Oct 192023

Melody of Love

When I die, just keep playing the records. 

Jimi Hendrix

Lonely Bull

I think Freddie Mercury is probably the best of all time in terms of a rock voice. There was a vulnerability to it, his technical ability was amazing, and so much of his personality would come out through his voice. I’m not even a guy to buy Queen records, really, and I still think he’s one of the best.

Chris Cornell

All Day and All of the Night

There’s always gonna be rock n’ roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock n’ roll records, and there will always be rock n’ roll. 

Dave Grohl

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Beautiful tunes are all very good and fine, and great musicians are always great, but that alone isn’t enough. Most folks, when they see movies or hear records, need something that they find pulls them in, draws them in, and appeals to them beyond just the notes.

Ry Cooder

It’s Only Rock N Roll

You are the music while the music lasts. 

T. S. Eliot

Have you ever Really Loved a Woman

I’ve said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed. 

B. B. King

Black Hole Sun

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. 

Kin Hubbard

With A Little Help From My Friends

The record company stay out of my way. Whenever the record is finished, they take it.

Paul Simon

The Logical Song

You used to make records, record companies sold them, and people went to record stores and bought them. That’s all gone now. 

Joe Walsh

The first stage of demolition has started at Edmonton's Exhibition Lands.

MSN – Jasmine King – First stage of demolition begins at Edmonton’s Exhibition Lands

Phil’s dedicating this one to Tim Reid.

Bad Moon Rising

Bloodhorse – Woodbine Highlights Accomplishments in Corporate Report

Woodbine 2022-2023 Corporate Responsibility Report

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: In Horse Racing, Change Never Comes Easy

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.

Chinese proverb

Terry Hamilton and Murray House’s American Blaze (KY) the second place finisher to Abeliefinthislivin in the 2023 Canadian Derby heads out east to Woodbine for the 2023 Ontario Derby on Saturday, October 21, 2023 going One And One Eighth Miles on the All Weather Track for $150,000CDN. Riley Rycroft trains and Ryan Munger will be in the irons.

BBC – Kate Morgan – Suicide rates among veterinarians are staggering. The crisis is dire – but there may be hope in sight.

Paulick Report – ‘We Held Our Own’: Hastings Thoroughbred Season Sees Increase In Average On-Track Wagering

Phil has a question:

When will the stats for the Century Mile season that ended over a month ago be published.

With the amount of money that Horse Racing Alberta transfers to the tracks from slot revenues, should Horse Racing Alberta not be monitoring the tracks to ensure that handle and other performance standards are met or exceeded.

Is there a more useless organization in the Universe than Horse Racing Alberta and its window gazers.

Did you ever think that Clark Kent would be worse than the QKB aka Tennille.

Can you hear the sound of scurrying feet.

Paulick Report – Fort Erie Wagering Up 39 Percent In 2023; Dramatic Tour De Fort Closes Out Season

Phil has a question:

When will the stats for the Century Mile season that ended over a month ago be published.

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

HolyBull.ca – Repole It’s Time Now That The Owners Take Back This Game

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

Bloodhorse – 2023 Foal Crop on Pace for Continued Decline

Jockey Club Releases 2022 Breeding Statistics and 2023 Jockey Club Fact Book

If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.

Conn Smythe

The incident will be debated for years. People will see what they want to see. But the bottom line is this: The Astros are on the verge of going to their third straight World Series. Seems difficult to believe that in a game they badly needed to win, they were willing, for the sole purpose of vigilante justice, to fall further behind.

The Athletic – Ken Rosenthal – Did Astros intentionally hit Rangers in pivotal ALCS moment? It’s difficult to believe

If you hot dog your home run and disrespect a pitcher you gotta expect chin music the next time you’re at the plate. Everyone knows it. It’s in the book of unwritten baseball rules.

You know the one that they keep under a mattress in one of Mattress Mack’s stores.

Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical. 

Yogi Berra

Street Fighting Man

Maldonado was later asked if he believed the emotions of the eighth inning fired his team up.

“Yeah,” he said, “I do.”

Sports Illustrated – Jelani Scott – Astros’ Dusty Baker, Rangers’ Adolis Garcia Tossed After Bench-Clearing Dust-Up

Jelani Scott just moved into the Top Ten on the Pun Headlines Chart with a bullet.

