Nov 082023

NOVEMBER 1 – 2, 2024

In 2024, the Breeders’ Cup returns to San Diego’s iconic racing venue: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf.

Bloodhorse – Del Mar to Host Back-to-Back Breeders’ Cups 2024-25

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – ‘The poet was right: what will survive of us is love’ – Steve Dennis on the heartbreaking story of Cody’s Wish and Cody Dorman

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Larry Collmus On Cody And The Art Of The Race Call

Garden and Gun – Lindsey Liles – Kentucky Teen Cody Dorman Passes Away After Cheering His Namesake Thoroughbred to One Last Victory

Bloodhorse – Jay Hovdey – One Last Wish for a Boy and His Horse

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Heart of the Breeders’ Cup, Cody Dorman Dies at 17

Paulick Report – Hours After Breeders’ Cup Triumph, Cody Dorman Dies At 17

Horse Racing Alberta Announces Dates for 2024 and 2026

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

Phil has a question:

With All Others basically destroying the odds and interest that you normally get in a Futures Wager isn’t there someone at CDI smarter than a HRA window gazer who breaks the All Others into segments based on something like the first letter of their name or their racing status.

Bloodhorse – Byron King – ’60 Minutes’ to Air Nov. 12 Segment on Racing Reform

The Ringer – Lindsay Jones – Aaron Rodgers Was Supposed to Define the Jets’ Season. Instead, the Decision Not to Replace Him Has.

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Young Sires Buoy ‘Realistic’ Market at November Sale

TDN – Jessica Martini and Christina Bossinakis – $825K Cancel This Tops ‘Realistic’ Book 2 Opener at Keeneland November

Los Angeles Times – Cristi Carras – One pandemic and two strikes later, what will become of the movie industry?

The Ringer – Matthew Belloni – The End of the Actors Strike With Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

Sports Business Journal – Austin Karp – NASCAR Cup Series viewership down 5% this season

The five trainers who were stabled in Barn F are Kevin Reynolds, Jr., Lee Morris, Edgar Clarke, Allison Kolesar and Daniel Harvey. All their horses and racing equipment were burned in the fire. It was also reported that trainer Edgar Clarke suffered facial and arm burns.

HarnessLink – Tioga Downs barn fire arsonist caught

Former Alberta trainer Edgar “Sparky” Clarke was housed in that barn and suffered burns.

Sports Business Journal – Astros GM says he, not owner, will choose manager

Phil has a question:

What say does Mattress Mack get.

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Flutter Report Notes Decline in Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Sports Illustrated – Richard Johnson – President Biden Meets With Former NCAA Football Players Over College Athlete Rights

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – Major U.S. Sports Leagues Pull In Record $6.7B in Ad Revenue

After Midnight

The Ringer – Rob Harvilla – The Rich History of the Rock ’n’ Roll Sellout

Phil has a question:

Is there a sellout that the Taylor Swift machine has missed.


The Score – AP – Report: Michigan tells Big Ten commish he doesn’t have discipline authority

The Ringer – The Ringer Staff’s 2023 NFL Midseason Playoff Predictions

TDN – Jessica Martini and Christina Bossinakis Diverse Buying Bench Powers Electric Keeneland November Opener

Paulick Report – $2.1 Million Broodmare White Hot Leads First Day Of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – What’s been happening: White Abarrio plans, Melbourne Cup, Frankel and more …

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Getting a Handle on 2023 Breeders’ Cup Wagering Decline

Paulick Report – Letter To The Editor: The Effect Of Computer-Assisted Wagering On Regular Horseplayers

Garden and Gun – Virginia Kinnier – Voodoo Pizza and the Hurricane Baby

The Ringer – Kevin O’Connor – Five Thoughts on James Harden’s Ugly Los Angeles Clippers Debut

Phil has a question:

Will the Clippers need a new arena to house all the bloated egos.

Southern Living – 106 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That’ll Steal The Show


Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Fewer Sparks, But Weanling Market Solid at Fasig-Tipton

TDN – Jessica Martini and Christina Bossinakis – ‘Remarkable’ Fasig November Gross Tops $100 Million Again as Nest, Goodnight Olive Bring $6 Million

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Winner Auguste Rodin Among Nominees For Cartier Horse Of The Year

Paulick Report – Editorial Endorsement: Gov. Andy Beshear Deserves Horse Industry Support At The Polls

Southern Living – Keep Warm All Season With These Satisfying Soup And Stew Recipes

Bon Appetit – Antira Sinha – You Don’t Have to Make Everything From Scratch on Thanksgiving

Bon Appetit – Joe Sevier – 71 Festive Christmas Desserts to Bring Joy to Your Mouth

