Nov 032023

Breeders Cup Races

Bloodhorse – Complete Breeders’ Cup Entries

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Fantasy Game Returns


Bloodhorse – Busy Breeders’ Cup Week for Racing on Television, Radio

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

Do You Love Me Now

Bloodhorse – Byron King – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 8-1

Bloodhorse – Byron King – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 16-9

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 24-17

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 32-25

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top 40 Horses

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

California Dreaming

America’s Best Racing – Noel Michaels – What to Know About the Nine Breeders’ Cup Saturday Races

Horse Racing Nation – Ron Flatter – First Look: There’s the Breeders’ Cup … & 8 other graded stakes

Horse Racing Nation – Padraic Manocchio – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf: How they may finish from 1st to last

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

Horse Racing Nation – Matt Shifman – Breeders’ Cup Distaff 2023: Early odds and analysis

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

Good Vibrations

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

Derby Bar and Grill Events

The Derby should be hopping on both Friday and Saturday with a couple of Vancouver owners having horses entered.

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

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

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


Caramelized Onions, Sauerkraut, Sweet Peppers, Spicy Peppers

 Whole Grain, Dijon, Spicy Brown, Honey Mustard, American Yellow



Clint Eastwood

Richmond Bar and Grill

All I Wanna Do

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


Bloodhorse – ‘All Others’ 4-5 at Closing of KD Pool 1 Future Wager

MMXXIV Kentucky Derby CL Future Wager Pool I

October 31, 12:00 pm – November 2, 6:00 pm

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

Horse Racing Alberta Announces Dates for 2024 and 2026

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This is It

2019 Breeders Cup Turf

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

1987 Breeders Cup Turf

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup Presented By Sky Racing World: Bring On Breeders’ Cup

A party without cake is really just a meeting.

Julia Child

Another Brick in The Wall

Paulick Report – Joe Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic

#1 – Arcangelo

#2 – Zandon
Always brings lunchpail
Can Frankie find one more gear?
He’ll get a paycheck

#3 – White Abarrio
Ran out of his shoes
In a freak Whitney effort
Does he have one more?

#4 – Missed the Cut
The TAA Stakes
Would have made plenty of sense
Meets a class chasm

#5 – Derma Sotogake
Loved him pre-Derby
But he hasn’t raced since then
No clue what we’ve got

#6 – Saudi Crown
Two noses away
From undefeated status
A price on the lead

#7 – Clapton
No reason to cry
If you’re playing against him
He won’t change the world

#8 – Ushba Tesoro
Japan, Dubai star
Starting gate anxiety
Could be lone weakness

#9 – Senor Buscador
West Coast check-getter
Offers little to excite
Can’t get behind him

#10 – Dreamlike
Nonwinner of two
A fine condition to have
In the Juvenile

#11 – Bright Future
Right time to get hot
If he finds one more level
He could be frisky

#12 – Arabian Knight
Gently-handled freak
Could get conveyor belt trip
If no one joins him

#13 – Proxy
Keeps finding trouble
Often gets close anyway
Just not that enthused

Pace battle ensues
Saudi Crown prevails, ascends
Eight, two round it out

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Summers, Fincher Bring Longshot Hopes to BC Classic

Fat Bottomed Girls

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – In Turf, Up to the Mark Faces Top International Runners

The Haiku Handicapper had a question on Friday:

#9 – Fierceness
Is the real Fierceness
The one from his freak debut
Or the Champagne dud?

Pletch being more loyal to winning than to jockeys made the switch to John R Velazquez after the bush track move that Alberta fans are so familiar with by Ortiz Jr. in the Champagne. Your horse breaks bad so let’s see how fast we can get it back in contention and leave nothing in tank for the last half of the race. Alberta race fans will recognize the move and many the face.

Aidan O’Brien also showed his loyalty to winning over jockeys with the switch to Ryan Moore on Unquestionable in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after River Tiber was scratched. Moore was paying attention to how the turf was playing and got his horse in closer contention while schooling Juan J Hernandez three wide on Endlessly. Alberta race fans will recognize the Hernandez ride and many the face.