Sports Illustrated – Jelani Scott – Astros’ Dusty Baker on Game 5 Ejection: ‘I Haven’t Been That Mad in a Long Time’

ESPN – Alden Gonzalez – Rangers rip Astros after tempers flare in HBP fracas: ‘Not right’

Phil has a question:

Did Garcia taunt Verlander and the Astros with his hotdogging of his home run.

Did the Astros remember that taunt.

Did Maldonado call an inside pitch and then set up outside so that Garcia would get comfortable at the plate when Garcia snuck a peak at Maldonado to check location.

Was Garcia not aware of the unwritten rule about chin music after taunting on a home run.

Did Maldonado sneak a peak at Maldonado to check location.

Was Garcia more angry at getting hit or at Maldonado suckering him to get comfortable at the plate with his location fake that Garcia snuck a peak at.

How can you think and hit at the same time?

Yogi Berra

Street Fighting Man

The Score – Bryan McWilliam – Astros on brink of 3rd straight World Series after Altuve’s 9th-inning HR

There ain’t no genius here. Strategy in baseball is overrated. People say, ‘That Weaver, he plays for the long ball too much.’ You bet I do. Hit ’em out. Then I got no worry about somebody lousing up a bunt, I got no worry about the hit and run – and that’s really overrated – I got no worry about base-running errors. And I can’t screw it up myself. 

Earl Weaver

Bulls On Parade

Fan Nation – Brady Farkas – Altuve, Bregman, Make Baseball History in Incredible Game 5 Win For Houston Astros

Under Pressure

ESPN – 2023 MLB playoffs: 5 wildest moments from epic day in LCS

Italians can not beat us, but we can certainly lose against them.

Johan Cruyff

The Score – AP – D-Backs tie NLCS with late comeback in Game 4

Down On The Corner

Sports Business Journal – Blackhawks crack down on third-party ticket brokers with offseason audit

Phil has a question:

Does Taylor Swift care enough about her fans to audit her ticket sales to keep the brokers out.

National Post – Ken Dryden book excerpt: Canada’s make-or-break moment in ’67

“The men from HIWU told John, ‘If you give us some information [on other people breaking the rules], we’ll cut you some slack,’” is how Diana recalled the conversation.

“Come on, you don’t know somebody that’s doing something?” Diana said the agents prodded.

John’s curt reply was that he’d been minding his own business as a trainer for nearly 50 years, and he wasn’t now about to start getting involved in what other racetrackers did.

TDN – T.D. Thornton – HIWU Descends Upon a Shedrow, Upending Life For a Mom-and Pop Stable

If Repole wants to do something beneficial for horse racing he needs to get the owners together and threaten a boycott of the Breeders Cup unless Lisa Lazarus and the entire HISA Board are immediately replaced with people who understand horse racing.

Phil has a question:

Who the fuck does Lisa Lazarus think she is – Joe McCarthy.

It’s like deja-vu, all over again. 

Yogi Berra

TDN – Jessica Martini – Johnson Cross a Partnership That Works

TDN – Justify’s First Grade I Winner Arabian Lion Retired To Spendthrift

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Trombetta Hoping For Another Turf Sprint Surprise

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Equine Surgeon Dr. Ryan Carpenter On Echo Zulu

The Ringer – Manuela Lazic – With ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ Scorsese Tells the Ultimate Gangster Story

Racing Post – Liam Headd – 2023 British Champions Day at Ascot: raceday running order and how to watch

Sports Business Journal – MLB to focus on influencer partnerships in World Series social strategy

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.

Bill Veeck

Spots Illustrated – John Traina – Bill Simmons on Sports Media, His Time at ESPN, Podcasting, Gambling and Much More

The Telegraph – Hannah Boland – ‘Holy grail’ bottle of whisky expected to fetch £1.2m at auction

Daily Mail – Miriam Kuepper – Grapes of wrath: Furious French wine makers destroy crate-loads of Spanish sparkling wine and pour gallons of red over the streets in protest over cheap imports of booze from neighbouring country

Life’s Been Good


The Score – Travis Sawchik – The Phillies have mastered the psychology of the postseason

You have to have a little bit of crazy to be successful. I want crazy in the clubhouse every day. You need to be crazy to be great. I love crazy. I tell my players that all the time.