TDN – Without A Fight Lands the Melbourne Cup-Caulfield Cup Double

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – This Week In History: Secretariat’s Final Curtain Call

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – Breeders’ Cup winners swamp top ten as ‘world championships’ lives up to billing – led by Elite Power and Cody’s Wish

TDN – Tamara Sidelined With Fractured Hind Splint Bone

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – DSG Plans To Retain NBA, NHL Rights This Season In Reorganization Effort

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Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Moore, Irad Ortiz Jr. Face Penalties After BC Rides

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – CBS Already ‘Virtually Sold Out’ Super Bowl Ad Inventory

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – JA McGrath – Melbourne in mind: how jumps legend Willie Mullins developed a lucrative side hustle in the Flat – home and away

Paulick Report – Michael Wrona – Can Gold Trip Win Back-To-Back Melbourne Cups?

The Ringer – Howard Beck – James Harden Can’t Win His Legacy Back

Phil has a question:

Will the Clippers games be played with 4 balls.


Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Butler Delighted With a ‘Brilliant’ Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Trip to Saudi Arabia Next for White Abarrio, Dutrow

TDN – White Abarrio to Aim for Saudi Cup

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – With Two Seconds, Baffert Adds to Leading BC Earnings

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Mott Runners Doing Well After Breeders’ Cup Triple

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: The Case for Idiomatic as Horse of the Year

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup Saturday Followup Notes: White Abarrio To Aim For $20-Million Saudi Cup

Paulick Report – Darley Sets 2024 Stud Fees For Cody’s Wish, Proxy

The Score – Dan Wilkins – Key takeaways and analysis from Week 9 in the NFL

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Week 9: The Philadelphia Eagles Are in Control of the NFC

Sports Illustrated – Albert Breer – NFL Week 9 Takeaways: Eagles Will Remain a Powerhouse for the Foreseeable Future

Garden and Gun – Rachel Garbus – How Soccer Is Gaining a Southern Foothold

Southern Living – 62 Must-Have Thanksgiving Casseroles For Your Holiday Feast

NPR – Deena Prichep – ‘Louie Louie’: The story behind the song everyone knows but no one understands

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That’s All Folks

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.

Sitting Bull


Get Me to the Church On Time

Southern Living – Jenna Sims – Grandma’s Favorite Fall Pies

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo

Radio Free Europe

TDN – Alan Carasso – Breeders’ Cup Friday Aftermath

My Back Pages

Phil has a question:

Did the MMXXIII Breeders’ Cup XL seem anti-climatic.

The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.

Arthur C. Clarke

TDN – 2023 Breeders’ Cup Attendance Up, Handle Down

Bloodhorse – All-Sources Wagering Down 6.7% at Breeders’ Cup 2023

Paulick Report – Wagering Dips 6.7 Percent On Two-Day Breeders’ Cup Championships

When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

Ryan Reynolds

After The Thrill Is Gone

Phil has a question:

How close is sports and sports betting to the saturation of its market.

With sports and sports betting reaching the saturation point who’ll win the survival of the fittest battle.

Garden and Gun – Rachel Garbus – How Soccer Is Gaining a Southern Foothold

Town and Country Today – CP – Gregory Strong – Attendance down at major curling events in Canada over the last year

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

Front Office Sports – Doug Greenberg – CBS Already ‘Virtually Sold Out’ Super Bowl Ad Inventory

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

The Safety Dance

Music is the shorthand of emotion. 

Leo Tolstoy

Paulick Report – Explanations And Excuses: Connections React To Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Aftermath

The Hardest Button to Button

Nov. 3 2023 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Santa Anita Park Juvenile Fillies Just F Y I
Nov. 3 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Santa Anita Park Juvenile Turf Sprint Big Evs (IRE)
Nov. 3 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Santa Anita Park Juvenile Fillies Turf Hard to Justify
Nov. 3 2023 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Santa Anita Park Sentient Jet Juvenile Fierceness
Nov. 3 2023 Prevagen Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Santa Anita Park Juvenile Turf Unquestionable (FR)
Nov. 4 2023 PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Santa Anita Park Filly and Mare Sprint Goodnight Olive
Nov. 4 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Santa Anita Park Turf Sprint Nobals
Nov. 4 2023 Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Santa Anita Park Dirt Mile Cody’s Wish
Nov. 4 2023 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Santa Anita Park Filly and Mare Turf Inspiral (GB)
Nov. 4 2023 Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint Santa Anita Park Sprint Elite Power
Nov. 4 2023 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by PDJF Santa Anita Park Mile Master of The Seas (IRE)
Nov. 4 2023 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff Idiomatic
Nov. 4 2023 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf Santa Anita Park Longines Turf Auguste Rodin (IRE)
Nov. 4 2023 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Santa Anita Park Classic White Abarrio

The Haiku Handicapper had a question on Saturday:

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

TDN – Steve Sherack – Dutrow Back In the Limelight as White Abarrio Scores in the Classic

Paulick Report – Rick Dutrow’s Comeback Is Complete With White Abarrio’s Victory In Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – White Abarrio Scores Decisively in BC Classic

This Wheel’s on Fire

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. 

