May 112024

TDN – Steve Sherack – ‘I Don’t See Racing’s Future as Rosy’ – Trainer Eddie Plesa Looks Ahead Following Milestone Victory

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Dollars & Sense: Strength in Racing’s Job Numbers

TDN – Bill Finley – Royal Breeze Racing Remains Bullish on Massachusetts Breeding and Racing

This Mess We’re In

Front Office Sports – A.J. Perez – ‘Deadspin’ to Launch for Third Time With Mysterious Owners, Unclear Staff

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – A Rising Pirates Star and His Famous Girlfriend Are Sparking National Buzz

Sports Business Journal – Pirates poised to capitalize on Paul Skenes’ debut on and off the field

Phil has a question:

Who does the Freddie Mercury moustache better: Skenes or Matthews.

Under Pressure

Defector – Corbin Smith – Sports Is Betting It All On Gambling

Bloodhorse – FanDuel’s Breakout Success at Kentucky Derby 2024

TDN – Monmouth Park, Caesars Celebrate Sportsbook Groundbreaking

When uncashed tickets are “purged” at the end of the fiscal year in June, those unclaimed monies go directly to the Kentucky Racing Health & Welfare Fund, which benefits in-need workers in the state’s large Thoroughbred racing industry—people who hold titles such as groom, exercise rider, hot walker, and assistant trainer. Programs include medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic care, plus contributions to a retirement plan.

Garden and Gun – Steve Russell – At Kentucky Race Tracks, a Surprising Amount of Winnings Never Gets Claimed

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Commissioners Grapple with Power Limits Amid Sports Betting Boom

Phil has a question:

Why have none of the sports scribes mentioned that the NHL is moving a team to a state that is absolutely anti-gambling.

Flights from SLC to LAS

Los Angeles Times – Chuck Schilken – Ohtani’s ex-interpreter reportedly wired money to ‘Real Housewives’ star to pay gambling debts

TDN – Bill Finley – Champion German Rider Adrie De Vries Mulls Moving To Southern California Circuit

Innisfil – Chris Simon – What does casino’s possible move mean for current Innisfil site?

ESPN – Baxter Holmes – Nikola Jokic and a forgotten basketball legend: Inside an MVP connection nearly 60 years in the making

TDN – Year-to-Date Wagering Falls

Sports Illustrated – Tim Dierberger – ESPN Cut Away From Hurricanes-Rangers Broadcast in Final Minute, and Fans Were Furious

SportsNet – Sam Cosentino – NHL Top 16 Mock Draft: Who will go after Macklin Celebrini?

Phil has a question:

Who gives a shit when the players selected won’t be in the league for 3 or 4 more years.

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Judge Reverses HISA’s Ruling For Voided Claim On Dead Horse

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

SportsNet – Luke Fox – Why a Mitch Marner trade makes sense for the Maple Leafs

The Wind Cries Mary

Phil has a question:

What other than a trade can the Leafs do in a mediocre free agent year.

Can Treliving trade Marner for the same type of underperformers he got in the Thachuk trade.

Can Treliving bring in a couple of former Flames for their playoff prowess.

Save The Last Dance For Me

TSN – Jets head coach Bowness announces retirement

TDN – Wyoming’s Cowboy Racing To Partner With 1/ST

The Athletic – Josh Kendall – Post-NFL Draft Power Rankings: Bears rise, Falcons slide, Chiefs still reign

TDN – Mike Kane – Belmont Buzz Hits Saratoga

ESPN – Tisha Thompson – Millions stolen from Shohei Ohtani funneled to bookie via Vegas casino

Paulick Report – Robert Yates – ‘It’s Time’: Court To Retire From Race Riding

SportsNet – AP – Report: Lakers fire head coach Darvin Ham after two seasons

Phil has a question:

Was Ham ever the coach with Lebron James there.

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – The Tom Brady Roast Drinking Game

Los Angeles Times – Bill Plaschke – Column: Lakers stuck in mediocre hell with no hope in sight after season-ending loss

The Athletic – Andrew Baggarly – A 19-year-old Stanford phenom is blazing a new trail from Japan to the majors

Sports Business Journal – Bret McCormick – Manica designs potential Chiefs stadium in Kansas

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Not a Done Deal: Arlington Heights Keeps Its Bears Stadium Hopes Alive

ESPN – Chiefs to look at stadium options beyond Arrowhead

Phil has a question:

Who would cut Mahomes hair in Salt Lake city.

