Jan 282024

TDN – Bill Finley – 1/ST Racing Unveils Marquee Event For Santa Anita

Paulick Report – 1/ST Racing Plans Pegasus World Cup-Style Program For Santa Anita

TDN – Bill Finley – New Details Emerge on California Crown

Phil has a question:

Will thoroughbred racing find a way to convert more of the big day fans into every day fans.

Randy Howg, John Holleman, Norman Tremblay, Surging Sky Ventures, LLC (Albert Wisialko), Brian McGinnis and Selman Shaby’s Mr Fillip returns to action at Oaklawn Park in the 4th race on Saturday, February 3, 2024 a Three Years Old MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT for $115,000US going Six Furlongs  on the dirt. Robertino Diodoro is the trainer with Christian A Torres in the saddle. The race has a couple of very tough first time starters and D Wayne Lukas’ Daily Grind a $1,350,000.00US purchase who will need a few hundred starts to earn his purchase price at his present pace.

Gary Kropp, Bill Dory and Adam Ference’s three year old filly Promisemeanempire makes her stakes debut on Saturday February 3, 2024 in the Martha Washington Stake at Oaklawn Park going 1 1/16 mile on the dirt for $250,000US. Trained by Robertino Diodoro Promisemeanempire will have Harry Hernandez in the irons.  The Martha Washington is a Kentucky Oaks qualifying race with 20-10-6-4-2 points available.

ProfessionalGamblersUK – Peter M0naco – The Dark Clouds Of Racing

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Cody’s Wish Earns Horse of the Year Honors

ESPN – AP – Cody’s Wish wins top horse, older dirt male at Eclipse Awards

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

TDN – T.D. Thornton – Tears and Appreciation for Team Cody Carry the Evening at Eclipse Awards

TDN – Cody’s Wish Crowned Horse of the Year

Paulick Report – Who Else? Cody’s Wish Crowned 2023 Horse Of The Year

Bloodhorse – KIm Kelly – Industry Voices: N. American Race Judging Can Improve

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Dollars & Sense: Top Average Purses by Track for 2023

Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.

Larry King

The Globe and Mail – Robyn Doolittle, Rachel Brady and Grant Robertson –  Five members of 2018 Canadian junior hockey team to face sexual assault charges

Phil has a question:

Is the London police department deliberately dragging this sordid affair out to further illustrate their absolute fucking incompetence.

Where would this investigation be if Rick Westhead and a couple of other sports scribes didn’t shake out the rug that Hockey Canada and the London Police were sweeping this scandal under.

Paulick Report – Gulfstream Park: Mandatory Rainbow 6 Payout Yields Multiple $1.8 Million Payoffs

The Ringer – Michael Pina – The Complicated Legacy of Doc Rivers

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Japan’s Love of the Horse Yields Racing Success

DRF – Mary Rampellini – Groom dies following Oaklawn training accident

Paulick Report – Road To Kentucky Derby: Wynstock Among Dozen Entered For Southwest

Bloodhorse – Lauren Gash – Liberal Arts, Wynstock, Maycocks Bay Set for Southwest

Phil has a question:

Which Baffert horses will move barns.

Paulick Report – Road To Kentucky Derby: Fierceness Tops Field For Holy Bull

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Fierceness a Towering Presence in 8-Horse Holy Bull

Paulick Report – FTBOA In Reality Upsetter Seminole Chief On Target For Withers

Southern Living – 50 Classic Mardi Gras Recipes To Let The Good Times Roll

Global News – Reuters – Clare Jim and Scott Murdoch – Developer China Evergrande ordered to liquidate. What will the impact be?

TDN – Newgrange Eyes Dubai World Cup After San Pasqual Win

Paulick Report – ‘He’s Just Going To Get Better’: Baffert Mulls Next Start For Pegasus Winner National Treasure

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dubai World Cup entries: more than 1,400 nominations from 19 different countries

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Chris Lomon – A life after racing: how Southern Belle plays integral role in finding retirement opportunities for ex-racehorses

Don’t minimize the importance of luck in determining life’s course.