Frank Zappa

Paulick Report – Ryan Moore Sculpts Perfect Trip For Auguste Rodin In Breeders’ Cup Turf

Racing Post – James Burn – Derby winner Auguste Rodin stamps his class on Turf rivals under a vintage Ryan Moore ride

Bloodhorse – Jay Hovdey – Auguste Rodin Finds a Way in Breeders’ Cup Turf

TDN – Alan Carasso – Auguste Rodin Pretty As a Picture in the BC Turf

For those of you thinking that the Japanese did not have much impact on MMXXIII Breeders’ Cup XL check the breeding on Auguste Rodin.

Like a Rolling Stone

The Telegraph – Marcus Armytage – Meet Adam West, the Batman namesake who is the new star of the horse racing world

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Master of The Seas Nips Mawj in Breeders’ Cup Mile

TDN – Master of the Seas Leads Home Godolphin 1-2 in the Breeders’ Cup Mile

Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies


Junior Alvarado showed the proper way to handle a bad break. Alberta race fans will recognize the wrong move as they’ve seen it and the face far too many times. Your horse breaks bad so let’s see how fast we can get back in contention and leave nothing in tank for the last half of the race. Alvarado on the other hand did the right thing. Settle the horse down after the bumping and then move up gradually watching how the race progresses before making your closing move.

Phil agrees with the unanimous decision of the stewards to leave the result as it played out on the track and was impressed with the prompt transparency of the decision.

Paulick Report – Joe Nevills – Cody’s Wish Survives Inquiry, Earns Second Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Victory

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Cody’s Wish Completes Fairytale Ending in BC Dirt Mile


TDN – Ortiz Wins Shoemaker Award

Black Math

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Juddmonte’s Idiomatic Wins Hard Fought Distaff

TDN – Jill Williams – Juddmonte’s Distaff Win by Idiomatic Helps Curlin Equal his Own Breeders’ Cup Record

Games Without Frontiers

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Elite Power Caps Career With Repeat BC Sprint Win

Paulick Report – Sprint Score Makes Elite Power Third Repeat Winner At 2023 Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Stephanie Grimm – Elite Power Goes Out On Top With Successful Title Defense In Sprint

The Conversation – Deogratias Eustace – What are roundabouts? A transportation engineer explains the safety benefits of these circular intersections

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Nobals Takes the Rail to a Blazing Turf Sprint Win

TDN – Alan Carasso – Rivelli Reveling Following Nobals’s BC Turf Sprint Win

Paulick Report – Nobals Rallies Up Rail To Land Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Phil has a question:

Which is worse – getting gelded or having your name broadcast to the world that you’re gelded.

Redemption Song

The Conversation – Alicja Paulina Krubnik – Grain as a weapon: Russia-Ukraine war reveals how capitalism fuels global hunger

It is said that the night brings counsel, but it is not said that the counsel is necessarily good.

Jules Verne

Because the Night

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Goodnight Olive Repeats in BC Filly & Mare Sprint

Bloodhorse – Brown Salutes Goodnight Olive as Her Racing Career Ends

Paint It Black

Paulick Report – ‘She Was Smoking’: Dual European Champion Inspiral Surges Late For Dettori In Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Cheveley Homebred Inspiral Rockets to F&M Turf Win

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Five Takeaways You Need to Know From the 40th Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Sweater Weather

The Ringer – Danny Chau – The Ringer’s Guide to the NBA In-Season Tournament

Darkness Darkness

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Marathons Seek Higher Level With Run Of Records, Participation Boom

In The End

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That’s All Folks

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

Oscar Wilde

Radio Free Europe

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 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.

“Look, not everyone would do that (enter this race off a seventh-place finish in the Champagne (G1)),” Pletcher explained. “We talked about it, we covered every base after the Champagne. The horse trained awesome all summer (at Saratoga); he was a monster since his debut. We took a shot today and it worked out. He had a beautiful trip and he showed what he is all about. A lot of the tactics in a race like this, you have to leave in your rider’s hands. I could make a case for five horses being the pacesetter, possibly. It was really about getting in a good rhythm with him and letting him get comfortable with him. (John Velazquez) was able to do that. It did look easy. It was a helluva race. Very impressive.”

Paulick Report – Fierceness Rebounds Brilliantly In Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Pletch says it more tactfully than Phil.