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Walmac Farm: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Alydar, And The Man Who Documented It

Front Office Sports – Margaret Fleming – Iowa Athletes Sue State, Citing ‘Unconstitutional’ Tracking of Gambling

Paulick Report – Despite Record Wagering On Blue Grass Day, Keeneland Spring Meet Daily Average Handle Dips 8.6 Percent

The Ringer – Austin Gayle – Winners and Losers of the Second and Third Rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft

Sports Business Journal – Rogers, Prime Video aim to broaden NHL audience with new Canadian deal

The Ringer – Steven Ruiz – Winners and Losers of the First Round of the 2024 NFL Draft

The Score – Winners and losers from Round 1 of 2024 NFL Draft

Sports Business Journal – Bill Belichick’s draft night performance displays glimpse of on-air ability

Phil has a question:

Will Belichek ask for a bus and his own video game.

P, B & J

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard

Sports Illustrated – Conor Orr – 2024 NFL Draft Winners and Losers Include Kirk Cousins, Bo Nix and the Jets

Phil has a question:

How fucking stupid is Gary Bettman when anyone with 5% brain capacity can see that the NFL and NBA drafts create the hype they do as the players can step in and play, not spend 5 more years in junior hockey or college.

TDN –  Light Up Racing Issues Statement On ‘Broken Horses’

What they got right is that horse racing has serious problems, so much so that its very existence is in jeopardy. The industry tends to circle the wagons when things don’t go its way, and that hasn’t done the sport any good. You don’t have to like Drape, the New York Times, The New York Times Presents: “Broken Horses” or Dr. Lyons. But to ignore what they have to say is not the answer. Yes, this documentary was hardly enlightening, but that doesn’t make things any better. The way to silence the critics is not to shout them down but to solve the problems they seem so eager to bring to light.

TDN – Bill Finley – NY Times, FX Investigation Into Racing Fails To Break New Ground

VOX – Kenny Torrella – The case against pet ownership

TDN – Dan Ross – FTC Affirms Wong Suspension and Fine, Case Heads to Federal Court

Phil has a question:

Is Lisa Lazarus really as stupid as her actions appear to be.

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – Churchill Officials Proud of Venue That Awaits Fans

“We conclude that the trial court erroneously admitted testimony of uncharged, alleged prior sexual acts against persons other than the complainants of the underlying crimes because that testimony served no material non-propensity purpose,” the court said.

Los Angeles Times – Jenny Jarvey – Harvey Weinstein rape conviction overturned by N.Y. Court of Appeals

New York Times – Jodi Kantor – Harvey Weinstein’s Conviction Was Fragile From the Start

New York Times – Live Updates: Harvey Weinstein’s Conviction Is Overturned by New York’s Top Court

Phil has a question:

What do you think all of the Trump prosecutors bed time reading is tonight.

The Ringer – Ben Solak – You Can Bet on Every Aspect of the NFL Draft. But Do Sportsbooks Actually Know Anything?

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Chicago Wants Super Bowls and Final Fours. The Price? Nearly $5 Billion

“What I love about the latest iteration is how it’s creating room for younger queer kids or people of color to explore and interpret the recombination of elements in different ways for a different eras,” Dr. Abrego said, “and to get the word out that the West was a lot more diverse than the images we’ve always seen.”

New York Times – Guy Trebay – What Is a Cowboy, Anyway?

He’s all hat and no cattle.

Cowboy Wisdom

The Athletic – Katie Strang – The Arizona Coyotes are gone. Someone please tell ex-owner Alex Meruelo

Phil has a question:

Which has a better chance – Meruelo paying any of the persons he stiffed while ruining the Coyotes or Mereulo bringing the Coyotes back to Arizona.

Take The Money and Run

Canadian Thoroughbred – C.S. Thompson – Assiniboia Overflowing With Jockeys; Groom School Students

Sports Illustrated – Andy Nesbitt – Charles Barkley, Shaq Rip NBA Over What League Does to Refs After Games

Phil has a question:

Does Sports Illustrated still report on sports or just report on what others are reporting on sports.

Sports Business Journal – Bears’ new stadium to cost taxpayers over $2B

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Bears Set to Forge Ahead With Domed Lakefront Stadium Plans

Phil has a question:

Does the dome descend from the sky like the cone of silence in Maxwell Smart.