The Tip sheets that only pick horses without providing any commentary are fucking useless for anything else except lining your kitty litter tray.

The Breeders’ Cup Handicapper’s Sheet used the comment “Tries to make amends for failing as the favorite” a few times.

$2 across on each of the horses with that comment would have left a CNote + in your pocket.


vendredi 3 novembre

Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude… my personality is who I am, and my attitude depends on who you are.

Donald Duck

This is It

TDN – Steve Sherack – Breeders’ Cup 40 is Here!

The Athletic Teresa Genaro – What to know about Breeders’ Cup 2023: Start time, favorites, post positions and more

TDN – Steve Sherack – Thursday’s Breeders’ Cup Report: Locked and Loaded for the Weekend

Phil has a question:

Don’t you wanna punch the screen when Wordle gives you that Phew comment when you solve on the last chance.

ESPN – Buster Olney – World Series 2023: Why Bochy might be the greatest manager ever

Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.

Leo Durocher

America’s Best Racing – Julie June Stewart – ‘Special Horse’ Mr. T Makes Debut on Big Stage at 2023 Breeders’ Cup

I Came To Dance

2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Hansen: Disappointed Horse’s Tail Not Blue

Hansen - Horse Profile - BloodHorse

Babysitting Blues

Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem certainly wasn’t bucking any time-honored tradition. Up until 2009, players stayed in the locker room during the anthem. That year the Pentagon started paying the NFL to bring players out for patriotic salutes. So Kaepernick wasn’t the one who blurred the lines rather than “sticking to sports.”

Los Angeles Times – LZ Granderson – Column: Colin Kaepernick’s exile from the NFL is dumber than ever

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

Thomas Paine

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – A Magical Ride for Breeder Elizabeth Merryman With Star Turf Sprinter Caravel

I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food …

Julia Child

Blood In The Cut

The Bitter Southerner – Reanna Cruz – The Sounds of Science

Bloodhorse – Complete Breeders’ Cup Entries



Paulick Report –  Joe Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

#1 – The Wine Steward
Game Grade 1 debut
Proved he belongs among these
Value potential

#2 – Prince of Monaco
Unbeaten sprinter
Coming off field’s longest rest
Not sure it’s his spot

#3 – Wine Me Up
Likely pace presence
Will find some West Coast stakes wins
This race won’t be one

#4 – Timberlake
His Champagne was great
Can’t forget his bland Hopeful
A pick to regress

#5 – Ecoro Neo

#6 – Locked
Passed a major test
With his gritty Keeneland win
Should be live again

#7 – Cuban Thunder
If this were ’08
And they were running on synth
I’d like him way more

#8 – General Partner
Do you remember
The BC Juvenile Sprint?
He’d have been tough there

#9 – Fierceness
Is the real Fierceness
The one from his freak debut
Or the Champagne dud?

#10 – Muth
Relishes this track
Shown dimensions to his game
Has the tools to win

#11 – Noted
Dual-surface runner
Has fun career potential
This spot’s an ask, though

Muth picks up the win
But Derby points go unclaimed
Six, one fill the tri

This Is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Breeders’ Cup Friday preview & picks

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Graham Dench – Breeders’ Cup Friday: which European runners have the best chance of success at Santa Anita?

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Juvenile: Why Have Only Two Winners Captured the Derby?

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – First Rate: BC Turf Filled With Highly Ranked Runners

Paint It Black

The Ringer – Bryan Curtis – How the NFL Network Became Football Media’s Assignment Editor

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – YouTube Cuts NFL Sunday Ticket Price in Half at Midseason

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Fox Defends Sports Assets, Cable Bundle Amid Industry Challenges

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Trio of Breeders’ Cup Starters Gives Weaver a Huge Lift

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Ushba Tesoro, She Feels Pretty Two Tempting BC Wagers

Bloodhorse – Three BC Starters Honor Brereton Jones’ Memory

TDN – Steve Sherack – A Year Removed from a Horse of a Lifetime, Sadler Three Deep at Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Tracking The Threads Of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Card

Paulick Report – Classic: Dreamlike Still A Work In Progress, Miss The Cut Out To Make The Cut

Paulick Report – Notes On Breeders’ Cup Turf Races: International Runners Settle In

The Ringer – Derek Thompson – Could a Housing Recession Take Down the U.S. Economy?