Joe Madden

ESPN – Aidan Gonzalez – Jose Altuve, in 100th playoff game, sparks Astros in Game 4 win

The Score – AP – Astros tie ALCS with back-to-back road wins vs. Rangers

The Score – Bryan McWilliam – D-Backs’ Marte walks off Phillies to take Game 3 of NLCS

Sports Illustrated – Stephanie Apstein – Ketel Marte’s Walk-Off Shows That Anything Is Possible With These Diamondbacks

The key step for an infielder is the first one… but before the ball is hit.

Earl Weaver

TDN – Emma Berry – Soumillon: ‘I want to give back to racing, and to the horse, what they have given me’

Bloodhorse – FanDuel TV to Cover Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Bloodhorse – Jim Mulvihill – DK Horse Approved to Take Bets at CHRB Meeting

The Ringer – Eric Ducker – Concert Tour Films Are Having a Moment

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

Southern Living – 26 Chicken Soup Recipes To Cozy Up With Tonight

Dixie Chicken

Bloodhorse – HIWU Halts Provisional Suspensions With Select Drugs

Paulick Report – HIWU Lifts Two Metformin Suspensions After Laboratories Found To Have Applied Different Limits Of Detection

TDN – Dan Ross – HIWU: Efforts to Harmonize Laboratory “Testing Sensitivity” Underway

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Brion, Four Other Suspensions Lifted by HIWU

TDN – Pletcher Breezes Breeders’ Cup Dozen at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Pletcher Breezes Dozen Considered for Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – NYRA Partners With Ed Brown Society To Create Opportunities For People Of Color In Thoroughbred Racing

Front Office Sports – Own Poindexter – Former Miami Marlins President Says Bruce Sherman Fired Derek Jeter

Phil has a question:

How can the Marlins expect to field a functional baseball team when their front office makes Horse Racing Alberta look almost competent.

ESPN – Stephen A. calls on James Harden to grow up

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Forte Retired; Headed to Stud at Spendthrift Farm

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Scott Burton – Without Parole Filly Goes to Mandore, Madaket at Arqana

Paulick Report – Joe Nevills – Blue-Collar Runners Bolster Earnings Dramatically Through Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund

SportsNet – AP – Scherzer roughed up by Astros in return from injury

The Score – AP – Javier, Astros hand Rangers 1st loss of postseason

New York Times – Richard Fausset and Danny Hakim – Sidney Powell Pleads Guilty in Georgia Trump Case

Bloodhorse – Keeneland to Construct New Paddock Building

Paulick Report – ‘I Have Been Waiting A Long Time’: Corey Lanerie Rides 5,000th Winner At Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Jim Mulvihill – Lanerie Reaches Rare Milestone at Keeneland

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – What’s been happening: Arcangelo, Keeneland, William Buick, Corey Lanerie and more …

Los Angeles Times – Liz Szabo – Suzanne Somers pioneered the role of celebrity purveyor of medical misinformation

TDN – Early Voting Removed From 2024 Covering Duties at Coolmore

A total of 48 broodmares, yearlings, weanling and horses of racing age sold for $252,400 for an average of $5,258, down from the 2022 sale average of $9,396. The median price was $3,000, down from $6,250 a year ago.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Broodmare Maritime Breeze Tops CTHS Ontario Mixed Sale

TDN – FTBOA Reelects George Isaacs as President

Southern Living – Jorie Nicole McDonald – Where Did Hush Puppies Come From?

Sports Illustrated – Karl Rasmussen – Why James Harden’s Potential Trade to Clippers Has Reached Standstill, per Report

The Ringer – Logan Murdock – Jordan Poole Is Going His Own Way

The Athletic – Shams Charania and Mike Vorkunov – 76ers’ Joel Embiid nearing deal to represent Skechers’ new basketball division: Sources

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes

Front Office Sports – Michael McCarthy and A.J. Perez – Disney Lifts Curtain on ESPN Financials Amid Sports TV’s Uncertainties

Paulick Report – ‘We Think It’s The Right Opportunity’: Lukas Classic Winner Clapton Will Point To Breeders’ Cup Classic


Sometimes Phil just gotta give in to the Urge

The Ringer – Keith Phipps – ‘Kundun,’ I Liked It!

Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

P.J. O’Rourke

Study Finds – Any Chodroff – Best Mushroom Coffee: Top 7 Brands Most Recommended By Experts

White Rabbit

Sports Business Journal – Fans pack Philly stadiums for epic sports night

There is nothing permanent except change.


Pink White Rabbit

Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: Thanks For The Perspective On Thoroughbreds Doing Dressage

Phil M Stockmen

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