The Ringer – Danny Heifetz – Which Teams at the Top of the NFL Draft Should Be Trading? Let’s Play ‘Deal or No Deal.’

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Phoenix’s NHL Future on Ice: Can Meruelo Reactivate the Coyotes?

Phil has a question:

Is there anyone in North America who believes Meruelo will even try except for the idiot Gary Bettman.

Sports Business Journal – Bears to unveil plans for domed lakefront stadium

New York Times – Zach Schonbrun – Saturday Mornings With the ‘Voice of Problem Gambling’

TDN – Bill Finley – The Week in Review: At Hawthorne, They Try Harder

New York Times – Katherine Rosman and Ken Belson – Will Conspiracy Theories Be Aaron Rodgers’s Achilles’ Heel?

There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.

Timothy Leary

Comfortably Numb

Roadhouse Blues

Bloodhorse – Molly Rollins – Skippylongstocking Much the Best in Oaklawn Handicap

Paulick Report – Skippylongstocking Scores Lucrative Oaklawn Handicap Win

Immigrant Song

Keep in mind that I’m crazy, won’t you?

Stieg Larsson

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Jay Hovdey – ‘Shergar, Shergar, where are you?’ When one of racing’s most disturbing mysteries hit the silver screen

But for someone whose main hobby and side hustle was hawking notions of financial freedom and literacy, his recent actions (and those of his associates) didn’t exactly reflect much of the latter. There may be different mechanisms at play between sports betting and stock trading, but ultimately, both are heavily influenced by transaction volume in the market—factoring liquidity risk is one of the very fundamental elements of understanding how any of this even works. Knowing that, one would never try to get away with an $80,000 parlay wager in a justifiably barren market on a fringe player coming off the bench for a tanking Raptors team. According to the league’s report, Porter—who clearly knew the trend line of his numbers, having logged at least 20 minutes per game in the previous four contests—intentionally manipulated the game and his place in it. All for the opportunity to win $1.1 million, less than the salary he made playing 11 games for the Grizzlies in 2021. On a literal bet against himself. It’s human to minimize one’s own sense of worth. It’s something else entirely to treat yourself like shitcoin.

The Ringer – Danny Chau – The Twisted Irony of the Jontay Porter Scandal

The Score – Jolene Latimer – Athletes can be banned for betting but what are the legal consequences?

On The Nickel

If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

Chinese Proverb

Ooh Las Vegas

The Athletic – Stephen J. Nesbitt – In Ippei Mizuhara’s text messages, problem gamblers see a familiar obsession

Rutgers University – Gambing Prevalence Report 2023

Do It Again

All gamblers lose regularly, but they rarely discuss it in public. Losing is bad for the image, dude. Nobody buys Hot Tips from Losers. Remember that.

Hunter S. Thompson

The Ringer – Jeff Weiss – Coachella Isn’t Dead—but It May Be Haunted

Sports Illustrated – Stephen Douglas – Jim Harbaugh Lives in an Recreational Vehicle Down by the Ocean

Special Sovereign Award: ROBERT “RED” MCKENZIE    

After more than 80 years working in horse racing in Alberta, you might think that Robert ‘Red’ McKenzie has done it all. A former jockey, and then successful trainer, who has won some 1,600 races, Robert landed in the record books the evening of June 23, 2023 when his mare Entitled Star  won a claiming race at Century Mile. At the age of 96, he became the oldest trainer to saddle a winner in Canadian racing history when his mare circled the field as the longest shot on the board at 25-1.

Considering Thoroughbred racing statistics are hard to come by before 1976, the official number of winners for Robert as a jockey, trainer, and owner, could be much higher than 1,600. But what is known is that the Alberta resident, who was born Jan. 1, 1927, was still bringing horses over to race in 2023. Robert loved horses and started riding at the age of 10 at a riding academy in Edmonton. He accompanied his father and sister to the racetrack and started riding races at bush tracks such as Ponoka, Rimbey, and Red Deer. When he turned 16 and was old enough to ride the ‘A’ tracks, he would travel throughout the Western Canada Association which included tracks in Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatoon.

Outstanding Off-track Worker: JENNIFER BUCK

The inaugural Outstanding Off-Track Worker Award was presented to Jennifer Buck, who has been with Adrian Munro’s Highfield Stock Farm in Okotoks, Alberta, since 2013.

