Oct 212023

Covers -Geoff Zochodne –  Documents Show Sports Betting-Related Uncertainty for Canada’s Horse Racing Sector

Most telling about horse racing’s uncertain future is that there is no menu button for horse racing on Covers.

Phil has a question:

Would any of the minions at Horse Racing Alberta have the slightest clue about Zochodne is saying.

Do the minions at Horse Racing Alberta think that gazing out a window and cashing their paycheques is a solution to the problems that Zochodne is outlining.

Can you hear the scurrying.

Pierre Esquirol’s homebred Jeff Fa Fa makes a jump in class to the Big Apple in this Friday’s Bold Ruler GIII going furlongs for $200,000US at the Belmont at Big A meet at Aqueduct. Manitoba born Rob Atras will handle the training duties with Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle.

After the Wire – Keith McCalmont – Jeff Fa Fa Will Try to Run Run Far Far in G3 Bold Ruler

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.

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

Phil’s dedicating this one to Tim Reid.

Bad Moon Rising

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

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



Breeders Cup Races


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

Breeders’ Cup Announces 2023 Broadcast Schedule

America’s Best Racing – Beginner’s Guide to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Do You Love Me Now

America’s Best Racing – Patrick Reed – Forty Years of Breeders’ Cup Pop Culture: Then vs. Now

America’s Best Racing – Mike Currie – ABR’s Guide to Throwing an Amazing Breeders’ Cup Watch Party

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

LA Woman

Eater – 19 Saucy Pizza Spots to Love Around Los Angeles

Triple Beam Pizza

LA Woman

Pizzeria Bros

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

Love Me Two Times

Time-Out – Best Dive Bars in Los Angeles


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

SportsNet – AP – Rangers blow out Astros in Game 7 to win AL pennant, spot in 2023 World Series

ESPN – Alden Gonzalez – MVP Adolis Garcia, Rangers dethrone Astros to win ALCS

ESPN – Jeff Passan – MLB Playoffs 2023: How this October delivered two Game 7s

Phil has a question:

Who’s whining about the MLB playoff structure now.

Paulick Report – ‘A Humbling Tribute’: Frankie Dettori Statue Unveiled At Ascot Racecourse

Bloodhorse – Canterbury Begins Construction of Three 108-Stall Barns

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – HISA Looking Into Slow Response Time To Treat Injured Jockey At Remington Park

Garden and Gun – Ron Rash’s Ghostly Inspirations

Southern Living – Kaitlyn Yarborough – Our Favorite Fall Side Dishes That Belong At Your Next Potluck

TDN – Classic Contenders Arabian Knight, White Abarrio Headline Breeders’ Cup Works


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – ‘What a horse!’ – Big Rock joins world top ten with wide-margin Ascot triumph

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Typical Market on Day 1 of Kentucky October Sale

TDN – Jessica Martini – $500k Justify Colt Paces ‘Solid’ Fasig-Tipton October Opener

TDN – OwnerView Accepting New Owner of the Year Nominations

Bloodhorse – Weatherbys Reports Breeding Stats for England, Ireland

The Conversation – Zafar Adeel – Israel-Palestine conflict: How sharing the waters of the Jordan River could be a pathway to peace

SportsNet – AP – Rangers rout Astros to force winner-take-all Game 7 in ALCS

Phil has a question:

Will Mattress Mack offer a furniture bonus to the Astros.

Science Translational Medicine – Anthony S Fauci – What keeps me up at night

America’s Best Racing – Jennifer Kelly – ‘Tough as Hell’: Cindy Murphy Planning to Retire From Riding After Reaching a Milestone

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

The Ringer – Miles Surrey – ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Not Only Justifies Its Lengthy Run Time—It’s Essential to the Story

ESPN – Jake Trotter – Browns’ Deshaun Watson ‘not sure’ if he reinjured shoulder

Phil has a question:

What did the Browns expect from a guy that had so many massage appointments.


