Oct 272023

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Repole Launches New Alliance Aimed at Improving Racing

TDN – Bill Finley – Repole Announces Formation of National Thoroughbred Alliance, Hires Cummings as Executive Director

Paulick Report – Repole Hopes His Newly Created ‘Alliance’ Will Unite Thoroughbred Racing Behind New Vision, Strategy

Thoroughbred Idea Foundation

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

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills and some keep gazing out their windows thankful for the changing views.

Phil’s Updated Chinese proverb

Breeders Cup Races

MMXXIII Breeders’ Cup XL – Pre- Entries

Equibase – MMXXIII Breeders’ Cup XL Pre-Entries

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Releases Race Order, Post Times, Wagers

Breeders’ Cup Announces 2023 Broadcast Schedule

America’s Best Racing – Patrick Reed – Ten Interesting Facts About the 2023 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Do You Love Me Now

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

America’s Best Racing – Mike Curry – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Cheat Sheet: Get to Know the Horses

America’s Best Racing – J Keeler Johnson – Using History as a Guide to Analyzing the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

America’s Best Racing – Noel Michaels – What to Know About the ‘Future Stars Friday’ Breeders’ Cup Races

America’s Best Racing – Mike Curry – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Tips and Trends: Recent History Points to an Upset

America’s Best Racing – Patrick Reed – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic Cheat Sheet: Get to Know the Horses

Immigrant Song

America’s Best Racing – Patrick Reed – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Where to Go and What to Do in the Arcadia-Pasadena Area

Little Old Lady From Pasadena

Bloodhorse – Beyond the Headlines: Breeders’ Cup Celebrates 40 Years

Study Finds – Meaghan Babaker – Best Bourbon: Top 5 Bottles Most Recommended By Experts 

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


Pierre Esquirol’s homebred Jeff Fa Fa makes a jump in class 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

Psycho Killer

By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.

Witch Two

Black Magic Woman

Los Angeles Times – Lorraine Ali – Is the real world not scary enough? Try these new horror and thriller series instead

Q. Why doesn’t Frankenstein dance?

A. He’s got two left feet.

The Science of Scare: The scariest movies of all time

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.

Wednesday Addams

Witchy Woman

Study Finds – Jilly Hite – Best Horror Films: Top 5 Scary Movies Of All Time, According To Experts

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. 

Alfred Hitchcock

All Of Me

Halloween jokes: A vampire and frankenstine chit chat

The Kitchn – MacKenzie Filson –  The 15 Best Halloween Candies, Ranked

Bon Appetit – Babish Picks Best Halloween Candy

Q: Why do witches wear name tags?

A: To tell which witch is which.

Come As You Are

With almost all of the Halloween couples going as either Barbie and Ken or Taylor and Travis Phil was going to recommend Golda and Moshe. But with the Hamas and Israelis involved in a sequel to the Golda movie Phil’s not sure if those costumes would be in good taste.

I have only one eye. Do you want me to look at the road or at the speedometer.

Moshe Dayan

Lucky Ones

Instyle – Drew Elovitz – 21 Clever 2023 Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Pull Off

Instyle – Julia Guerra – 22 Genius Couples Halloween Costumes to Wear in 2023

Phil has a question:

Captain and Tenille

Q. What is a vampire’s favourite fruit.

A. A blood orange.

You look a lot like the mummy of the year

Bat to the bone.

Bat Out of Hell

Time – Cady Lang – What Is Samhain? What to Know About the Ancient Pagan Festival That Came Before Halloween

Q: Why did the angry witch leave her broom at home?

A: She didn’t want to fly off the handle.

Black Magic Woman

Made for Mums – Janet Ktima – 35 of the best Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers and kids

I always liked strange characters.

Tim Burton

Come as You Are

Q. How do you repair a broken jack o’ lantern?

A. With a pumpkin patch.

The Atlantic – Samira Kawash – How Candy and Halloween Became Best Friends


Q. Why did the ghost go to the bar?

A. To get some boos.

Garden and Gun – Ron Rash’s Ghostly Inspirations

Blood In The Cut

Q. How do you calculate the circumference of a pumpkin?

A. With pi.

Live and Let Die

The Bitter Southerner – Tom Maxwell – We Salted Nannie

Jack O’Lantern Mushrooms

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?


Witch who?

Witch one of you has the candy?

I’d say the first thing you need is… a pumpkin.

Fairy Godmother


History – How Jack O’Lanterns Originated in Irish Myth

Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve.

Ray Bradbury

Irish Times – Jessica Traynor – The story of Jack-o’-lantern: ‘If you knew the sufferings of that forsaken craythur’

Q: What do witches study in school?

A: Spelling.

Werewolves of London

Study Finds – Best Halloween Songs: Top 5 Frightful Tunes Most Recommended By Experts

Q:Where do witches park?

A: In the broom closet.


Q:Where do spiders do their Halloween shopping?