Sports Business Journal – Austin Karp – Rangers-Diamondbacks World Series viewership down 23% from Astros-Phillies in 2022

jeudi 2 novembre

2013 Breeders Cup Classic

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

Dr. Seuss

Los Angeles Times – Bill Shaikin – Column: Corey Seager leads Texas Rangers to first World Series title over Arizona Diamondbacks

Sports Illustrated – Stephanie Apstein – Rangers Ride Nathan Eovaldi Gem to First World Series Title

ESPN – Bradford Doolittle – World Series 2023: How Rangers’ rapid rebuild led to a title

SportsNet – David Singh – World Series Game 5 Takeaways: Rangers showcase the resiliency of a champion

The Score – Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb – Rangers win 1st World Series title in 63-year history

Phil has a question:

Can the Canucks win a Cup before the centennial of their team.

Eater – Dana Hatic – What’s the Shelf Life of Halloween Candy?

You can observe a lot by just watching. 

Yogi Berra

The Ringer – Katie Baker – Sam Bankman-Fried Often Didn’t Recall in His Testimony. But the Prosecution Did.

I Fought The Law

Scientific American – Rachel Crowell – How Mathematics Can Predict—And Help Prevent—The Next Pandemic

Phil has a question:

Can mathematics predict who will win the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.

Southern Living – Kaitlyn Yarborough – 25 Mushroom Recipes Every Mushroom Lover Will Appreciate

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Game of Silks Players Target $70,000 at Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Godolphin Extending Remarkable Run in Breeders’ Cup

Personal Jesus

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Bloodhorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 8-1

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Smith Hopes for Better Beholder Memory With Tamara

Good Vibrations

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

Robert A. Heinlein

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Japanese Runners Ready for Strong Breeders’ Cup Effort

Sympathy For The Devil


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Graham Dench – Breeders’ Cup Saturday: which European runners have the best chance of success at Santa Anita?


Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – On the Rise: Hayley Amoss

The Conversation – Maissaa Almustafa – Gaza’s ‘graveyard’ for children: Why Palestinians must be included in the international refugee protection regime

I Think We’re Alone Now

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Outlines Comprehensive Safety and Integrity Measures in Place for 2023 World Championships

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

Lord Byron

Bloodhorse – Geaux Rocket Ride Euthanized

Paulick Report – ‘He Fought Hard’: Unable To Stand After Surgery, Geaux Rocket Ride Euthanized

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Precise Information Being Used to Protect Thoroughbreds

TDN – Chris McGrath – Big Picture Shows Yearling Market Holding Firm

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Walmac Farm: Liberal Arts A Capstone Horse For Ferraro Family Racing, Breeding Programs

The Ringer – Austin Gayle – Josh McDaniels Was Supposed to Take the Raiders to the Next Level. He Made Them an Embarrassment.

ESPN – Bill Barnwell – Josh McDaniels’ bad decisions lead to Raiders firing: What’s next?

Phil has a question:

Have you noticed that ever since the Raiders torch was passed from Al to Mark Davis that the Raiders have sucked.

The Raiders of old were vicious and crazy and cruel. Hanging around their locker room was like hanging around the weight room at Folsom Prison. 

Hunter S. Thompson

Front Office Sports – David Rumsey – Bettman Says NHL On Pace To Set Attendance Records

Phil has a question:

When will Bettman resign so the NHL can get a real commissioner.

mercredi 1 novembre

You know, sometimes me conscience bothers me… but not this time.

