Sep 292023

This is the kind of Gram Parsons ghost-hunting I can get behind: close listening. Straining for glimpses of him in the margins of Byrds songs or even in the backing vocals of the Stones’ “Exile on Main St.,” where some swear you can hear him. Surveying the last half-century of cosmic American music and seeing where the wind blew all those hickory seeds.

New York Times – Linsday Zoldaz – Enough About Gram Parsons’s Death. It’s Time to Celebrate His Music.

New York Times – Lindsay Zoldaz – The Legend of Gram Parsons, in 12 Songs

Phil has a question:

What’s Phil’s favourite Gram Parsons song.

Ooh Las Vegas

Red Hill Mining Town

Sin City

Hickory Wind

100 Years From Now

8 Miles High

Tumbling Dice

Sin City

Another Shade of Grey

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.

Lao Tzu

The complaint alleges that Wunderler and Dicorcia engaged in a “conspiracy to extort money from Baffert, sent a text message demanding a sum certain (sic) of money, with specific payment instructions for wiring money, in exchange for a promise not to release information defendants allege is so damaging that it will end Baffert’s career.

“In furtherance of this conspiracy,” the complaint continues, “Mr. Wunderler instructed a third party to deliver that message to Baffert’s representatives, and that message was in fact delivered to Baffert when it was forwarded to Baffert’s wife.”

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Baffert Sues Social Media Personalities Swift Hitter, Barshoelife For Extortion, Defamation

Full Complaint

Bloodhorse – Dick Downey – Baffert Suit Alleges Extortion, Defamation, Threats

TDN – Bill Finley – Baffert Sues Twitter Antagonists Swift Hitter, Barshoelife For Extortion, Defamation

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

A.J. Perez – Front Office Sports – Judge Dismisses Both of Patrick Reed’s Defamation Cases

Phil has a question:

Do Wunderler and Dicorcia have the balls to meet Baffert in an alley.

“Turf Paradise LLP is working toward the purchase of Turf Paradise race course,” the statement read. “We plan to keep live racing, to bring this facility into a new era — horse racing for the benefit of everyone involved. We feel the preservation of such a wonderfully historical facility and the preservation of thousands of jobs that horse racing offers can carry the legacy of Turf Paradise on for another 50 years. We plan to completely redevelop surrounding land, all for the benefit of horse racing. We look forward to a new bright future for everyone at Turf Paradise.”

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Potential New Buyer Of Turf Paradise Emerges, Sets Lofty Goal; OTBs To Remain Open Through Nov. 12

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Reopening of Turf Paradise Tied to Potential Sale

Phil has a question:

Is there any city more appropriate for a track to rise from the ashes.


Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Arizona Horsemen Say Turf Paradise Will Race in January

TDN – Turf Paradise’s Simulcast Extended, Plans To Card Races In Early January

A book exists at the intersection of the author’s subconscious and the reader’s response.

William Gibson

Sports Business Journal – David Broughton – MLB sees average attendance grow across league

SportsNet – Blue Jays will face Twins in wild-card round: ‘Now we’ve got to put it together’

The Blue Jays backed into the playoffs and somehow managed to get the team with the worst record as their first round opponent.

6. Houston Astros

Why they could win it all: An extended track record of rising to the occasion in October. Yes, the Astros had a disjointed and underwhelming regular season. Based on that, it would be reasonable to doubt Houston’s chances of making another run to a staggering seventh straight ALCS. However, betting against the likes of Altuve, Álvarez, and Bregman seems like a bad idea. Until someone rises up and knocks the defending World Series champions off their perch, they deserve the benefit of the doubt in the postseason.

Biggest weakness: Question marks in the rotation. Manager Dusty Baker has had to navigate injuries to major 2022 contributors in Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers Jr. The Astros can still lean on veterans Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, but there are concerns surrounding Valdez, who posted a 4.55 ERA in his final 15 regular-season starts. Beyond the two veterans, the Astros will need strong contributions from rookie J.P. France and right-hander José Urquidy.

