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“The frustration level…” he said. “I mean, this year, even though our success has been amazing, there isn’t anything in this sport that is good right now. We need to make this sport better, so I want to start an association with the biggest owners and the biggest trainers. I think it’s our responsibility. People say, `whose fault is it? Why is racing this bad?’ I blame myself. I blame the owners. In other sports, like the NFL or the NBA, the owners are very involved. They run the sport. and here, we let everyone else run it for us, so I think owners and trainers taking care of the horses, the jockeys, the fans, the bettors, the tracks, working with the tracks, working with the other groups–it’s time now that the owners take back this game.”

TDN – Sue Finley – Repole: `It’s Time Now That the Owners Take Back This Game’

CBS Sports – Repole aims to create owners, trainers association

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

 Dr. Seuss


Bloodhorse – Frank Vespe – MD Horsemen, Breeders Propose Nonprofit Racing Model

Over at Keeneland on Saturday Robertino Diodoro has a couple of entries of interest to Albertans. Lawrence P. Roman, Charles Garvey and Norman Tremblay’s Patriot Hills drops in for a $75,000 maiden tag in the 2nd race moving to the dirt from an uninspiring premiere on the Saratoga turf. Ricardo Santana Jr. stays in the saddle for Robertino.

In the 10th, Randy Howg’s Airtime will be making his first start since the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn in the spring if he gets in off the Also Eligible list in the 10th race a rather competitive OC $80,000n2x. Christian A Torres stays in the saddle to Robertino. Phil was hoping to see Airtime on the Derby trail this year whether it was north or south of the 49th and now looks forward to seeing him race as an older horse.

The basic idea behind Manifold Markets and similar platforms, such as Kalshi and Polymarket, goes like this: Markets aggregate information. The more information they aggregate, the more accurate they tend to be. And if enough people make enough bets, with enough information behind them, markets can tell you something useful about the future.

New York Times – The Wager That Betting Can Change the World

Phil has a question:

Isn’t that what the CAWS are doing with the access to electronic  information the tracks provide.

Breeders’ Cup Announces 2023 Broadcast Schedule

America’s Best Racing – Dan Tordjman – Foodie Guide to the Breeders’ Cup: Can’t-Miss Eats at Santa Anita Park

Eater – 19 Saucy Pizza Spots to Love Around Los Angeles

Triple Beam Pizza

Pizzeria Bros

America’s Best Racing – Dan Tordjman – Chatting With Mixologist Mark Tubridy on Creating and Preparing Official Breeders’ Cup Cocktails

Time-Out – Best Dive Bars in Los Angeles

LA Woman

LA Woman

Love Me Two Times

TIF – Confidence In NYSGC Hit After More Saratoga Pick Five Confusion

Stuffing Waffles

Bon Appetit – Hannah Lee Leidy – 41 Pie Recipes for Any and All Occasions

Phil has a question:

Would you turn down any of those pies.

I Love Pie

American Pie

Food and Wine – Ray Isle – The Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Today – Sarah Lemire – The best Thanksgiving wine to serve the crowd in 2023

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries 20 White Wines Under $15

Bon Appetit – Sommelier Tries 20 Red Wines Under $15

Southern Living – Jenna Sims – 24 Fall Appetizer Recipes You’ll Want To Serve All Season Long

Tastes Better From Scratch – Lauren Allen – Easy, No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey

How Not to Deep Fry a Turkey

Canadian Living – Katia Gorshkova – 13 recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu

Epicurious – Meredith Stettner – 73 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Complete Your Turkey Day Feast

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

Daily Hive – Colton Pankiw – Raptors’ Masai Ujiri helps introduce new basketball court in Edmonton

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!

Dr. Seuss

ESPN – Stephen A.: I didn’t see 49ers’ complete domination of Cowboys coming


Sports Business Journal – Austin Karp – New season, same dominance for NFL

Front Office Sports – A. J. Perez – NHL Faces Complex Local Broadcast Terrain As New Season Begins

Phil has a question:

When will the NHL owners wise up and get a real Commissioner.

Paulick Report – Ed Martin – ARCI Releases One-Year Analysis Of HISA Programs

The Score – AP – Correa stars, Lopez twirls gem as Twins beat Astros to tie ALDS

The Score – AP – Rangers send AL-best Orioles to brink of elimination with Game 2 win

Canadian Thoroughbred – Sunbird Captures Grade 3 B.C. Premiers’ for Felicella, Jordan

Paulick Report – NYS Gaming Commission Announces Actions To Hold Trainers Accountable For Employee Wage Issues

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins and Lauren Gash – Can Group Edges Noted in Dramatic Bourbon Finish

TDN – Good Samaritan Colt Pulls off Bourbon Shocker

A man may have knowledge like an angel and yet not be Christian. So your sign of knowledge as evidence is not valid. Indeed, to know is a thing that pleases talkers and boasters, but to do is what pleases God.

John Bunyan

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Idiomatic Has All Answers in Dominating Spinster Score

Love Me Two Times

TDN – Flameaway’s Dreamfyre Sweats Out Inquiry to Win Surfer Girl

California Girls

Bloodhorse – Bob Kieckhefer – Nations Pride Pulls Out Late Canadian International Win


You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.