Bugs Bunny

1984 Breeders Cup Turf

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.

Rebecca West

In Between Days

The Athletic – Levi Weaver and Ken Rosenthal – Will the World Series end tonight? Plus, how the Rangers exemplify smart spending

SportsNet – Nick Ashbourne – World Series Takeaways: Semien’s bat wakes up as Rangers dominate Diamondbacks

Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.

Casey Stengel

Sports Illustrated – Tom Verducci – Star Power Crushes Smallball in Rangers’ World Series Game 4 Victory

ESPN – Alden Gonzalez- Rangers’ Adolis Garcia, Max Scherzer to miss rest of World Series

O’Brien Breeders’ Cup Brigade

Bloodhorse – Meet the Field for the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic

With no posted works and no race between the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Classic Derma Sotagake is a crap-shoot for handicappers, but check the photos and watch him exercising and he looks frighteningly good.

Paulick Report – Classic Notes: Japanese Pair May Have ‘Blowout’ Breeze On Wednesday

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Bloodhorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 16-9

Los Angeles Times – Halloween is over but don’t trash your jack-o-lantern — compost it instead. Here’s how

I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone’s imagination.

Hunter S. Thompson

Phil has a question:

Why compost when you can repurpose.

Southern Living – Amber Love Bond – Pumpkin Banana Bread

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

The Big Oven – How To Eat Pumpkin Other Than Pie

Phil has a question:

Do you put ketchup on Pumpkin Fries.

Fall Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

Pumpkin Lasagna

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

CBS Sports – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic predictions, odds, post time, contenders: Picks from Santa Anita-based insider


ESPN – AP – Horse dies; Belmont winner scratched from Breeders’ Classic

TDN – 2024 Kentucky Race Dates Set

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Colasanti ‘Locked’ In With New Lucky Charm

Should I Stay or Should I Go

America’s Best Racing – Dan Tjordman – Meet the Jockeys of the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic

Study Finds – Matt Higgins – 5 Fantastic Homemade Pizza Recipes For Boosting Brain Health


The Ringer – Michael Pina – What’s the Sixers’ Next Move After Trading James Harden?

TDN – Chris McGrath – Dave Johnson: What a Performance!

Brisnet – J Keeler Johnson – Breeders’ Cup International Scouting Report: Friday

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Graham Dench – Breeders’ Cup Friday: which European runners have the best chance of success at Santa Anita?

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Brisnet – Vance Hanson – Breeders’ Cup International Scouting Report: Saturday

Bloodhorse – Byron King – BC Classic Void of U.S.-Based 2023 Triple Crown Horses

Bloodhorse – Horse Owners Pledge Earnings to Stand Up To Jewish Hate

Paulick Report – Mike Smith Talks Tamara: ‘She Could Turn Out To Be The Best 2-Year-Old I’ve Ridden’

TSN – CP – Raiders fire head coach McDaniels, general manager Ziegler

The Raiders of old were vicious and crazy and cruel. Hanging around their locker room was like hanging around the weight room at Folsom Prison. 

Hunter S. Thompson

SportsNet – Senators fire GM Pierre Dorion in wake of Dadonov trade controversy

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Commanders Owner Josh Harris Begins Remodeling Product on the Field

FiveThirtyEight – Geoffrey Skelley – The curious case of Dean Phillips’s last-minute primary challenge

Vanity Fair – Brian Stelter – “It Was Always Going to End Badly”: The Untold Story of Tucker Carlson’s Ugly Exit From Fox News

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel. 

Che Guevara

Won’t Get Fooled Again

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Bloodhorse – Byron King – Arcangelo to Scratch From Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Steve Sherack – Arcangelo Out of Breeders’ Cup Classic with Foot Issue

The Athletic – Dana O’Neil – Practical Move dies from apparent cardiac event during training at Santa Anita Park

Can’t find the Breeders’ Cup news in the mainstream sports media with a searchlight until there is a horse death to report.