A: On the web.

Southern Living – Amy Bickers Abeyta – 34 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Tonight, Tonight

Q: Who’s in charge of the candy corn?

A: The colonel.

Slate – Heather Schwedel – When Did This Time of Year Become “Spooky Season”?

Q:What do witches put on to go trick or treating?

A: Mas-scare-a.

CNN – Marianna Cerini – From pagan spirits to Wonder Woman: A brief history of the Halloween costume

Q: What did one piece of hard candy say to the other after it helped it escape from being eaten?

A: “Thanks! You’re a real lifesaver.”

Love Potion No. 9

Garden and Gun – Danielle Wallace – Six Ways to Repurpose Leftover Pumpkins 

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Life is too short to be serious all the time, so if you can’t laugh at yourself then call me… I’ll laugh at you, for you.

Donald Duck

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Repole Launches New Alliance Aimed at Improving Racing

Head On

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. 

James Baldwin

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 22: Goalie Jose Theodore #60 of the Montreal Canadiens exhales during the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Molson Canadien Heritage Classic on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton, Canada. An NHL-record crowd of 57,167 braved temperatures hitting -20 Celsius at game time to watch the Canadiens edge the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Athletic – The story behind the 2003 Heritage Classic, the NHL’s first regular-season outdoor game

2018 Breeders Cup Mile

DRF – David Grening – Occult spooky in Mother Goose

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz and Anne M. Eberhardt – Geaux Rocket Ride Injured in Work at Santa Anita Park

Crimson and Clover

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

Robert A. Heinlein

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Rangers’ Impatience, Big Spending Accelerate Rise To World Series

SportsNet – David Singh – World Series Game 1 Takeaways: Seager, Garcia’s heroics charge Rangers’ epic comeback

ESPN – World Series Game 1: Takeaways from Rangers’ win over D-backs

The Ringer – Ben Lindbergh – The Times-Through-the-Order Penalty Transformed the MLB Playoffs. Is the Reliever Familiarity Effect Next?

SportsNet – Wayne Scanlan – Pinto suspension creates learning opportunity in modern betting landscape

Do It Again

TDN – Bill Finley – Given 22-Month Suspension From HIWU, Trainer Poole Calls Process A ‘Joke’

Phil has a question:

Do you wanna hear a bad Joke – Lisa Lazarus.

TDN – Alan Carasso – Weekend Preview: Stars of Tomorrow Program Anchored By Street Sense

Bloodhorse – Lenny Shulman – Secretariat Wins Canadian International in Final Race

Horse Race Insider – John Pricci – MAJOR HORSE RACING EVENTS IN THE USA IN 2023

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Handicapping Strategies From Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Bright Future, White Abarrio Lead BC Classic Workers

Horse Race Insider – John Pricci – BREEDERS’ CUP DIARY: GETTING TIED ON

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Candied a Pleasing Addition to Buck Pond Farm History

Paulick Report – Golden Pal Leads North American Stallions By Mares Bred In 2023

Bloodhorse – Report of Mares Bred Points to Slight Breeding Decline

ESPN – Jesse Rogers – Diamondbacks fueled by doubters during World Series march

The Ringer – Zach Kram – Is Diamondbacks Vs. Rangers the Most Unlikely World Series Matchup Ever?

Sports Illustrated – Tom Verducci – Unlikely Rangers-Diamondbacks World Series Has Deep Princeton Roots

TSN – CP – Diamondbacks take series of slights into surprise World Series against Rangers

SportsNet – Jeff Blair – Six players to watch in the World Series: Garcia’s thunderous bat inspires Rangers

Front Office Sports – David Rumsey – Lack of Stars, Big Markets Dampers World Series Viewership Expectations

Canadian Thoroughbred – G.S. Thompson – SUGAR DADDY JACK and Claimers of the Year at Assiniboia

Assiniboia Downs Class Showing Up Everywhere

Phil has a question:

What the fuck happened to the Alberta Advantage.

Why the fuck do Clark Kent and the Undertaker still have paying positions with Horse Racing Alberta.

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

Mark Twain

The Guardian – Victoria Namkung – No recipe for success: what happens to TV cooking stars after the show?

New York Times – Kim Severson – How Does Kristen Kish Feel at the Top of ‘Top Chef’? It’s Complicated.

TDN – Jessica Martini – ‘Solid Sale Getting Better Every Year:’ Fasig-Tipton October Sale Concludes

Paulick Report – Bolt d’Oro Colt Tops Final Session Of Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale

Fifteen horses, including millionaire grade 2 winner Smile Happy , have been supplemented to the Nov. 17 Keeneland November Horses of Racing Age Sale. A total of 300 horses have been cataloged for the auction, which will begin at noon.

Bloodhorse – Keeneland Adds 18 Horses to Breeding Stock, HORA Sales

Phil has a question:

Will Mattress Mack be bidding.