The Score – Josh Goldberg – MLB Playoff Power Rankings: Assessing each team’s World Series chances

Eater – Jaya Saxena – It’s Never Just a Milkshake

Phil’s favourite is still a licorice shake from Burger Barn in Millet.

The Ringer – Zach Kram – The Jrue Holiday Trade Just Shook Up the NBA Again


TDN – Bad Hoof Luck Continues For Team Forte; Classic Still In Play

Let’s hope the bad luck for Forte results in his connections racing him at 4 which would be good luck for fans and industry. The secondary headline in most of the articles today is horses getting ready for last start and heading to breeding shed, which is not good news for the racing industry.

Paulick Report – ‘Simply Extraordinary’: Ace Impact Stays Unbeaten With Arc Victory, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Unhurried, unworried, unstoppable: ‘As great as Secretariat was on the dirt, he was at least ten to 15 lengths better on the turf’

TDN – Touch’n Ride Survives Inquiry Scare to Win Breeders’ Stakes Thriller

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Caramel Swirl Wins Gallant Bloom on a Double DQ

Paulick Report – Keith McCalmont – Caramel Swirl Elevated To Gallant Bloom Win Via Double DQ, Caps Graded Double For Godolphin

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Cody’s Wish Regains Winning Form in Vosburgh

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Week 4: When Josh Allen Is Clicking, the Bills Are Unstoppable

Sports Illustrated – Karl Rasmussen – Robert Saleh Went Absolutely Off on Official After Possible Game-Deciding Penalty Called on Jets

Sports Illustrated – Jordan Foote – Responding to Adversity Was Key to KC Chiefs’ Week 4 Win Over NY Jets

Los Angeles Times – Michael Ordona – The haters gonna hate (hate hate hate hate), but do Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce even notice?

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – The Definitive Guide to All Things Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

TDN – Jockey Jessica Pyfer Retires; Joins XBTV/Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Zandon Adds Woodward Victory to His Resume

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Adare Manor Cruises in Zenyatta

Southern Living – Jenna Sims – 30-Minute Fall Dinner Recipes You’ll Want To Serve On Repeat All Season Long

TSN – Green Day to perform halftime show at 110th Grey Cup in Hamilton

Phil has a question:

Where’s the Canadian content.

Eater – Jaya Saxon and Amy McCarthy – Who Needs Dave Portnoy?

SportsNet – Ben Nicholson-Smith – Thanks to Rangers, Blue Jays’ Sunday strategy can change completely

SportsNet – Shi Davidi – With Mariners loss, Blue Jays punch ticket to playoffs in odd clinching scenario

TDN – AP – Blue Jays clinch playoff spot after Mariners fall to Rangers

My Back Pages

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.


ESPN – Sources: Celtics add Jrue Holiday in trade with Blazers

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – New NFL Policy Toughens on Game Fixing, Betting on Own Team

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Slow Down Andy Never Slows Down in Awesome Again

TDN – Slow Down Andy Earns Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth In Awesome Again

Lunatic Fringe

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. 

Sun Tzu

TDN – Dr. Schivel Guts It Out In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Paulick Report – Clapton Wears Down Trademark For Lukas Classic Triumph, Ultimate Goal Is Dubai

Paulick Report – Hong Kong Harry Resumes Winning Ways In City Of Hope Mile

Paulick Report – FTC Approves HISA’s Proposed Enforcement Rule Modification, Publishes Proposed Budget

The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least. 


NFL – Player Health and Wellness – Mental Health

Sports Illustrated – Frank Taddeo – Raiders Release Chandler Jones After Thursday Arrest in Las Vegas

In the NFL money is more important than player well-being.


SportsNet – AP – Verlander leads Astros over Diamondbacks as both teams clinch post-season spots

The Score – Simon – Sharkey-Gotlieb – Rangers, Astros clinch playoff berths as Mariners eliminated

Sports Business Journal – Ohtani leads MLBers in jersey sales for 2023 season

SportsNet – Chi Davidi – Despite lopsided win vs. Rays, celebration remains on hold for Blue Jays

TSN – Blue Jays on verge of clinching playoff berth after victory over Rays

Most ball games are lost, not won.

