century Mile and 2nd in the Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs, heads back south of the 49th for his next start in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt for $400,000US Sunday, September 24, 2023. Robertino Diodoro trains with Harry Hernandez in the irons for the trip.

Heroic Move was a home bred for Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. by Quality Road out of the Smart Strike Mare Family Tree, purchased privately by his Alberta connections. Amongst others he’ll be facing another of Gary and Mary West’s homebreds,  Hit Show.

Remington Park – Oklahoma Derby Sunday September 24, 2023 PPs

Oaklawn Park – Featured Owner: John Holleman

2023 AB Thoroughbred Sale Entries RESULTS

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


Becoming the Beatles

Thursday, October 12th, 2023 – 7:30 PM
 Medicine Hat, Alberta – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Friday, October 13th, 2023 – 7:30 PM
 Camrose, Alberta – Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

Saturday, October 14th, 2023 – 7:30 PM
​Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta – Shell Theatre

Wall Street Journal – Maryjean Wall – The Horse That Birthed the Beatles

Bloodhorse – Lookin At Lucky Colt Leads Keeneland’s Session 11

TDN – Alan Carasso – Lookin At Lucky Accounts For Top Sellers On Penultimate Day at Keeneland September

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

Paulick Report – HIWU: Milton Pineda Suspended 12 Years, Fined $100,000 For Eight Banned Substance Positives

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Keeping Hope Alive For Racing In Arizona

TSN – Bassitt becomes AL’s second 15-game winner as Blue Jays beat Rays


Los Angeles Times – Sam Farmer – Should NFL teams let QBs call plays again? Here’s why that would be a major problem

Phil has a question:

If the QBs are calling the plays will all stadiums have to go back to natural grass so the QBs can draw the plays in the dirt.

Southern Living – Meghan Overdeep – 20 Years After Leaving Los Angeles, Sheryl Crow Says Move To Tennessee Saved Her Life

The Weight

Southern Living – Jenna Simms – Our Most Nostalgic Soup Recipes That Serve Up Comfort By The Spoonful

Basil Tomato Soup

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Lexington’s Urban Service Boundary

Phil has a question:

Will the city of Lexington call Doug Ford for advice on establishing a green belt.

SportsNet – Braves’ Acuna Jr. hits 40th home run to become first member of 40-60 club

The Score – Tom Ruminski – Acuña posts first 40-homer, 60-stolen base season in MLB history

The Ringer – Ben Lindbergh – They Can’t All Be ‘Andor’

Bloodhorse – Jim Mulvihill – Useful Book 6 Types Make the Racing World Go ‘Round

Bloodhorse – Dinerman Named as Track Announcer at Oaklawn Park

Southern Living – Valerie Fraser Luesse – 15 Rude Sayings Your Southern Mama Hates

Losing My Religion

The Ringer – Alan Seigel – Vintage Nirvana

The Man Who Sold the World


Paulick Report – Tom Wilkin – Mott Tries Again With Scotland: ‘Sometimes You Have To Go To War To Get Hardened’

Bloodhorse – $127,000 Bolt d’Oro Filly Tops Keeneland’s Session 10

TDN – Steve Sherack – ‘A Lot of People, a Lot of Energy & a Lot of Activity’ – Bolt d’Oro Filly Leads Way During KEESEP Book 5 Finale

Paulick Report – Mike Willman – Santa Anita Unveils Promotions For Autumn Meet

Can’t Hardly Wait

Bloodhorse – Bob Kieckhefer – Illinois Race Dates Set for Hawthorne Casino Plan

TDN – TD Thornton – With ’25 the New Target for Racinos, Optimism Accompanies ’24 Illinois Race Dates

Paulick Report – Illinois Racing Board Approves 78 Thoroughbred Dates At Hawthorne In 2024

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Bumps In The Road’ Can’t Stop Demeritte’s Derby Dream

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Andlauer Completes Record $950M Senators Acquisition