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Practical Move Dies of Apparent Cardiac Event

TDN – Steve Sherack – Practical Move Dies From Apparent Cardiac Event While Training at Santa Anita Tuesday

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

Dr. Seuss


1984 Breeders Cup Classic

The Ringer – Mark Hofmeyer – Which Year Has the Best Horror Movie Starting Five?

Sometime Around Midnight

Los Angeles Times – Stephen Thomas Erlewine – The untold story behind the last Beatles song

Don’t Let Me Down

I’ve heard the reports, I’ve read all the articles. I don’t care what anyone says, one of the great joys in life is scarfing junk food.


The Ringer – Tim Greiving – John Carpenter, Dark Lord of the Film Score

Immigrant Song

Bloodhorse – Lenny Shulman – Endlessly Targets an Oscar Performance in Juvenile Turf

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 24-17

Tall Oaks 2 Points Ranch Venture Brings Amis Holiday To Manitoba

The Score – Michael J. Chandler and Brandon Wile – Report: 76ers agree to trade Harden to Clippers in 7-player deal

ESPN – NBA trade grades: Breaking down James Harden to the LA Clippers

Sports Illustrated – Rohan Nadkarni – James Harden Trade Grades: Clippers Finally Land Former MVP

Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.

Branch Rickey

The Prima Donna

Sports Illustrated – Emma Baccellieri – Rangers Regain World Series Lead With Game 3 Win Despite Max Scherzer’s Injury

Sports Business Journal – Austin Karp – Rangers’ walkoff thriller is least-watched World Series Game 1 on record

Food and Wine – Oset Babur-Winter – 9 Halloween Cocktails That Are All Treats, Not Tricks

20 Pumpkin Cocktails Even Better Than a Slice of Pie

Devil’s Haircut

1997 Breeders Cup Turf

ESPN – Bradford Doo Little – For so many historic MLB moments, Dusty Baker was there

Q. How is Donald Trump like a jack-o-lantern?

A. Trump’s orange on the outside, hollow on the inside, and should be thrown out in early November.

Paperback Writer

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Monday Bulletin: Locals, International Challengers On Track

Paulick Report – Five Defending Champions Among 175 Horses Entered In 14 Breeders’ Cup Races

Bloodhorse – Large International Cast Assembles for Breeders’ Cup


Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Carson’s Run a Sentimental Choice in BC Juvenile Turf

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Post Positions: Classic Favorite Arabian Knight Draws 12 Post

TDN – Steve Sherack – Arabian Knight Favored at 3-1 from Post 12 for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Horse Racing Nation – Carolyn Greer – Antonucci says Arcangelo is ‘doing well’ after shoe is pulled

Paulick Report – Classic Notes: Dubai World Cup Winner Ushba Tesoro Struggles In Gate School, Frankie Dettori Booked On Zandon

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Arcangelo Faces Toughest Test in 40th BC Classic

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Idiomatic One of Three Fillies Entering Distaff on Roll

Bloodhorse – Jim Muvihill – Cody’s Wish Aims for a Final Poignant Win in Dirt Mile

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Timberlake, Prince of Monaco Stretch Out in Juvenile

Bloodhorse – Byron King –  Elite Power, Gunite Continue Rivalry in BC Sprint

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Caravel Primed for Repeat in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Redemption Song

Bloodhorse – Bob Kieckhefer – Auguste Rodin Among Top International BC Turf Runners

TDN – Emma Berry – One Last Dance for Consistent Onesto in Breeders’ Cup Turf

Save The Last Dance For Me

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Top Europeans Await Weaver Trio in Juvenile Turf Sprint

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson –Buchu Aims for More in Full Juvenile Fillies Turf Field

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins –  Japan’s Songline Aims for Another High Note in BC Mile

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Goodnight Olive Goes for Another Filly and Mare Sprint

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Inspiral Brings Impressive Record to Filly & Mare Turf

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Tamara Aims to Follow Beholder’s Juvenile Fillies Steps

Paulick Report – Geaux Rocket Ride ‘Isn’t Recovering As We Hoped’; Moved To New Facility For Post-Op Recovery

Bon Appetit – Zoe Deneberg – 31 Butternut Squash Recipes for Flannel Season

FiveThirtyEight – Nathaniel Rakich – Why it doesn’t matter that Mike Pence dropped out of the GOP primary

Phil has a question:

Was Mike Pence ever in the race.

