May 072024

That’s All Folks

The renaissance of the NBA in the 80s was due to the racial proxy battle between charming, good looking and unmistakably Black Magic Johnson of the glitzy Showtime Los Angeles Lakers vs. the lanky, tousled hair, Indiana born White Larry Bird of the blue-collar Boston Celtics.

Jason Johnson

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – The Road: Inside Look at Hernandez’s Winning Derby Ride

Mystik Dan comes through on rail

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Travis Kelce’s Kentucky Derby Bet Not Quite Swift Enough For $100,000 Payoff

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – What’s Going on Here: Not Seeing the Light

Phil has a question:

Wasn’t HISA, HIWU supposed to bring a standardization of rules to US racing.

Steve Haskin – Twin McPeeks has Dramatic Finale

Bloodhorse – FanDuel’s Breakout Success at Kentucky Derby 2024

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Horse Racing’s Ultimate Dream Is Alive And Well

TDN – T.D. Thornton – Controversy Swirls Over Derby Non-Inquiry, But Affected Connections Aren’t Disputing Officiating

Sports Illustrated – Ryan Phillips – Kentucky Derby Runner-up Jockey Could Face Disciplinary Action After Video Review

ESPN – Voice of Kentucky Derby Tells McAffe About Excitement of Photo Finish

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How I scraped the paint to win the Kentucky Derby on Mystik Dan – jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in his own words

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – BH Interview: Brian Hernandez Jr. Punches Through


TDN – Katie Petrunyak – How I brought five young people to their first Kentucky Derby

Mystik Dan comes through on rail

The Athletic – Dana O’Neil – How Mystik Dan won the 150th Kentucky Derby: The people and the moments that made a champion

Paulick Report – 2024 Kentucky Derby In Photos: A Finish For The Ages

Garden and Gun – Nerissa Sparkman – The Best Looks from the 150th Kentucky Derby

Pink Shoe Laces

A White Sports Coat and A Pink Carnation

The Athletic – Jonas Siegel – The Maple Leafs ran it back again. It backfired again. What now?

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.

Babe Ruth

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – McPeek, Mystik Dan Owners Share Mutual Admiration

TDN – Derby TV Audience Largest Since 1989

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: Persistence Pays Off for Derby-Winning Jockey Hernandez

Bloodhorse – Japanese Colts to Head Home After KY Derby Slugfest

Phil has a question:

If the Japanese horse had leaned in and interfered with a US horse and the Japanese jockey made contact with his whip would the Kentucky stewards’ inaction have been the same.

DRF – Mike Welsch – 2024 Kentucky Derby: For Chad Brown, a memorable day thwarted by a nose

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

 Conn Smythe

Canadian Thoroughbred – Derby Winner Breeding: Outcross with a Dash of Manitoba

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Key Takeaways You Need to Know From Kentucky Derby Weekend

The Athletic – Andrew DeWitt – Kentucky Derby: Mystik Dan wins in photo finish; betting favorite Fierceness finishes 15th

Into The Mystic

Equibase – 2024 Kentucky Derby Chart

Brisnet – Mystik Dan lands 150th Kentucky Derby in three-way photo

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Mystik Dan Holds off Sierra Leone to Win Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – 150th Kentucky Derby: Mystik Dan Etched Into History

Sports Illustrated – Pat Forde – Mystik Dan Delivers Kentucky Derby Victory for the Ages

DRF – David Grening – 2024 Kentucky Derby: Mystik Dan prevails in three-horse photo finish

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Goldencents’s Mystik Dan Completes Oaks/Derby Sweep For McPeek, Hernandez, Jr.

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Brian Hernandez, Ken McPeek Complete Kentucky Derby, Oaks Double In ‘Dream’ 150th Anniversary

Bloodhorse – Tim Sullivan – Together McPeek, Hernandez Jr. Reach New Heights


(Reprise) Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kenny McPeek: The sport needs to make it possible for fans young and old to watch

The more our knowledge increases, the more evident is our ignorance.

John F. Kennedy

Bloodhorse – Gregory A Hall – CDI Reports Record Handle for Kentucky Derby Race, Day

Paulick Report – 150th Kentucky Derby One For The Record Books With $320.5 Million Wagered

Paulick Report – Explanations And Excuses: 2024 Kentucky Derby Jockeys React In Race Aftermath

Paulick Report – Explanations And Excuses: 2024 Kentucky Derby Trainers React In Race Aftermath

SportsNet – Luke Fox – Another gutting Game 7 loss demands cuts to Maple Leafs’ core

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.

Babe Ruth

The Score – John Matisz – What’s next for Leafs after another early playoff exit

Phil has a question:

How many Canadians were cheering for the Bruins just to see the TO media and fans twist in the wind following another early playoff exit.

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

TDN – Christina Bossikanis – Arrogate’s Seize the Grey Seizes The ‘Day’

Paulick Report – Seize The Grey Gives Many, Many Owners A Thrill With Pat Day Win On Derby Day

Bloodhorse – Gregory A. Hall – Seize the Grey Grabs Graded Stakes Win in Pat Day Mile

The truth really does matter.

Daniel Dennett

TDN – Alan Carasso – Oscar Performance Colt Trikari Triggers Massive Payouts In American Turf

Bloodhorse – Trikari Shocks Sophomore Rivals in American Turf Stakes

Free will is a fantasy, but a welcome one.

Daniel Dennett

TDN – Alan Carasso – Program Trading Denies Naval Power In Turf Classic Nailbiter

Bloodhorse – Program Trading Edges Naval Power to Win Turf Classic

TDN – Gun Pilot Caps Grade I Double For Gun Runner in Churchill Downs

TDN – Gun Runner’s Vahva Gets Her Grade I In the Derby City Distaff

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Not This Time’s Cogburn Defies Layoff, Post In TwinSpires Turf Sprint

Brisnet – Kellie Reilly – Chili Flag tops Brown trifecta in Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Thorpedo Anna Tired, but Doing Well Morning After Oaks

Sweet Home Alabama

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Thorpedo Anna Sinks Competition in Kentucky Oaks

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Streaking ‘Thorpedo’ Takes Kentucky Oaks

In The Navy

Knowledge is not a guarantee of good political behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of bad behavior.

Martha Nussbaum

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – Everything You Need to Know About the Coyotes’ Second Chance at NHL Life

Take The Money and Run

Bloodhorse – Record Wagering for 150th Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – My Mane Squeeze Makes the Grade in Eight Belles

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Audible’s My Mane Squeeze Upsets Eight Belles

Bloodhorse – Brown Gets First Edgewood Victory With Dynamic Pricing

TDN – Alan Carasso – Night of Thunder Filly Dynamic Pricing Gives Brown First Edgewood Score

Bloodhorse – Fast as Flight is Fast Enough in the Modesty Stakes

Bloodhorse – First Mission Runs Down T O Saint Denis in Alysheba

Bloodhorse – Ova Charged Battles to Victory in Unbridled Sidney

Bloodhorse – Idiomatic Returns With Classy La Troienne Victory

Phil M Stockmen

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