TDN – Steve Sherack – City of Light’s Fierceness Leads Home a ‘Rising Star’ Sweep in the Juvenile

Bloodhorse – Repole’s Fierceness Puts Away a Deep Juvenile Field

Bloodhorse – Repole Reflects on Fierceness’ Breeders’ Cup Triumph

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.

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Wootton Bassett Colt Leaves No Doubts in the Juvenile Turf

Bloodhorse – Unquestionable Tops O’Brien Exacta in BC Juvenile Turf

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.

TDN – All-Sources Breeders’ Cup Handle Tops $60M for Third Year

TDN – Alan Carasso – Hard to Justify Gives Sire a Double in Juvenile Fillies Turf

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Hard to Justify Surges to Win BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

TDN – Just F Y I a First BC Winner for Justify In the Juvenile Fillies; Tamara Seventh

Bloodhorse – Krikorian’s Just F Y I Prevails in Juvenile Fillies

Paulick Report – Just F Y I Overcomes Outside Post To Capture Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Tamara Seventh

Take the hype with a grain of salt.

Phil almost never bets the horse on the front cover of the print edition of the Daily Racing Form. On Friday Muth was there. On Saturday Arabian Knight.

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Big Evs Leads Euro Trifecta in BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

The Athletic – Rustin Dodd and C . Trent Rosecrans – ‘The Sandlot,’ 30 years later: Remembering the enduring magic of a baseball classic

Their brisk decisiveness was fitting for the trial of a man whose rise and fall always felt like a crime speedrun. In the defense team’s closing arguments on Wednesday—in an attempt to argue that his busy client didn’t realize the extent of his worsening situation until it was too late—attorney Mark Cohen quoted Ernest Hemingway’s line from The Sun Also Rises about how a character went bankrupt: “Gradually, then suddenly.” But there was never anything particularly gradual about the trajectory of Bankman-Fried and FTX.

The Ringer – Katie Baker – “A Clear Message”: Sam Bankman-Fried Is Found Guilty on All Seven Counts

Mark Cohen may have done his client in when he quoted Hemingway. Reminded the jurors of another Hemingway quote:

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.”

Ernest Hemingway

The Ringer – Ben Lindbergh – Five Thoughts About the Beatles’ Last Song, “Now and Then”

Sports Business Journal – Eric Bacharach – MLB: Global Series Success

Bloodhorse – Hovdey: The Future Is Now for Most of Friday’s Stars


It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. 

William Shakespeare

Phil M Stockmen

  2 Responses to “MMXXIII Breeders Cup XL Wrap – Heart of the Breeders’ Cup, Cody Dorman Dies at 17”

  1. HRA FUTURE REVENUES from 10q filings

    CENTURY 3rd qtr financials out today with declining racino revenues

    CENTURY DOWNS slots down 0.9 million/6.1% decrease from 2022, 9 month comparison, blaming it on competition/ace casino?

    CENTURY MILE slots up 7% in 3rd qtr, however operator takeout on slots on April 1 /2023 increased from 15% to 17% this 13%+ means decline.

    Parimutuel,sports betting and igaming down 10% ,7.690 mil /23 from 8.455 mil/22 for first 9 months, therefore hra commissions % $ reduced.

    CENTURY purchased downs land in September 2023 for $29.1 million CA

    TOTAL slot revenues for 4 Alberta casinos 34.606 mil in 2023, versus 33.728 in 2022 for first 9 months,with increase % takeout, is market saturated??

  2. CENTURY declines to provide a consent disclosure from CPMA for A track meet handle,replying it’s on equibase. Remember when HRA says it up up it’s down down, a 20% drop in thoroughbred handle from 28 million to 22.6 million in 2023. The HRA performance metrics truly suck!!

    CENTURY DOWNS track lightning was on their masterplan section 5.2 pg 24
    “The racetrack lighting is angled at 30 degrees downward and focused using optical lenses/shrouds to optimally light the racetrack,while emitting as little light pollution as possible. A mouthful of bs that was never implemented.

    VICI / CENTURY MASTER sale / leaseback agreement of their 4 Alberta casinos for 221.7 million Canadian in Sept 2023, has a annual lease rent of $,,.17.3 million per year for the next 15 years. MACROAXIC index has century at 47.3% of bankruptcy within the next 2 yrs, 3rd qtr financials out tomorrow.

    POSITIVE NEWS HRA 2022 annual report was tabled in Legislature on Oct 31, grateful that minister released in late august. Board expenses up to date,they met in Lethbridge in late June and Lacombe in late august.

    DOWNS marketing harness labelled wine due to overwhelming requests??No thoroughbred wine due to majority Coors beer drinkers and unconfirmed rumour of Mormon racing participants objecting to this marketing plan.

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