Tonight, Tonight

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 Ringer – Lex Pryor – Salem’s Unholy Bargain

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?

New York Times – Callie Holtermann – A Professional Pumpkin Carver Spills His Guts

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 

The Big Oven – How To Eat Pumpkin Other Than Pie

Phil has a question:

Do you put ketchup on Pumpkin Fries.

Fall Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

Pumpkin Lasagna

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

lundi 30 octobre

The Ringer – Lex Pryor – Salem’s Unholy Bargain

TDN – Ushba Tesoro Impresses in Classic Drill

Paulick Report – Sunday Notes On BC Classic Contenders; Closer Looks At Bright Future, Proxy, Ushba Tesoro

All thoroughbred racing fans should be rooting for Ushba Tesoro in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. At 6 he’s the senior citizen by open lengths  and with a win maybe one or 2 of the North American owners could see that there are other options for older horses other than a premature shuffle to the breeding farms.

Gimme All You Loving

A full mind is an empty bat. 

Branch Rickey

Seeking Alpha – Chad Shoop – Century Casinos: A Gambler’s Dilemma – To Bet Or Not To Bet?

Century Casinos Stock – To Bet Or Not To Bet?

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top Horses, 32-25

Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.

P.T. Barnum

This is what you get when the federal government gives unfettered power to a private corporation, created at the bidding of a small group of well-funded elites, that operates in secrecy, with too many people who have less than adequate working knowledge of the industry calling the shots, and has the ability to charge racetracks – which one way or another is passed on to horsemen and women – whatever they want with virtually no accountability. To think that the Federal Trade Commission has effective oversight over HISA and its side-arm HIWU is incredibly naive.

HIWU continues to impose “self-inflected” injuries by failing to recognize the existence of environmental transfer

Albertans have plenty of experience with with too many people who have less than adequate working knowledge of the industry calling the shots.

Phil has a question:

Why is there no live thoroughbred racing at Century Downs on Breeders Cup Saturday, November 4, 2023.

Have you heard what the specials for Breeders Cup are at Century Mile, Century Downs and the Alberta OTBs.

Derby Bar and Grill Events

Without promotion, something terrible happens…nothing!

P.T. Barnum

Bloodhorse – Busy Breeders’ Cup Week for Racing on Television, Radio

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Elite Power, Casa Creed Breeze Bullet at Santa Anita

TDN – Breeders’ Cup Sunday Bulletin: Baffert, Mott Runners On Track

I Get Around

DRF – David Grening – Breeders’ Cup Classic: Clapton preparing to join field

Paulick Report – Liberal Arts Splashes To Victory In Street Sense, Provides Trainer Medina First Graded Win

10 Spooky Halloween BBQ Ideas

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Dennis – ‘Ten million dollars in play on one afternoon – a truly jaw-dropping concept’ – spotlight on the first Breeders’ Cup

Cellphone’s Dead

The Atlantic – Elsie Hannum – The Hero Gen Z Needs

Bon Appetit – How Bad Is Wawa Pizza, Really?

Phil has a question:

Can anything be worse that 7-11 or Little Caesar’s.

The Conversation – CP – Alex Lupul – Revelations about Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ancestry is having a devastating impact on Indigenous communities across Canada

Bloodhorse – Karen M Johnson – Alvarado Riding a Wave Ahead of Breeders’ Cup

Vulture – Alter – Are We Sluts for Taylor Swift’s ‘Slut!’

