Oct 102023

“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.”

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Repole Wants to Form New Owners/Trainers Group

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

CBS Sports – Repole aims to create owners, trainers association

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Honore de Balzac

Phil has a question:

With National HBPA, state and provincial level HBPAS, TOBA, NTRA, HISA, HIWU, state and provincial regulatory agencies, state and provincial breeding associations, the Jockey club et al what letters are left for another Alphabet Soup organization.

What ever happened to ATOBA in Alberta when their plans were so grandiose.

With National HBPA, state and provincial level HBPAS, TOBA, NTRA, state and provincial breeding associations, the Jockey club et al hasn’t the thoroughbred industry split into so many factions that little bargaining power with the tracks and regulators is left.

Do you think that Clark Kent and the Undertaker have the same interests in improving the thoroughbred industry as Repole does.

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

 Dr. Seuss

Paulick Report – Finn Green – Letter To The Editor: Horse Business Needs Winners Like Mike Repole

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Can Horse Owners Really Take Control Of The Game?

We Don’t Need Another Hero

TDN – Mark Paul – Letter To The Editor: Racing In Crisis – Thoughts From A Passionate Fan

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

Frank Zappa


TDN – Gregg Slager – Letter To The Editor: Churchill’s ‘Unprecedented’ Suspension Of Baffert

Paulick Report – ‘It All Seems Like A Fairy Tale’: Homebred Infinite Patience Wins Her 13th Straight Stakes Race

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

Over at Keeneland on Friday Robertino Diodoro has a couple of entries including some with interest to Albertans. Charles Garvey’s Debt Paid makes his first start for a $50,000 maiden tag in the 2nd race on the dirt. Christian A Torres is in the irons for Robertino.

On Saturday at Keeneland 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 for 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.

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

America’s Best Racing – Rachel Miller – Embracing Equestrian Elegance: Carson Kressley’s Seven Fashion Dos and Don’ts for the Breeders’ Cup

Love Me Two Times

TDN – TD Thornton – Simms Portrays Turf Paradise Sale as Lifeline, but Arizona Horsemen Grow Skeptical


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – James Thomas – A warm welcome across the pond: US owners enjoying success in Ireland

Bloodhorse – Dick Downey – Suit to Block Belmont Renovation Funds Dismissed

Bloodhorse – Vaccarezza Gets Partial Win in Case Against Baker

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Scott Burton – Undefeated Arc de Triomphe Winner Ace Impact Retired

Phil has a question:

Will Connor Bedard be retiring at the end of his rookie season.

Southern Living – 50 Fall Cookie And Cookie Bar Recipes To Warm Up Your Kitchen

Phil has a question:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip.

CBC – Geoff Leo – Regina Exhibition Association CEO admits conflict of interest but says it’s being handled by the book

MSN News Canada Regina Exhibition Association CEO Tim Reid Admits Conflict of Interest But Says It’s Being Handled By The Book

Phil has a question:

What book – the Donald Trump Ethics Guide.

Does Reid have a catchy rhyme for this.

Are the pictures as nice as the ones Reid had for Edmonton Northlands before he killed horse racing and Northlands.

It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk. 

Rebecca West

Regina Leader Post – Darrell Davis: Roughriders selling tickets to an uncertain future

Did watermelon prices drop in Regina this summer.

Out Go The Lights

CNN – Kara Scanell – Sen. Bob Menendez charged with conspiracy to act as a foreign agent in new indictment

TDN – Dettori Cancels Retirement Plans to Ride in America


The Hustle – Juliet Bennett Rylah – Enshittification just keeps happening

TDN – NYRA Acquires Sugar Maple Farm

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Tamara Evokes Memories of Beholder

Los Angeles Times – Bill Plaschke – Column: Splat! Humiliated Dodgers swept into next season

Sports Illustrated – Tom Verducci – Martín Maldonado Pilots the Astros Through Another Hostile Environment Into Another ALCS

The Score – Bryan Mcwilliam and Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb – Astros beat Twins, will face Rangers in 7th consecutive ALCS appearance

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – Hopeful Winner Nutella Fella Sidelined Due to Fracture

Bloodhorse – Mitole Colt Tops OBS October Yearling Sale at $250,000

ESPN – AP – Grand National to reduce field, soften fences for safety

The Ringer – Miles Surrey – ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ Is a Slasher Flick Dressed Up as Prestige TV

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – Seahawks Sale May Not Come Until 2025 At Earliest


Sacre Bleu

ABC – Julia Jacobo – Climate change could soon affect the taste of beer, new study says

Aeon – Jaime Greene – Uncertain contact

Humans From Earth

The Ringer – Rob Harvilla – ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: “Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden

Show Me How To Live

CTV News – Sean Amato – Elks to close upper bowl of Commonwealth next year, except for ‘key games’

Phil has a question:

Shouldn’t the Captain’s job be to fill those seats with live bodies.