Paulick Report – Victor Ryan – ‘He Dragged Me Around There’: BC Classic Contender Senor Buscador Records Final Work

Perrin was a key adviser to Stephen Harper’s government when it introduced tougher sentencing laws. Yet, in Indictment, he repudiates that approach and advocates a radically different plan for criminal justice that would divert resources from police forces and abolish the prison system as we know it.

National Post – Ivison: Ex-Harper adviser explains why ‘transformative justice’ needs to replace ‘tough on crime’

Bloodhorse – Tapeta for Santa Anita Training Track to Soon Arrive

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ten magic moments from the greatest show on earth – racing’s stars pick out their favourite Breeders’ Cup memories

Bloodhorse – TCA to Hold Bash at the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 3

Paulick Report – HISA Introduces First-Ever National Concussion Protocol For Jockeys

Never mistake motion for action.

Ernest Hemingway

Sports Illustrated – Patrick Andres – Dusty Baker to Retire as Astros Manager, Wants to Remain Involved in Baseball

Sports Illustrated – Patrick Andres – Browns’ Deshaun Watson Explains Early Exit From Colts Game, Shoulder Injury Situation

Phil has a question:

Does Deshaun need a couple of masseuses to work on his shoulder.

Bon Appetit – Rick Lewis – 37 Christmas Cakes That Shine Brighter Than the Tree

Phil has a question:

Does anyone make figgy pudding any more.

What is figgy pudding.

Christmas (Figgy) Pudding

25 Best Christmas Pies

33 Best Christmas Pies to Bring to the Holiday Dessert Table

Perfect Peach Pie

Classic Peach Pie From Canned Peaches

I Love Pie

Sometimes Phil just gotta give in to the Urge.

SportsNet – Elliotte Friedman – Senators’ Pinto suspended 41 games for violating NHL gambling rules

With the Street Sense being added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series for the first time this year, the field has come up stronger than usual. The respective top five finishers on Sunday will earn 2024 Kentucky Derby qualifying points of 10-5-3-2-1.

Brisnet – Vance Hanson – Street Sense, Rags to Riches highlight Churchill Downs opener

Bloodhorse – Byron King – CDI’s Third-Quarter Net Income Rises 7% to $61 Million

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Number Of Cities Vying For New Bears Stadium Hits Seven

Bloodhorse – Jim Mulvihill – Arcangelo Sharp in Final Breeze for BC Classic

Paulick Report – Willman – Here’s Frankie! Legendary Dettori Back At Santa Anita For Saturday’s Lure Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – What’s been happening: Frankie Dettori whip ban, Breeders’ Cup pre-entries, world #1 Equinox and more …


Paulick Report – HIWU Weekly Update: Pimental Withdraws Admission Of Guilt, Pro Bono Lawyer Panel In Development

TDN – T.D. Thornton – Pimentals, Overwhelmed by Support, Get Help to Proceed to HIWU Hearing

Phil has a question:

Does Lisa Lazarus read Joe McCarthy bedtime stories.

The Ringer – Katie Baker – Absorber in the Court: What We’ve Learned From the SBF Trial’s Cast of Characters

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – Trainers Say They’ve Historically Been Left Out Of Necropsy Review Findings In New York

TDN – Jessica Martini – $725K Justify Colt Vaults to the Top as Action Heats up at Fasig-Tipton October Sale

Paulick Report – Justify Colt Lights Up Third Session Of Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale

TDN – Chancey to Chair ARCI Drug Testing Committee

SportsNet – Michael Grange – Rajakovic era off to successful start as Raptors hold off Timberwolves

The Toronto fans were in the Halloween spirit as Phil noticed a few hundred of them in their empty seat costumes.

Sports Business Journal – Despite recent contract extension, NFL owners eyeing post-Goodell NFL succession plan

Phil has a question:

When will the NHL owners move into the 20th century and implement post-Bettman plans.

Sports Illustrated – Daniel Chavkin – The NBA All-Star Game Is Reverting to Its Old Format and Fan Reviews Are Mixed

2010 Breeders’ Cup Mile

Gold Dust Woman


Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Horsemen Show Strong Interest in 2023 Breeders’ Cup

Come as You Are

Study Finds – Music & medicine: Listening to your favorite songs can reduce pain

Times Like These

Los Angeles Times – Frances Bean Cobain marries Riley Hawk in ceremony officiated by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe

Man Who Sold The World

The Bitter Southerner – Tom Maxwell – We Salted Nannie

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘The Breeders’ Cup puts equine safety first and foremost’ – Q+A with Drew Fleming

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Veterinary Team Conducts Enhanced Pre-Screening

TDN – Letter to the Editor: HISA’s CEO Lisa Lazarus Issues Response to Pimental Article

Phil has a question:

Wasn’t the appropriate response for Lisa Lazarus to hand in her resignation.

Does Lisa Lazarus’ response really say anything and inspire you to have confidence in her abilities.

Phil M Stockmen

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