Under Pressure

Vox – Aja Romano – Celebrities can’t stop showing us who they really are

Sports Illustrated – The 10 Most Memorable Moments From Megan Rapinoe’s Career

Slate – The 40 Greatest Stand-Alone TV Episodes of All Time

The Americanization of Ivan

Tiny Dancer

Sports Illustrated – Bob Harig – Saudi Arabia’s MBS Says in Interview That ‘Sportswashing’ Efforts Will Continue

SportsNet – AP – NHL tries to grow the game with Global Series in Australia

Phil has a question:

Shouldn’t the NHL be concentrating their efforts on growing the game in Arizona before venturing to Australia.

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Sprinting To The Breeding Shed

ALL ABOUT THE FANS: Asked about an area in sports business that could be disrupted or tweaked, Gelman looked to the fan, specifically what she called the “average fan.” Gelman: “I’m very worried about the average fan and their ability to attend games and events. I think that we do have this heavy focus on premium and creating these premium spaces. We also need to think about that bifurcation of customers and still getting the early fans or people who have new families that don’t have the resources.” Another issue top of mind for Gelman? Diversity. “Diversity at the executive level in terms of women and Black leaders is something that I know is a focus and I think continues to need to be a significant focus moving forward,” she said. 

Sports Business Journal – John Collins, Jessica Gelman on how data will shape future of sports business


From the September 23 Century Downs overnights.

Paul Ryneveld (403-XXX-XXXX) agent for Keishan Balgobin and Linton Steadman.

ESPN – Brooke Pryor – Minkah Fitzpatrick on Nick Chubb hit: ‘I’m not a dirty player’

Phil has a question:

Did Jake “the Assassin” Tatum ever apologize.

Did Jake “the Assassin” Tatum ever apologize to his Raider teammates for the hit that led to the Immaculate Reception and cost the Raiders a Superbowl appearance.

Phil has a question:

How many casinos use AI facial recognition technology.

What do they use AI facial recognition technology for.

Do the casinos use AI card counters on the Blackjack tables to know when to expect card counters to start their heavy betting.


The Ringer – Justin Charity and Nora Princiotti – A Candid Discussion About Olivia Rodrigo, ‘Guts,’ and Her Supposed “Feud” With Taylor Swift

Paulick Report – Vince Bruun – Emerald Downs: Handle Down 10.6 Percent In 2023, Attendance Up 16 Percent

Los Angeles Times – Pamela Chelin – The architect of L.A.’s iconic Capitol Records building sets the record straight — again — on that needle

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – $250,000 Practical Joke Colt Heads Keeneland’s Book 5 Opener

Bloodhorse – $250K Practical Joke Colt Gets Book 5 Off on High Note

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Aisling Crowe – Record-Setting Strong Trade at Tattersalls Ireland

TDN – Giant Mischief Back With A Vengeance at Churchill

Paulick Report – Panel Session Topics At 2023 Global Symposium On Racing Include HISA, Mental Health

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – What’s been happening: Equinox plans, Melbourne Cup weights, Turf Paradise closure and more …

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Analysis: Fatality Rates Not Higher on ‘Off’ Tracks

Garden and Gun – CJ Lotz Diego – Why John Grisham Measures Time Before and After “The Firm”

TDN – Open Letter To The Industry: Lisa Lazarus

The Score – Daniel Valente – 6 NFL teams already facing nightmare seasons

Phil has a question:

Did they bring back paper bags for the NFL season.

The Ringer – Danny Kelly – Russell Wilson Is (Almost) His Same Old Self

Front Office Sports – Andrew Cohen – XFL, USFL Reportedly Expected to Merge Before 2024 Season

Sports Illustrated – Michael Rosenberg – Justin Fields Just Told the Bears How to Best Help Him Succeed

You Can’t Think and Hit at the Same Time

Yogi Berra

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee

Phil has a question:

Did you hear about the waiter who got fired cuz he couldn’t take orders.

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

Rock Show

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

Phil M Stockmen

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