Dr. Seuss

TDN – Oscar Performance Colt Stays Perfect in Zuma Beach

Good Vibrations

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Fev Rover Adds to Big Season With E. P. Taylor Score

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Big Invasion Rallies to Take Nearctic Stakes by a Head

TDN – Pharoah Filly Cruises in Rained-Off Matron


ESPN – Tim Keown – The radical calm of Bruce Bochy

You can observe a lot by just watching. 

Yogi Berra

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Week 5: In Case You Weren’t Already Aware, Brock Purdy Is Legit

CTV News – Melissa Lopez-Martinez – Health Canada issues turkey recall for western provinces

TDN – J.N. Campbell – Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Heralds Close To Blockbuster Graded Weekend

Opinions are made to be changed – or how is truth to be got at? 

Lord Byron

Paulick Report – Keith McCalmont – Champagne Score Sends Timberlake To Top Of Juvenile Charts

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Timberlake Catches General Partner in Champagne

TDN – Into Mischief’s Timberlake Puts Shows Out in Champagne

Show Must Go On

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder. 

Ray Bradbury

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Locked Takes Next Step in Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity

TDN – Joe Nevills – Locked Secures Breeders’ Cup Berth In Breeders’ Futurity

TDN – Gun Runner’s ‘Rising Star’ Locked Overcomes Wide Journey in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it’s supposed to do.

Robert A. Heinlein

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Muth Leads Baffert 1-2 Finish in American Pharoah

TDN – Good Magic’s ‘Rising Star’ Muth Tops Baffert Exacta in American Pharoah

Paulick Report – Mike Willman – Muth Beats Baffert Stablemate Wine Me Up In American Pharoah

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.

Robert A. Heinlein

TDN – Patrycja Szpyra and J.N. Campbell – Mitole’s Booth Breaks Like A Shot, Blitzes To ‘Rising Star’ Honors

For speed on Saturday Keeneland’s dirt track was like running on quicksand which makes Booth’s facile victory all the more impressive. The son of Mitole, in a manner reminiscent of his sire, bolted from the gate like a scalded cat with his tail on fire and never was headed. Down the stretch Nash never got close enough to beep his horn.

Show Me How To Live

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. 

Thomas Paine

TDN – Alan Carasso – Gina Romantica Leads Home Brant, Brown 1-2 in First Lady

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

The Athletic – Jayson Stark – How Strider, Kershaw, Kelly, Carter and more made history: Weird & Wild on Day 1 of Division Series

Once In  Lifetime

Phil has a question:

Did all of the paralysis by analysis analytics nerds heads spin off.

ESPN – MLB Division Series: Day 1 takeaways, keys to Game 2

Phil has a question:

Are all the TV’s in Gallery Furniture tuned to the Astros’ games.

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

I Fought The Law Won

I Think We’re Alone Now

Paint It Black

Phil Has a question:

Will the do any of those covers at the Grey Cup.

Bloodhorse – Karen M. Johnson – Just F Y I Delivers Another Grade 1 Win for Connections

TDN – ‘Just’ on Fire: Just F Y I Rolls in Sloppy Frizette for Red-Hot Justify

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Chatalas Triumphs Around Two Turns in Chandelier

TDN – Alan Carasso – Up to the Mark ‘Nose’ Way To the Wire in Coolmore Turf Mile

TDN – Three Witches An Upset Winner In Gulfstream’s Princess Rooney

Black Magic Woman

By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.

Witch Two

SportsNet – Blue Jays descend into blame game as Atkins misses chance to protect Schneider

Blame Brett

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. 

William Arthur Ward

Bloodhorse – Lenny Shulman – In First Turf Try, Secretariat Shatters Course Record

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Jay Hovdey -‘Why betting on the ponies acts as both the perfect solution and the poisonous pill’ – D.H. Lawrence hits the silver screen

Sports Business Journal – Bill King – Apps utilizing BetVision seeing NFL bettors wager more, watch longer

TDN – Tom Frary – Inspiral Gives Frankie His 500th Newmarket Win In The Sun Chariot

TDN – Heather Anderson – Bricks And Mortar Sires First Stakes Winner In Japan

TDN – J.N. Campbell – A Graded Stakes Saturday We Never Want To End

Good Vibrations

A manager has to convince his hitters that they have to get on base for the next guy and that no player can do it by himself. Sometimes that isn’t easy. In the playoffs, you can get into trouble because everybody wants to be a hero.

Earl Weaver

The Ringer – The 2023 MLB Division Series Entrance Survey

Phil has a question:

Isn’t the question who will win.

On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived.’ 

Earl Weaver

ESPN – Damián L. Delgado Averhoff – The history behind the national anthem at sporting events

The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen. 

Claude Debussy

Light My Fire

TDN – Bill Finley – Secret Oath Retired; Will Sell At Fasig-Tipton November

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Garden and Gun – Kim Severson – Reimagining Succotash

Sufferin Succotash

Sometimes Phil just gotta give into the Urge.

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Putting Aftercare Front And Center


The Ringer – Ben Lindbergh – How the Baltimore Orioles’ Call-ups Fueled One of the Quickest Turnarounds in Baseball History

All Apologies

Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second. 

Maurice Ravel

The Ringer – The Drake ‘For All the Dogs’ Exit Survey

You Can Get It

Defector – Charles Pierce – Tim Wakefield Was A Wizard For The Working Day

New England Living – Robert Cocuzzo – Home Team: Behind the plate with Catherine and Jason Varitek

Whole Lotta Love

Phil M Stockmen

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