Sports Business Journal – Sellout crowd comes out for NHL’s Heritage Classic

TSN – Salim Valji – Oilers find their footing against Flames under the stars at Heritage Classic

SportsNet – Marl Spector – Outdoor triumph gives Oilers much-needed boost: ‘It was very special’

This one’s for the Flames Fans this morning:

Blame Brett

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Geaux Rocket Ride to Undergo Joint Fusion Surgery

Horse Racing Nation – Tom Pedulla – If the shoe fits, Dutrow hopes White Abarrio wears BC triumph

Vox – Sigal Samuel – Palestinians fear they’re being displaced permanently. Here’s why that’s logical.

We’ve had characters like Trump in American politics forever, characters who trade on xenophobia.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

TDN – Locked Individual Favorite in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool

Mental Floss – 15 Great Family-Friendly Halloween Movies to Watch This Year


TDN – Dettori Handed Three-Day Ban by Santa Anita Stewards 

My Generation

The Score – Dan Wilkins – Key takeaways and analysis from Week 8 in the NFL

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Week 8: Welcome Back, Joe Burrow

Sports Illustrated – Gilberto Manzano – 49ers Have Brock Purdy Problems, Bryce Young Finally Wins, Broncos End Streak

le dimanche 29 octobre

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

Good Vibrations

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – BloodHorse Celebrates Breeders’ Cup’s Top 40 Horses

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

California Dreaming

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Dennis – ‘There is always somebody trying to shoot down a good idea’ – how the Breeders’ Cup dream became a glorious reality


TDN – TD Thornton – The Week in Review: On Eve of Breeders’ Cup Entries, Sifting Through Subtleties

TDN – Manny Franco Earns Career Win 2,000

Bloodhorse – On-Track Wagering Surges at Keeneland Fall Meet

TDN – Keeneland Wraps 2023 Fall Meet With Near-Record Handle

Paulick Report – Keeneland Fall Meet Concludes With Fourth Highest Handle In Track History

Phil has a question:

Why can Keeneland get their handle stats out within 24 hours of the final race of the meet, yet in Alberta the handle stats never seem to get published.

Do the minions at Horse Racing Alberta fail to produce the handle stats as they are scared that the handle stats will show how abysmally they are failing to meet their Mission Statement.

Horse Racing Alberta (HRA), is a private not-for-profit corporation that was established with the Alberta Governments proclamation of the Racing Corporation Act in 1996. The HRA was established to lead a racing industry renewal and to manage industry self-regulation.

Mission Statement

“Horse Racing Alberta will lead and enable a healthy, vibrant and progressive racing industry to function in the province of Alberta with high integrity and self regulated responsibility.”

Would you trust the UCP to create an organization to control and invest Albertans’ pensions when they can’t even monitor a penny ante organization like Horse Racing Alberta.

Is there such a dearth of young talent in the right wing ranks that the UCP has to keep on trotting out the old fossils like Preston Manning and now Jim Dinning.

If the UCP are the champions of free enterprise why are there so many hogs feeding at the UCP government troughs.

Can you hear the scurrying.

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill. 

Smedley Butler

Up On Cripple Creek

The Star – David Olive – Alberta premier’s absurd scheme to pull the province out of CPP will never fly. Here’s why

Phil has a question:

Isn’t it high-time that the UCP and the Conservatives and the conservatives in this province stop playing the victim card and started governing this province like mature adults instead of a bunch of whiny fucking toddlers.

“HBPA of Alberta – Unfortunately due to track condition Racing is Canceled today.

Be advised, 100% of the purse money for both cancelled days this weekend will be distributed evenly to the horses carded to race. Scratched horses will not be paid

HBPA Alberta – Racing Cancelled October 29,2023

Now you may ask yourself why is Phil trotting out the old chestnuts about no ketchup on a hot dog. And you can tell yourselves that Phil was at his local grocers on Saturday and they were giving out free hot dogs and Sundre other perks for Halloween. Phil was appalled that well over half of the adults were putting that sugary tomato based condiment on the hot dogs and eschewing the mustard. Phil told the persons in charge, who advised that the event was co-sponsored by the landlord Anthem and the grocer PC, that next year they need a gargantuan TV screen with Clint Eastwood issuing a reminder.