Alex Trebek

ESPN – 49ers-Chiefs: Super Bowl LVIII predictions, picks, odds

The Ringer – Ben Solak – The Hot Read, Conference Championship Edition: The Lions Gave Away a Super Bowl Berth

The Athletic – Mike Sando – Lamar Jackson’s legacy and Dan Campbell’s gambles: Mike Sando’s Pick Six

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Clash of the Titans as Super Bowl LVIII Matchup Set

He (Patrick later added of his defensive teammates: “Seeing this defense all year long, I’ve learned that sometimes I’ve got to let them play, let them be the show. That’s what they were today. We didn’t score in the second half, but I knew if I just didn’t turn the ball over, we were going to win.”

The Athletic – Nate Taylor – How the Chiefs defense stifled the Ravens and led the way back to the Super Bowl

Phil has a question:

Have you ever heard a better spin on the poor play of an offense than Mahomes.

The Score – Daniel Valente – Chiefs heading back to Super Bowl after upsetting Ravens

Phil has a question:

Wasn’t Taylor Swift one of the Conspiracy Theories.

Is this Superbowl LVIII or LVLVIII.

Los Angeles Times – Gary Klein – 49ers overcome 17-point deficit to beat Lions, meet Chiefs in Super Bowl

Phil has a question:

Wasn’t one of the conspiracy theories the number 34.

The Athletic – Marcus Thompson II –  Brock Purdy saves the 49ers and sheds the ‘game manager’ label

TSN – New Taylor Swift-inspired flight numbers offered for Super Bowl LVIII

The Ringer – Danny Heifetz – A Nightmare Ending to Lamar Jackson’s Dream Season

The Ringer – Katie Baker – The 49ers Once Again Survived and Advanced—to a Super Bowl Rematch With the Chiefs

Luck Be a Lady Tonight

Sports Illustrated – Albert Breer – Super Bowl LVIII Preview: What You Need to Know About Chiefs–49ers

The Athletic – Jeff Howe, Austin Mock and Marc Mazzoni – Super Bowl LVIII projections: Chiefs meet 49ers in rematch of 2020 game

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. 

Jonathan Swift

Los Angeles Times – Matt Brennan,  Justin Chang, Mark Olsen, Joshua Rothkopf and Jen Yamato – The 10 best movies we saw at Sundance

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Graham Dench –  ‘He was the Muhammad Ali of the racing world’ – saluting the formidable Falbrav

Randy Howg’s recently claimed Promise Keeper wired  the $150,000US Fifth Season Stake at Oaklawn Park Saturday January 27, 2024 over a sloppy sealed track for trainer Robertino Diodoro with Harry Hernandez in the saddle.

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. 

Honore de Balzac

Sliver of Ice

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – National Treasure Outlasts Senor Buscador in Pegasus

TDN – National Treasure Survives Late Scare To Win Pegasus World Cup

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – National Treasure Gives Baffert Third Pegasus World Cup Triumph


We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.

David Suzuki

Bloodhorse – Charlie McCarthy – Warm Heart Sets Course Record in Winning Pegasus Turf

TDN – Alan Carasso – Warm Heart Beats Boys, Sets Course Record In Pegasus World Cup Turf

Paulick Report – Warm Heart Defeats Males In Pegasus Turf In Career Swan Song

Canada’s National Observer – Pippa Norman – First he helped unmask a superhero. Then he created his own


The Raven

Bloodhorse – Bob Kieckhefer – Didia Adjusts Early, Thrives Late in Pegasus F&M Turf

TDN – Alan Carasso – Didia Outclasses Rivals In Pegasus World Cup F/M Turf

Paulick Report – Didia Delivers Big Performance In Pegasus F&M Turf

Phil did a double take and had to check the pedigree when he saw Lure as the grandsire.

Bon Appetit – Li Goldstein – Be Prepared for More Taylor Swift-Themed Football Food

Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic – you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious.

Marian Keyes

The Athletic – Mike Vorkunov – Why white home uniforms — once an NBA mainstay — have disappeared

Phil ha$ a que$tion:

How may jersey$ do you have.

TV that people will never see, that giant international corporations will never touch, will never pay your salary.