The Jockey Club of Canada introduced the Outstanding Off-Track Worker Award as a way to honor the unsung heroes who make Thoroughbred racing in Canada possible through their hard work and dedication at off-track thoroughbred racing, training, boarding, breeding, sales, and aftercare farms and facilities.

Jennifer, who was born in Ontario, learned to ride horses at a young age when living in Connecticut. Once settled in Alberta as a teenager, she worked for Glenview Stables and manager Brian Ferguson, a Windfields Farm alumni, learning the intricacies of farm management, from painting fences to barn care. She pursued performing arts in school at Mount Royal and worked as a fly-fishing guide on the famous Bow River, which she still does today.

But the lure of horses was too strong. While raising her son Hunter, Jennifer went to work at the famed Bar None Ranches for Mike Vanin. She also had a love for working with polo horses and she played at the Calgary Polo Club before moving over to Highfield.

Bloodhorse – Fev Rover Honored as Canada’s Horse of the Year

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Gary Barber Wins First Sovereign for Owner, Fev Rover Crowned

National Post – B.C. woman plays her violin in hopes of coaxing trapped killer whale calf out of tidal lagoon

Phil has a question:

Is this lady’s playing designed to coax the whale out or drive it out.

Forever Young

Bloodhorse – Byron King – CHRB Approves Santa Anita’s New ‘Three by Three’ Wager

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – Former Indiana Commission Employee Blows The Whistle On What He Says Was Lax Enforcement

ESPN – Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham and Jeremy Fowler – ‘Voted off the island’: Inside Bill Belichick’s failed job hunt

You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.

Lou Holtz

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Utah Fans Rush for Season Tickets (for a New NHL Team With No Name)

TSN – Travis Yost – Here’s why the NHL will work in Salt Lake City

It is not down in any map, true places never are.

Herman Melville

SportsNet – Coyotes owner adamant he’ll bring NHL back to Arizona

Phil has a question:

Is there anyone in North America who believes Meruelo except for the idiot Gary Bettman.

ESPN – Emily Kaplan – NHL approves Coyotes sale, relocation to Salt Lake City

US National Anthem

That’s almost Roger Tempo.

SportsNet – Elliotte Friedman – How the NHL moved the Arizona Coyotes to Salt Lake City

Phil has a question:

Would Goodell have paid Meruelo $1 billion for a team that can’t pay its hotel bills.

Sports Business Journal – Alex Silverman – Smith confirms NHL-to-Utah reports at World Congress of Sports

ESPN – Everything we know about the Arizona Coyotes moving to Utah

Phil has a question:

Will the NHL owners finally realize that Bettman is the worst Commissioner in any pro sport ever and give him and sidekick Bill the broom.

Does anyone in the world other than the brutally incompetent Bettman and sidekick Bill think that Meruelo is going to do anything other than Take the money and run.

ESPN – Emily Kaplan – Sources: Coyotes players told team is relocating to Utah

The Athletic – Ian Mendes – If Salt Lake City gets an NHL team, what will it be called? ‘It’s got to be a momentum builder’

Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can’t be taught. 

Paul Desmond

Phil has a question:

How about the Salt Lakers.

How about the Utah CoyUtes.


How about the Utah Anvils

How about the Utah Blacksmiths

How about the Utah Desert DustBusters.

How about the SLC Choirboys.

How about the Utah Jetzz.

How about the Utah Rock.

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.

George Foreman


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  One Response to “‘I Don’t See Racing’s Future as Rosy’ – Trainer Eddie Plesa Looks Ahead Following Milestone Victory”


    CENTURY 1st qtr earnings,with a loss of $13.5 mil us or 45 cents a share

    CENTURY 10Q filing, canadian operations to March 31/24

    GAMING REVENUE 12.01 mil/24 ,10.5 mil/23 a 13.4% increase
    AGLC temporary increase from 15% to 17% of slot revenue operator takeout from april 1/23 To march 31/25 had a positive effect on net gaming revenue

    PARIMUTUEL,sports betting and igaming 2.09 mil/23 to 2.1 mil/22 a -.0.5%

    HRA update, was positive with the removal of rose coloured glasses, the mention of the affect of wild fires should have been applied to lighting a fire under the operators/regulatory asses to promote live horse racing.

    HRA lack of accountability rears its ugly head, when the CEO/CFO and scribe,take 2 days to correct purses from thoroughbreds to all breds,even after being emailed the gross misrepresentation in their comments. PROOF
    READING nonexsistent in hra mandate! Ps.scribe did acknowledge week later

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