Casey Stengel

I Can’t Dance


Paulick Report – Aqueduct: Saturday’s 11-Race Card, Including Four Graded Stakes, Moved To Sunday

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead station.

William Gibson

The Score – Daniel Valente – NFL, union revise gambling policy; Lions’ Williams to be reinstated

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Three Grade 1 Winners to Bolster Regional Sire Markets

Bloodhorse – Byron King – $1.7M Earner Somelikeithotbrown Retired Due to Injury

Phil tips his hat to the horse and the person(s) who gave it one of the best names ever.

Kentucky Hot Brown

Sweet Georgia Brown

Bon Appetit – Joe Sevier and the editors – 67 Thanksgiving Recipes We Turn to Year After Year

Green Beans and Mushrooms With Crispy Shallots

Gimme Shelter

The Pioneer Woman – Erin Cavato – 25 Best Thanksgiving Cocktails to Sip With Gratitude

$1,000.00 Wedding

The Pioneer Woman – Kara Zauberman – 85 Best Fall Recipes That Are Full of Autumnal Flavor


The Pioneer Woman – Georgia Goode – Is Pumpkin a Fruit or Vegetable? Here’s the Answer Just In Time for Fall

Phil has a question:

Did you think it was a spice.

Duh! Would the make a pie from a vegetable.

Pumpkin Pie Martini


The Ringer – Ben Lindbergh – ‘Star Wars’ Is Fixated on Fixing Its Sequel Trilogy

Sports Illustrated – Jimmy Traina – ‘Taylor Swift Put Travis Kelce on the Map’ TikTok Prank Is Pretty Funny

Mrs. Robinson

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.

William Gibson

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Maggi Moss On New Challenges In The Claiming Game

Sports Business Journal – Joe Lemire – ESPN’s Toy Story Funday Football: The tech behind Falcons-Jaguars fully animated alt-cast

TDN – J.N. Campbell – Tickets Please! Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, Other Graded Action Whistles Into Weekend

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Jockey Pyfer Retires From Race Riding

TDN- T.D. Thornton – Rice Hit With Bute Fine, Suspension; Lodges Appeal Just Before NYSGC To Rule On ‘Improper Practices’

TSN – Lions add former 49ers QB Kaepernick to negotiation list

BizPacReview – Kevin Haggerty – Jack Smith requests gag order on Trump after TREASON and execution comments

Phil has a question:

Does the orange blob have the balls to meet Milley in an alley.

Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

Lao Tzu

SportsNet – Bassitt’s career night puts Blue Jays on cusp of post-season berth


Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – How One Thoroughbred Horse Show May Be Helping The Equine Veterinary Shortage

The Ringer – Miles Surrey – ‘The Creator’ Is Worth More Than Its Middling Story

Southern Living – Ever Wondered How Southern You Actually Are? Take Our Quiz To Find Out

Front Office Sports – Taylor Swift Shaking Up Travis Kelce, Chiefs Prop Betting Market

Los Angeles Times – Christi Karras and Chuck Schilken – Traylor? Tayvis? Our reporters discuss the merits of the Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce era in pop culture

The Score – Report: Blazers declined Lillard’s request to return if Heat move failed

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Into Mischief’s 2024 Stud Fee Holds Steady at $250,000

TDN – Secretariat Exhibition To Visit Woodbine Racetrack And Keeneland Race Course In October

Canadian Thoroughbred – A Tremendous Machine Exhibit Comes to Woodbine Oct. 5

Bloodhorse – Lenny Shulman – Woodward Stakes Try Doesn’t Work out for Secretariat

TDN – Horse Racing Women’s Summit Offers Annual Membership

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Kentucky Committee Hearing Outlines Racing Industry

Phil M Stockmen

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