Norman Lear

Paulick Report – Tumbarumba Gamely Prevails In Fred W. Hooper

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins and Sean Collins – Francesco Clemente, Tumbarumba Shine on Pegasus Day

Bloodhorse – Francesco Clemente Makes Grade In W. L. McKnight

The New Yorker – Jessica Winter – How “Co-regulation” Became the Parenting Buzzword of the Day

Phil has a question:

Is this how Americans are supposed to react when the orange blob throws a tantrum.

Would you buy a child rearing book from an author who was probably raised by a nanny and has nannies to look after her kids.

Bloodhorse – Charlie McCarthy and Byron King – Alpha Bella, Olivia Darling Score at Gulfstream

Bloodhorse – Tracy Gantz – Newgrange Wins San Pasqual Stakes Second Straight Year

ESPN – AP – Alex Formenton turns self in amid Canada juniors scandal

Phil has a question:

Who the fuck failed in their obligations to provide proper supervision to these kids.

Why aren’t they being named.

Bloodhorse – Byron King and Sean Collins – Bellamore, Dynadrive Win Graded Races at Sam Houston

New York Times – David Marchese – John Malkovich on really being John Malkovich

Man On the Moon


The Ringer – Ben Solak – The AFC Championship Could Be Defined by One Defensive Wrinkle. So Could the Super Bowl.

TDN – Champion Fierceness Breezes for Holy Bull

Paulick Report – Seven Sophomores Tune Up At Santa Anita For Feb. 3 Robert B. Lewis

Paulick Report – Turfway Park: Vote No Headlines Early Prep For Jeff Ruby Steaks

TSN – Rivers lured back to coaching by chance to compete for NBA title with Bucks

Sports Business Journal – Toyota reverses decision to sit out Super Bowl

Front Office Sports – Margaret Fleming – Viewership Records and Crying Swifties: Taylor Swift and the NFL’s Budding Business Relationship

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.

Miguel de Cervantes

TDN – Alan Carasso – Mendelssohn Bay Proves Best In UAE 2000 Guineas

New York Times – Benjamin Weiser, Jonah E. Bromwich, Maria Cramer and – Jury Orders Trump to Pay Carroll $83.3 Million After Years of Insults

Phil has a question:

Will the biggest beggar in the US beg the fucking idiots who keep sending him money to send him more.

If the orange blob is such s great fucking businessman then why does he have to keep begging for money.

Is there a worse scumbag in the world than a rich person who begs.

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift

Southern Living – Hot Chocolate Lasagna

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – Is No One Going to Hire Bill Belichick?

The Ringer – Derek Thompson – Why Did Stanley Water Bottles Suddenly Become a Cultural Phenomenon?

TSN – Insider Trading: Trade market jammed with teams assessing needs

Phil has a question:

Why are the London police leaving everyone twisting in the wind waiting for their February 5, 2024 news conference.

Didn’t the London police display sufficient incompetence in their initial investigation into this incident.

The Intelligencer – Will Leitch – 6 Things We Learned From the NFL’s Season of Swift

We loved with a love that was more than love.

Edgar Allen Poe

What’s Love Got to Do With It

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – An Emotional Eclipse Awards Night to Remember

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Given Another Shot, Fierceness Delivers a Championship

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Distaff-Winning Year Propels Idiomatic to Eclipse Award

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Travers Win Lifts Arcangelo to 3-Year-Old Male Eclipse

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Godolphin Retains Owner/Breeder Title for 2023

New Yorker – Kalefa Sanneh – The Weird, Enduring Appeal of Tool

Third Eye

Bloodhorse – Dick Downey – Court Order Officially Dismisses Medina Spirit Appeal

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Ortiz Jr. Captures Fifth Eclipse as Outstanding Jockey

Bloodhorse – Fourth Top Trainer Title to Mott for Unforgettable Year

Immigrant Song

Southern Living – Meghan Overdeep – Alabama Sophomore Nick Dunlap Becomes First Amateur Golfer To Win PGA Tour Event In More Than 30 Years

“If He’s so tough, why won’t he publicly criticize Trump.”

Phil has a question:

Is the Republican party going to change it’s animal from an elephant to a Plymouth Rock.

On The Farm

Phil M Stockmen

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