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Haskin – ‘One of the wildest and wackiest Kentucky Derby weeks’ – when Breeders’ Cup legend Arazi went back to Churchill Downs

Paulick Report – ‘She Stays All Day’: Romagna Mia Has Stamina To Spare For First U.S. Win In Dowager

TDN – Tamara Works At Santa Anita for BC Juvenile Fillies

TDN – Proxy, Prince Of Monaco Top Breeders’ Cup Work Tab

Bloodhorse – Several Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Work at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – WATCH: Proxy ‘Handled It Well” When Unexpected Company Joins In Keeneland Breeze

TDN – Jockey Frank Alvarado Picks Up 4,000th Career Victory

Paulick Report – ‘Far From Definitely Being Retired’: Nest To Be Offered At Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Last Stop for Yearlings at the F-T October Sale

The Ringer – Danny Chau – Is James Harden Worth the Squeeze for the Clippers?

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Week 7: Lamar Jackson for MVP

Sports Illustrated – Albert Breer – NFL Week 7 Takeaways: The Steelers Are Flashing Their Potential

The Athletic – Chandler – Rome – MLB suspends Astros’ Bryan Abreu 2 games for ‘intentionally throwing’ at Rangers’ Adolis García

ESPN – Alden Gonzalez – Astros’ Bryan Abreu facing 2-game suspension for plunking Adolis Garcia

I Fought The Law

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.

Ty Cobb

The Score – AP – Phillies push D-Backs to brink of elimination after Wheeler’s Game 5 gem

ESPN – Jesse Rogers – Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber launch Phillies to 3-2 NLCS lead

Sports Business Journal – Austin Karp – SBJ celebrates its New Voices Under 30

Big Yellow Taxi

ESPN – Jeff Passan – MLB Playoffs 2023: Complicated legacy of Astros’ Jose Altuve

Fans don’t boo nobodies.

Reggie Jackson

Time Loves A Hero

Paulick Report – WATCH: Ascot Crowd Cheers As King Of Steel Delivers Champion Win In Dettori’s British Swan Song

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Lewis Porteous – Dettori Raises the Roof in Epic Long Distance Cup Win

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – King of Steel Takes Champion in Dettori’s UK Farewell


TDN – Nyquist Colt Dazzles in ‘TDN Rising Star’ Performance at Santa Anita

Paulick Report – ‘What A Horse’: Big Rock Wins QE II Stakes On Front End, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

TDN – Raise Cain Perfectly Timed at Wire in Keeneland’s Perryville

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Raise Cain Outfinishes Dr. Venkman in Perryville

Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Gun Runner’s Vahva Best in Raven Run

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Vahva Reels in Alva Starr in Raven Run

Bloodhorse – Dean Keppler – Touch’n Ride Wins Ontario Derby Via Disqualification

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Woodbine Saturday: Controversy in Ontario Derby

TDN – Omaha Beach Filly All the Way in Anoakia

Paulick Report – Exercise Rider Alfredo Luevano Dies In Los Alamitos Training Incident

Paulick Report – Victor Ryan – DWC Winner Ushba Tesoro Among Japan-Based BC Hopefuls Set For Santa Anita Arrival

Paulick Report – Victor Ryan – Practical Move Among Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls To Drill At Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Nest to Skip Breeders’ Cup, Bound for Fasig-Tipton Sale

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

Conn Smythe

Time Loves A Hero

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 Pun Headlines Chart Top Ten with a bullet.

Phil has a question:

Did Jelani Scott intend the double pun.

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

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Documents Show Sports Betting-Related Uncertainty for Canada’s Horse Racing Sector”

  1. CPMA running a deficit of $300k to %400k yearly based on a reduction of parimutuel betting is a sure sign of racing industry woes. Their 0.8% levy of each bet is not covering expenses with 70% for drug testing and 70% revenue coming from the Ontario market. The 250k levy from century mile / betmakers
    33 million fixed odds betting is not being captured due to legal reasons.

    HOT RUMOUR is that a confidential CARO soil analysis study of century mile racing surface is that the thoroughbred mix with harness base is problematic.

    HOT RUMOUR is that CENTURY strategic bankruptcy?? has had the stock drop 20% in two days from $5.34 to $4.35. The 231 fund/institutional investors must have caught wind prior to Nov 7th/ 3th qtr filing,with 660 million in long term debt and lease obligations versus a market cap of only 135 million!

    HRA transparency finally has their board expenses posted nothing exciting.

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