Has the Captain sent out for Tennille.

NBC Sports – Merged USFL-XFL apparently plans to sell franchises

TDN – BHA Announces 170 ‘Premier’ Race Days With £3.8m Extra Funding

The Athletic – Howe: If you think Patriots owner Robert Kraft wouldn’t fire Bill Belichick, you’re wrong

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.

Sparky Anderson


ESPN – Rangers complete sweep of Orioles, reach first ALCS since 2011

The Score – Josh Goldberg – Rangers punch ticket to ALCS with sweep of Orioles

Sports Illustrated – Tom Verducci – Jose Abreu’s Breakout Game Puts Astros on Brink of Extending ALCS Streak

ESPN – Jim Passan – Cristian Javier subdues Twins to put Astros on cusp of ALCS

Phil has a question:

What happens if Mattress Mack expands to Rangers / Cowboys territory.

While there appears to be a readymade reason for the decline in wagering, I think it’s worth mentioning that legal wagering on sports continues to skyrocket this year while average wagering per race day—a stat that accounts for this year’s reduction in racing—is up just 0.61%.

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Dollars & Sense: Lost Race Days Impact Handle

Sports Business Journal – Barry Melrose leaving ESPN amid Parkinson’s battle

Canada’s National Observer – Cloe Logan – Canada has an inconsistent stance on fish farms – why?

Bloodhorse – Arcangelo on Top in Final BC Classic Rankings

Racing Post – Peter Scargill – ‘I’ve got some absolute weapons for Champions Day’ says Frankie Dettori as he addresses retirement rumours

Garden and Gun – John T. Edge Falls for a Slice of the Delta

The Bitter Southerner – Austyn Gaffney – Shark Hunting In Kentucky

Bloodhorse – Bolt d’Oro Filly Tops OBS October Yearling Sale Opener

TDN – Daughter of Bolt d’Oro Tops Day 1 at OBS October Yearling Sale

The Ringer – Kate Halliwell – A Ranking of Every Celebrity Who Attended Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour

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

Dr. Seuss

The Conversation – Aaron Pilkington – The Israel-Hamas war: No matter who loses, Iran wins

The wise warrior avoids the battle.

Sun Tzu

PBR – 2023 Bull Standings

Wild Thing

Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.

Cowboy Wisdom

SportsNet – Jets sign Connor Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele to identical seven-year extensions

Phil has a question:

What happened to all the trade proposals that the media and web trolls proposed for these two.

Jet Song

A full mind is an empty bat. 

Branch Rickey

National Post – Frank Stronach: Big business does best when workers get their share

Front Office Sports – The Top 10 Most Valuable NHL Franchises

Garden and Gun – Champions of Conservation 2023

Canada’s National Observer – Patricia Lane & Laurence Letarte-Préfontaine -Your climate future is in the cards

TDN – Gregg Slager – Letter To The Editor: Churchill’s ‘Unprecedented’ Suspension Of Baffert

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – ‘When we get to Santa Anita, he’s going to be hard to catch’ – all the latest news, replays and betting after a weekend full of Breeders’ Cup preps

Paulick Report – ‘We’ll See How The Puzzle Comes Up’: Classic, Dirt Mile Both Viable Options For Comeback Winner Practical Move

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Classy Euro Fillies Square Off in QEII Challenge Cup

Bloodhorse – RMTC Promotes Hardy to Full-Time Executive Director

The Athletic – Ken Rosenthal – Rosenthal: Does MLB’s playoff format already need changes as higher seeds lose advantage?

I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball.

Satchel Paige

Los Angeles Times – Bill Plaschke – Column: Dodgers collapsing for second straight postseason? Unbelievably, believe it

The Athletic – Jayson Stark – Braves, Phillies conjure up a classic in Game 2 — a playoff win unlike any other

Fan Nation – An Incredible Note About the Braves’ Game-Ending Double Play in Game 2

ESPN – Kiley McDaniel – Braves’ historic double play caps Game 2 NLDS comeback win

The Ringer – Rob Mahoney – Five Teams That Will Define the 2023-24 NBA Season

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

SportsNet – AP – Prescott calls Cowboys’ loss to 49ers ‘the most humbling game’ he’s played

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

Phil has a question:

Are the Dallas Cowboys ever going to make Stephen A eat crow or are they just that brutal.

The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.

Cowboy Wisdom

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy


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

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

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 they 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

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

  One Response to “Repole: `It’s Time Now That the Owners Take Back This Game’”

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