Huff Post – Elisa Shoenberger – Don’t Even Think About Putting Ketchup On A Hot Dog

Phil has a question:

Would you put ketchup on a pizza.

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TDN – Bill Finley – Mage Out of Breeders’ Cup Classic

Phil saw Caravel’s work from Churchill. 51.60 for four furlongs may seem slow, but the dogs were out on the turf and Phil could smell the burning asbestos from the brake pads.

The Score – Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb – Kelly’s gem in Game 2 helps D-Backs even World Series

Sports Illustrated – Once ‘the Worst Starting Pitcher in Baseball,’ Merrill Kelly Has His World Series Moment

Sports Illustrated – Emma Baccelleiri – Diamondbacks Are Happy to Bunt Their Way Through the World Series

House Of The Rising Sun

PBR Canada – 2023 Bull Standings

Bulls On Parade

The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.

Cowboy Wisdom

Bloodhorse – Five Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Breeze at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Lenny Shulman -Krikorian Has War Like Goddess, Just F Y I Ready for BC

Paulick Report – BC Classic Contender Geaux Rocket Ride Injured During Santa Anita Work, Surgery Scheduled

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

TSN – Josh Lewenberg – No regrets for Nurse or Raptors after inevitable offseason split

I Think I’m Love

TDN – Bonin Named Chair of ARCI Regulatory Attorneys Committee

TDN – Chancey to Chair ARCI Drug Testing Committee

ARCI – About

Phil has a question:

What is the relationship between ARCI and HISA / HIWU.

Why does the US have so many overlapping Alphabet Soup fiefdoms.

I Shall Rise

1989 Breeders Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Red Knight Goes Out on Top, to Retire to Old Friends

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.

William Tecumseh Sherman

Whole Lotta Love

TDN – Bill Finley – For $14,000, Jersey Breeders Bought a ‘Dream Come True’


Los Angeles Times – Amy Kaufman – Travis Barker wants to be ‘superhuman.’ Catastrophe will do that to a man

In real life, it’s war, and war’s not entertainment. War is ‘old men lying and young men dying’ kind of deal. That’s a saying; I didn’t make that up.

Marcus Luttrell

Hardest Button to Button

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

Cowboy Wisdom

2018 Breeders Cup Mile

Sports Illustrated – Matt Verderame – Deshaun Watson Dilemma: Browns Have Four Options

Phil has a question:

Is Watson really injured.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Cowboy Wisdom.

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

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 – 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

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

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

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “MMXXIII Breeders’ Cup XL Countdown”

  1. CANADIAN RACING ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS through sweat equity by using equibase historical thoroughbred chart numbers derived the following data. HRA cannot confirm or dispute due to nondisclosure operator totals.

    CENTURY MILE 2023 34 dates / 4 cancelled 514k daily live handle/7% drop
    CENTURY MILE 2022. 550k daily live handle

    CENTURY DOWNS 2023 14 dates/2 cancelled 366k daily handle
    AVERAGE DAILY HANDLE both A tracks 478k / 13% drop from 550k / 2022

    TOTAL HANDLE 2023 MILE $17.466 million
    2023 DOWNS $ 5.128 million
    $22.594 million versus 2022 ~$28 million

    HORSE POPULATION 2023 at least 1 start MILE 479 DOWNS 332
    TRAINERS 2023. at least 1 start MILE 73 DOWNS 51

    JOCKEY CLUB 2022 CANADIAN LIVE shocking on track 27 mil bet versus 738 mil off track/ 765 usa total. ALBERTA ontrack exceeds the 3% ontrack average

    CLARK KENT boasted that everything is up and up in spring 2023. These numbers don’t show that! Domestic betting handle commissions contribute to HRA’s bottom line, unlike zip for foreign/export handle, the truth is in numbers

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